What Really Annoys Restaurant Servers… (21 PICS)

Posted in INTERESTING       6 Feb 2021       3439       16 GALLERY VIEW

Crying Children And Adults Who Ignore It

“When children cry and cry and cry and cry in a restaurant, other people find it annoying. Please, take your child outside for a moment to calm him down.”

Snapping Your Fingers At Servers

“Don’t ever snap your fingers at a server, bartender, anyone. Ever.”


“Don’t hit on waitresses. Don’t touch waitresses. I’ve cooked in bars where my job included removing such people from the establishment with force.”

Touching Their Servers

“When people touch their server. I'm not to be touched. I don't like it, and I'm not your pet. I'm not your buddy, baby, friend, or lover.”

Coming In Minutes Before Closing

“If Google says that the restaurant closes at 11, the right time to order is not three minutes before closing. The staff are not people willing to work every single day overtime like they had no lives of their own. They are people with loved ones and hobbies as well.”

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Being Impolite

“Please, get off your cellphone when I’m taking your order”

When People Go And Sit At A Dirty Table

“PLEASE DO NOT HELP YOURSELF TO A SEAT AT A DIRTY TABLE.First of all, it’s gross. Why would you sit yourself down in someone else’s mess? Second of all, if it’s not clean, we aren’t ready for you at that table yet. Now someone has to awkwardly bus the table and wipe it down while your impatient @$$ just sits there being all in-the-way.”

Ordering Something That's Not On The Menu

“Do not order anything that isn’t on the menu. I’ve run into so many situations where customers want to make up their own dish that isn’t on the menu (ordering fish and chips at an Italian restaurant). Perhaps it’s because they don’t know how to read, and therefore can’t understand anything the menu says. That menu is there for a reason. Read it. This is not a private chef service.”

Acting Like You Own The Place

“This restaurant is not your house. You’re a paying customer. We get that, and we respect that. But do not forget that you are a guest. In addition, you are not the only guest. There are other people here too. So when you request that we turn down the music, turn up the lights, or adjust the heat/air conditioning, you should know that we may not be able to make this accommodation, even if you ask nicely. If you go on to demand such accommodations, you’re not only disrespecting us (because you’re essentially treating the restaurant like your house, and us like servants who run it for you), you’re also disrespecting the other guests (because they may not desire the same accommodations that you desire). This is not your house, and this is a space that you’re sharing with other people - and if you’re the only one asking for something to be changed, we’re unlikely to do it if it will affect other guests.”

Not Understanding When The Bar Is Full

“Understand that when the bar is full, the bar is full. No, I'm not going to go and 'see if anyone's done' at the bar so you can squeeze in for free corn chips at happy hour. I've politely told you you're more than welcome to stand at the bar, but all the seats are taken. And for the love of god, don't try to take other customers' seats while they're in the bathroom.”


Helping Without Being Asked To

“I hated when customers tried to help me. Don't get me wrong. I appreciated the sentiment, but when a customer took things from my tray or grabbed things from my hand it became dangerous.”

Being Glued To The Phone

“Please do not be glued to your phone, especially if you're in a large party. I work in a tapas restaurant, which means everyone orders small plates to share. We recently had a table of ten do this, ignoring runners and servers that were bringing their food, causing the food to be returned or eaten by different table members, and so the person who ordered the food would finally look up from their phone and start complaining that they never received the food they ordered. Of course, the other table members neglected to tell them they had received it and eaten it. Why? Because THEY were now on their phones. They nearly made a server cry with rude comments about her intelligence and figure (“that skinny b*tch probably ate them, she needs to put on weight before her hips cut me”) is just one thing I heard. It's worth mentioning that these were all morbidly obese people.”

Not Considering The Hard Work In The Kitchen

“Allergies. If the truth is you don't like a food, then just say that. Say you don’t like bell pepper. The amount of work that happens in the kitchen is hardly ever seen in the dining room. Respect the staff by not adding to that amount of work if it’s not necessary.”

Being Overly Picky And Making It More Difficult For The Staff

“The menu is not a canvas for your wildest imagination, unfortunately. I have come across customers who ask what ingredients do we have, and start building their own portion based on them. I know the struggle of being a hard customer and not being able to take whatever from the menu due to dangerous allergies, but don’t be picky in vain. The staff is usually crowded with special orders anyway.”

Disrespectful Behavior

“Do not address us as “waiter”/“waitress”, or snap your fingers at us. This is basic human respect. I will openly ignore such requests for my attention, and you’ll be waiting a while for me to come back.”


Wasting Servers' Time

“This is a more Spanish restaurant specific thing than anything, but please for the love of god do not order 6 plates and then ask me which are spicy, having me bring back the ones that are. Please. It's a Spanish restaurant, nearly everything is spicy. Stop wasting our time. You wouldn't believe how often this happens.”

Complaining That The Food Takes Longer To Come Out When The Place Is Busy

“Food takes longer to come out when we’re busy

When a restaurant is busy, it’s usually no secret. It’s loud, it’s full, staff are running around, the whole deal. You can also anticipate when a restaurant will be busy, like on Friday and Saturday nights. If you choose to dine at such times as these, you can expect your food to take longer to come out. Why? More people, more orders, more work for the kitchen to do. So if you’ve just placed your order now, it could take 20, 30, 40 minutes, or even longer than that. If that’s too long for you, none of us have any sympathy for your complaints. You knew it was busy, so you knew it would take long. You chose to dine at this time, so you knew what you were getting into. We don’t care that you’re hungry. Everybody is hungry. That’s why they’re here! What do you think we’re going to do? Bring your food out first before someone else’s, just because you’re complaining? Dream on.”

Clients Who Can't Manage Their Time

“Don’t order a well-done steak if your movie starts in 15 minutes.”

Not Accepting Where You're Being Seated

“Please accept where I seat you. I understand you want a booth. But we only have four, and by dinnertime, I've already reserved them for my six other 6:30 reservations. And if you're a party of two, you're going to get placed at a two top. Not a full-size table.”

Sitting At An Empty Table Without Asking

“If you see a table with no one at it, that is not necessarily your table! There might be a reservation plotted for your table later that night. The restaurant limits how many people can sit in each time-block.”


Tipping Is Important

“Tipping is not mandatory, but servers live off of our tips.”

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Hugh 5 month s ago
#7 Sometimes the restaurant seats you at a dirty table.

#19 Some restaurants have sh&tty tables that you have to refuse. I have seen tables at restaurants between the entry and exit doors of the kitchen.

It is also reasonable to not want to sit next to a loud party of 20 in a restaurant.
Glory 5 month s ago

Well, if they seat you at at table that's dirty, you can just leave and not go back. But almost no place does that.
And probably no one wants to be seated next to a noisy table. They determine seating due to various reasons.
Rhodella 5 month s ago
#15 Why is it disrespectful to call someone who waits on tables as “waiter”/“waitress”? I worked at restaurants and never recall this being an issue. What's preferred? Server? Sir/Ma'am? Hey you?
Charles 5 month s ago

I usually whistle, that seems to get their attention
Roberta 5 month s ago
lol only a couple are legit. but sounds like a whiny newbie. if ya don't like the j#rk customers, find another job.. you have to serve them. it's called insubordination if you don't
Jan 5 month s ago
#2 But if you snap your fingers while calling out "Garçon", it's ok.
Sol 5 month s ago
I love #1. It's a restaurant, not a playground. People who let their crotch goblins run around the place or throw tantrums on the floor are my least favorite. Red Robin I'm looking at you. For some reason food service seems to attract employees who are down on their luck. I understand having problems at home, but don't bring them to your work place. Respect it works both ways.
Francie 5 month s ago
Some righteous complaints .... a lot of whiny b*tches.
If closing time is 10pm than post last orders, or last seating time at an appropriate earlier time based on your menue..... Just stop whining
Tashie 5 month s ago
People are coming to be served and have fun, remember restaurants are the place for haveong fun and not essentials, they can cook and play music at home.
People are not coming there to follow your house rules - except touching ofcourse.
Martin 5 month s ago
Tashie, basic manners isn’t “house rules”. It’s the bare minimum expected when you interact with people, ffs.
Tony 5 month s ago
Look for another job then !
Tine 5 month s ago
#15 I get the snapping finger thing, but if you can't take being addressed with your actual job title you are clearly in the wrong job.

#21 If you depend on tips to get by your employer is doing it wrong. You should be paid enough to get by. Any civilized culture will have decent payment for the job itself (Yes, I'm looking at you, 'Murica). Then tips are added *if* you go above and beyond the minimum requirement to actually do your job.
Manerva 5 month s ago

#21 - Not all the time...some need to work... so they accept whatever appears ... later they change to something better. If that person stays in the same place for a long time, yes, they are not evolving they are accepting their sh#t life... and that's wrong and then makes no sense to complain about tips, but you will never know if they are the @$$holes or the temporary whos is going to be something better in the future. Only if you go to the same place to much ... In the end, it is complex.
Elbertson 5 month s ago
No. 5: I'll tell you what's annoying. When a restaurant says they're open but doesn't want to be. If you want to leave at 11, close at 10:30! It's not complicated.
Winnie 5 month s ago
If you live off tips and not your sallary, than you're pretty much a beggar. Why do people in usa agree to work this way? It's nearly as stupid as having prices without taxes or not using the metric system.
Manerva 5 month s ago

In Brazil there was a law the obligates you to pay 10% of the bill as a tip. This law was revoked, but most of the restaurants still charges and let the consumers decide, but we know that most of these people needs these tips ... it is a sad situation because we all know that in the end is the owner who is not paying the right salary...



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