Created on 1/16/2014 9:26:15 PM
Whether you’re heading out for a special dinner or taking a well-earned vacation, you want to get the most for your money. Here are some tips for getting the best service:
If you’d like to sit at a specific table or in a particular part of the restaurant, let them know well ahead of time. Also, call if you’re going to be late for a reservation-they may not hold your table.
Be patient and polite.
If you must wait a few minutes for a table, do so without kicking up a fuss. Even if you have a reservation, give the restaurant 15 minutes before asking again.
If you have a complaint, talk to the top.
The hostess is usually the gatekeeper, not the decision-maker, ask to speak to a manager.
Jot it down.
If the restaurant is one you frequent or plan to return to, write a letter commending the service, the food, whatever. After even a few visits, they’ll remember you.
Go on record.
When you make a hotel reservation, be specific. Write down your preference in advance- a corner room, nonsmoking floor or a room with a view, for example.
Set priorities but be flexible.
If you can’t get the view, maybe you can be compensated with a reduced room rate or free parking.
If you check in at the end of the day, you’ll get what’s left over. Arrive before check-in time and you can usually stake a claim to a better room. But be prepared to wait – the best room may not be available until later.
Remember -- you never get more than you ask for!