Visa Commercial In Reality

May 12, 2009

in Food & Drink Stories

Last Valentines Day, my boyfriend and I went to a fancy steak house in Charleston, South Carolina. I am a native of the city and I personally knew the chef for a long time. We entered the restaurant and were immediately seated in the Bar area. This is probably one of the busiest nights of the year and I was not going to be seated in the bar for a romantic meal and watch people get drunk all night especially since I made the reservations three weeks in advance.

So, the snooty hostess told us that she had the perfect table for us. She also said that it was the most romantic table in the restaurant. We were ushered to the second floor and then to the third floor and seated outside the seating area at the top of the stairs right by the bathroom in the hallway. I asked the hostess if this was a joke and I told her that I felt like I was at the kids table on holidays.

Our waiter was nice but not helpful. My boyfriend and I decided to spilt a steak because they were apparently so large and suggested that we spilt the steak. When our food arrived, it literally looked like a big eye staring back at us on the plate. It was gone in one bite for both of us. I was so livid at this time and I complained to our waiter.

No one came out and apologized nor did they deduct anything from our meal. They brought us a piece of complimentary chocolate cake and a big tall glass of milk for our dessert. I told the waiter that I did not like chocolate and asked him if the milk was a joke. He said the cake is so rich that the milk will help with the dessert. The last thing that I wanted was milk especially after drinking a bottle of wine.

I really felt like I was in the VISA commercial where the couple found the perfect restaurant, the perfect food and then ended up going to the convenience store afterwards and munched out on junk food which I must admit that we did also…

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Hugh May 13, 2009 at 2:51 am

So, let me get this straight…you personally know the chef at a fancy restaurant, yet you are treated this way…either you don't know him, or he hates you. I would never have put up with being treated like that. Sorry, it's your fault for allowing them to do it and get away with it.


Anonymous May 15, 2009 at 8:26 am

You split a meal then complain that it wasn't enough food?


kurt May 18, 2009 at 8:49 am



bn July 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

entitlement whore.


PickleLicker January 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

LMAO! You personally know the chef? Oh, lucky you, what a special person you are. And not enough food when you split a meal? My my, you poor thing. I hope you're treated better the next time you become such big spenders. Your highness.


Memee June 17, 2010 at 7:48 am

Only rookies dine out on Valentines Day. Worst night ever for servers and customers. If my "eye" steak came out, after the server recommended splitting( or did your date? if so,cheapo date), than I would have sent it back. Who told you they were so huge ? Not a great story.


Iloveflying February 12, 2016 at 6:12 am

Maybe the date heard someone say it.


Shamu September 12, 2011 at 4:23 am

Poor widdle princess hopefully your man will ditch you


Mel November 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

I don't agree with bad service or ignoring someone who had a reservation, but trying to save money by splitting the meal and then getting upset at the lack of food is a ridiculous complaint. If you're not elderly (the only acceptable population to split meals IMO) and you don't have enough money to order two meals, then don't go out to eat.


Amy May 19, 2017 at 11:35 pm

Where did it say he didn't have enough money???? He clearly stated that their waiter SUGGESTED they split the steak because they were so "large" and then brought out a small steak. Of course they complained!


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