LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- My wife and I have gone to the new Cheddars in Lakeland twice. The food is good and portions are a bit too much for my personal preference but let's just call them generous. The problems I have is with the 3 or 4 times the server comes back and asks how it tastes. My thinking is once and if it tastes Ok then it probably hasn't gotten any different for the next 2 or 3 times they come and ask. Then the manager comes and asks the same question. Eating there could be a pleasant experience but I really don't like the interruptions so we can play questions and answers.
Later my wife and a friend went to lunch and my wife ordered something that the waiter must have thought was too spicy for her. He asked twice if she knew that it was a very spicy dish. Hint, she's old enough and intelligent enough to know what she is ordering. I doubt very much that we will bother with this place again. Good food but irritating.
BOARDMAN, OHIO -- This is the second time we have ate at a Cheddars, since Cheddars came into our area. Well, actually we have to drive over an hour to any of them, this is why we don't go often, plus they haven't been in this area very long. This is an complaint! We ate at the one at Erie PA and really enjoyed it, your prices are reasonable, service was great, so on black Friday, when shopping in a different area, we decided to have lunch at Cheddars. First off, let me tell you, if our first experience had been like this one, we would have never ever stepped back into one ever. We eat out every weekend and this was by far the worst experience we had ever had.
When we got there, it wasn't real busy, had to wait about 5 minutes on a table, told us 15, so that made us happy, Our waitress was great. She got our drinks and took our order. It was taking a lot longer to get our meal than at Erie, but it was starting to get busy. We don't mind waiting on food, if it is good. Our waitress took our order. We ordered burgers and fries, both sounded good. This is when the problems started. Like I said it was taking longer than Erie, but we don't mind waiting. Within reason, there were 2 different couples, one on each side of us.
After the waitress took our order, she took one other order and then we didn't see her for a bit. 20 minutes later, the couple sitting behind my wife, got their order. Remember, they came after us and placed their order after us. This seemed odd. I told my wife I am going to see how much longer before we get our tray, it was almost 8 minutes.
I had the smokehouse burger, which was supposed to have 4 pieces of bacon. Well, someone needs to learn how to count, there were only two. My sandwich had definitely been sitting around awhile, it was almost room temperature. The cheese on the sandwich even looked old and my fries were the same temperature. My wife did not get her fries.
When the waitress came back to ask how things were, we told her my sandwich wasn't hot, neither were my fries, and my wife didn't have fries on her order. She went and got my wife her fries. She asked if I wanted them to make me another sandwich and I said no, we were hungry, duh. That is why we were eating out and I already had to wait almost 30 minutes, why wait another 30 minutes? If we had ordered steaks or shrimp or something harder to cook that would have been different too. Oh, my sandwich was supposed to be well done, my wife's medium rare, they were cooked the same.
We questioned why 2 other couples who came in after us, placed orders after us, got their food almost 10 minutes before us. We told her, we knew it was not her problem, it was the kitchen. She sent the manager out and let me tell you, I was in fast food for 10 years and if I had treated customers like this manager treated us, I would have been fire! The manager came out and seemed to have a little attitude. I understand it can be hectic at times and people can be difficult, but if he is not a people person, then he needs to find another job.
Anyway, we explained that our sandwiches were not hot, that my wife's fries were not with her sandwich and we also brought up, on how 2 different couples ordering after us, got their meals almost 10 minutes before us and his 'tude' really showed. He said after the waitress explained about our problem, he looked and the meal was prepared within 18 minutes, because he checked the time stamp and he was sorry if that wasn't good enough for us. We tried to explain the biggest problem was serving orders out of order and he just brushed us off.
Well, I am sorry, our food may have been cooked within the 18 minutes time frame your company shoots for, but it was not delivered in a timely fashion. There was another couple (third couple) who came in a long time after us, got their food within 15 minutes, from ordering. He did not offer to fix us another meal to replace it or even apologize for the problems. He had the attitude that him and his staff are always right and the customer is always wrong.
I know this is a new location and hasn't been open long, but I am sorry, I would think that since it is a new location, they would strive to make sure all of their customers are happy. He may have thought that he had the last word, but, maybe he doesn't realize that word-of-mouth can either be the best advertisement or the worse advertisement and in this case, it won't be positive. Thank you very much for your time.
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -- We visited our local Cheddars which we do weekly. The waitress was very Nice Anna Marie and encouraged us to go to the Cheddars website and register for a chance to Win free dinners for a year. When you go to the website there is no opportunity to fill out a survey! Poor planning!
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA -- The manager, Linda, was so nasty towards us. Food was slow to come out. Wait time to receive a table was long. I cannot believe the attitude that this so-called "manager" had! Waitress was snobby. Food wasn't that great. Very annoying, dark environment. The hostess was very nasty to us. I believe her name was Taylor.
FT. MEYERS, FLORIDA -- We have been going to Cheddar's about four yr. We are snowbirds and look forward to eating there. The service is great. Tonight we had Gabby. She couldn't do enough to make us happy. She went out of her way to make sure everything was right after our dinner. The manager Tiffany came over to say hello. She remembered us from the night before. Not only is the food excellent they make you feel like V.I.P. You can't beat that. It's our favorite place.
AMARILLO, TEXAS -- My friend and I have eaten at this restaurant several times. Although it is noisy, we have had good service and good food. Last night, our server was Hannah and she made sure our food was as ordered, even if our steaks were "just right." She was cordial, but not intrusive.
BOARDMAN, OHIO -- My husband and I was shopping and decided to eat out so we decided to try Cheddars. This was our first time eating at this establishment. We were seated as soon as we entered, there was no waiting. Our server was very polite and our drinks and food did not really take too terribly long to come however my ribs were very cold. They had a good flavor but cold. The server never came over to ask how our meal was once we were served.
When were done with our meal the manager came and asked about how our meal was. When I explained to her that my ribs were cold she did offer a free dessert, which was very kind of her however I did not accept her offer. Not real sure about going back???
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO -- My wife and I discovered Cheddars in Boardman, OH about 2 years ago. Our first waitress on our first visit was Allison. Every time we have gone back, she was our only waitress as she was friendly and looked out for all of our needs. No matter what she suggested on the menu and we ordered was delicious and well prepared. On Sunday, April 19th, we went there for my birthday. Allison was not working then. Claire was our waitress. The attitude carried over to Claire. The food we ordered was up to our expectations, including the desert. We have eaten here several times considering we live about 30 miles away but the drive is worth all of it.
The ribs are second to none. There is no such thing as eating the meat off of the bone as the bone pulls away from the meat and the BBQ sauce is delicious. As I sat there, I looked around and saw the other waiters and waitresses looking out for their tables, making sure all of the guests were taken care. The prices were in line with other restaurants in the area. I am not writing this because I was asked to. I am writing this because this is how my wife and I both feel.
ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO -- I am not an employee any longer, but am definitely a concerned bystander who has firsthand knowledge that the Founder's son, Mark - (who is the regional manager for Cheddar's Denver) calls his employees stupid and puts them down every chance he gets. Additionally, Jerome, one of the other manager's told one of his employees that he hates Jews. This occurred when one of his Jewish employees kiddingly said that for the first day of Hanukkah this year that instead of Christmas music they should play Hanukkah music. He did not know she was Jewish when he said, "Why would I do that? I hate Jews!"
I will not patronize Cheddars and will make sure everyone I know hears this information as often as possible. How can they still treat people this way in the 21st century? I overheard these instances on 2 separate occasions. I did work there, and thankfully it never happened to me. But I saw this - and more mistreatment - on a regular basis.