It occurs to me that many of the super popular places that we have not enjoyed are those that treat us like royalty from the moment we step in the door. Sounds nuts, huh? It just feels wrong to me to have someone envelop us in a ball of cotton wool love that we haven't in some way earned. IOW, it feels phony.
We like to be politely received and shown to a decent table, some kind of report established as we choose beverages and more as we discuss the carte. Finally, when we decide that the food is outstanding and convey our pleasure, we like the staff to enter in on our enjoyment. THEN, we have established a small relationship and they can love us to pieces.
Just our way. Yours?