Should Babies Be Booted From Restaurants?

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  • Should Babies Be Booted From Restaurants?


Answer #1 | 14/01 2014 11:11
I live in Chicago and have dined at Alinea and other great restaurants here. People who go to such restaurants are paying a lot of money for a fine-dining experience. That experience can be significantly dampened by a screaming or otherwise disruptive child, who doesn't want to be there, who doesn't appreciate the food or the ambience or anything else. Parents can't appreciate those things either, because they have to attend to the unhappy or hyperactive child. Leave your small children at home when you're going out to a fine restaurant, so you can really enjoy the experience, and so can other diners. If you want to go out to eat with the child, go to a place that is really suitable for children and where other people don't expect that they'll be having a superior dining experience.
Positive: 75 %
Answer #2 | 14/01 2014 11:04
Children should go to Chuck E Cheese, McDonald's and Friendly's, nowhere else. Very few of them have any manners or self control or discipline, most of the time the loud screaming brats are the direct result of bad parenting.
Positive: 75 %
Answer #3 | 14/01 2014 10:13
I think children should be allowed at family friendly restaurants such as Friendly's, Friday's, Applebee's, etc... however, when it comes to the nicer places where there is a different atmosphere and people go there for the dining experience they might want to start coming up with rules (and I don't mean a nation-wise or state wide law or anything) but a rule per restaurant if they don't want infants or toddlers in their establishments.
Positive: 66.666666666667 %
Answer #4 | 14/01 2014 10:09
Parents with kids who annoy others should go to kid-friendly restaurants. Our daughter was such a screamer that we didn't take her to *any* restaurant till she was two. After that she sat in a highchair and was content to people-watch.
Positive: 66.666666666667 %
Answer #5 | 14/01 2014 10:21
I believe a 5 star restaurant should be entirely off limits to babies. Who wants to hear a baby screaming when they are enjoying a lovely meal , possibly celebrating an anniversary, etc. they are better off at family restaurants. 5 star restaurants? not a place for babies.
Positive: 66.666666666667 %
Answer #6 | 14/01 2014 10:23
It should be entirely up to the owner of a restaurant to say whether they will accept children or not. Same as it should be the owner's right to allow or NOT allow smoking on the premises. Then it's up to the customers to choose whether or not to go to that restaurant.
Positive: 66.666666666667 %
Answer #7 | 14/01 2014 10:09
Her is the deal, as far as I am concerned............ A family restaurant which has high chairs and booster seats in the foyer and children meals on the menu is clearly going to have children of all ages dining there. If you do not want to dine among children, go to restaurants where children are not apt to be there. You can also politely tell your waiter that you do not wish to be seated near children nor do you want children to be seated near you. There were times that my spouse and I wanted to go out to eat for a nice quiet ADULT time meal while our children stayed home with a paid babysitter. So, we learned to dine at places where children did not frequent or we had dinner a little later than the normal dinner hour to avoid dining with other people's children. Parents have a right to dine with their kids at a restaurant. So, they just need to have the common decency to do it in a FAMILY restaurant, where children are WELCOME. It is pretty simple, really.
Positive: 50 %
Answer #8 | 14/01 2014 12:01
Yes and no. I think it's wonderful to have family-friendly restaurants and I also think it's nice to have some that have an adult-only type of vibe. I respect the restauranteur's right to establish rules for their own private business and the customers can vote with their wallets. Anyone, including Chef What's His Name, who thinks it should be all kid-friendly or all no-kids is an idiot.
Positive: 50 %

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