How to order at a restaurant without leaving your wallet behind

The way to order in restaurants without leaving a wallet behind is not as straightforward as it might seem.

There are a number of options to consider before heading into a restaurant, but we’ve narrowed down the top four tips below.


Pay attention to the menu, not the price.

If the menu is a little too short, don’t go in expecting to have to pay more than the bill is listed on the receipt.

The menu is what you see, so you have to read the words on the side of the bill and pay attention to what is being ordered.

If you can’t see the word “Menu,” that means there are no items listed on that menu, and you will be left with a bill that is $2 or less.

If there are items listed, you can add those to your bill and make adjustments to your order, but you might have to wait a few minutes for the items to arrive.

You can also pay by cash or credit card at the register.


Use a pen or paper to write down the menu and the price on the back of your receipt.

If your order comes with a “No Waiter” sign on the bottom of the receipt, don�t put the receipt in your wallet and try to get the check that way.

Instead, pay the full price for the food and ask for a refund when you are done.


Try to avoid ordering with cash.

While there is no hard and fast rule, it is better to ask for cash than it is to pay by check.

If you do end up having to pay cash, you should do so by making an appointment to pay at a bank or ATM.

You might also ask the server to do so, but it may not be possible for all restaurants.


Don�t order without your name on it.

Many restaurants will put a “no reservation” sign at the back or front of the menu when you order, indicating that you cannot cancel your order before it is complete.

The restaurant will probably ask you to leave your name and email address if you don�’t want to have your credit card information available.

Tip: If you want to get a refund for the service you received, check with the restaurant before leaving your name or email address on the menu.

If they do not want to give you a refund, ask for the cashier to give it to you at the counter.

Follow all of these steps to make sure you get the best possible dining experience at your next visit.