8/07/2012 05:41:00 PM

8 Annoying Dining Moments in LA (and How to Avoid Them)

You're not famous enough for The Ivy.
We love dining out all over Los Angeles, but as fantastic as most dining experiences can be, there are still some things about the scene that are just annoying. We've all encountered them - the ditzy hostesses, increasing noise levels, crowded communal tables - so we've rounded up some of the biggest pet peeves in a slideshow below. Have something to add? Don't forget to air your dining grievances in the comments!

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  1. Small plates! It's 40% of a normal entree but 805 of the price. And sometimes they tell you to order 3 things each, and they bring 6 plates at once!

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  2. "Who gets the steak?" Waiters have one job: I tell you what I want, and then you go into the kitchen and get it. Don't come back to the table, hovering plates over my head, then interrupt our conversation to ask who ordered what. I already told you. THAT'S YOUR JOB!

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  3. 8 oz. bottles of soda for $3 or more - and no refills, natch.

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    1. $6.50 for that tiny Diet Coke during the last (definitely the last) Happy Hour I went to at Michael's! That was more than the wine,

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  4. Making a dietary restriction clear to the server, getting confirmation that what you've ordered can be prepared without violating that dietary restriction, and then having the kitchen completely disregard the request

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  5. Why oh why do managers think that we, as diners, prefer to listen to their choice of music at ear splitting decibels than visit with one another???We're not there for a concert - we're there to dine and visit with friends. Cut the "music" and let us do so.

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  6. I love the Hungry Cat, but they are absolutely as bad as the Varnish or the Edison when it comes to waiting for a cocktail-even worse if you go during a special "restaurant" occasion like their anniversary or crabfest.

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  7. Charging for bread as an appetizer. The biggest offender in my neighborhood is Industriel. They call it the "Daily Bread" but the 3 times I have been there it has always been the same - 2 SMALL pieces of so-so focaccia and 2 SMALL pieces of a baguette. Artisan House does the same thing. If you want to charge for bread as something truly unique worthy of being called an appetizer it better live up to the challenge.

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  8. Dogs do not belong in restaurants or on the patio. It's particularly gross when they have slobbered over water bowls put out for them. Leave animals at home. Yes, and for a lot of you that means the children too.

    David
    Carlsbad CA

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  9. "Are you still working on that?" is my pet restaurant peeve that is often asked as I'm finishing a meal. Eating at a restaurant is not work, it's a pleasure and I don't like having my food referred to as a chore. Was sweat poring from my brow as I cut the steak? Did it take me 20 minutes to extricate all the fish bones? If it was work, then it wasn't prepared properly... I know I'm being literal but it just sounds sloppy and is much too prevalent in all walks of restaurants these days. Just a "are you finished with your meal?" would do just fine...

    I'm also not a fan of whisking the plates away the minute you might appear done or before the other guests have finished - but I'm sure that's a losing battle...

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  10. We go out to dine, to talk, be stimulated with creative dinner conversations at the end of hard days... only now to compete with the music that drowns out any intimated soul enriching conversations that may have been.

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  11. Eating in Bottega Louie is like eating in a Middle School cafeteria! This din level is ridiculous! I will be glad when the trend of industrial type, high ceilinged, concrete floored restaurants is over!

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