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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

A. Teesman

May 4th, 2009
4:22 pm

Indeed. The D’Lites I went to was in that shopping center just across from U.S. Bar y Grill along Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

Steve

May 4th, 2009
4:20 pm

Tables aren’t getting smaller, but southern Americans continue to get fatter. It’s sad, really.

reservoirDAWG

May 4th, 2009
4:19 pm

D’Lites. That place was ahead of it’s time.

A. Teesman

May 4th, 2009
4:16 pm

People, I’m sorry my humor is too subtle for you. My character A. Teesman = 80s man, a fellow seemingly trapped in 1980s Atlanta injecting himself into a conversation about modern day Atlanta. Get it?

Grumpy Young Man

May 4th, 2009
4:14 pm

Noelle

May 4th, 2009
4:12 pm

Grumpy, if only that were true. I’ve been crammed up next to tiny tables with screamy/squirmy small children more than once (and that doesn’t even count the people who are allowed to block the walkway by putting a highchair at the end of a booth). I don’t blame the kids, though; it’s the parents who cause the problems by not parenting.

Kat

May 4th, 2009
4:10 pm

Where is there a Cashin’s Restaurant in Atlanta anymore? I loved Cashin’s at Cumberland.

A. Teesman

May 4th, 2009
4:08 pm

Fast food places, D’Lites and Mighty Casey have decent size tables. ‘Round the Corner has some big ones, too.

Grumpy Young Man

May 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

I like restaurants with small tables – there’s no room for kids! It forces people to leave their kids at home and not subject us to their screeching and screaming, spitting, and diaper smells.

Mike

May 4th, 2009
4:05 pm

The tables were horribly close together at Pano’s and Paul’s. After one dinner there, the lady at the next table said to us, “it was so nice joining you for dinner.”