How to Set a Russian Table Setting

Updated February 23, 2018

Russian table settings are formal settings used for special occasions. Weddings, fancy banquets and fine dining establishments are examples of when a Russian table setting can be appropriate. If you are planning a special get-together, and you want to use a Russian table setting, determine where each piece of dinnerware is to be placed. A Russian table setting can provide the perfect backdrop for a great formal meal.

Set the dinner plates directly in front of each chair. Place the plates equal distances apart, preferably 2 feet, to provide adequate elbow room.

Lay the soup bowls on top of the dinner plates. Make sure they are sitting directly in the centre of the plates.

Place a salad fork to the left of each dinner plate. To the left of each salad fork, place a dinner fork. Set a fish fork to the left of each dinner fork, and a napkin to the left of each fish fork.

Turn each dinner knife so that the blade is facing the dinner plate. Set them to the right of each dinner plate. Place each fish knife to the right of each dinner knife, facing the same direction as the dinner knife. Soup spoons are laid directly to the right of each fish knife.

Lay a cake fork above each dinner plate so that the handle of the fork is on the left side. Lay a dessert spoon above each cake fork with the handle laying on the right side.

Set a water glass to the right of each dessert spoon, just above the dinner knife. To the right of each water glass goes the white wine glass. Red wine glasses are then placed to the right of each white wine glass.

Center each bread plate above the salad, dinner and fish forks.

Lay each butter knife across the top of each bread plate. The blade of the butter knife should be pointing toward the plate.

Things You'll Need

  • Dinner plates
  • Soup bowl
  • Salad fork
  • Dinner fork
  • Fish fork
  • Napkin
  • Dinner knife
  • Fish knife
  • Soup spoon
  • Cake fork
  • Dessert spoon
  • Water glass
  • White wine glass
  • Red wine glass
  • Bread plate
  • Butter knife
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