Where Do You Like to Sit in Restaurants?

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Where do you like to sit?

  1. Booths

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  2. Regular table

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    11.4%
  3. Bar

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    0.0%
  4. High tables that some restaurants have

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    5.7%
  1. Ms. I

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    I prefer booths because they're more spacious & you're the perfect distance from the other person (if it's a work lunch, for example & it's not a friend/family member). My BF & I like booths too though. Yes, sitting by the window is nice, but I'm not that picky.
     
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  3. JustMe

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    If a booth is unavailable and the wait would be too long we leave and eat somewhere else. It's one of our "things". :)
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    We're a family of 5, so booths aren't always big enough for us.

    I'll sit wherever they put me.
     
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    I am not particular at all. Wherever they sit me.
     
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    My family prefers tables, but we are also a family of 8 so if we get a booth, we need 2 and can't all sit together.
     
  7. Sarge

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    I like the back of the room, facing the door. I guess it's the Italian in me.
     
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    I'm good anywhere, but I do like to face the room, not the wall.
     
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    My husband too!
     
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    That's funny Sarge ..... because I will never, never sit with my back to the door...... We prefer a booth but a table might do.... and I want it to be in the "back of the room."
     
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    I'll sit anywhere if I don't have to cook!
     
  12. Ima Teacher

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    I prefer a table. Booths never seem to make me comfortable, and I dislike the non-adjustable seat. We recently ate at a restaurant that had booths with chairs so close to the table that I thought I wasn't going to fit in there. The padding was shot in the seat, so I was sitting too low, and my boobs were sitting on the table. :blush:

    Last weekend we ate at Outback, and the seats were too deep. When I sat back with my back against the seat, my legs stuck out in front of me. I ended up sitting with my legs crossed in the seat.

    I like tables with chairs that actually move. DH prefers sitting by a wall, so we often end up in booths. I hate tables in the middle. I feel like everybody is watching me.
     
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    I do not like my back to the door or to an empty room, either.

    I prefer a booth and BF prefers a table. I think I like the booth because then my back isn't really to an open room, esp if it is a high backed booth. The best table is one that's a booth on one side and then a chair on the other side - then BF can have his chair and I can have my booth.

    I do NOT like high chairs.
     
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    I prefer tables also because I can adjust how close or far I want to sit from the table and I have the same problem, Ima Teacher-I HATE when my boobs are on the table! I like the high tops because I like to dangle my feet!
     
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    I like to sit away from the entrance and windows. Our town has restaurants built right on the main road, and I worried a car could come through the front. Sure enough, a car DID come through the front of the restaurant! Nobody hurt thank God!
     
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    Booths are bigger & I like facing the person directly. Plus, it's easier to put my purse right next to me. I don't like hanging my purse on the back of my chair or in another chair if it's not directly next to me.

    Tables w/ 4 chairs around them aren't usually big enough. A friend & I had lunch & once you put a few plates on, it's too crowded on the table.

    I HATE sitting next to someone who's facing the same direction I am, like at the table of the bar area.

    I don't like sitting too close to the entrance or too far in the back...too much foot traffic walking past all the time.
     
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    Booth, always.
     
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    LOL DITTO!
    I go out to restaurants so rarely that I'm just happy to be there and don't care where I sit.
     
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    Anywhere away from children, the bathroom, or the kitchen...and yes, I will ask for different seating if offered one of those.
     
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    My mom hates how in restaurants, hosts/hostesses sit the patrons. She doesn't see why we can't just sit where we want & I totally agree!
     
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    I've worked in the food industry...it's about evening out the wait staff's workload...you don't want a seat in a section where the waitress is overloaded when you could have gotten better service in another section.
     
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    To add to my earlier response, I like booths for a couple of reasons, one being privacy. With a chair you're just so exposed. I also sit on one of my legs which is much more comfortable and easier to do in a booth.

    Also, I like sitting the far right hand back corner of any room, restaurant or not.
     
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    Yes, I've thought about that. Well, Hometown Buffet, Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes & other buffet-style restaurants seem to be able to work it out where we sit where we want, so more restaurants should implement their system!
     
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    Some people like dining....not buffet, serve yourself kind of restaurants...I can stay home for that. Truthfully, hardly any restaurants I frequent have booths...and none have buffet lines.
     
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    I hate buffet restaurants! I don't want everybody in the restaurant dipping into my food. GROSS!!!
     
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    If I had to choose, I would say booth if I'm on a date or with small children, and a table if I'm with a group.

    As a server, I don't ever care where I'm seated...I only care about the service. I can't count the number of times people have not wanted to sit at my table when I am in an area that is less desirable, only to see them get seated in a booth with the worst server ever, and their meal all kinds of messed up.

    I am always more than happy to move someone somewhere else, but I always ALWAYS want to say, "Are you sure? I give great service, and all that person cares about is taking your money." :lol:
     
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    Love booths, they are comfy and cozy.
     
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    I hate to be seated by the kitchen when there are tons of tables available in nicer areas. This is a big one for me.
     
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    Aside from DisneyWorld, we never frequent buffets either.

    As to booths: almost every Sunday after mass, we go to the diner. But the booths there only accomodate 4, so we're at a table unless one of the kids is at a sleepover.

    And we do hit places like Applebees and TGIFridays on occasion. When their booths are available, they're usually large enough.
     
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    There's something for everyone! I actually love being by the kitchen, because I know that whatever I ask for is only steps away.
     
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    Never thought about it that way. I just hate the traffic of coming in and out of waitstaff.
     
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    I'm a total people watcher, so that probably helps.
     
  33. Ms. I

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    That's great if you don't mind the loudness of cling-clanging of dishes, hearing the faucets, employees talking/laughing, & maybe a broken dish or two fall to the floor! :D
     
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    Noise doesn't bother me. I think the only thing that really bothers me at a restaurant is seeing other patrons chew with their mouths open or engage in other gross behavior.
     

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