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Are Restaurant Tables Too Small?

Perhaps it’s because as a dining critic I tend to order lots of varied things from a restaurant’s menu, but I’m noticing a trend. Dining tables are just too small.

Waiters can’t begin to fit four appetizers, much less that many entrees, on most of the tables I dine on. The evening becomes a little like watching the Keystone Cops when it’s time for clearing.

The most egregious offender? Hal’s on Old Ivy — the tables are the size of a matchbox, and there’s no way the space between them passes the fire code. I actually had a waiter there stack one of my dishes between the other two, like a pyramid.

The most spacious tables? Hmmm … I’d but FAB on that list, as well as the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and Quinones at Bacchanalia. And for it’s size, Tamarind Thai has relatively large table space.

Who’s got the smallest table space in town?

60 comments Add your comment

Meridith Ford Goldman

May 6th, 2009
1:08 pm

Hey Ted Striker: the only reason I didn’t spam the heck out your tacky comment is because it actually made me laugh out loud.
Thanks for the thoughts, all. Sure, not everyone orders as much food as I do, but I still think we need a little more room on most tables.

reservoirDAWG

May 6th, 2009
11:23 am

Why don’t you quit and find a new profession?

banquet manager

May 5th, 2009
10:22 pm

I agree with the first guy that left a comment – who cares? Just visit my blog…
So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager? You think being a banquet manager is glamorous? You try dealing with cranky chefs and bitchy waiters all day – and that’s without the nasty customers. Visit my blog and see what it’s REALLY like in this crazy profession.

stinger

May 5th, 2009
2:17 pm

Rose, you forgot to answer the question because you had to take the time to correct people. Just answer the question and shut up.

Rose

May 4th, 2009
5:14 pm

I forgot to answer the question! I think the tables at Two Urban Licks are pretty small and crammed together.

Rose

May 4th, 2009
5:09 pm

Obviously, the “mford” was not talking about a fast food restaurant or a restaurant that seats children at high chairs. Notice the reference to the Ritz Carlton which set the tone for the responses. This is a commentary on fine dining.

Tea

May 4th, 2009
5:02 pm

I can live with the small size but when the person next to my two-top is closer than the person across the table I came to be with – well, I draw the line there. Unfortunately, my wife and I are missing out on a lot of good Midtown restaurants because they have this ridiculously cramped line of two-tops against one or two interior walls.

Get It Right

May 4th, 2009
5:01 pm

The Cheescake Factory has very small tables. The only good thing about that is that we were limited in the amount of lousy food we could order.

A. Teesman

May 4th, 2009
4:26 pm

It’s all different now. My aunt used to live on Hamilton Mill Road and that was out in the boonies. Seems like the ‘burbs go on forever now.

reservoirDAWG

May 4th, 2009
4:24 pm

We would go to one on Jimmy Carter. It’s funny you mentioned those two spots as they were the only places to eat in Gwinnett County when my family moved there.