Modern 5 Piece Place Setting

From Left to right:

  • Salad fork
  • Dinner fork
  • Dinner knife
  • Tea spoon
  • Place spoon (clear soup)

  • Forks are placed on the left
  • Knives are placed on the right
  • Spoons are placed to the right of the knives.
  • A cocktail fork is the only exception to these rules.  It is the only fork that will be placed on the right side of the plate.  The fork in the figure below is an example of a cocktail fork.

In the photo above, you see the cocktail fork on the right side. It can be placed parallel to the other utensils or, as in this case,  it can rest in the bowl of the soup spoon.  The cocktail fork can also be brought in on the plate when the cocktail is served. 


These are examples of forks that are commonly used.  In this example you can see the comparison of size.  Starting from the left:

  • Fish Fork
  • Cocktail Fork
  • Salad Fork
  • Dinner Fork