JONESBORO, GEORGIA -- I purchased a to-go order from Applebee's at 6608 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, GA 30236 on 3/25/12. When I opened the box expecting to see Bourbon St. Chicken & Shrimp, I saw disgusting slop!!!! The slop looked like something that a dine-in customer left on their plate as garbage upon leaving the restaurant. That slop should not have ever left the kitchen!!!!
I gave the food back to the restaurant manager and asked for a refund. The manager told me that it was their company's policy not to issue refunds but to allow the customer to select something else from the menu or to issue a gift card to which I responded that her offer was "NOT acceptable". I didn't want anything else from the menu and I didn't come there to purchase a gift card! At that point, I wanted nothing else but my money back!
Nowhere on Applebee's website, TV ads, on the restaurant's menu, nor posted in their restaurant is it stated that if you (the customer) are not satisfied, all sales are final and non-refundable. There is NO refund policy!!! I gave the restaurant their product back to them the same way it was given to me! However, Applebee's doesn't feel that they should give me my refund! That slop that they sold me should have never left their kitchen!
I contacted Applebee's Guest Relations with no resolution. I offered to send them a picture of the food that I received (and gave back to them) but the Gen. Mgr. spoke to me in a condescending manner and again stated, "You will not be getting a refund but give me your address and we will mail you a gift card!" ***Unbelievable!!!!***
I need to speak with the Franchise Owner so she will be aware of how the Applebee's in Jonesboro is being operated. No customer service whatsoever! Do not patronize Applebee's in Jonesboro, GA on Tara Blvd or you WILL be extremely disappointed!!!!
I contacted Applebee's corporate office about the horrible experience I had with their restaurant. No one there offered a satisfactory resolution. So I then began posting my complaint to several consumer advocate websites and I even contacted the BBB (they were a joke). Again, no resolution.
I finally contacted my local news station to file my complaint with their consumer advocate team. I received a retuned call and satisfaction within 24hrs! Fox 5 News- Call for Action Team got in touch with the appropriate person for Applebee's Operations. I received a voicemail and an email from the VP of Applebee's Operations stating that my refund ($21.40) would be in the mail the next day.
Finally! Resolution! Kudos to Channel 5-Call for Action Team!
I commend the local news' consumer advocates who REALLY fight for consumer's rights.
Don't fall victim to a business who doesn't value you as a customer. You can choose to spend your money ANYWHERE! But a business should be grateful when you select them.
If after turning over your hard earned money, you're not satisfied with the product or service, try to resolve the matter directly with the merchant. If a resolution can't be reached, then I definitely recommend contacting your local news' consumer advocate team for help.
KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN -- Recently had a very bad experience here but over the past year, bad experiences I have had at Applebee's have been becoming more regular. A few days ago, we had a party of 7 and one of our party was served very late and another, the server forgot her order entirely. Okay, a mistake that can be made anywhere.
A few days later we returned with a party of 6. After ordering, our food took over 35 minutes to be served (this we have found to be a common problem at many Applebee's we have been). That was the best part of our evening. A few tables away, two men in tee shirts, an older lady, a young boy and a toddler were sitting. The toddler was a "screamer". No, not a cryer or a loud talker, a "screamer" (130 decibel average).
Intermittently, he would be screaming to get what he wanted (mostly attention) but the man sitting with him would stick a glass in front of him with a straw and continue with his conversation with his friends. So far, so bad but where does Applebee's become part of this?
I indicate to our server, **, that this child's vocal chords could shatter glass and was causing havoc on our hearing. However, the child continued to serenade the section we were in, not with music but with screams that rattled our plate settings. Now I love kids and as a Psychologist who has been in practice 49 years, I am usually very patient. And I certainly wasn't angry with the child as he was doing what any stray and undisciplined dog would do, expressing himself the way he was taught! His parents (or father) lacked any parenting skills.
When the "manager" stopped by with her standard "courtesy" questions, I pointed out our distress over our bursting eardrums but she moved on as if we were enjoying our total experience. The very loud screaming continued and we noticed some people nearby leaving, some squirming at each outburst, and others changing tables. Our party of six, had nowhere else to go to get away from what sounded like a lone artillery barrage from screeching missiles.
Now the coupe d'état; at the end of our meal (a very distressing eating out experience), I asked to speak to the "manager" ** again. I wanted her to know that by not intervening by at least telling the parent that other patrons were being disturbed by his child's outburst, our continuation as regular customers will be changed. She then proceeded to tell me (as well as the rest of my party) that she just read an article about a restaurant asking a child like that be removed and the manager got "bashed" and she would not do this!
She pointed out that this was a "Family Restaurant" and therefore inferred this was acceptable. I didn't ask her what would happen if I gave off ear piercing screams in the restaurant of if I talked so loud to others that ears would be ringing what she would do, as she made it clear it was I who was not welcome and that no one else complained (most others in the section were intimidated) and her server wasn't complaining! In other words, she would rather accept the other's behavior then maintain me as a regular customer. What a twist on customer satisfaction.
So much for management of the restaurant, dealing with customer satisfaction and sensitivity. It will be the very last time I enter an Applebee's and should be fair warning of how this "Family Restaurant" (with a huge Bar in the middle), sets its priorities! As all in our party left with ears ringing and total disgust at the "manager's" response, and they, their friends and family as well, will be most hesitant before going to an Applebee's again. The potential for an enjoyable dining experience there will be rare.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- On December 17, 2013 I returned from a trip to San Jose for medical purposes. My daughter and 2 grandsons picked me up at the airport. On the way home I asked if they wanted to grab something to eat. We talked about several places and decided the best would be Applebee's near our homes. I was reluctant because of previous bad incidents that we've had at this place.
I figured I could find something to eat there. We went in and ordered. Our food was brought out and we began eating around 6:00 pm. I had a chicken breast dish with onions, mushrooms and a sauce. In addition, there were loaded mashed potatoes and vegetables. I began eating and suddenly bit down on something that sent a pain to my gum and teeth on the left side of my upper mouth. I stopped chewing and tried to retrieve whatever it was. I pulled out what appeared to be a piece of bacon. Immediately after that I tried to finish chewing what was left only to find that my four tooth bridge had broken off. I pulled that out of my mouth.
There was blood on it and showed it to my daughter. She said my mouth was also bleeding a little. I wiped off the bridge and placed it in a napkin. Eventually the waitress came back and I told her there was a problem and showed her my bridge that I had wrapped up. She went to get the manager. My daughter and I were talking about what happened and I gently nibbled on the object I had pulled out of my mouth. It was a piece of bacon. It was also as hard as a rock. The manager came to the table and we spoke about the incident. She was going to take down my name and phone number and said she was going to tear up our check due to the problem.
Our desert arrived. It was a molten lava cake and was soft. After about 2 bites I was chewing with my front teeth and felt something in my mouth once again. I pulled out what appeared to be a piece of plastic wrapper from the desert. The waitress walked by and I told her to give this to the manager as well. The manager returned to again apologize. There is no excuse for this as far as I'm concerned. This review will be going all over the internet and I will be contacting the Health Department in Las Vegas as well. If you value your life never go into Applebee's at 820 E. Warm Springs Road in Las Vegas.
LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO -- Although it's not my nature to complain but in this case I have to about the terrible service I received the evening of 12/2/13 at the Applebee's on Lohman in Las Cruces, NM. Do not, I repeat do not go to the Lohman and Telshore location in Las Cruces, NM. The management and staff are only focused on one thing and that is their bottom line, not on good customer service.
My story started about 5:30 in the afternoon when I met two friends for drinks after work. As the evening progressed, I ended up having more than I should have. After spending over $40 on drinks, I decided that before I leave and head home, I better drink some coffee and grab something to eat. After all, it's better that then to leave and potentially wipe out a young family.
Apparently the management and staff of Applebee's does not share my sentiment. They were more than happy to let me continue to drink all that I dared to drink but when I wanted to stop and have some coffee to sober up, well as long as I was willing to pay for the coffee, then it was OK.
After I got my second bill for the food and the coffee, I asked for the manager to come over and I said, "Is there anything you can do about my bill? Can you at least take off the coffee since the only reason I ordered it was to sober up before going home. I said isn't it customary for a bar to give free coffee to anyone who may of had a little too much to drink."
His response shocked me, he said, "we are not a bar and there is nothing I can do about your bill." His attitude and his absolute coldness made an impression that I will never forget. It wasn't that I was a dead beat. Heck I already spent a lot of money and gave a good tip. His attitude came across as to "hell with the me."
The fact that I spent over $60 on drinks and food made no difference. To hell with the fact that I had a little too much to drink and should I leave and get in an accident concerned him in the least even though they allowed me to over indulge. I guess they aren't worried that if I did get into an accident and someone did get hurt, that under the law they are partially to blame for allowing me to over indulge. I guess with their team of lawyers that doesn't concern them nor does the well-being of their customers. It's shameful!
Folks, there are too many choices out there. Why spend our money at establishments like this? I say go to establishments that care more about their customers than a $2.50 cup of coffee. Take your business to Chili's, Texas Road House or to Olive Garden within walking distance. Vote with your wallet, stay away from Applebee's!
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK -- My friend and I were wanting to grab a quick meal. Applebee's was nearby so we stopped there and wanted to investigate their 2 for $20 deal. We both ordered the Riblet Platter. For an added $2 you get more 'ribs'. I have to admit that this was the worst meal I have ever eaten. I did spend several years cooking at a 4 star restaurant so my taste buds are a bit above average, but I took into account this was a chain restaurant.
The platter came out and the 'ribs' were swimming in sauce, which I had to scrape off to find the 'rib'. The first bite into the rib resulted in having something thin, sharp, and bone like, slicing the roof of my mouth and sticking between my teeth.
Investigating what I had bitten into, I discovered there wasn't a RIB in the ribs. Rather, there were a series of small thin bone plates running horizontally across the thing that had been cut to look like a rib. What I had bitten into is the section of back bone that runs from the last rib down to the hip. These are trimmings that are normally thrown away, or sold to processing plants for animal feed. Not sold for human consumption.
We got french fries as a side and could not eat those either. They had so much salt on them I think the kitchen spilled the box of salt on them and rather than using them to take ice off the road, just served them as non-consumable food. Complaining to the management did no good and neither did contacting the main office. The dessert was rather pleasant, a chocolate brownie and molten chocolate cake. With beverages, the bill came to $40. So much for the 2 for $20 deal, or ever eating at Applebee's again. The best I can say is the waitress was apologetic and pleasant.
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN -- Bad Customer Services. April 9, 2012. I tried to utilize my digital gift card given to me as a birthday gift from my youngest sister at Applebee's on the day of my birthday and was turned away. I waited 2-3 minutes at the 'to go' stop and finally a female appeared and her first greeting to me was "Are you here for a to take out order?" and I replied, "yes". She said, "well you have to go to the bar to make you order if you want to be waited on." I told her "I rather not order in the alcohol area." She replied "well that's the only way you're going to be waited on." I said, "Oh well OK."
I had been on campus studying and reading for hours and wanted to order and go home to eat. I sat at the bar and a guy walked up to me and asked "can I help you?" I told him I had a digital gift card to pay for my meal. He said "no problem". As I was trying to look over the menu he approached me two times. The first time he approached me after receiving the menu was about 2 minutes later and he said "You're ready to order?" I said, "You just gave me the menu." And he said "Oh ok".
Then he appeared again about 3 - 4 minutes later. He also stated that I'm not sure if the gift card will go through and it would help if you ordered so I could run it through. I was confused and shocked but tried to help by ordering anything. While I was still looking he said "Maybe I can do it without you ordering" and walked away. I heard conversation and looked up he was outside the bar standing with 2 other employees and looked at me pointing.
This tall female walked over to me with him and said "Sir I hope you have other means of paying for your meal just in case the gift card don't go though because we were having some problems." I looked at both of them and there was a long pause. I looked around and most of the people there were looking at me and had stop eating their meals. I felt like I had just been told by a manager that my credit card was bad. I felt ashamed and hurt. No other options were given while we all just stared and looked at each other. I said "All I wanted to do is use my digital gift card and have a nice meal for my birthday".
The two of them said nothing. I stood up asked for my print out about the digital gift card and walked out. No one gave additional options or tried to make me "a customer, stop for leaving very unsatisfied". I am working on a bachelor degree at the university and every time me and classmates get into a conversation about food, treatment at a restaurant, customer service, gift cards, birthdays, and reviews I think of my unfair, unsatisfied treatment at Applebee's. Come to find out that the female coming to me at the bar that never tried to run the digital gift card was a manager there.
Wow!! Today, I want closure! My sister took time out to get me that gift card and Applebee's did not waste time taking the charge out of her account for the gift card but I had to wait to get my meal for my birthday. I would have gone to another Applebee's location but, the next nearest Applebee's from me is almost 45 miles.
GROVETOWN, GEORGIA -- Tonight my family went try the new Applebee's in Grovetown. Started out OK, took drink order, messed up and brought 4 waters, my daughter ordered a sierra mist, caught that mistake but was fixed! We ordered food, mother in law ordered half rack ribs, I ordered grilled cheese and soup, youngest daughter ordered a small order of chicken fingers with mashed potatoes, husband ordered blue burger pink please, daughter ordered bacon cheeseburger also wanted it light pink.
Took over 30 minutes. I was brought Mac and cheese, young daughter chicken, mother in law ribs. They were extremely tough. She asked, "Were these baby back or regular ribs?" Waitress said ,"let me check." came back and said "yes they were baby back." She gave my daughter her burger and told husband his was on the way! My daughter was taking the burger apart, and added ketchup. About 7 minutes passes and the waitress came out with the other burger, she said "Oh I made a mistake that is the wrong burger," pointing to my daughter's burger. She had a cold and my husband said "I would like a new one please. I can't eat that!"
They took the burger away, and said "No problem we will get you a new one!" I pointed out my order was also was incorrect, but I would be at it because I do like their Mac and cheese! My husband awaited 15 minutes for 2nd burger, and it was well done, as was my daughter's burger! My husband ate the burger, but did not enjoy it! My mother in law again asked about the ribs being so though, "were they pork or beef", waitress walked away and returned to say "pork."
Nobody apologized for mix ups, and upon receiving the bill, the waitress said they took off for the burger, but upon further looking at the bill they charged us for both burgers and an additional, also charged for full order of chicken verses small! We got a bill for 63 dollars for 2 burgers, half order of ribs, Mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, insane! We will never return, and hopefully they will get better, for the future of this restaurant!!!
555 TROY SCHENECTADY RD, LATHAM, NEW YORK -- Today 10/29/2013, I stop with my girls, at Applebee's, 555 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY. We were served cold coffee right off the bat. We ordered off the 2 for 20 menu and the kids menu. The cheese on the top of the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, was burned so bad I had to scrape it out with a spoon before I could dip the chip. I ordered the 7 oz. House Sirloin. I was never asked if I would like garlic mashed potatoes or baked potato. I was only asked how I would like my steak.
And the seasonal vegetables were cold, and not cooked, I could not chew the summer squash it was so raw, I did like the raw carrots and so did my grandson. And I did not worry about cutting into my steak, because I ordered rare and seeing everything else was undercooked I knew the steak would be just right.
One of my daughters ordered, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, the chicken was burned to the point she was spiting it out. As we sat there we heard a few more people say that they could not eat their soup it was too cold, and they sent it back. My other daughter, granddaughter and grandson ordered Chicken Tenders Basket, it was OK I guess you cannot screw up the deep frying, just the real meals.
I do want to add that the waiter was a wonderful person and I felt he had enough on his plate with the other returns so I did not say anything, because it was not his fault that the cook could not step up to his job. So I spent 57 dollars on garbage I could not eat. I only spend 37 dollars a month with ACE to take my trash away.
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA -- I stopped for a steak and my waiter was nice and helped me pick out a steak. I don't usually order steaks at Applebee's. I also ordered a glass of wine to enjoy while waiting for dinner. Next thing I know this piece of meat and bland red potatoes and portobello mushroom with spinach were put down in front of me by some girl. I told her I never got my wine and changed my drink order to a Coke as I knew I wouldn't drink 2 glasses after eating. (It was two for one) so I took one bite of this awful, tough steak that sat on a bunch of onions that didn't look appetizing all I asked for steak sauce.
Oh and when the plate was plopped on the table in front of me I had to ask for a fork to eat it with! The mushroom was decent and I ate that. I ate about a little more than a quarter of the steak and could not eat anymore of the overcooked flavorless hunk of meat I ordered it medium and it was very well done. The waiter asked if I wanted a box and I said "no." He asked if it was tough and I said "yes." I don't like to send things back so I just didn't complain.
The manager came over and now I am embarrassed and had to explain that it was not good. He did offer something else but I declined out of embarrassment. It was bad enough when I was seated the Hostess said " just one" as if it is strange to grab a bite alone! At that point I just wanted to get out. There were loud obnoxious drunk people at the bar. The food and atmosphere were lousy. The manager did bring me a diet Coke to go busy I don't drink diet Coke! So I got my steak Coke and a bill for over 15.00 add in a tip and I was out 21.00 for one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had! Very disappointed.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- My friend and I went to Applebee's on a Thursday evening around 8:00. The restaurant was pretty much dead, there was one group that had just left as we got there. The Hostess sat us near the door and we waited for someone to come over to take our drink order. We saw a server walk by and go clean off the table of the group that just left. While she was doing that another server walked right by us. We sat there for five minutes and no one even acknowledged us. The server finished cleaning off the table and walked by us again without saying a word.
Ten minutes has now gone by and we're still sitting there. There are only two other couples eating in the entire restaurant, so we know the servers are not swamped or anything, then I could understand the wait. The wait is now fifteen minutes and there are no servers in sight.
Finally I see a couple of them just wandering around across the restaurant, both of them even look over at us but no one bothers to come over. Our menus are open and we have no drinks and we keep looking around. Twenty minutes has now gone by and we are STILL waiting. We look at our phones and decide that ten more minutes and we're walking out. Servers are still up and walking around, but on the other side of the restaurant still. Finally a full half hour has gone by and not one person has said or word to or even acknowledged us. We finally just get up and walk out and go to another restaurant nearby. We called the store immediately and asked for a manager.
The manager got on the phone and gave the most generic and forced apology I've ever heard in my life. He said that one of the servers said that she saw someone walking out (of course they see us then) and we could come back and he would take care of us personally, but we tell him that we've decided to go somewhere else. Normally we really like coming to this restaurant, but this left a bad taste in both of our mouths. I don't even think of going to Applebee's anymore when I go out to eat somewhere.
I would understand if they were swamped with customers or something, but the place was dead! I am a very patient and understanding customer (I work with the public also, so I try to be as patient and polite as I can when I go somewhere else) but there was no excuse for this whatsoever.