PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA -- We have been to Denny's multiple times over the years. Some experiences were ok, some not so much. This Veteran's Day my son and I had free Grand Slams and I paid for my wife to eat. Although the restaurant was very busy, line-out-the-door busy, in fact, our experience was excellent. We got our coffee quickly, put our order in within about 5 minutes and we were eating less than 10 minutes after that. The food was good and the server kept the cups filled. Overall a very satisfying visit.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO -- It was my 1st time at the Denny's location (San Mateo/-I-40). The food was way below par for a Denny's but the bathroom was the WORST I have ever seen: filthy, sticky, totally out of soap, no paper towels (wimpy tiny hand dryer blowing cool air, NO HOT WATER - it was ice cold).
The server (**) was nice and very good. I was not greeted upon entering (waited several minutes looking for someone to seat me). No manager on site to complain to. My Ticket No was ** @ 3:49 on 1/5/15 Store # 6212. I personally will never return EVER - and intend on telling many of my friends to STAY AWAY from that location because it's a DUMP, No Manager, & no one seems to care (except the server doing her job). I recently went to the Denny's on Gibson and it was the BEST Denny's I have ever ate in. Fabulous Manager & crew.
BLACKSBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I visited the Denny's in Blacksburg SC on Friday evening of 10/10/14. I must admit that the food was great but the service was lacking to say the least... Our server David ** took our order, brought the food, and was never see of again. I had to get up to fill the drink glasses myself and at that time another waiter seen me do that and ask where I was sitting (and I showed her). She apologized and said she would keep an eye on us. Like I said I never saw the original waiter and the one who said she would keep an eye on us - never saw her either... and for the second time I had to fill our beverage glasses.
We sat for a while waiting on the bill to arrive but it never did. We had to go to the register where we had to wait about 8 min for someone to even realize that we were needing to pay. This was the first time in a long long time that I have visited Denny's, sad to say the food was good but I'm not sure if I will visit again anytime in the near future.
RIPON, CALIFORNIA -- We went to Denny's in Ripon Friday night on the way to Grass Valley. When we arrived at Grass Valley we discovered that they gave us the wrong bill. We went back on the way home and stopped to tell them about the error. The manager was very rude and yelled at us. He accused us of shorting them by $9.00 because he said our bill was $38. There is no way our bill was that much because we ordered 2 half salads, 1 hamburger, 1 Side Salad, 1 cup of soup and 3 drinks. The manager told us there was nothing he could do to correct the error. I guess there the customer is always wrong.
BELLMEAD, TEXAS -- I had the best experience even though it was only a to go order. My food was amazing and the manager was extremely nice and made sure I was happy with my food. Before I left he opened it all up so I could see how it looked. Presentation was amazing. The waitress was so sweet. I wish I got her name. I'm a waitress so I know what I expect even if it's a to go order. I feel the company I work for has nothing on the Denny's I went to. It's way better. Good job Denny's in Bellmead TX.
ARLINGTON HIGHTS, ILLINOIS -- We have eaten here several times, but this past Thursday we stopped there for breakfast and the waiter brought me a cup of coffee! I was looking at the menu and didn't pay attention to my coffee cup until I went to take a sip, and I noticed red lipstick on my cup!!! It was a dirty cup, I called the waiter over and I pointed to the cup and he tried to make a joke out of it by saying it was mine. I said, "Do you see lipstick on me," and he laughed. I said, "Well I at least should get my Coffee free today," and no comment, well I still had to pay for my cup of coffee - now I wonder about their tableware's cleanliness!!!
Heck I could have made a big stink about by wanting to see a manager and I didn't. They could have given me a free cup of coffee or a free Breakfast - even Better!!! I'm not going to lie - we always enjoy Denny's food not a problem there but I felt the waiter could have at least gave me my coffee free but he didn't even offer!
TEMPE, ARIZONA -- Last night a group of us went to Denny's for dinner to celebrate my sister in law's birthday. Our group consisted of 10 adults and 5 kids, ranging in ages from 3-7 years old. We were seated in a section of the restaurant that was separated from the rest of the diners. We had the whole section to ourselves. The kids all wanted to sit in a booth on their own. They were enjoying looking out the windows and were watching the cars go by and were laughing and talking amongst themselves.
Our waitress had already taken our order and we were waiting for our food when another employee approached the table. She told us that other diners had complained about the level of noise from the kids. She told us that the kids had to sit at our table and that we had to make them be quiet. She said it was against Denny's policy for kids to sitting at a different table than the adults.
One of the adults in our party asked to speak to a manager. The employee just said 'fine' and turned and walked away. The manager came over and we asked if it was okay for the kids to sit in their own booth next to our table. She explained that the kids were enjoying looking out the window. The manager was very nice and said that was fine, as long as the kids weren't running around the restaurant (which they weren't). We asked if it was against Denny's policy for the kids to be sitting in their own booth. She said no as long as we were nearby.
We also asked about the noise level of the kids. They were having a good time and we didn't think that the noise level was unacceptable. The manager said she has kids too and that she didn't think the kids were being too loud. We did tell her that the other employee should be updated on Denny's policies. She said she would talk to that employee and we thanked her for her time.
I am writing this as a compliment because the manager was very understanding and our waitress was wonderful. She was very patient with the kids and had a pleasant attitude the whole time she was waiting on us. I would also like to compliment the food. I haven't eaten at Denny's in a few years.
The food has really improved. I got a classic burger and seasoned fries. The burger was juicy and looked like someone had actually formed it into a patty before placing it on the grill because it wasn't perfectly round, like pre-shaped patties are. The fries were the best I've had in a while. I hardly ever eat more than a few fries with my meal as I do not care for salty foods. But I ate the entire plate of fries. I also noticed a lot more variety on the menu than before. With the exception of the rude employee, I enjoyed my dining experience at Denny's.
ALBANY, NEW YORK -- This one time, my sister and I decided to stop and have dinner at a nearby Denny's restaurant after catching "War of the Worlds" starring Tom Cruise at the movie theater. Little did I know this would turn out to be a big mistake.
First off, we had to wait about 2 minutes for the greeter to seat a couple in front of us before finally returning to seat us - only we were forced to sit at a table as opposed to a booth which would have been greatly preferred. I feel guests such as myself should not be forced to wait for a table and Denny's should hire additional wait staff to serve as greeters. In any event, after we were finally seated and served our meals we had a unremarkable experience except for being forced to endure the conversations of annoying diners also in our general area.
Upon completing our meals, we decided to order desserts. My sister chose some type of pie (I don't remember exactly which, it's been awhile this this occurred) while I ordered a classic hot fudge sundae. When the desserts finally arrived, I was very disappointed to say the least. My so called "hot fudge" sundae tasted like Hershey's syrup that they just pulled out of the refrigerator. I forced down and suffered through as much of the sundae as I could which was a little more than half before having my sister try it.
Once I finally managed to get the attention of our incompetent server I informed her of the problem. I told her that Hershey's syrup did not constitute a hot fudge sundae. I returned to her the remaining third of my sundae and told her I deserved a more acceptable replacement. After waiting approximately 3 MORE minutes for my new sundae to arrive, the topping was indeed hot, but the vanilla ice cream was far more melty than my first sundae. I couldn't believe this.
While choking down this second sundae and trying to keep the meal I just ate from coming back up, the waitress returned to see if the new sundae was satisfactory. My sister replied something along the lines of "far from it, but you've done enough." I wish I could have given her a piece of my mind at this time, but I was phoning my brother and filling him in on the details of the movie.
Upon finishing this sorry excuse for a dessert, we went and spoke to the manager standing near the cash register. I explained to him the lackluster service and the two terrible desserts I was forced to endure and demanded to know how he planned to placate me. At first he offered to deduct the cost of both my sister and my own desserts from our bill. I couldn't believe this. I scoffed and told him that this was completely unacceptable to the point of being humiliating.
I told him that our entire meal and beverages should be completely free of charge. The manager refused this citing that no one received any complaints about the meals. At this point my sister stepped in to defuse the situation and offered to pay the bill. I was still in a state of disbelief over the quality of my sundae and the treatment I received by the wait staff and manager that I returned to the table and replaced the tip my sister had left with a stick of gum and a button that I found at the bottom of my purse. I also loosened the cap on the salt shaker. Now were even Denny's. I'll be glad to never visit there again!
VISALIA, CALIFORNIA -- I was asked at Denny's if I would like coffee for my beverage. I then ask "Do you give refills?" She answered "Oh, yes" and I replied "Then I'll have a cup" (Knowing that this is not their "secret" policy, because of many past examples of service and watching their other tables also). I think that Denny's Restaurant's slogan should be called "One cup that's it" (This is true of all Denny's Restaurants).