I've bought a couple of Groupon-type deals -- merchandise and services -- and generally they were good experiences. I'm curious about the deals to be had a restaurants but have been averse to pressing the button as my sense is either the food or service will be lacking -- you get what you pay for.
Ideally, I'd use the deal as an intro to a place and I'd be a returning customer paying full price. Or, I'd buy it for a restaurant I normally frequent as my own loyalty reward (this is a strategy Zane Caplansky uses.) But I can see how showing up with a coupon would be met with lacking reception or kids' sized portions.
Tell me your good and not good experiences...
With "nice" Toronto restaurants you do not get what you pay for. Most of the time you get a lot less.
I do not show the coupon until I ask for the bill.
My success rate with a coupon is about the same as my succerss rate without a coupon. I would be released if I were a baseball player.
At least tried the place at a discount.
Often I wouldn't go back even with another coupon, even if the coupon were free.
You know the joke, frst prize, is x; second is 2 times x. The place isn't worth the calories and the cost of parking. Once in a while there is a real loser that infuriates. Then I complain to the coupon company.
Sometimes they give me a refund.
So the coupon is a good deal.
But your tastes are different than mine. You have gone more than once to Capalnsky's and for reasons other than morbid fascination.