8 Things We All Hate When Eating Out at Restaurants

Its time for a moan, so here at Cube we’re looking at the things that really bug us about eating out. Now, eating out is great, of course,  we all love it, but that’s not to say it’s always perfect. So, in no particular order, the 8 things we all hate when eating out are…


1) “We’re out of [insert food here], I’m afraid”
It happens. We know, we know. But that doesn’t make it any easier to accept when you’ve been eyeing the options for 10 minutes and finally narrowed it down to that one special selection in amongst tens of delightful dishes only to be told you can’t have it.

2) “Sorry, we don’t take bookings”
We shouldn’t have to take a chance on getting a table at our favourite restaurants on a Friday or Saturday night after a long, hard week at work. Even worse, we don’t want to queue or sit and wait for an hour to get a table. So it’s a big thumbs down to all restaurant who enforce the policy.

3) Being ready to order, but being unable to see or attract the attention of waiting staff for what feels like an eternity
Is there anything more frustrating? We’re ready to order and have been for quite some time now, but there is not a single waiter or waitress in sight. We’ve all been close to getting up and leaving to go elsewhere, but we never do, do we? A little more vigilance from the waiting staff is all we ask.

4) Overly-friendly, overly-attentive and borderline intrusive waiting staff
Now we might just be being picky, us diners, but surely there’s a style somewhere in the between being a ghost waiter and a ‘hi-how’s-your-day-let-me-practically-join-your-party’ type of waiter. Just be ready for us when we need you and, well,  politely clear off when we’re trying to talk and enjoy each other’s company. Is that being cruel?

5) Badly positioned tables and/or a lack of common sense by the person seating you at a particular table
If we’re out for dinner with that special someone, we don’t want to be sat right by the door and definitely not next to the party of 10 rowdy jack-the-lads who have a hundred empty beer glasses on their table, do we? So why do some waiting staff or hosts fail to consider seemingly obvious things like that? We don’t know, but it’s incredibly annoying and is one of our biggest bugbears when going out to eat.

6) Having a table on borrowed time
OK, so we’ve been taken to our table, we’ve all squished into a booth and we’re ready for a nice big feast to celebrate an occasion, but then the waitress hits us with that “I’m afraid we need this table back in an hour and a half”. Now, we can understand if we’ve come out on the off-chance of getting a table, but if we’ve booked and still been told to clear off by a set time something is quite clearly wrong.

7) When a “discretionary service charge” is added automatically to the bill
The key word here is “discretionary”. It’s up to us if we want to leave a tip or not, so seeing it has already been added to our bill without our say so is just rude and something that needs flagging up.

8) Having ‘that debate’ about tipping with our friends/ family at the end of the meal.
Oh, here we go again. We’re paying up, splitting the bill and now it’s time for that contentious debate about tipping. We have it every single time we go out and it always ends up with the good Samaritans of the group pioneering the Union of Waiting Staff and the more, shall we say, frugal types criticising the entire concept of tipping and vociferously repeating that they “don’t get paid tips for doing their jobs”.  So, next time you’re out, don’t get sucked in. Just sit back, observe, remember this post and have a little laugh to yourself.

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