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Restaurants; Square Tables vs. Round Tables

PotatoHouse May 7, 2013 05:59 AM

I was just wondering, is there a psychological difference between square tables and round tables in restaurants? Also, which one do you prefer?

  1. njmarshall55 May 7, 2013 06:03 AM

    Come to think of it, I really don't have a preference. Good question!

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      Harters May 7, 2013 06:06 AM

      Don't care.

      Except if there is a large group when I would always prefer a round table as I can hear folk better - if they're off down the end of a rectangular one, then I can't (yes, I know you asked about square and I've answered about rectanguler - sorry)

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        foodieX2 May 7, 2013 06:31 AM

        for small parties, 4 people or less, I prefer square. While they probably have the same amount of room my anal brain likes the appearance of even spacing. For bigger parties I prefer round as I think it helps with conversation.

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          Philly Ray May 7, 2013 06:40 AM

          I think restaurants prefer square so they can move them together if they have a large party.

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          1. re: Philly Ray
            Steve May 9, 2013 11:01 AM

            Bingo! You won't see round table at a place that needs rearranging and flexibility with seating.

          2. MGZ May 7, 2013 06:40 AM

            I'll take a circle over a square or rectangle any time, for any purpose. It's just philosophically and psychologically more meaningful, spiritually more powerful.

            1. Midknight May 7, 2013 07:23 AM

              I agree with foodieX2.

              If it's a party of 4 or less, I prefer square. Everyone is visible for conversations, and those corners give you a little extra elbow or food room. More than 4, round is the way to go.

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                LeoLioness May 7, 2013 07:39 AM

                Square for small (4 and under), round for larger.

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                  tastesgoodwhatisit May 7, 2013 08:18 PM

                  I prefer square tables for small groups, and round tables for large groups with shared food (aka Chinese banquets). For large groups without shared food, I would go for a long rectangular table, because you have more people you can easily talk to than a large round table, where you're stuck with the people on either side of you and no one else.

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                    jhopp217 May 7, 2013 08:25 PM

                    This is actually a great question and one I've never thought about when dining out, since most tables are square or in the case of a large group, rectangular. That being said with any group over four, a round table is the way to go if possible. With four, it's comfortable to have everyone in a box, but when there are more people, there becomes that awkward thing about who sits at the ends. I recently went out to dinner with 15 people and we were set up at tables lined up. I happened to sit at one end and couldn't hear anything that five of my dinner guests were saying. It was not enjoyable.

                    1. bagelman01 May 8, 2013 05:18 PM

                      I really like the square tables that have flip up sections to convert to round.
                      The tables for 4 at our area diners have these. When the kids were real small, we'd leave them down on the kids' places so that a high chair could be pulled close to the able. Now, with a 90+ yo mother in a wheelchair, we leave hers down and she wheels in close and the rest of us have the round sections up for more room.

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                        Puffin3 May 10, 2013 05:53 AM

                        You've never heard of the 'knights of the square table'.' LO
                        Lots of 'literature' about the differences in seating people at different shaped tables.

                        1. viperlush May 10, 2013 06:09 AM

                          I hate too small tables and pedestal tables. But other than that I don't care about the shape.

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