Table Manners In Portugal

Mastering table manners is the primary step towards being gracious and cultured. When arranging your cutlery in the incorrect place after a meal, chopping the lettuce in your salad, and even putting your hands under the table as you eat may seem inoffensive at home and in the companionship of those you know. But it can be really embarrassing in other countries. To protect you from any kind of discomfort and save you from the conspicuous looks from those around you, we deliver you a quick and comprehensive guide to basic table manners around the world!

We will be doing a series of Table Manners of around the world. And if you have missed the previous ones check the one on MexicoThailandGermanyItalyFrance and Japan. Today it is dedicated to Portuguese Cuisine. So here we go.



– Drop the pits from olives politely from your mouth onto your fork, and then discard it into a dish that’s provided for the same. Spitting it out visibly is not good table etiquette

– Ask for water, as it is not usually provided unless you do so.The basic table manners is to make sure you mention if you want it natural (room temperature) or fresca (cold).


– Ask for dishes to be substituted; especially in the local dining locations where they are not too keen on changing their dishes, and you will be handed exactly what is mentioned on the menu.

– Forget to leave a small bit of food on your plate after you’ve finished eating.

These are a few does and don’ts of dinning in Portugal. We hope it was somehow helpful for you and you liked our Table Manner Series. If you have learnt something from these let us know in comments and stay tuned for more food related articles.

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