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).
EL PASO, TEXAS -- We waited for at least 15 minutes to get our drink ordered then another 10 minutes to get our drinks out. Our food took approximately 30 minutes. Once we had our food we were never waited on. We never received refills or anything. When we paying out we asked to speak to the manager, the manager never came out.
BYRON, GEORGIA -- Our son and grandkids were here for Christmas and they wanted to go to Denny's. The food was OK; but next to the cash register, they had a sign stating 10% discount for military. Our bill was $102.22 if I remember correctly. The cashier said that the discount policy have changed and now is the amount of the smallest meal. So, our bill was $100.12. They discounted the price of the Mozzarella Cheese Sticks!! $2.10. Also, unless you are member of AARP, you cannot get senior's discount.
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- I was in Rapid City, S.D. on June 29th around lunch time. Three hours earlier I had come from ICU Rapid City Regional where I had lost my husband. My daughter and best friend were with me and they insisted I have something to eat. I am 64 yrs old and I wait tables at a very busy place for 45 yrs. so I have knowledge of the ins and outs of cafe business - have had one of my own.
What I saw at the one we ate at near the hospital is the worst display of horsing around in a eatery in my life. It took us over a half hour to get our food - it had sat under lights for sometime. I know lights don't keep it hot. My spaghetti was cold and crusty around the edges, toast was crisp on the edges and other side wet and soggy. My daughter's soup cold, my friend's eggs cold as were the grits. She asked for a glass of milk and they brought her a tiny little pitcher of milk. We asked to have food heated and while we were there all that time these kids were whooping and laughing and horsing around.
Finally I stood up and asked if we could get our food that was supposedly being heated. I was in grief to begin with and then to go in and see something like that with NO responsible adult in there. That was my first visit to a Denny's and my last. That was so unacceptable, chasing one another around laughing and squealing. What the ** has become of common sense and serving the customer. If I done that at Murdo S.D. I would make no tips what so ever and my boss would fire my ** in a blink of a eye.
We pd. a lot of money for the worst service I have ever endured. My friend is a waitress too and my daughter is a lab tech at Sanford. We were all just flabbergasted. What a waste, and to top it off we seen a table get up and walk out and there were four of them and I heard the lady say, "We have sat here for 15 min. and not even been acknowledged." Is this how all your places are run???
KENTUCKY -- This morning we stopped at Denny's for breakfast after an early appointment. Little man had an alien pancake kids meal, my husband got a grand slam, and I got a Belgian Waffle platter. The waitress was very nice and had our drinks served before we could even unroll our silverware. We put our order in and within 15 minutes got our food. That is where it went downhill.
What was served to us was some of the most DISGUSTING food I've ever had the displeasure of eating. How this slop left the kitchen the way it was served to us is beyond comprehension. My son's alien pancakes were supposed to be served with whipped cream and strawberries, didn't have it. I didn't complain because he didn't really care. My husband's scrambled eggs for his grand slam were undercooked and runny on some parts and over cooked and burnt on others. His pancakes were raw in the middle and when he cut them open pancake batter ran all over his plate. His potatoes were so oily that they sparkled under the light of our table.
My waffle was also undercooked and rubbery. The butter that they served on top of the waffle wasn't even able to melt because it was so cold and soggy. It almost seemed like the waffle itself was put in a steam bath to cook rather than a waffle maker. When I took a bite of my sausage it was ice cold and still frozen in the middle.
To say I was disgusted was an understatement. I cannot believe that not only did the person cooking this food allow it to leave the kitchen, but the waitress even bothered to serve it. When our server came and asked us how everything was we told her what was wrong with our food and requested the manager. We didn't want them to make us more food, at this point we just wanted to leave.
The manager came to our table right away and took our plates into the back. She came back within 5 minutes apologizing and told us that our meal was on the house and that she couldn't believe we were served food like that. All in all this was probably the worst food I've ever eaten in a restaurant. So much so that I probably will not be going back to this location.