Waiting for a table - what's your limit?
Mine is in steady decline... and I live in New Orleans, a city of wonderful food. I've just discovered that any wait of over a half hour or so (at a place that doesn't accept reservations) is almost never worth it to me.
I try to patronize places for lunch instead, if I love the food, but standing in line just almost never seems justified. I'll get all kinds of "exceptions" thrown at me, I know, and I'd be more willing to do that - or wait even with a reservation - for a truly stellar restaurant experience with a cuisine I can't get here... but I'm just less patient and a better home cook than I used to be, I guess.
What's your limit?
My patience has declined approximately 10 minutes per decade since I turned 30....
1 hour at 30
50 minutes at 40
40 minutes at 50
30 minutes as I approach 60
and...at most places I won't even get out of the car if i see a line..............
There are too many choices and in this bad economy no need for long waits. I don't often drink, so I'm not interested in a wait in the bar (often used evem when the table is ready to up the establishment's profit margin).
20 minutes, unless there's a bar where one can be seated and drink til the table opens up. Then probably 45 min.
I don''t have much patience anymore....but I get more patience if I can sip some wine while I wait.
30 minutes max.
For me, it's a That depends. Why am I hear? Do I "really" want to taste this? That adds + to my waitablity. People with me, since I do not take folks with me to a place I have never tried, no issue. If I am the guest then the hostess/host of the party decides, unless I know them really well. Then I start whispering ""Is this wait worth it?"
Mainly I watch the floor and the hostess/host of the room. If I see service is going well and front of the house is handling it well, I wait. But if I see incompetence, exit to the door is rather rapid.