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Oct 25, 2011 11:28 AM

Internet Coupon meal experiences please

Another waste of calories on an internet coupon last night. What has it been like for you? Name names please.

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  1. I'm not a big coupon fan but I think that Date Night is a good deal and totally worth the $10 fee for the 30 percent off with zero difference from a regular night at the resto vs the date night experience.

    1. I have used literally dozens of group buying vouchers and cannot recall having a poor service or food experience yet that was voucher-related.

      The odd rogue issue aside, generally group buying vouchers have been completely fantastic for me.

      I generally choose well, and if I haven't heard any good feedback on a place will not go, no matter what the discount.

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      1. re: magic

        My complaint is not that I was treated poorly because I was on a voucher. It is that the food was so poor that I would not have bought the voucher had I known.
        I am thinking of giving up the attempt at a bargain or a bit of an adventure on the cheap.

        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          Yeah I only go if I am fairly certain the food will be good. Most of the places I've bought deals for are either sure things or I've already been and know they are good.

          If I'm even slightly put-off or skeptical I don't purchase.

          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

            Why would you spend money on a coupon that you have no reco's for the resturant from a trusted source? And if you do, then all is fair, no? I mean it is the chance you take with an unknown place.

        2. Used a groupon (I think) coupon for I think 25% off at brunch at Gilead Cafe. I actually had a very positive experience.

          Otherwise, I wouldn't use these for places where I wouldn't normally eat or where I've read bad (even so-so) reviews. You're bound for disapointment that way.

          1. Where did you go for your bargain night out? Name names please :-)

            I'm sure they are not all bad. And did you have to tell them about the voucher before being served? You must have gone for one of those special dinners created just for the voucher, instead of just a "53% off your bill" sort of deal.

            1. Of the dozen or so places that I went with a coupon the only place I did not enjoy was "Lisbon by night", but I knew if was iffy so I just got one coupon to try it out. All the others I got what I expected. I do try to check here for any reviews first.

              One place, Chi-Ko-Ro on Church, changed hands before I used up the coupons and they would not honour them anymore. So I wrote Teambuy and they gave me back credit for the whole batch!