My husband and I recently celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary. We decided to go to brunch at the hotel we spent our wedding night. The location has a lot of sentimental value - we also went there the morning after we got engaged, and (sadly) was the spot we went to after his father passed away.
When making the reservation, we requested a two-top by the window, and also noted it was our anniversary.
When it came time to seat us, the window seats were occupied. Because of the breakfast hour, the 6 tables by the window seemed to turn over quickly (at least they did while we were there). I don't know if this is true, but it appeared as if they didn't make any attempt to reserve the requested table. I realize that all table requests cannot be accommodated, but it would have been nice if they tried.
Aside from that, the thing that rubbed me the wrong way was no mention of the special occasion. I didn't desire anything to be comped, but a simple "Happy Anniversary" from the hostess or waitstaff would have been sufficient. It obviously didn't ruin our experience, but I found myself surprised they didn't mention it.
So - it got me thinking about what the general consensus was for special occasion dining and made me wonder if they dropped the ball a bit. I realize I'm there to DINE and it is not their responsibility to congratulate me on whatever event is occurring in my life - but, I definitely think a simple 'Happy Birthday" or "Congratulations" in such events, goes a long way.