When the waiter finally lead you to your seat

@whyaskq (7532)
Singapore
August 11, 2007 10:13am CST
Suppose you are at a restaurant and there is a queue at the entrance. When the waiter/waitress finally lead you to a seat, do you choose your seats or do you just take any seat assigned? For me, I have a preferred seating area. I will request to sit at a particular table if I see that the place is available. Otherwise, I will just take the seat. Friends, are you as particular as me? Do you choose your seats or just take any seat which is assigned to you? Will you request to change the seat if you do not like the seating arrangement or when you saw that your preferred seat is available? Appreciate your sharing. Thank you :)
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@chippy49 (171)
• United States
12 Aug 07
I really do not care where I sit most of the time. Before the kids I used to like sitting in the booth to have more privacy with my hubby.. Now I sit where they seat me, but my husband and I do prefer like sitting facing the door or away from the kitchen etc. and we always face eachother instead of sitting next to eachother.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
With kids around, isn't it more needy to be able to choose seats?
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@chippy49 (171)
• United States
13 Aug 07
yeah, your right. When the kids are with us, we still like to have a booth so that they are not climbing around and falling off of the chairs and running away. When they are in the booth they get to sit in the middle of us and cannot get away...Ha Ha Ha
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@pinkhour (70)
• Singapore
11 Aug 07
personally, i would always request for better seats. and in all the cases, my requests are fulfilled unless the seats i wanted are taken/reserved. hmm and if the place is crowded, usually, it would be hard to get nice seats. so reserve in advance.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
Even for reserves, you may not get the seats you want, right?
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
yeah sometimes you dun get it.. but when i reserve i would try to tell them where I am, it works if you have been to their restaurant. and one more useful tip is that, go on a weekday! less people!
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@navtech (1776)
• India
13 Aug 07
Dear whyaskg, I never go to any restaurant of my own because I could not afford spend money there out of my packet. Of course I do go. In my office, whenever foreigners, local business people, whoever need to be entertained in restaurant I used to get an opportunity to go expensive restaurant where I enjoy well with company's money. Since I used to visit those restaurants often, I knew all the managers of the restaurants. Therefore, I used to get my favourite seats booked earlier. Therefore, I do not need to wait for my favourite seats as they have already been reserved for us.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
That's nice. To be able to eat and try anything at the company's expense ;P
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@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
Well, most of the time I will just take the seat assigned. Most of the time it's a restaurant that I don't have a favourite place to sit anyway. However, sometimes it also depends. if the restaurant is empty then if I prefer another more spacious table i will let the waiter know. If it's crowded then I try not to make things difficult for them. :) Recently I came across an interesting sign at Cafe cartel. It said near the door 'please feel free to sit anywhere'. I guess it's good cos it saves on the manpower to seat people, and interesting cos it takes the place where the sign 'please wait to be seated'.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
I guess that is fine because you pay first before you get your food, right? And at Cafe cartel, the seats are so cramp. I cannot even squeeze my head through. So obviously to attract me, it has to be free seating. Last time I have no complaint because they don't charge service charge. lol.
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• Singapore
12 Aug 07
For me, I will normally ask the person(s) with me if the seats are ok. I don't usually have strong objections (or do I?) but I will voice out if I like some seats better. Usually, it is the people with me who are most fussy. :P As for whether I will change seats when my preferred one is available, I will see if I have already started eating. If nothing has been served or if I am just drinking, I may just change. There is a "danger" in this though. There was once when I did exactly that. However, even after I have informed the staff that my seat has been changed, they got the orders wrong. They didn't deliver my orders to my new table but sent them on to the old table. And people at the "old table" pretended that it was free food on the house while I was that being that poor thing waiting to be served.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
Cannot help laughing when I try to visualise the scene when the truth was discovered :P
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• Australia
12 Aug 07
Unless the table was in a very noisy section I would normally accept the one given. If I didn't like it for some reason, I would ask if "that table" (a vacant one) was available. As far as seating goes, I believe most women prefer to sit facing the centre of the room, rather than facing a wall. I know I do. If I am led to a seat facing a wall, I will walk to the other side of the table to sit, so that I am facing the centre of the room.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
I guess it is normal no one (man and woman alike) wants to sit facing the wall. I prefer to have the wall at my back.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Depending on what restaurant or take out we go to, some waiters show you to your seats and we usually go with what they give us. If they don't have waiters then we choose wherever we want to sit.
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@multisubj (451)
• India
12 Aug 07
Better not to go to crowded hotels.
• China
12 Aug 07
Friends,depend on different condition,but usually I just take the seat which assigned to me.
@sqlsky (1)
• China
12 Aug 07
I would take any seat assigned
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
12 Aug 07
At first I thought you were talking about the actual seats in which you and your party were to sit at at the table you were being taken to. I guess, If you told the hostess your preferred area of seating that would suffice and be acceptable as they took you to your seating area. However, I would not do this on the whim as they take you to your seating area, because you never want to mess with people who have control over your food. You never know what they could do with it. I know, I worked in food service. When they take you to a table it is not because that particular table is available, it all has to do with the amount of servers and people in the serving areas. If you prefer a place that is overcrowded than that is going to be bad for your server and possibly the service that you get. not to mention that if you prefer to sit in a place where they currently aren't putting servers, a server will have to go out of the way for you who prefers a special seating. Sometimes it's not a big deal but other times it can be a big deal as there is a method to how where hostess' seat you.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
No no, here in Singapore, we normally don't share table. For long tables as is the case in some restaurants, I do not choose the seats because it is hard to. I see your point about they giving table where it is easier access during serving. However, that means lesser privacy as there will be a lot of "trespassing". When I dine in restaurants, I prefer to have some private space. lol.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
13 Aug 07
Oh I'm not talking about sharing tables with strangers. I'm saying that ...say there are 50 tables in a restaurant. and 4 servers. Each server probably has about lets just say 10 tables in their serving area. 4 servers with 10 tables each only equals 40 tables that would be covered. so 10 tables would be empty and if you chose to sit there you would be making a server go out of their way. Does that make sense? If it doesn't, nevermind :) I still sit where they put me cause I just don't mind...unless it's under an AC vent and I start freezing or something.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
Sure I get you. It does makes sense otherwise we would be hearing bellows that servers are ignoring them ;P And yes, the A/C is one consideration. Thanks.
@weemam (13377)
11 Aug 07
we go to the same place all the time , we like a special seat and if its taken we pick our second choice , we also have a third choice , we almost always get one of these places if not well we just take what is offered , They play piped music there and I preffer to be away from the speakers , but it is a nice place and I enjoy the meals there xxx
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
Since you go to the same place at the time, do you get "privileged" seats? in that they always lead you to your favourite seat.
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@weemam (13377)
13 Aug 07
No pal It is just the staff all know us now and they just tell us to sit where we want , we usually go in the afternoon and it is quite quiet then, we usually get one of our 3 favourite tables xx
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@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
11 Aug 07
If i see a particular seat is available ,ill ask for that one.Or if im placed at a table i will switch places with my friend,etc.for their place.Im very particuler since im paying for this service and meals with it.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
hmm, switch place with your friend? For better Feng Shui:P I ask for a particulr table cos of privacy. lol.
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
13 Aug 07
The restaurants around here where i live are not fancy at all,its alomost impossible to have a table with privacy.The only privacy would be to go out side and sit at a picnic table.Ha,Ha.
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@MGjhaud (20737)
• Philippines
14 Nov 07
If the restaurant is jam packed, we just take the seat of what the waiter gave us but we prefer at the far side of the restaurant to have our meal more serious without people walking around.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
14 Nov 07
At times, we just have no choice. What if the far end happen to be near the washroom?
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I think you mean which table they sit you at, right? Most of the time I am happy to sit where they put me. I believe that they seat their customers according to where they have enough waiters or waitresses. I believe they try to keep things even among their servers. If the restaurant is busy, than usually there isn't a choice. If the restaurant is not too busy and there is an option and it doesn't look like it would matter, I might say that I would prefer to sit somewhere else. When we are taken to the table, I do have a preference as to which chair I sit in. I usually like to sit in the chair where you can see whats going on in the restaurant. But, if someone sits in the chair that I would prefer, I let them have it. It isn't a big deal to me. I'm there to be with the people that are sitting with me anyway.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
13 Aug 07
Oh yes, the table they put me to. Here I am assuming I have the table to myself... It is unlikely two strangers share one table in a restaurant here.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
3 Nov 07
I do not think that it matters to me if I don't get a good seat at all. I am there to eat and that is all that matters in my opinion.
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@globell45 (143)
• United States
12 Aug 07
I prefer my own seating too
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@maehan (1445)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I am with you, if I saw a seat which is my preference, I will check with the service staff to see if it is reserve and can I have that particular seat.
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@AmbiePam (49078)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I usually take where they offer to seat me, unless they try to seat me at a dirty table, near the bathroom, or near the kitchen. And sometimes if I'm with a certain person who prefers tables, I will ask them not to sit us at a booth.
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