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Reader Poll: How Many Chances Do You Give a Restaurant?

TeamSugar member MotoLinz wants to know how many chances you give a restaurant. Most professional restaurant reviewers visit twice, if not three times before making their judgment call, but how about you? How many times do you give it before you make your decision?

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robs1325 robs1325 9 years
Why would you back a second time if you did not like it the first time?
AmazonChick AmazonChick 9 years
It depends what was bad - if it was service (having been a bartender) I know that doesn't refect on the whole restaurant. But if no one I'm with liked their food, then unless someone convinces me that I had a bad experience, it's not going to be on my list of 'try agains.'
Chiquita-82 Chiquita-82 9 years
only one chance! I just can't go to a restaurant again if i had a bad experience there.
NdHebert NdHebert 9 years
I am a pastry chef in a restaurant, and PLEASE don't let the server represent the place. If the service is bad, you tell the owner! The manager is on salary, of course he doesn't want bad service but one unhappy couple doesn't mean much. You tell the owner, and that means the WORLD. At the same time, if the food is bad, dont blame it on the server. I dont want to tell you the stuff i've seen people do to plates when rude people send them back.
covergirl-smile covergirl-smile 9 years
It's all dependent on the experience the 1st time around. There have been times when I HAVE NOT gone back all because of horrible service -- even if the food was YUM-O!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I actually don't think I've ever been to a restaurant where I said "I never want to come back here!" There's always been some redeeming positive value about it.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
Usually only once- if they screw up service, meal takes forever to reach the table and something is wrong with it/missing.... my mind is pretty made up by that point.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
up to 3.
Rachiepop Rachiepop 9 years
I give it 2, sometimes the first visit isn't the best just because maybe I don't order something that is good, or I don't like the way they make it. However there are places I've tried a second time and gotten something different and turned out to really love it.
Mon715 Mon715 9 years
Serve me bad food once shame on you. Serve me bad food twice, shame on me.
WildHeavenFarm WildHeavenFarm 9 years
(voted: one time only) While I like to think of myself as a fair person, it's hard to make oneselft sit down to a meal with such a high statistically likelihood of being awful.
ryanmcnitt ryanmcnitt 9 years
i think anyone can have a bad night, so if im not completely satisfied with my first visit, ill give it one more shot...sometimes, too, i need to look at what i ordered, perhaps i took a chance on something i dont really love, so ill return to try something i should like, and if i still dont, i wont return
julie-f-baby julie-f-baby 9 years
come on if you go to a restaurant and you get food poisoned are you going back - i dont think so.
LiviNikki LiviNikki 9 years
I used to be a server, so I know anyone can have a bad night. That's not a deterrent... unless it's outright rudeness on the staff as a whole (for example - the hostess staff making a racist comment, which has happened). If I didn't enjoy the food, I'll give it another shot. However, I draw the line at a lack of cleanliness: people that don't wash their hands, dropped food, dirty dishes/silverware. I once walked out of an IHOP. I was sketchy about going there at 3 in the morning anyway, but when I saw a silverfish climbing the wall, and then the server came up to me and said, "I don't know what minestrone soup is supposed to look like, but I wouldn't eat it," I was out of there. Just thinking about it makes me sick.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
It depends. If the problem was the food, then once is enough. If the problem is the service, I give them another chance.
mominator mominator 9 years
Usually I know after the first visit even though I have punished myself and gone back a second time.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
If I didn't like my food, but everyone in my party did I'd give it another shot. If the service sucks and the food is great, then it gets a second change. If after two chances I still am not overjoyed with a place it's unlikely that I'll return for a third trip.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
Depends on the restaurnat.
d_ford d_ford 9 years
I'm with Linda. If it's bad once, like a poor waitress or long waits because it's busy, then I'll go back. If it's bad the second time, I won't go back again. If the food is questionable or down right horrid on the first go, I won't go back. I've got such a picky stomach that I won't risk feeling ill by the same place twice.
butterflyforaday butterflyforaday 9 years
oen is my limit.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I'll go back, but if anything isn't to my liking on the second try, the restaurant is off my list forever.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
It really depends. If it was just one thing, then I'd give it a second chance, if it was an overall bad experience I'd never go back again!
eaker eaker 9 years
I hate revisiting restaurants where I had a bad experience or didn't enjoy the food. This can be bad though because the available pool of places where I will eat is getting smaller and smaller.
onesong onesong 9 years
if anything besides the service is bad, I won't give it another chance. However, if eveything besides the services is great (the food, drinks, ambiance), then I will usually try one more time to see if it was just an off night (in the case of a long long wait) or a poor server (in the case of...well...a poor server!).
partysugar partysugar 9 years
There are so many restaurants that I give it just once chance to nail it!
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