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When to complain in a restaurant

velochic | Aug 25, 201105:32 AM     66

What types of things have to happen when dining out that you would respectfully complain? To server? To management? To actually send the dish back? Order something completely different?

My husband will endure just about anything. My mother is on the other end and will complain if a carrot is out of alignment (that's an exaggeration, but you know what I mean). I'm in the middle. If I order my steak medium and it comes out well-done, I'll probably mention it (and may or may not send it back depending on how overdone it is). Just wondering what the norm is.

Also, something I don't think is the norm (at least among those I know) is to ask for management to pay a compliment if the chef is particularly deft of hand or the server has been better than average (with tipping reflecting that, as well). Do you do this, as well?

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