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Threesome at a Two-Top

ElsieDee | Mar 25, 2008 09:34 PM

This was mentioned on an L.A.-area thread and has happened to me / us several times as of late - I'm interested in getting feedback about what might done, if anything.

I live with two other adults and we dine out, together, at least one night a week (often more than that). We tend to expect that we'll be seated at a four-top (since I've yet to be somewhere that has special set-ups for three diners) and, if we're walk-ins, will wait for a four-top to be available rather than maneuvering into a two-top. However, since mid-January, we've been to four different restaurants in the L.A.-area - each time with reservations for three people - and found ourselves being ushered to a two-top that has had an extra chair drawn-up and an extra place setting crowded onto the table.

Needless to say, we decline being seated where we'll be squeezed in and uncomfortable, and ask for another table, preferably a four-top - sometimes one is available (with little or no wait) and twice we've been told that there will be a long wait for such a table (in the latter situations we have left and are not likely to return).

Is it unreasonable to expect that three guests would be seated at a four-top rather than wedged into a two-top? Should I start mentioning, when making reservations, that we'd like a four-top?

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