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No Consistency in Food
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Rating: 1/51

BONNEY LAKE, WASHINGTON -- Went to Applebees in Bonney Lake to have lunch with my wife. Arrived at about 11:20 am. Hostess came over and said she wasn't on duty yet but would seat us. Waitress came and took our order. Food came in a timely manner. We ordered the oriental chicken salads. We're shocked when they came. There were no crispy noodles in the salad like we get at all the other Applebee's we eat at. When I told the waitress she offered to bring me a little package of noodles -- I did not come out to eat to make my own salad -- she just smiled and said "Oops the cook must have space out." Very disappointed at the way she handled this.

I expect my food to be fixed the same at all chain restaurants having the same name. I never send food back because you never know what they do to it when you complain so we ate, paid and left. Will not go back. After reading reviews of Applebee's restaurants and customer service it seems to me that the Applebee's corp. does not care how their managers run their stores and most of them are very poorly ran.

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Item Not as Described in the Menu
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Rating: 2/51

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?

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A Saturday Lunch Turned Out to Be a Not So Great Experience.
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Rating: 1/51

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.

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Poor Service
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Rating: 1/51

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.

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Screaming Child Not Handled by Managers
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Rating: 2/51

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.

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Very Bad Customer Service
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Rating: 1/51

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 than 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 deadbeat. 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!

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Bad Service for My Birthday!!!!
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Rating: 1/51

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 '€œto 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, "€œyes". 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 "€œwell 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 "€œcan I help you?" I told him I had a digital gift card to pay for my meal. He said "€œno 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 "€œOh 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, "€œSir I hope you have other means of paying for your meal just in case the gift card don'€™t go through 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 "€œAll 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 "€œa 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.

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Applebee's serve inedible/gross food to make a profit!!!!
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Rating: 1/51

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!!!!

Resolution Update 05/27/2012:

***************STATUS UPDATE********************

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.
Good Luck!

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Bad food & Service
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NORTH DAKOTA -- A month ago my husband and I decided to go Applebee's in Wiliston, ND for supper after both working (my husband just had worked 18 hours.) We entered around the supper rush and waited about 15 minutes before we got our booth (which is normal and fine.) We sat and sat and no one greeted us, gave us menus or even acknowledged us, even though there were at least 3 staff members in our section. After 15 minutes my husband mentioned to me he was going to get someone to help us.

All of sudden, like magic a young waiter came to us, who happen to be at the table behind for whole 15 minutes laughing and talking to some high schools kids (clearly not doing his job.) We ordered a martini and beer and I ordered wings right away for an appetizer because we were starving. The first drinks came in normal average time. My wings came a 1/2 hour later after being ordered and they were wrong. I asked for wings with bones and normal Buffalo sauce. I got boneless wings with BBQ sauce.

The waiter said something like he must have understood me wrong on the wing type and took them back. Which is funny, how would that explain the sauce being wrong too then? We were irritated at service this point but brushed it off because I have been a waiter and bartender and knew what it is like. While waiting my husband wanted a 2nd beer but it took forever to track down the waiter to order one. An hour and half after waiting I got my wings (correctly this time) my husband's entree, and my entree all at once. The young boy who brought our food was not even our waiter.

My husband had ordered a 12 oz. Rare Ribeye and I had ordered a Fire Pit Bacon Burger (no tomatoes.) My husband's steak was well-done, not even pink and it looked gross. We didn't expect the greatest steak ever but it did not look like ribeye and it looked nasty shoe leather that had been dropped on floor (not hardly worth the $17.99.) My burger had the tomatoes on (which I requested off) and was missing parts (cheese & chipotle sauce) listed on the menu description. We did not take a single bite of anything.

I grabbed the young man that brought our food because our waiter for was nowhere to be seen nor was the 2nd beer that had been ordered earlier. I politely explained the food being wrong and the poor service. I said "I hated to complain but it was awful and we just wanted to leave." He nicely apologized and said he could get new food, we said "we just wanted to go and pay for the drinks and go somewhere else to eat."

He went and got the manager who was quick and was also polite. He offered new food and it would be free. I said "I didn't want to wait." He said he take the food off the bill and we could take the food given. I told him "I wouldn't eat something I wasn't paying for. " and he said he send the ticket.

Like a genie, after the manager left, our waiter showed up and brought the ticket and beer (requested how long ago?) We didn't even want the beer anymore but my husband did not want to argue so he drank it quickly and we paid for the 2 beers and martini which about $16. After 2+ hours of this charade we were still had no food and had to go somewhere else for food.

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Yankee's vs Soccer
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WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK -- On Sunday, July 11, my friend and I decided to eat at Applebee's. One of the reasons that I like Applebee's is that you can request to watch sports and other programs and have a sound machine to listen. I frequent Applebee's in New Rochelle weekly and have enjoyed the food, the service and being able to watch either a game or a show that I and others are interested in.

When we were being seated I requested to be seated in the bar so that we could watch the Yankee game which began at 4:00 pm. The waitress informed me that she could not have the channel changed even though on the ten or more TV screens was the same soccer game. I requested to speak to the manager. When the manager came over to the table, I requested to watch the Yankee game. The manager responded that since it was the Final World Soccer game and that all the customers were watching the game he could not honor my request.

I asked again, he then said he would put the game on a TV that was to my back. I would have to turn around in the booth and kneel if I wanted to see the game. Again I asked to see the game on one of the other TVs. I told him that I had no interest to watch the soccer game, and that I didn't care if it was the soccer final. He held his hands tightly to his stomach and again responded to me as in reprimand that he was not changing to the Yankee Game. I gestured the same, the manager then asked me why I was mimicking him. I guess it is OK for him but not for the customer to do display this type of behavior. His behavior to me was demeaning and condescending.

I find it odd that every person sitting at the bar was only interested in watching the soccer game. I am positive that there were other people who would have preferred to watch the baseball game. Perhaps if there was a flier or an ad announcing that the Soccer game was being shown exclusively at Applebee's- no other games etc - Do Not Ask! This exclusive program will be shown until one team wins signed "The Management." I guess I was unaware that Applebee's is not open to diversity or different interest.

I then understood that my request would not be honored, the only remedy was for me to view the game on the TV facing my back. Unacceptable! My friend and I agreed that we could go to another sports restaurant to have dinner and watch the game. I requested the manager's name.

As we leaving the manager handed me a card with his name - unfortunately his name was scribbled - I could not read it. He then in a loud annoyed voice called out that I had previously been at Applebee's was rude and caused a scene. He made sure that the wait staff as well as the patron's heard him. It was offensive that he tried to belittle in front of others. What was he trying to prove - he wasn't acting professional representing Applebee's.

But the bright side of the day - My friend and I went to New Rochelle -Buffalo Wild Wings, they also have 10 or more TVs. Yes many were showing the soccer game but others displayed Yankee, golf, tennis, etc. My friend and I had a delicious, hot, spicy wing and rib dinner, had a few laughs watched the Yankee game, played a little Texas hold'em. We even yelled excitedly with the crowd when Spain won the final. I am so glad that Buffalo Wild Wings is moving right next door to the Applebee's in White Plains, it will always be my recommended favorite. Good-bye Applebee's I really don't like to be treated like a "soccer." Professionally yours, A Devoted NY Yankee Fan.

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