(Closed) Do you ever send your food back at restaurants?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Do you send your food back at restaurants?
    Sure, I am paying for it, and it should be right. : (68 votes)
    25 %
    Sometimes, if it's dangerous to eat, it needs to go back. : (137 votes)
    50 %
    Nope, I prefer my food sans spit thank you. : (69 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013


    So far the only time I’ve sent food back was when I found hair in it. Yuck.

    Post # 4
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I had this happen to me yesterday. I mean I only do it sometimes but yesterday I got a chicken fajita that tasted like fish…it was so nasty! they were so nice about it and I didn’t fear getting it with spit. But most of the times I don’t do anything, it depends on the restaurant and the vibe they give.

    Post # 5
    14492 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have worked at alot of restaurants and have never seen or heard of anyone doing anything to food that was sent back, think about it -yes- do it – NEVER.  I have no issues sending food back if it isn’t right, but I am not that picky so there are alot of times that I don’t even notice that it isn’t right unless it’s a steak.

    Post # 6
    37 posts
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Lange Farm

    @panterapeach:  It depends. Most of the time I end up sending things back if it’s overcooked. Kind of important if it’s steak or seafood.

    Post # 7
    5656 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I generally don’t express disatisfaction, so probably not.

    Post # 8
    1074 posts
    Bumble bee

    I worked in the resaurant business for a bit, and I never saw anyone mess with food that got sent back. The only time anyone ever complained was if a customer sent it back more than once with a silly complaint.

    I’ve sent food back if it wasn’t what I ordered, which to me is pretty reasonable. I’ve actually sent drinks back far more, I seem to get sodas right as the machine is running out of syrup!

    Post # 9
    10649 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Yes, I’ve had dishes with food that I’m allergic to on it even though I specified it’s left off.  Also, I like my steak really well done.  As in no pink whatsoever.  I will put up with a small amount of pink, but I think every time I have ordered a steak it had to be sent back.  I even specify really well done when I order it.

    Post # 10
    2247 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I never do, and I rarely make special requests.  I am terrifed to ask for extra ranch at Chili’s because I am afraid someone will do something to my food.  My dad put that in my head 🙁

    Post # 11
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Servers don’t mind sending food back, I promise! Just don’t freak out at your server, because your server didn’t cook the food. I served for many years, and trust me, your server wants their food to be correct when they go out to eat too. Just don’t scream/call them names/ask them how difficult it is to take a food order. They want you to be happy so you leave a good tip.

    When you’re busy with 8 tables, you’re not thinking about messing with someone’s food, you’re calculating how many things you can possible grab on your way out of the kitchen so you don’t need to make extra trips. The worst a server might do is decide you’re being horrible and ignore you because they figure a tip won’t be happening anyway.

    Post # 12
    10849 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I have a couple times, but I always feel really bad about it.

    Post # 13
    2693 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2008

    I never get nit-picky because I feel bad and I’m afraid they may spit in it/drop it on the floor (ever seen the movie ‘Waiting’?).  But once Fiance and I got chicken tenders that were REALLY not cooked in the middle.  I didn’t feel bad because the staff was really concerned and accomodating.

    Post # 15
    5654 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’ve asked for something to be removed from our ticket ONCE… It was terrible and I literally only took 2 bites.

    Otherwise I haven’t come across anything bad enough to send back. I eat pretty much anything. lol

    Post # 16
    1829 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I always feel bad about it so I don’t do it generally.  There is only one time I can think of and the food was actually raw.  It was either pork or chicken, can’t remember which, but it was definitely pink throughout – I felt so bad sending it back but obviously there was no way I could eat that!   

    I know this is gross, but I’ve found a hair in my food a time or two and if it’s at a generally clean restaurant, I just push it aside, along with the food immediately touching it, and go about finishing my meal.  Maybe that’s super disgusting but I’d rather do that than send it back.  

    I am glad to hear though that servers don’t mind when food is sent back, as long as it’s done so politely and with a legitimate complaint!  

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