Dining Out: How To Complain About Bad Food, Politely

A lovely dining experience does not have to be ruined by bad food. Follow this simple advice to learn how to complain about bad food, politely.

We've all heard the expression, you catch more bees with honey""and it's true.There's no need to be rude to have a problem fixed.But at the same time, when there's a problem, you shouldn't feel bad about pointing it out and demanding an acceptable solution.

When you go out to dinner, whether you're paying a little or a lot, you expect to have a good meal with decent service.Sometimes, due to actual bad food, or just a meal that is less than what you expected, you get something else entirely.Before you jump up from your table and scream for the manager, try the polite and civil route.

As soon as you know that you are not satisfied, get the waiter's attention by signaling with your hand or saying, "Excuse me."

When the waiter approaches, he or she will probably ask if there is a problem.There is no need for you to apologize""saying that you are sorry implies that you have done something wrong.You have a right to getting what you ordered in a restaurant.

Simply and clearly state what the problem with the food is.The more specific your explanation, the more helpful your server will be able to be.

If you know the solution you would like to see happen""tell the waiter.For example, if the meat has not been cooked to your specifications, ask for it to be cooked to your order.If the meat is returned to you still cooked improperly, then you may want to request to not be charged.

If the meal is simply not what you expected and you don't like the taste, tell your server the truth.Request the menu to choose another selection that will be more to your liking.Even ask your server for other suggestions explaining what your preferences are""this invites your server in and gives him the opportunity to fix the situation.

If your server gives you a hard time when you point out that you are not satisfied, ask him or her what they suggest to correct the problem.If you are still dissatisfied, tell the server and ask to speak to the manager.

If after all this you are still not pleased with the food you have a couple choices.You can refuse to pay for your meal, but you do not want to lose your temper and create an unnecessary scene.You may prefer to pay for the meal and ask for the owner's contact information who will be able to be more helpful.If you believe the food or service is bad enough you can even file a complaint with the city.Do a simple online search to find the proper contact in your area.

So far we have discussed sit-down restaurants in which we all expect fine service and food, but we should also receive courteous attention and decent food at fast food establishments.Drive-thru windows are notorious for bad food and service.One way to minimize a return trip to a take-out restaurant is to first check your bags before you drive away from the pick-up window to make sure you have received everything you ordered.Quickly taste a French fry to make sure it's crispy and fresh.

You can't always foresee every food problem before you drive away.If you realize there's a problem with your food once you are home but do not want to drive back, call the restaurant to see if they can deliver a new order to you.If they have no delivery service then ask to be credited your money""sending you a reimbursement or coupons for future purchases.

Remember to always try the polite route first""most restaurant staff, given the opportunity, will do whatever they can to correct a food problem.By following this advice you should be able to handle and correct any adverse dining experiences you may encounter.

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