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Age Discrimination at Restaurants

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Age Discrimination at Restaurants

JoyS | Sep 7, 2003 10:46 PM

Although I don't know the average age of posters/readers on this message board I wanted to approach the subject of age discrimination at higher-end restaurants around DC.

I'm a mid-twentysomething who likes to enjoy the great restaurants of our city (and am fortunate to be able to afford to do so). I dress appropriately for the place I'm going and make reservations when appropriate. However, despite my attempts, I (along with my mid-twenties significant other) often get overlooked/ignored by hosts/hostesses and get the worst tables in a room.

This happened to us once again at a downtown, somewhat upscale restaurant this weekend. The restaurant was barely full and tables were available, although we were told it would be a five minute wait. As we had a drink at the bar, we saw no less than 5 or 6 couples get seated while we were waiting. After asking the host once again, and waiting 25 minutes, we gave up and left.

Yes, I understand some people have reservations and tables that servers handles have to be balanced, but as I sat at the bar and watched other couples (all older than myself) get seated without reservations (there was no looking at a reservation book by the host - I watched closely), I could only imagine why I was not getting seated.

I guess I am wondering if local restaurants see "younger" people come into a restaurant and think they won't spend as much or cannot afford a full meal with wine like the 40-something diner could afford. I may just have bad luck or be a victim of the bad service around town. I was curious if anyone else had experiences or thoughts about this.
Thanks.

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