Should restaurant patrons have time limits?

Zagat Survey: 60% of Americans angry about slow eaters

In a recent nationwide Zagat Poll, 60% of respondents thought that restaurants should impose time limits on all diners in their restaurants. Supposedly to eliminate waits in popular places during “peak hours.”

Would you support time limits at restaurants?

I’m not afraid to say I think it’s a dumb idea.

To try and “equalize” a personal experience like eating and drinking at a restaurant goes against what this country is. You may be a slow eater, or want to sober up after drinking, or have more time to catch up with friends and family in a casual non-rushed atmosphere. You’re supposed to enjoy yourself, not feel like you’re on a factory assembly line!

If a place is very popular and busy, and you hate waiting – maybe some advance planning or going during off-peak times if you love an establishment that much?

However, I wouldn’t be opposed to a “three strikes and you’re out unruly child” policy. Because hyper and boisterous children in restaurants is an unpleasant experience.

Then again – policies at private establishments should be up to the owner – and the customer can decide if they want to continue patronizing the restaurant.

Would you be for against a “time limit” at your favorite restaurant?

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10 Comments on "Should restaurant patrons have time limits?"

Snip119
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Snip119

No time limits. And get rid of the unruly kids in the fine dining establishments. Don’t like paying my money and leaving my kids home to go to a restaurant and have my expensive evening ruined by someone else’s screaming brat. Leave the kids at home or take them to the family style restaurants.

IAmTheLaw
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IAmTheLaw

Agreed. There’s a time and place for everything, and after 7pm at fine dining restaurants is neither for children.[quote comment=”210951″]No time limits. And get rid of the unruly kids in the fine dining establishments. Don’t like paying my money and leaving my kids home to go to a restaurant and have my expensive evening ruined by someone else’s screaming brat. Leave the kids at home or take them to the family style restaurants.[/quote]

YipYap
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Stay as long as you like, but for Heaven’s Sake please keep your shoes on!

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whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Why shouldn’t there be an acceptable time limit? Don’t know how restaurants can keep a time reservation schedule when they don’t know how long patrons will be parking their ass at tables. And why should I pay extra to make up for the shortfall in revenue because of ignorant table hoggers. If you’re arriving with party of people, naturally prepared meals will take longer and justify longer lounging. You want to sober up after eating and drinking, get up off your ass and take that walk, and then go home and nap.

mooshu
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mooshu

Actually, if the service is timely, I’d go for this, too.

If my meal is gonna take an hour to make, no go.

mooshu
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mooshu

If it gets some of my friends to not mold their behinds into a restaurant booth for almost four hours, I’m for the time-limit. I’m a slow eater but jeez. You eat, you talk, you go.

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