When you are looking to improve your chances of meeting someone new, or keeping someone once you found them, you should probably know a little bit on how to make it to the next date. One way to impress your date is to know the proper etiquette and maintaining manners.
In any situation, it is important to treat the person you are with a level of respect. Common social etiquette says that you should be on time, not be crass or crude with your words, and be sincere and kind. Most importantly, there should be no reason you are on your cell phone (chatting or texting) unless it is a very important conversation. You should turn it on vibrate or silent mode on as to not to disturb anyone in your vicinity.
The first rule of etiquette is to use the magic words; please, thank you, and you're welcome. It is common courtesy to say please when asking for something. It is just as important in having good manners to thank someone for going beyond expectations; such as opening the door, paying for the date, or picking up something you dropped. Acknowledging someone being grateful is equally courteous.
When at the dinner table the proper etiquette will get you major bonus points. When sitting down, it is proper to put your napkin in your lap while you wait for others to get settled. If you get up for any reason, you put the napkin on the chair. Utensils are easy: use the outside ones first, and work your way towards the plate.
Tipping is very important on a date; it shows good manners and there is appropriate behavior. Proper etiquette is to pay valet car service $2-$3 and your server at the restaurant should receive at least 15% (20% if they did an exceptional job). You only need to tip the hostess if you received any kind of special seating.