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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

Tia

May 4th, 2009
2:34 pm

No restaurant tables aren’t too small.. diners are too fat. There are more obese people today than ever. I feel so sorry for fat people when I see them at a restaurant, people stare and make fun of them. It must be hard to be overweight in society.

jimbob

May 4th, 2009
2:27 pm

I remember the old Arby’s near northlake, before it remodeled in the late 1980s, only had a handful of seats with a few really small tables. I’d imagine that all of the old-style Arby’s, with the inverted curved roof, were configured similarly.

Lisa

May 4th, 2009
2:27 pm

There are a lot of people eating out prehaps not where you live “who cares”. In my area i go to, different resturants, there’s
still a wait time of 15 to 30 mins depending on where you go. I don’t care how small the table is as long as i can enjoy my meal.

dan

May 4th, 2009
2:17 pm

Why would someone feel guilty about eating out, bbb?

bbb

May 4th, 2009
2:14 pm

we don’t get to eat out enough to be picky about table size. We are just grateful to be able to afford to eat. Feeling guilty?

A. Teesman

May 4th, 2009
2:03 pm

They have some good size tables at Cashin’s and Baby Doe’s Matchless Mine.

bigedatl

May 4th, 2009
1:58 pm

Dante’s Down the Hatch. Been several years since I have been there, but our tiny table barely held the food, wine glasses, and the pot of boiling hot oil. Oh, it was a little rickety also. We actually discussed if one of us would be doused in oil before the evening ended.

Spalding Drive homeowner

May 4th, 2009
1:47 pm

this is stupid…..is ‘mford’ paid for this?

Jerry

May 4th, 2009
1:43 pm

Get a life !!!

Who cares?

May 4th, 2009
1:38 pm

Who cares? No one can afford to eat out anymore anyway.