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Oct 29, 2008 11:16 AM

Restaurants with "Rules"

A little hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant I like in the Palm Springs area--El Gallito in Cathedral City--has more than a dozen "rules" for patrons. Some are posted on the walls, some are printed in the menu, and some are listed on a table top tent card.

Now, each of the rules is generally reasonable and some are quite common to other restaurants, but we always get a chuckle out of the sheer number of rules we must follow in order to eat there.

Have you ever been to a restaurant that has either a large number of "rules" or posts some uncommon rules? Please share your favorites. In the meantime, here are the rules from El Gallito:


--We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

--Do not block entrance way.

--No shoes, no shirt, no service.

--Not responsible for your lost or stolen articles.


--Cash only.

--No checks accepted.

--One guest check per table.

--All extras and sides ordered will be charged accordingly.

--For those sharing a meal, we charge $3 for the extra plate.


--Beer and wine served only to guests ordering a food entree.

--For your safety, a maximum of 3 drinks per person will be served.

--Beer and wine are served to our guests who do not seem intoxicated.


--Chips and salsa are gladly served after your party has placed the food order.

--Entrees that include rice and beans will not be split by the kitchen.

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  1. all these rules seem ok except the "3 drink per person maximum". I probably wouldnt go there because of a rule like that.

    5 Replies
    1. re: swsidejim

      Mr Sidejim, I have to agree with you 100% on this one.

      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        I dont advocate having too much to drink & acting a fool, or driving impaired, but 3 drinks is just getting started for me. I enjoy a few shots of tequila, and a couple of beers when I go out, especially for Mexican food. Then my designated driver(wife) drives us all home safely(she isnt a drinker).

        1. re: swsidejim


          If it were really a great place, like no other and without equal......would you consider skirting the 3 drink maximum rule and have your wife order her maximum allowable amount of drinks...but for you to consume....and make an exception to your protest?

          I agree with you that when I want an alcoholic refreshment I should be able to have one...and for the fact I consider myself a responsible adult who knows when to say "when", I resent on principle some of the liquor policies of some food places,

          On occasion when away from home and usually after a round of golf in some locale, our group will stop for lack of a better option, at a National Chain restaurant for both food and beverage refreshments. I will sometimes order two beers at first opportunity and will be told it is the policy of the restaurant not to accept multiple drink orders from one person. I usually tell the server, that's fine, but when they bring me the first drink, to automatically place an order for another drink and bring it to me immediately....since the first one will go down fast and be finished quite quickly after spending the last four hours out in the sun...and me being parched.

          Again, rules are reply is necessary to my original query.

          1. re: fourunder

            interesting question, I did say probably, so I did leave the door open if the food was unique and spectacular, I wouldnt like the feeling of "sneaking" my wifes alloted drinks.

            With the above said I am not a lush, and go to a few hole-in-the-wall type spots that are dry, and enjoy the food.

            1. re: fourunder

              This reminds me of my experience on a commercial airliner about a year ago. What with the cutback in personnel and the increased size of planes and their passenger component, I have taken to ordering two drinks at the same time. Otherwise, the drink serving time is over by the time I finish my first one and getting a server to bring me a second one is a hassle.

              My server politely informed me that FAA regulations prohibit the serving of two drinks at one time. First, this appears to be a regulation "honored more in the breach than in the observance", since no other airline personnel had ever told me that and my two drink procedure was working quite well up to that time.

              Second, I understand that the FAA and the airlines do not want drunk patrons, but isn't there a two drink maximum on planes, anyway? (It seems to me that I saw that fact brought out in a movie, once.)

              Anyway, unless I am showing obvious signs of inebriation (and I was not--I was stone cold sober!), I resent the airline playing parent to me. It must not have bothered me too much, though, because I have no recollection of which airline it was.

      2. Makes the Soup Nazi look like an angel!

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        1. re: cstr

          Oops, you beat me to the punch. Should have read all replies, before I posted.

          My thoughts exactly,


        2. "--For your safety, a maximum of 3 drinks per person will be served.
          --Beer and wine are served to our guests who do not seem intoxicated."

          What if they serve you the maximum of 3 drinks and you *still* don't seem intoxicated?

          1. A reason I liked Chuy's in Austin, aside from good tortilla soup, is the print on the door:
            NO CRYBABIES

            1. My guess is that is is about SPRING BREAK, a big thing in PS. As a mom and pop hole-in-the-wall experiencing cheap, drunk, hungry and not-so-bright college kids, I think it's reasonable vs. just closing.

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              1. re: ML8000

                That makes a lot of sense. They may not in fact enforce all the rules all the time, but they have them there if they need them to deal with the spring break louts.

                1. re: BobB

                  Yeah, 3 drink maximum sounds like spring break to me. A little barf and a few fights and I'd pull out the rules or just close down.