TACOMA, WASHINGTON -- Got seated promptly, and ordered lemonades and food = Good. Waited over 15 minutes to get drinks = Not good, as the restaurant was not crowded. Appetizers - hot wings, waited over 15 minutes = Not good, also the wing sauce was not the same as before, not as good. The Club sandwich was bland and tasteless, the bottom slice of bread was soggy, the top slice was too dry, the bacon was dry and old, the fries were not very hot = Not good.
I asked for some hot sauce and didn't receive it until over halfway through my meal = Not good. My wife's chicken stir fry dinner tasted terrible = Not good. After asking for a refill on our drinks, we didn't get them for ten minutes = Not good. ASSESSMENT: Quality of service and food has gone down considerably. Applebee's is not what it used to be.
YUBA CITY, CALIFORNIA -- I ordered the chicken slices on quinoa. It's a nice dish without the tons of salt & calories so many dishes have there. I've been ordering it since they put it on the menu. This most recent time & the last time it came, there was no quinoa. The chicken breast was on a bed of rice.
I asked to speak to the manager & he came over. When I made my complaint, he asked if I wanted something else. No! I just wanted them to prepare the dish as it had been previously & as it's described in the menu. I asked him if what was on my plate looked like quinoa & he just mumbled something. Why put a lower calorie dish on the menu & not have it meet the description in the menu? The manager must not know what quinoa looks like. Why would I return to such a lame restaurant?
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.
BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA -- I ordered a hamburger off the menu and when the server brought it to table I ordered no tomato but, there was a tomato. I asked for mayo on the side, no mayo was on burger nor was it on the side, easy fix. The picture showed 3 pieces of bacon on the burger, so when I looked for the bacon I found bacon bits instead. Who would put bacon bits on a burger, if you are going to put a picture on your menu make it that way. The manager comped part of the bill. I've never had good food or experience at Applebees and will never go back.
BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA -- On Wednesday, June third, 2015 I mistakenly left my rain jacket at their restaurant at 9601 Lyndale Av. S. in Bloomington, Minn. Since it quit raining when we left, I didn't miss my jacket until the following Sunday. (My house key was in a pocket. At this point I still had not realized I had left the jacket there and that my key was in it. I just thought, drat, I don't have a key. I had a spare key hidden, so I could enter my house.) I called Applebee's to report the incident. Then, I personally went there and talked to a manager. He looked in the lost and found area; no jacket. I gave them my telephone number in case it got turned in.
Today, June 15, I reported the theft to the local police. I also, a few days ago, had four locks re-keyed, $200. Also today, after I left the police dept., I stopped at Applebee's and talked to a different manager. She went to their office (note: not lost and found) and returned with my jacket. Key was still in the pocket. When I got home, upset because of the $200 I had to spend for the new locks, I asked myself why nobody called me; after all, they had my phone number. I called the restaurant, but so far no one has returned my call. I am a frequent guest at this location, but this incident left a bad taste in my mouth.
GRESHAM, OREGON -- My husband and I thought we would enjoy a late lunch after spending the afternoon at the movies. The food was good, however at a nearby table there was a young, unattended child playing with either a cell phone or another small electronic device. Said child was in and out of her booth and calling across the room, "Mommie." A waitress soon stopped by the table of the little girl, grabbed some food off of her plate and popped it in her mouth. The child addressed her as Mommie.
A little while later another female with a toddler in her arms came in and sat at the same table, the waitress came by, lifted the child and carried him back to the kitchen area. She soon returned, gave the child to the other female, then met another employee in the aisle and took two plates of food from her and took it to a nearby table.
I understand that there may be days when child care is unavailable to someone, but don't think that I as a customer should have these unattended children sitting at a nearby table. If it's necessary to bring them to work can they not be seated away from customers?
ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA -- Monday 25th - I will never eat at Applebee's again!! After we ordered we realized there was a Monday special from a hanging poster and our hamburger would be half the price. The server said they can't advise on daily specials if the patron doesn't know - he said it was the manager's advice. False advertising to me!!! AND then once we paid the bill they preferred we just leave as we were never asked again if we wanted anything else as we stayed another 30 minutes (lots of open tables). POOR SERVICE and not customer friendly!! Don't eat at Applebee's in ELK River, Mn.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- This started out not so great from the beginning... Asked for dressing on the side, instead salad was DRENCHED in dressing. Making matters worse, it was a hot chili dressing, very spicy and no getting away from the heat. No offer from the server to bring something different. Ordered the blonde brownie which is supposed to be topped with ice cream. When the server brought it she said "oh we had a little problem with the ice cream being too soft." What she had looked like someone had poured a cup of cream over the blondie. Why was this even allowed to leave the kitchen??
Asked for 1 check, she brought 2. NOT sure if all these mistakes are purely the fault of the server or a prime example of POOR training. This place was not busy and our server brought the food out, she should have caught these issues. I will not return to this location.
CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Went there to have dinner after church Sunday. We were seated after about ten minutes, still no waiter. The person that seated us got us something to drink, still no waiter for us. Then the people seated next to us after we were there about twenty minutes before them the waiter came and offered them drinks and when she brought their drinks back then began to take their order.
So as we decided maybe this isn't the kind of place for all then the manager stepped in and asked why we were leaving and offered to take the dinner off. I didn't come looking for a handout. I could afford my dinner and she was going around to other tables talking to others but didn't have anything to say to us until we got up to leave. Is that what management at Applebee's are hired for? Well good thing Fatz is just down the street.