My phone goes on vibrate if I leave my house, and even vibrate is off if I’m working (during a show it’s either off in my bag or on airplane mode if I need it for time/stopwatch). In my industry we are on call 24/7/365 unless we put in otherwise. Sometimes it’s unavoidable to get a call you have to take when you’re eating, since our meal breaks are dependent on when we started work. Nobody thinks a thing of it if someone answers their phone while we’re eating. If it’s a call that’s going to take more than a minute, we walk away until it’s over. Or sometimes it’s a text conversation, in which case we stay at the table for however long it takes. Or it’s something you can ignore. The thing is, you don’t know that until you take out the phone and look at Caller ID.
That said, I can’t tell you the last time I ate a meal at a restaurant that had even a salad fork, much less the full complement of dinnerware. I guess if I went on dates or some such nonsense it might be a bigger issue, but I don’t much eat out with folks who don’t understand that sometimes the phone needs tending. Which really isn’t that big a deal when your idea of fancy involves food served on dishes with metal flatware as opposed to something served in paper or on cardboard that you eat with your hands or maybe a plastic spork. [;)]