Eating out should be a pleasure, after all we're paying customers right?
However, we hold our hands up, we’re the first to admit it, without even trying to be finickity, there are definitely some things that can really get in the way of an enjoyable dinner out.
So we thought we'd ask our readers for their thoughts, we had a sneaking suspicion it's not just us. Is there a common theme to our gripes? Is it all about the loud music and dim lighting and additional service charge?
Thanks to all your responses we received on Facebook, we can draw one overriding conclusion; that inadequate or unprofessional service is something that really irks us, and don't even get us started on over chilled butter. No comments have yet been passed, regarding neighbouring diners behaviour or phone usage but there's still time!
See a selection of the comments below and get involved in the conversation over on our Facebook page.
Dawn VonDollen Bellemare
Snobby waitstaff that don't really have much experience will tick me off. I try to treat everyone as decent humans, but some punk 20 something in an apron looking down his/her nose can make that more difficult.
Slate. Pure and simple.
Waiter doesn't know the menu well or get lost on the explanation.
Order a bottle of wine and waiter coming back saying they ran out of that bottle.
Order a glass of wine and not being poured in front of the customer.
Not cleaning the table before the dessert , cheese plate or coffee.
Being sat next to the kitchen or restroom.
Waiters on the corner talking to each other or eating while my glass of water is empty. .....
Badly timed service. Too fast - main is served as they take away the entree plate, Too slow - waiting 40 minutes for your next course!
Waaay too much attention. Not able to maintain conversation with my partner without constant interruption to fill up drinks and ask if we are ok.
Expecting to seat 6 pax on a table only meant for 4! i.e. Overcrowding for maximum money.
Server not paying attention to my empty beverage glass.
Server bringing the check before you ask.
Being rushed off your table ... and slow drinks orders.
Fridge cold, hard butter served with your bread!!!! (a popular choice)
Clearing my plate while I'm still chomping away.
Not enough light to read the menu.
Poor table maintenance, no seat numbers being used so food is auctioned at table.
Beverages being brought to the table with no tray.
Laura Brockman Harte
Excessively loud music! Music is needed, but only to help diffuse conversation carrying over from neighboring tables.
Checking in too much or rushing me to order food. Let me enjoy an aperitif first!
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