Q: According to a recent survey (of 2,000 people), one in four of us have left a restaurant in the middle of a meal because the experience was so bad. What is the #1 thing that can ruin a dining experience?
A: A foul or unpleasant smell.
A lot of people said cleanliness was the main issue. And 85% said it’s just as important as how good the food tastes. Here are the top five things that can ruin a dining experience, according to the survey . . .
1. A foul or unpleasant smell.
2. Dirty or sticky floors.
3. Dirty plates, glasses, or silverware.
4. A sticky table.
5. Slow service, or a rude waiter.
A few more that just missed the top five are too much noise . . . a dirty dining room or bathroom . . . your waiter’s appearance makes them seem unprofessional . . . and the dining area smells TOO clean, like air freshener or cleaning products.