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Restaurant offering limited menu - is this weird? [moved from General Topics]

monopod | Jan 31, 201211:12 AM

I'm organizing a celebratory dinner for some folks at work. The idea is to go to a nice restaurant with about 12 people total, to congratulate a couple of folks on their promotions.

There's a restaurant that I think would be great - it's nice and relatively high-end, but not stuffy. It's located in an old house that's been converted, so not huge but not tiny either.

Here's the thing: when I called to reserve a table for 12 on a Friday in about a month, the person answering said that with a table our size, they'd prefer to offer us a limited prix fixe menu, with a couple of entree options, one or two salad options, etc.

I found this totally offensive. We have a group with diverse tastes, and we're bringing good business to their restaurant - why should we NOT be allowed to choose from the entire menu? I understand that the courses might take a little longer, and that's fine, but limiting our choices just to make life easier for the kitchen seems inappropriate.

Is this more common than I realize? Ever heard of this happening? I've done a lot of eating out, and never (even in big groups) had this proposed. Frankly, I'm inclined to cancel and take my business elsewhere except I really like the food at this place.

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