Is it Rude to Take Photos of Your Food in a Restaurant?
I don't mind it at all. Social media is a powerful marketing tool. It's a great way to get some free advertising. A beautiful dish is presented in front of someone and they take a picture and post it with a caption like, "Wow, look what was just placed in front of me!" Hopefully, it inspires others to come in and give the restaurant a try. I guess that it can work the other
way, too. Nobody wants their caption to read, "They expect me to eat this?"
I have absolutely no issue with it; I'm guilty of doing it all the time! When I look out in our dining room and see a guest taking a photo of our food, it makes me feel good. They obviously like something they see and want to share it with the world.
Most of these people are excited about the food they have ordered and they want to share their new-found "best thing I ever ate" with their social media BFFs. If the right lighting is used and a camera with best resolution, I say go at it!
People photograph your food because they like the way it tastes or they think it looks beautiful. I take it as a compliment. They did pay for it after all, so I suppose they technically own what's on their plate.