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.
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 tough, 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 versus 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!!!
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.
TROY -- I am vegetarian and it was company's lunch party that we went there for. I asked them to get me a simple house salad with no meat/chicken/bacon. The waitress smiled at me and said - "Our salads don't have chicken/meat but it has just only bacon, which we will take it off for you." I said "ok." Then they served me the salad with the bacon in it. I did took 2 bites and could not feel any different as never had any non-veg item in my life.
After a while one of my colleague pointed me that there is bacon in the plate. And I was so shocked! We called waitress and argued her that why salad plate has bacon in it. She said "I told kitchen people to not add it and still they did." I am sorry and that's it. They just don't care about anything. This is the worst lunch experience I had in my life. I feel so bad about it when I think of it.
NORTHVILLE, MICHIGAN -- This happened On January 30, 2015 at about 6:00 pm. The Long Island Tea drink was very weak. I mentioned it to the waitress, **, who called **, one of the managers to the table. ** was very rude. First she said the law does not allow her to change the drink or offer a refund. When I stated "there is no such law", she then changed her story and said the company's policy does not allow her to buy the drink back (Take it off the bill) or change it with another one. What a liar. I will let everyone know about my experience, particularly those who value their money.
ESTERO, FLORIDA -- We had a group from church, 8 people. Everyone was served after 65 minutes, they brought my shrimp Thai salad after everyone was almost done with their main course. I asked for dressing on side. They put it on salad. I sent it back. They took 23 minutes to bring it...... it was supposed to be a full salad, it looked like a side salad.
The manager came and said she was taking salad off my bill. She took it off someone else's bill. I also ordered Buffalo wings to go. I asked the waiter to put order with my salad as I was waiting for my son to call and picking him up from work. I asked him 3x for my wings, they came 20 mins. after my son had called. I was furious. The service and the food suck.
TEMPLE, TEXAS -- This is the worst salad I have ever ordered. The strawberries amount to maybe a whole strawberry and they were not edible! There was so much wilted arugula that I had to take 1/2 of it off and it filled the lid of the "to go" box. There was maybe a slice of avocado. This salad was $9.99. I called Applebee's and the manager was very nice and said to come back in for something else. I will take this food (2 orders) back after work tonight.
So, for lunch we went around the corner and had the best Wes's burger and onion rings in the county! Normally I order the pecan crusted chicken salad and it is always good. The strawberry and avocado salad should be taken off the menu immediately! My rating is for the food only. The manager was great when I told her it was the worst food I had ever ordered!
BANGOR, MAINE -- During a recent visit to Applebee's in Bangor, Maine, My granddaughter and I observed another customer sitting opposite of us, feeding her small dog from her plate with the same fork that she was eating with. The sight of that grossed us out. The thought that that dog may have recently licked its genitals and other places and now was licking a fork that other customers would unknowingly eating from later, was just too much.
I called for the manager and complained about it, but he smiled and said, "It's a service dog and I can't do anything about it." I replied that, "yes, service dogs are allowed to enter a restaurant, but allowing them to eat from restaurant dishes and utensils is extremely unsanitary." He said that might be offensive to me but he would not speak to the customer about it.
I have no idea what kind of service dog a Pekinese (sp) could be but the customer was not blind, cripple, or deaf and showed no signs of any other disability that would require the use of a "service dog." But that is not my issue, sanitation and the health of customers is. Personally, I would never enter an Applebee's again if I were starving! I intend to follow this up with report to the local health authorities.
GREELEY, COLORADO -- First, when we entered, we asked for a booth. We were told there wasn't one ready and would take 10 to 15 minutes to clean one. Why? I think maybe 1 minute! Then she said "maybe a table?" Did she think she was going to stand us in a corner? There were plenty booths and tables available. We were sat at a two top. That was ok, but just as soon as she sat us down, she sat another couple in a booth. The waitress was nice and we did get our food in an acceptable amount of time. My husband order the new strawberry salad with avocado. First, it was very small, two tiny cubes of avocado, 4 small slices of chicken, maybe one strawberry, the dressing was very spicy.
When he told the girl there was only two little cubes of avocado, she said all the avocados were frozen they just gave him what was left. No apology or any other compensation. These are just a few things. We'll never go back again. This is a complaint against the Applebee's on 10th Street in Greeley, Co.
WATERVILLE, MAINE -- My husband and I took our 8 year old grandson out to eat. Our grandson ordered pizza which he usually loves, but for some reason didn't care for it. The waiter, who was super friendly and nice came over to check on us and noticed the pizza. He asked our grandson if he liked the pizza. He said "sorry, not really." Well the waiter asked if he wanted to try something else. He suggested the chicken fingers. It was extremely busy, and it was a full house. The waiter said "I'll see what I can do about putting a rush on these" so he could still eat with us.
Didn't take long at all, the manager actually delivered the chicken with a big smile and said "try this buddy!" He wanted to make sure we all were happy with our food, which was excellent. They took the pizza off our bill, which surprised us. We thanked them for being so nice about it. It was by far one of the best service we ever had. Our grandson was happy, which makes us happy! Thank you to the waiter and manager for making my mother's day extra special!