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The Most Common Restaurant Complaints

Rachel Tepper
Editor
Yahoo Food
July 9, 2014

The Most Common Restaurant Complaints

Rachel Tepper
Editor
Yahoo Food
July 9, 2014

Are you the type of person who speaks up at a restaurant? One who flags down a waiter to complain about a water glass in desperate need of re-filling, or a steak served cold?

Not everyone is, which is why Consumer Reports’s recent survey of restaurant complaints is so validating. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to tell a waiter that your table’s location leaves something to be desired—38 percent of the 1,003 adults Consumer Reports surveyed also hate a table that’s placed too near a door, kitchen, or other undesirable spot. (Personal pet peeve: Bathroom!) 

More than half of respondents are annoyed by slow service, while 61 percent dislike being rushed to finish or leave by a server. But the most common complaint? Seventy-six percent are turned off by dirty utensils or tables (which we’ve heard before).

Below, check out Consumer Reports’ in-depth graphic breaking down their findings.

Graphic provided by Consumer Reports. (Click here for larger version.)