Where does the wine glass go in a table setting?

2Mark Angelillo

I never went to finishing school, so I've picked up whatever I know over time. It's not really all that consistent either from what I've seen in restaurants. Do people have thoughts?

Does it matter?

  • 880543Kirsy That is a really good question, I didn't learn that at school. I have seen so many different versions that now I am all confused. The way I remember is: place to my right side, because I am clumsy on the left, I should drink more water than wine, so the closes one to me should be the water glass, then white, and then red.

  • 889702Lolita Rojo it depends, if is empty, any where on the table, if is full, right on my hand!


  • there is only one woman who can answer this question: the inimitable emily post!

    (la): water goblet

    (lb): champagne flute (not pictured)

    (lc): red wine

    (ld): white wine

    (le): sherry glass

    you can collect more pearls of her wisdom here:


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    Snooth User: kalikavalkade

    Jul 28, 2011 at 3:29pm

    • 394985rjpease If I'm left handed, does that mean I can switch things up?

    • 885163UnderDogRinger Sorry rjpease, historically that would have identified you with Satan - see: http://www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk... . Therefore it is improper to change place settings for this circumstance.

    • 546378Jesse Chemtob ah, i always wondered where my water goblet should go..

    • 455797Kyle Graynor That's incredible! The best I remembered was that glasses are on the right, and anything pointy faces in. This is really helpful, thanks!

  • I think it lines up with the knife...which is on the right.

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    Snooth User: Klh

    Jul 28, 2011 at 3:25pm

  • I'm with Emily, but other sites put the white wine glass next to the water and the red besides that.  However, in most cases, unless you like to wash a lot of dishes, most people I know no longer put both on the table - just whatever wine goes with the entrée. 

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    Snooth User: Snoother 1666104

    Dec 2, 2014 at 1:05pm


    in my house, closest to my hand; in fact willing to swap the knife for the glass

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    Snooth User: it2daddy

    Jul 28, 2011 at 3:29pm

    • 33093Chris Carpita Yes, I could do without all the other place settings, but you really didn't answer the question correctly ;)

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