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Places to AVOID on restaurant.com

dump123456789 | Jan 19, 2010 01:04 PM

No, the answer is not "every restaurant listed". I am aware that many places on restaurant.com are of questionable quality. That's a given.

However, my question is about places which make using the gift certificates a hassle.

For example,
[1] the GC doesn't mention presenting it before you order, and when you present it at bill time, they make a big stink about it
[2] you present the GC when you order, then they prevent you from ordering many items which are NOT specials
[3] they stop accepting the GC's, but keep listing themselves on restaurant.com month after month
[4] their GCs are always sold out
[5] you present the GC when you order, then they reduce the size of your dishes
[6] any other situation where they try to put extra restrictions or conditions on you other than what is stated on the GC

Ones I've come across:
[1] (not on restaurant.com specifically, but with other coupons) Garden Fresh & Cafe Mazeh in Mountain View
[2] Nha Toi in San Jose (mentioned on yelp)
[3] Bui in Berkeley (mentioned a while ago on chowhound)
[4] Rokko in Sunnyvale, Layang Layang in Cupertino
[6] Garden Fresh again (required payment in cash)

(I would give an example for [5], because I read it on yelp recently, but I can't find it right now.)

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