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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

Moerice

May 4th, 2009
4:00 pm

Why do so many people get upset at an article like this? a) it is the dining out section, so it is appropriate. It is not the front page, for crying out loud. b) If it is such a waste of time or space, why comment on it? Doesn’t that mean you actually read the piece, which is the whole point? and c) If you never eat outm for whatever reason, why even ready the article? Who is the real loser?

RBSAtlanta

May 4th, 2009
3:58 pm

My word there’s just a bit of vitriol in this blog (”who cares” this and “get a life” that)! I know it may shock most of you who rampantly complain, but some of us are fortunate enough to not be burdened with multiple kids, mortgages, cars and/or ex-spouses and can still afford a meal out.

Now – with that said – although I LOOOVE 4th and Swift, some of the tables are a bit small in surface area. I don’t really mind them being close together because I’m generally the one with the loudest mouth and have NO problem being heard over multiple conversations. :)

And I TOTALLY agree with the poster that complained about too much accoutrement on the tables. That’s generally only in chain restos BUT, even when in a chain I don’t want to have to balance my meal over a placard or two.

A. Teesman

May 4th, 2009
3:56 pm

A. Teesman

May 4th, 2009
3:56 pm

You’re missing something. Say my name.

booger

May 4th, 2009
3:49 pm

I lived in France for a couple of years. Their largest tables are smaller than our smallest tables yet they turn out better meals and service than almost anyone here. One hint as to why. Their plates are not the size of hubcaps.

Joe

May 4th, 2009
3:48 pm

abc,

You are smart with money. Good for you.

reservoirDAWG

May 4th, 2009
3:44 pm

It depends on the restaurant.

atlanta native

May 4th, 2009
3:42 pm

A Teesman – Where is there a Cashin’s? I worked there in the late 70’s early 80’s. Has it been that long since you ate out, or am I missing something?

Sam

May 4th, 2009
3:41 pm

With all that is going on in the world right now, this is all the AJC has to talk about? No wonder the newspapers are in trouble!

Joe

May 4th, 2009
3:36 pm

I agree with the comment on Dante’s. We were sat at a converted Civil War sewing maching table. The table was not even 2 foot in diameter. And of course no way to put your legs under the table. The best part is I got to sit in the main entering area beside the hostess. Thank God! Dante was there to move us to another table.