Went to Spitzers on a quiet Sunday night this past weekend. After telling the hostess we were a party of three, would be eating and drinking, and would like to sit at a table, she proceeded with the following interrogation: Her: Will you be eating dinner or just having snacks? Me: We'll be eating dinner. Her: Will everybody be eating? Me: Yes, everyone will be eating. Her: Is everyone going to order entrees? Me: I can't be positive that each person will order an entree, but we're all here for dinner and we'll all be eating and drinking.
I'm not sure why she was still unconvinced that we would order enough food to justify occupying three seats at a table, but she then offered us stools by the window and said we could get a table if the restaurant didn't fill up. (The front room was half empty.) We sat by the window for a couple of minutes, then realizing how ridiculous this was I asked again for a table and assured her again that we were there for dinner. She told us to wait while she checked with a manager then disappeared. We finally did get seated at a table but I had to ask 3 times and was practically pleading with her by the third. She apparently just didn't think we would eat enough. By this time I was so frustrated that I wanted to go someplace else. I mean, seriously ?? We all came to eat dinner. I know they need to maximize return on the tables but who's the manager that thinks it's a good idea to treat customers this way? Should I have emailed our orders in advance so we could pre-qualify for a table? This was just rude.