I often times take Loki with me when I go out to eat. All that is necessary is that the restaurant have outdoor seating. This is easy to find in sunny Southern California. He always behaves very well. He lies down & waits patiently for his humans to eat. But he typically doesn't lie under the table.
Today, he decided that the front & center is where he belonged. See diagram below:
He stretched his leash as far as it would go and plopped down in the middle of everyone's way, as if he owned the restaurant. The advantage of his behavior is that he caught more people's attention and we got to socialize him. Today he had not a hint of any skittishness when a couple women pet him.
What a funny dog!