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10 Signs of a Bad Restaurant

November 19, 2011

1. Upon giving you a rundown of the menu, your server informs you that they have several gluten-free and veggie-free salad options.

2. You are quoted a wait time of “20 minutes at most” and 20 minutes later you decide to just sit at the bar and don’t see a table open until you are almost done with your meal.

3. You have to bus your own seat at the bar.

4. You keep making eye contact with your server every time he walks by because you’d like to order your food already and he doesn’t get the hint till you literally grab him as he walks by and say you’re ready to order.

5. The calzone is so packed with ricotta that even a cheese lover is grossed out and won’t eat it.

6. The bar tender breaks the cork on 2 bottles of wine and proceeds to look you in the eyes as she loudly repeats “shit, shit, shit.”

7. The restaurant is pretty near deserted at 8 PM on a Friday night.

8. You pull up your Groupon on your iPhone and your server tries to walk away with it.

9. They charge you wrong.  And not in a good way.

10. You can easily list ten things that went wrong at the restaurant.

All of this is a shame since my pizza was actually really good.

But no pizza could get me to go back to this place.


What’s been your worst restaurant experience?

P.S. Did anyone notice I listed 6 things on my “5 things to be grateful for” post??  Counting is hard…

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    I always felt really awkward when I worked at a movie theater and people would hand me their fancy phones to get tickets off of… I can’t believe your waiter actually tried to walk away with it!

    • November 20, 2011 10:43 PM

      The best part was that we both said he would do just that before it even happened!

  2. November 19, 2011 12:15 PM

    I hate bad restaurant experiences!! I always get tempted by Groupons, but then I decide I would be too upset if it was disappointing so I don’t buy them.

  3. November 19, 2011 4:24 PM

    What was the name of this place? I’d like to know just so I can avoid it in the future….sounds terrible!

    • November 20, 2011 10:42 PM

      It was BOP Pizzeria on Walnut in Boulder. Stay away!

  4. November 20, 2011 9:16 AM

    Wow what an experience. I don’t blame you I wouldn’t go back either!!

  5. November 20, 2011 2:10 PM

    I’m so sorry about your experience at that restaurant. That sounds absolutely awful! (And AWKWARD!)

  6. November 20, 2011 4:07 PM

    Hahaha oh my gosh that’s so bad!!! My man-friend and I went to a pizza place last weekend because I had a groupon and it was pretty bad too. The pizza was just alright but the service was so bad!

    • November 20, 2011 10:43 PM

      It’s probably a sign that the place isn’t very good if they need to use Groupon to get more business…

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