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Description

Be a food expert. Or at least appear to be one. In particular about what is on the menu.

Offer sage advice ('The penne is particularly nice - the chef makes it fresh each day'). Make suggestions as to what goes well with what ('The tomato salad makes a lovely complement to the steak.')

You can trade them up to more expensive items, but do so carefully and not in big jumps. Do not say an item is bad but you can say that another item is better. 

Be careful with customers who act as if they are food experts. It is usually better to concede to their superior knowledge. You may be able to appeal to their vanity in talking conspiratorially about the wonderful high end of the menu.

Discussion

People who go to restaurants are surprisingly often ignorant about the niceties of food, especially if it is in a foreign language.

By appearing as an expert, you take on a position of authority, which they will likely respect.

Do build you knowledge of food so you can actually be more expert. Talk to the chef. Taste the different dishes.

See also

Authority principle

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