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Places to eat in Halkidiki [closed]

I'm traveling to Kasandra, Halkidiki this summer for the first time. I researched all the beaches, some attractions, bars too, but there is always more room for information, especially about places to ...
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

I understand that the main point of tipping in restaurants is to supplement low wages for service staff. After personally knowing one waiter who works (perhaps illegally as he may not be permitted to ...
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If beef is banned in Tamil Nadu, India, how come there's beef on the menu?

When I search Google, most results indicate that beef, as well as slaughtering cows, is illegal in Tamil Nadu, India. However, I'm in Chennai right now and I'm seeing beef on the menu. What's going ...
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Ordered tap-water in Alicante - what did I do wrong?

A slightly odd incident happened to my wife and me in Alicante a couple of weeks ago. We visited a restaurant; first we ordered a jug of sangria, and then ordered a paella for two. The waiter didn't ...
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In USA, am I expected to tip if a restaurant has no employee other than owners?

I sometimes visit a small restaurant owned by a couple. The husband is the chef and the wife the waitress. They do not have any employees. As I understand, most tipping occurs socially in lower-paying ...
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do i need dinner reservations for the Ahwahnee if i'm staying there?

Quoting https://www.travelyosemite.com/dining/the-ahwahnee-dining-room/, "A waitlist is offered to non-hotel guests based upon availability". If it's offered to non-hotel guests then that ...
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How common is complimentary drinking water upon request in restaurants in Europe?

When I was in Helsinki, I noticed restaurants there tended to be okay serving water alongside an order free of charge. I've seen this in different restaurants, including McDonalds. In some cases the ...
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What is the meaning of the "Bikers Welcome" sign on restaurants?

When traveling in rural Pennsylvania I saw several ordinary roadside restaurants having a sign reading "Bikers Welcome". I did not see similar signs for other categories (truckers, tourists, ...
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Why can't you order just drinks on a French restaurant's terrace?

We're on holiday in France, where many restaurants are seen having a terrace (an outside seating area). Given many restaurants, at least all over smaller towns in Bretagne, close between like 14:00 ...
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How to calculate Municipality fee, Service charge, and VAT for restaurants in Dubai

Restaurants in Dubai charge Municipality fee, Service charge, and VAT. Let's say all Prices are inclusive/exclusive of 10% service charge, 7% Municipality fee and 5% VAT. How can I calculate this? ...
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Is there a polite and correct way to give the wanted amount of tip in the restaurant when you have no suitable cash?

When I pay by cash in a restaurant, I get change back first and then I usually have enough small bank notes to give the wanted amount of tip. However due recent tendencies I tend to pay by card almost ...
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Should I take cash or use debit card in Prague during Covid?

hoping someone can help me. I am taking my wife away on the 8th of December for her birthday. Before the pandemic I would normally get local currency in cash. Because of Covid I unsure if restaurants, ...
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What sites should I use when looking for nearby restaurants [duplicate]

What sites should I use when looking for nearby restaurants while traveling? I've noticed that there are a lot of places to help find restaurants near your place on the go (e.g. Trip Advisor / ...
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Is a day trip US to Canada currently practical?

Is discretionary, non-essential, zero-night travel from US to Canada reasonably doable since Canada's recent reopening to vaccinated US tourists? I'm a US citizen in rural New York, less than an hour ...
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How "cheap" it is not to order drinks together with the meal in the restaurant?

It's not something I do anymore, but on my student times, when the money was more limited, and I needed to eat something when travelling, I used to save costs by drinking my own water before entering ...
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Finding Restaurants - Restaurant Guides, Consumer Reviews, Professional Critics’ Reviews? [closed]

While visiting a new city, what is a good way to find the best restaurants in the city? I’m not sure whether consumer-written reviews/ratings (viz on Yelp, Zomato, TripAdvisor, etc.) are reliable. ...
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Can you identify this restaurant at this address in 2011?

In August 2011, my sister and I went to a restaurant in the Champs-Élysées. I'm trying to identify which one. I have some shaky video and this photo. On the back of the menu, it looks like it is a ...
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Why would a restaurant called "London Restaurant" in Hong Kong have nothing to do with London or anything British? [closed]

In an episode of a TV series which was aired in 2017, which by the way has nothing to do with visiting restaurants and doesn't explain this in any way, they are in Hong Kong and find this restaurant ...
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Do home deliveries of food in the USA have "anti-tampering stickers" on them? [closed]

I've never ordered home food where I live, and certainly not in the USA. One thing that truly worries me is the "trust factor"; not only do I have to trust the restaurant's personnel to not spit in my ...
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Japan - Any places similar to Midnight Diner?

I'm planning a trip to Japan later this year with my parents. My parents are huge fans of the Netflix show Midnight Diner (深夜食堂). While I know the actual restaurant in Midnight Diner is fake and the ...
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Identify schnitzel restaurant in Kitzingen, Germany

When I was stationed in Wuerzburg, Germany (from 1989 to 1993) on active duty in the US Army, there was a restaurant in Kitzingen, the next city over, that my fellow Soldiers called "The ...
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Looking for a restaurant in Vienna with a name similar to "An die 2 Linsen" that served huge Schnitzel

In 2012 during an Euro-trip I spent some days in Vienna. During that trip I got a recommendation for a restaurant from a local citizen. I really liked the restaurant and memorized it's name for future ...
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Which website should I use to choose restaurants in Australia?

Which websites do people use in Australia for the purpose of chosing local restaurants?
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Can customers really request a return of restaurant food in the USA?

In the US version of the TV show Kitchen Nightmares, I see customers returning food for any reason. But when I am in the US, I pointed out problems with the food in restaurants. They apologized but ...
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Can my friend and I both use our priority passes to get 2x the amount of free food per person?

The Priority Pass provides $28 of credit to its holder and his/her guest ($56 total) at select airport restaurants. If my friend and I both have priority pass, could we get $56 per person by being ...
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Is tipping customary in London in a restaurant?

If I am going to a restaurant in London, would it be customary to tip the waiter/waitress when I receive the bill? Would it be seem as offensive if I don’t?
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Can I pay by card at the staff canteens in Changi airport?

At the beginning of my previous trip I asked a question looking for hawker stalls near Changi airport which attracted an amazing answer about staff canteens that anyone can eat at. That info came in ...
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Finding non-smoking restaurants in Japan

In Japan, some restaurants and cafes have designated smoking seating (separate areas or floors), some are fully non-smoking and some are fully smoking. A few times we've found a nice looking ...
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Is it acceptable to bring your own food to beer gardens in Prague?

My close relatives in Russia are traveling to Prague during the winter break. As they love beer and this is the Czech Republic we are talking about, they are definitely gonna tour the beer gardens. ...
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Hotel asks for credit card and passport through mail for restaurant reservation

I have made a booking at a hotel in an East Asian country for the new years period. The booking was done through a 3rd party website. The payment will be fulfilled on the first day of arrival ...
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Where can I eat out in Turkey without rudeness about my ethnicity or nationality? [closed]

I am Finland born Lebanese. I have arrived at Istanbul Turkey yesterday night and intending to stay here for a week. Today I went to a restaurant for a breakfast. A waiter on the other table was '...
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How can you dispute a Chinese restaurant's charge practically, in Canada?

Not living in Canada, my siblings visited Casa Victoria restaurant (紫爵金宴) in Toronto for lunch. Everything went swimmingly until they saw this on their bill: SAUCE 芥 6.00 They were never notified of ...
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Is tipping mandatory at Restaurants and Bars in Germany?

In Bavaria, I paid for my drink, I asked her for "Ruckgeld", but only got the integer part of the money back, the rest of it, she kept it for tip! I looked her in the eye and she understood that I ...
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Is tipping considered rude in Japan

In japan, is it considered rude to leave a tip in Restaurant/Pub? I read that tip was even refused at pubs. Generally in Europe/India, i leave a tip and it is expected. Update: I am now back from ...
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Are there other tram bistros like the cancelled U76 in Düsseldorf?

Until 2014, you could have coffee and light breakfast on one of the tram lines in Düsseldorf, Germany. Unfortunately they have discontinued this long tradition since, for the last two years, no new ...
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What additional costs can I expect when visiting a restaurant in the US where service is included?

I am going to a Michelin three-star restaurant in New York City this fall. On their website, it says that for the fixed-price tasting menu, both the course menu and the beverage pairing are ”inclusive ...
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In a restaurant in Italy, should I be seated when my food arrives?

I sat at the table, ordered the pizza. While it was being prepared, I decided to go to the bathroom for a short visit. An employee came (the griller) and while I was in the middle of my business, he ...
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What is the reason for differential treatment between foreign and local customers at Sukiyabashi Jiro? [closed]

Background: I have watched the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" and like many others have thought about making the pilgrimage to visit the restaurant. It was interesting to read a few of the reddit ...
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Can person take a toothpick from a restaurant in Japan?

It's kind of strange question but let's give it a try. Several times after paying a bill in a restaurant in Japan, my friend was going to take a toothpick to carry it outside but a waiter said/warned ...
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Why do Indian restaurants in India serve food items in every plate, while those in the U.S. simply put it out on the table?

I've noticed that when ordering food at an Indian restaurant here in the U.S., the waiters simply place the different food items on the table. However, when I travel to India and dine at local ...
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Are restaurants closed on Mondays all over the UK?

I have visited the UK (London, Reading, Swindon) several times so far. During my last trip to Swindon, I noticed that many restaurants are closed on Mondays. Is this practice specific to Swindon or ...
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Is smoking banned in Moscow cafes, restaurants and bars? Are there places where you can smoke?

I was wondering about this because I don't smoke myself and somehow I've found myself without that knowledge when someone asked me. I've looked through a bunch of news posts and they have unclear ...
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How can I find restaurants in the USA where tipping is not expected?

I am uncomfortable with tipping and would much rather eat at sit-down restaurants in the United States that pay their employees fairly without expecting customers to supplement with tips (as occurs in ...
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Do you have to stay at a hotel to get reservations at Sukiyabashi Jiro?

From what I've read, you can only get reservations at Sukiyabashi Jiro by having your hotel book it for you a month in advance or so. This seems odd to me, since this would exclude all native ...
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How do I convey that I'm ready to pay my tab in Greece?

I'm 15 days into a 30-day trip all across Greece (Athens, northern mainland, islands). Everything has been great except the long wait each time we are ready to pay our bill when we're out to eat or ...
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Is the Sodexo Meal Pass accepted in Italy and France?

Is the Sodexo Meal Pass accepted in Italy and France? If yes, how to find those list of restaurants online?
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Is it rude to bring our own baby food into a restaurant?

Our baby is too small to eat adult’s food, so we bring our own baby food with us when we dine in a restaurant, which supplies us with a baby high chair. I am wondering if it is rude to bring our own ...
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Hong Kong restaurant apps/websites

What are the good websites/apps that tell us about eating out options in Hong Kong? Reviews, Menus, cost, etc.
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Mushroom grilled sandwich in Budapest

I was in Győr a few years back and had an amazing grilled sandwich with sautéd mushrooms and cheese. I am asking this here, because it looked like it was a Hungarian specialty. Being in Budapest for ...
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Are credit cards (Master Card) widely accepted in Morocco (Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, Ouarzazate)?

I am traveling to Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes and Ouarzazate. I hold a Mastercard (German bank). Are such credit cards accepted in the museums and restaurants in these cities? When used in a restaurant, is ...
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