POPSUGAR Food Poll Is It Rude to Ask For Condiments (Tabasco, Ketchup, etc.) at Restaurants? by partysugar 1/07/08 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Source Read More EtiquetteRestaurantsPoll POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get inspired with our daily newsletter Vegetarian Tech Home Food Love and Sex DIY Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. DeAnnah 7 years why is it rude? if they have the condiment at a restaurant, it's not sitting in the kitchen for decoration, it's clearly there just in case someone asks for it. i worked in restaurants for a long time and they always keep stuff just in case customers ask for it. it's all about making sure that the patron is satisfied with his or her dish. i don't care where i go, i will NEVER eat a steak without my A1 sauce! and best believe, i will ask! lexichloe 7 years The more upscale the restaurant, more than likely NO. They have notable chefs who prepare their food to be tasted exactly like it is presented upon arrival at your table. Anywhere else, most definitley yes, I'd always ask if wanted/needed. literatured 7 years I think it's a little ridiculous to ask for it at fine(r) dining establishments. Chains / diners, all well and good. But if I were to go to an upscale place and my boyfriend wanted ketchup.. I'd freak. I freak out at work when people want to put ketchup on our upscale breakfast items! mediafreak 7 years Of course not. Even asking this is ridic. 'A Chef's certain style' surely would not satisfy hundreds of people at once... I pay to eat what I want. Nitrobezene 7 years Well said kikidawn! kikidawn 7 years "If the food is prepared well, then you wouldn't need to ask." --- My definition of 'prepared well' is probably different than yours and probably different than the chef's... At what point did diversity become a bad thing? "I don't think its rude, unless you're in a five-star restaurant and you ask for ketchup. And that's not even rude, it's more like... low-class or tacky." --- Seriously? You think asking for ketchup is a signal of low-class? That is plain ridiculous. I think that as a paying customer I should have what I want. If I want ketchup on steak or ranch on fries (or anything else!) than I should get it. MsMO 7 years I have been to nice places and asked for BBQ sauce, they went out to get it. It's my money payin' I want it how I like it. tralalala 7 years I went to a restaurant with a $250 prix fixe menu...and a friend of mine asked for ranch dressing. I was absolutely MORTIFIED and haven't gone anywhere to eat with them sice (and the restaurant didn't have ranch dressing). There's a time and a place for everything. Chefs put a lot of effort into perfecting the tastes of their dishes, if you don't like the taste, you should have ordered something else. If you want to be able to pour ketchup/mayo/ranch dressing all over your food, go somewhere with a less specific menu. cari047 7 years I don't think its rude. Some people like their food spicy, salty, etc. So go for it. katiejane24 7 years My family owns a relatively high end steak restaurant, so perhaps I'm a little biased...but my take on it is as follows. In restaurants where it's obvious that there is a lot of time and creative attention to detail going into food preparation, it could be seen as "rude" to the chef to douse your food in Heinz 57 sauce. It kind of indicates that you aren't really at that particular restaurant for the specific offerings there. That being said, as Bookish stated, the customer is the one paying, so if the customer wants a condiment available in the restaurant, they are perfectly entitled to it. And in the several high end restaurants I've worked in, regardless of what a waiter might think about a customer's taste, acting snobbish about providing them with a condiment is totally inexcusable. ilanac13 7 years i don't think that it's rude. a lot of the time we have different palates and what you like isn't what i like so if i need soemthing to flavor my food a bit more - it should be ok for me to ask for it. Bookish 7 years Chef or not, the customer is the one paying for the food and should be able to have it the way they want it. Not everyone likes things the exact same way- if my husband asked for steak sauce and the waiter got snobby, we would leave (I'm vegetarian, so it wouldn't apply). And about people putting things on food you've cooked that you don't want them to eat? That seems kind of silly and controlling. I've had Thanksgiving dinners where I've roasted a turkey, and I knew it came out well because I got complimented on it, but my husband's grandma asked for barbecue sauce and slathered it on. Doesn't mean she doesn't like my turkey- her taste buds just aren't very sensitive so she has to have a strong flavor to enjoy her food. People just like different things- insisting everyone has to like it just the way you make it isn't realistic. onesong 7 years How silly not to ask for what you want based on how "fancy" the restaurant is. I 100% agree with the posters who are saying taste your food first, but I have absolutely asked for ketchup, tobasco, and hot red pepper at extremely fancy restaurants. it has never garnered me a dirty look, and you better believe it would be a tip-free meal if it did! even "celebrity" chefs can screw up, and if i requested my fancy-pants pasta dish hotter than usual and it didn't come that way, by george, i'm going to ask for it! ditto with fancy french fries and their sauces. i'm sure the sauce is delicious, but i do love ketchup on fries, and if that's what i'm in the mood for it should never be problem to bring it to the table. several places i've been where this has happened the ketchup has arrived in a precious little dish--whatever! bottom line, you are the diner and you are entitled (especially at 100+$ a pop) to have your food precisely how you want it. also, i always make a point to offer friends any condiments i have on hand when they dine with me, but if someone made a request, why on earth would that bother me? make them happy, for goodness' sakes, isn't the night about them?? i-am-awesomeness 7 years I don't think its rude, unless you're in a five-star restaurant and you ask for ketchup. And that's not even rude, it's more like... low-class or tacky. If you're paying for the food, you better get it how you want it. If the chefs or waitstaff have a problem with that, they just have to deal with it(within reason of course). Angelica 7 years No way! If it means you will enjoy your food more it's free game! Nitrobezene 7 years rude* Nitrobezene 7 years What? In no way is asking for condiments for YOUR food at ANY place. It's my food, let me eat it how I want. How will the chef know? Is the waitress going to go rat me out? This seems really silly to me. ElleJay 7 years Who cares if it's a "fancy" resturant or not. As long as your paying money to eat there- they should give you whatever you want to put on your meal. Not everyone likes the same things and tastes- it's your food and you should be allowed to make it taste how you like it. sugarbecky 7 years I don't think its rude; everyone's taste buds are different, whether its a resturant with a chef or not. remedios 7 years I don't think it's rude even in a nice restaurant. If the food is prepared well, then you wouldn't need to ask. And if you do need to ask for something, to make it taste better, then the chef needs to know that the food was lacking some flavor. I don't typically ask, but my husband might, and he's never been looked down upon for asking, that I can recall anyway. CaterpillarGirl 7 years Ask away its your money, its your meal. My hubby always puts mayo on hamburgers, and alot of places dont put it on as a normal condiment, so he asks for some, and 8 times out of 10 he gets a dirty look. so i dont tip those people. chiefdishwasher 7 years The #1 rule to a successful business: The customer is always right. If I want to put catchup on a $100 steak, give it to me. It may be my taste preference. (It is not though.) The restaurant should do whatever to make the customer happy. Then the customer will come back again. tvjunkie45 7 years Why would it be rude! Not everyone has the same tastes, this is world filled with humans not robots. That being said, a person should taste the food before they add the condiments. This applies to almost any place; fancy restaurants, fast food places, anywhere. pixigirl31 7 years here in the south since everyone is a fat ass, everyone asks for ranch dressing with EVERYTHING. It is totally disgusting. and usually the more ranch they ask for, the lower the tip. shannonkay 7 years I'd have to go with "it depends on the place" At first I thought it wasn't a problem, but then I realized I've only asked for condiments when I have french fries or something like that which you can dip. But I always ask for ranch, I don't like ketchup. I can't think of any other situation where I even want condiments, so I'm not sure I'm qualified to comment further.