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Can I politely ask next time to have a more experienced waiter?

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Can I politely ask next time to have a more experienced waiter?

john333 | Feb 8, 2011 05:23 PM

The problem: today at lunch the waiter I got was really nice but he's still a novice--in fact I saw him training last week (accompanying one of the veteran waiters). When he took my order today he asked if I wanted the salad first ahead of the main course and of course I said yes. First of all I waited half an hour and no salad. Then both the salad and the main course arrived together at the same time. Of course this turned my lunch into a nightmare because I was running out of time and I had to hurry and eat both the salad and the entree more quickly. Plus with the salad and the entree both on my table at the same time there wasn't enough room to comfortably read my newspaper.

Maybe this wasn't the guy's fault but he did seem to be running around alot. I just wonder whether the problem was due to a lack of experience.

Now last week I had a waiter who has worked there since at least last year (and who has waited on me before) and everything was timed just right making for a purrrrrrfect dining experinece.

Have any of you chowhounds ever specifically asked to have a server with some experience when you ate out? Or is that just too rude? I keep thinking I would have enjoyed lunch today if I hadn't gotten someone so green.

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