I eat out alone quite a bit. We know sometimes single diners are viewed as an unworthwhile nuisance. Here are my experiences...please share yours!
Thumbs up (always feel welcome as a single diner):
Pickle Barrel (Atrium on Bay): Staff always act happy to see me. Once even asked me
if I wanted to sit by the front window since there would be more light for reading my book.
Jack Astor's: Staff always super friendly, no problem being a single diner, don't mind me sitting in a booth. One time the hostess asked me if I wanted a newspaper to read.
Milestones: Last time I went it was like, "Would mind sitting at the bar?" I'm like, I prefer a table...then there was this minutes long conference about where to put me.
Hard Rock Cafe: Made me feel unwelcome for refusing to sit at the bar. In front of group of people waiting to get in the hostess said loudly "some people for whatever reason prefer a table."
1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C3R6, CA