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when does a restaurant deserve a 2d chance??

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you are disappointed in a meal or a particular dish. do you ever go back to that rest. again thinking that they just had an off night and that it might be better the next time??

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  1. No.
    If they can't figure out how to make my experience a good one...
    I don't go back.

    1. If a restaurant really fails me, then I make the effort to tell them what I found not satisfactory.
      THEN, if they listen and make a sincere effort to understand me, I will give them a second chance. In most all of my experiences, the second-chance try was a much better experience.

      1. When the restaurant is in my neighborhood and there aren't any good options for a similar cuisine nearby. To me, being able to walk to a good restaurant is worth giving one 2-3 tries before I give up.

        Other than that, I'm usually reluctant to give restaurants that didn't impress me a second chance, because there are so many excellent restaurants where I live (San Francisco).

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        1. re: bluex

          +1, I'll always give the family-owned neighborhood spots second or even third chances, unless it was just horrendous.

          Expensive, upscale places? Once and move on.

        2. Sure, if I've heard good things from others whose taste I trust, or if the dishes at other tables looked amazing, or if I just feel like it. Probably not if it was just underwhelming, or everything looked about the same quality, or I didn't enjoy anything about it.

          For example: there's a place in my city rather famous for its meats -- pulled pork, lamb ribs, brisket, pork belly, duck tacos, etc. -- and my foodie friends all just RAVED about it. My first time there the pork was delicious but about 2/3 fat (yes, I mentioned it to the server and yes, they fixed it). Of course I gave it another chance. But on the other hand, I went for happy-hour drinks to a neighborhood place that was apparently trying to be the TGIFridays of gastropubs, a few months after it opened. Nothing was bad, in fact some of it was pretty tasty, but it was just so boring: ass-kissy servers in matching bland uniforms, mediocre beer brewed in-house, bacon on everything. Snore. A place like that doesn't get another chance.

          1. only if a close friend really wants to go there for something that's important to them - my friends are more important than ensuring that I always go out for an awesome meal