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Do you like being waited on at restaurants?

Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:48 pm
Posted by braves21
Member since Sep 2022
499 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:48 pm
I don’t. If I’m on my own I definitely rather order up front and fill my own drink. I’m a cheapo and don’t tip unless it’s warranted.

If out with family or friends that’s different.
Posted by Mo Jeaux
Member since Aug 2008
58456 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:50 pm to
Yes, in general, I enjoy the experience of being out.

quote:

I’m a cheapo and don’t tip unless it’s warranted.


When do you consider it to be warranted?
Posted by wesfau
Member since Mar 2023
470 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:50 pm to
Otherwise why go?

Yes, serve me. I hate the counter-order model.
Posted by MightyYat
New Orleans
Member since Jan 2009
24265 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 4:51 pm to
When I'm out of town for work I try to make sure I find places with a bar I can sit at and eat. I don't like sitting at a table or booth and having a server wait on just me. It's weird.
Posted by PeteRose
Hall of Fame
Member since Aug 2014
16812 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:01 pm to
When I was young, yes. Not so much now. I dread the idea of going to a restaurant and strike up a fake conversation so the waiter can bring me my food.
Posted by Tridentds
Sugar Land
Member since Aug 2011
20250 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:17 pm to
Yes. As long they are not intrusive. They can ask if you need anything with just eye contact and being available. Don’t need 10 interruptions while we are talking.

Posted by Epic Cajun
Lafayette, LA
Member since Feb 2013
32260 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:24 pm to
quote:

Do you like being waited on at restaurants?


I mean, I don’t mind it.

If I’m alone I sit at the bar

ETA: I’m not a big fan of counter service, though it’s fine for a quick lunch
This post was edited on 2/21/24 at 5:26 pm
Posted by Professor Dawghair
Member since Oct 2021
1004 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 5:51 pm to
quote:

find places with a bar


Agree with that, plus bar service is sometimes best in the house.

Speaking of, I'm about to hit a Ruth's Chris bar for just that purpose.
Posted by Kim Jong Ir
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2008
52491 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 6:17 pm to
quote:

Do you like being waited on at restaurants?


Yes, I like people to bring me stuff. As others have said, if I am alone I'll sit at the bar.
Posted by jfw3535
South of Bunkie
Member since Mar 2008
4624 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 6:18 pm to
quote:

I’m a cheapo and don’t tip

I hate you already.
Posted by Tigertown in ATL
Georgia foothills
Member since Sep 2009
29100 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 6:51 pm to
I’ve never thought of it, but I suppose I don’t much like anyone doing anything for me.
The idea of a butler at a nice all inclusive is cringy to me.
Posted by tigers1956
baton rouge
Member since Oct 2008
4744 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 7:48 pm to
Went to tj ribs for a late lunch…food was good service was horrible for an empty resturant….salad came out 10 minutes after my ribs….
In general food service has been horrible since the pandemic
Posted by Mouth
Member since Jan 2008
20941 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:11 pm to
quote:

Do you like being waited on at restaurants?



Nope. I like to go to restaurants and grab a table. Then go get my water, napkins and utensils. Then I mosey on back to the kitchen and cook my own food and bring it out. Refill my drinks. Pretty much everything I would do when I eat at home.

Except I go to a restaurant.
Posted by Miglez
Member since Jan 2018
278 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 8:13 pm to
Nope. Rather a quick service restaurant where you order at a counter or bar seating if at a restaurant.
Posted by DaBeerz
Member since Sep 2004
16814 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 9:30 pm to
I don’t just because it’s awkward and feels like a very judgy forced relationship that you just want to get out of as quick as possible. In Italy it’s totally different. You can have the table as long as you want and they aren’t ever around unless you need something
Posted by BigBinBR
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2023
3870 posts
Posted on 2/21/24 at 11:05 pm to
quote:

don’t. If I’m on my own I definitely rather order up front and fill my own drink.


Then why not just order to go?

If I’m on the road by myself I’ll eat dinner at the bar. But if I’m by myself at lunch, I’ll normally sit at a table.
Posted by Tigertown in ATL
Georgia foothills
Member since Sep 2009
29100 posts
Posted on 2/22/24 at 5:56 am to
quote:

Mouth


Nice! LOL.
Posted by Havoc
Member since Nov 2015
27971 posts
Posted on 2/22/24 at 6:16 am to
Pretty much depends on the occasion but 90% of the time I would be fine with or even prefer self service over being waited on, the latter being for special occasions, larger parties, or higher end restaurants.
Posted by Koolazzkat
Behind the Tupelo gum tree
Member since May 2021
1672 posts
Posted on 2/22/24 at 6:36 am to
Definitely, I wish McDonalds would seat me and bring my #3 combo and I’d gladly tip 20%.
Posted by tadman
Member since Jun 2020
3730 posts
Posted on 2/22/24 at 7:55 am to
Sitting at the bar is the best, especially when its just me and maybe my wife (no pics).

I think the table experience is more enjoyable when you have three or really four people or more and you can have a conversation and more than just a meal. Good service is certainly appreciated but I'm not there to be served as a primary purpose, i'm there to converse and enjoy friends and family with some good food and drink.
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