How To Make Service More Efficient
(EVERYTHING that EVERYONE does in a busy restaurant affects EVERYBODY. Why not try to cooperate? You'll just get better, faster service which is exactly what we want to give you.)
Dont ask for separate checks. If you dont trust the people you are dining with to pay their proper share, you probably shouldnt be dining with them. Separate checks slow your order as they cause more work and confusion in the kitchen and more time for the server to cash you out. If worse comes to worse and you are forced to dine with a cheapie or a business partner, tell us you need separate checks RIGHT AT THE START before you even order a drink or appetizer. This will make your service ten times faster, trust me. When the time comes to ask for your check make sure you have your preferred method of payment ready, whether that is cash or credit card. That way, when your waiter gives you the bill you are prepared and can save even more time instead of hunting through your wallet. Little tricks like this can save tons of time in a restaurant-- imagine if everybody was this organized!
And sit beside the people who are on the same check with you.
Clean up after your children, for the love of God. Do you let them throw spaghetti at home??? Dont just sigh helplessly as your waiter surveys the slop your child has just spread across the floor. Do you realize that you are causing the patrons after you to wait longer for their tables while the buspeople are swabbing the 5-foot radius of mess around the table? Keep your brats seated in their chairs. They should not be running around a restaurant where people are carrying heavy, scalding-hot dishes high upon trays, dishes that could shatter into shards of glass just perfect for slicing clean through little jugular veins. Order FOR little Johnny, no matter how cute you think it is to see the waitress trying to coax his order out of him. You KNOW what your kids eat. Avoid the trying process of the child changing his mind 20 times or refusing to order while the waitress stands there waiting and waiting and waiting.
If you havent decided, just tell your server you need more time. Its that easy. Shell come back. What she hates is you holding her there while you scan all 50 items on the menu AGAIN as her work piles up and patrons at the other tables are getting impatient, and her food that has just come up in the kitchen is getting cold and dry, and table 4 is waiting for change, and the couple in the corner is ready to order.
There are little signals you can give your server to help him give you better service. Unfortunately, most restaurant patrons dont know them.