Family members within the restaurant industry have made me privy to some insider secrets, secrets that a restaurant server won’t tell an ordinary patron. These revealed secrets will ensure restaurant patrons get an unadulterated meal served in a timely manner by a server that will go out of their way to make your restaurant visit enjoyable.
Never Go To A Restaurant 15 Minutes Before Closing Time
Even though the restaurant is still open for business, the nightly cleanup has already begun in the kitchen when there’s only 15 minutes left until closing time. The cooks/chefs are tired and the order will be cooked right away then placed under the heat lamp. While late visiting restaurant patrons are chatting over soup and salads, the dishwasher is spraying harsh cleaning chemicals in the immediate vicinity of the already cooked meal.
Avoid Eating Out On Holidays And Saturday Nights
These are the busiest times for restaurants. The sheer volume of patrons pushes the kitchen staff beyond their limits and almost guarantees that food will be less than stellar.
Complain Nicely And To The Right Person
Servers sometimes do get food orders wrong. Cooks/chefs don’t always cook food as specified. They are human. When a food order is not up to par and a complaint needs to made and food re-cooked, complain nicely and to the right person.
The server did not cook the food and has no control over how the food is cooked. To become irate at the server and launch into a personal attack against the server is a guarantee your food will be returned with some form of adulteration. The server will exact covert vengeance on the rude restaurant patron by dropping the steak on the floor or spitting in the food.
Use The Server’s Name To Get Their Attention
Most restaurant server’s will introduce themselves on the initial visit to the table, or at least be wearing a nametag. Get the server’s name and use it to get their attention during the course of the meal. Snapping fingers, whistling or yelling a cutesy name to get a server’s attention will only irritate the server.
If It’s Not On The Menu, Don’t Order it
Special orders do upset the cooks/chefs. By ordering something that is not on the menu, you are forcing the cook/chef to prepare something they are not accustomed to preparing and the results will most likely be unsatisfactory.
Splitting One Entrée
The amount of food on one entrée makes it feasible for many dining couples to split an entrée. That’s acceptable and the server will gladly bring an extra plate, but let the extra request end there. Requesting extra soup bowls, salad plates, or lemons and sugar to make a glass of lemonade is a little over the top.
Request A Favorite Server
When you find a server you like, always request to be seated in their section. Tell your friends to do so also. This makes the server look indispensable to the restaurant owner and the grateful server will take extra good care of you.
Increase The Tip If You Hang Out After The Meal
If you and your dining guests would like to hang out and chat at the table after the meal, the server won’t mind, as long as the tip is increased to make up for the money the server is losing by not being able to sit another group at that table.
The Dreaded Tip
If you can’t afford to leave a tip, you can’t afford to eat out. Servers make the bulk of their income in tips and sometimes those tips have to be shared with other restaurant personnel who have assisted you during the visit.
To get great restaurant service and an unadulterated meal, treat a server as you would want to be treated and stay away from the restaurants on Holiday and around closing time.