Eating out is not always an easy experience.
First you have to decide on a restaurant, maybe organize a babysitter, and when you actually sit down you are often competing with loud acoustics, rude wait staff, or disappointing food.
The folks at the restaurant guide app Urbanspoon have released their list of Americans’ biggest pet peeves when it comes to dining out. Determined by the frequency of complaints within the site’s user reviews, as well as expert feedback, here is the list of the 15 top restaurant pet peeves:
- Unsupervised kids: Kids running all over the restaurant can quickly ruin a night out, as do parents who bring noisy offspring to fine dining establishments.
- Slow service: Trying to catch a waiter's eye can be infuriating. Waiters who drop food off and are never seen again, or take too long with the check, leave diners less than inclined to leave a fat tip.
- Fast food: Sometimes fast service is also frustrating. Diners do not like having to eat their appetizer fast in so that their main dish stays hot.
- No substitutions: What about people who have severe allergies? This rule should be banned.
- An unexplained wait: Lining up outside when there are open tables is just plain annoying.
- Menu typos: Just hit the spell check before you print.
- Overly cuddly couples: There is a time and a place for PDA.
- Take the call outside: Diners agree that people talking on their phones at the table are a major annoyance.
- Dirty silverware or glasses: There is no excuse for dirty dishes.
- No partial-group seating: Many people like to sit down and have a drink before the rest of the party arrives. Why make everyone wait when one person is stuck in traffic?
- Nosy neighbors: We are all guilty of eavesdropping, but diners do not appreciate other people listening in on their stories.
- Rowdy patrons: Sitting next to the screamy group whose noise level gets louder with every mimosa is never enjoyable.
- Indiscernible menus: Some restaurants need a glossary at the back of the menu.
- Weak drinks: At the end of a long day, you do not want your gin and tonic to be watered down.
- Can I get…?: Having to request items that should already be on the table is a major pet peeve.
What is your biggest peeve when it comes to dining out?