Worst people to sit near in a restaurant

Published April 01, 2014

| The Daily Meal

Worst people to sit near in a restaurant

Worst people to sit near in a restaurant

Some people can make a visit to even the finest restaurant a miserable experience.

The Loud Talker

When you sit down at a restaurant, it’s usually fairly easily to figure out that magic decibel level that allows those in your party to hear you perfectly while those three tables away can’t. For The Loud Talker, that’s a skill they haven’t yet acquired. Unfortunately, Loud Talkers tend to congregate in groups and feed off each other’s loudness, so one table of six can dominate an entire dining room.

The Complainer

For The Complainer, nothing is ever to their liking. The butter is too cold to spread! There’s not enough ice in the water glass! This table is slightly off-balance! They’ll be constantly voicing their concerns to their long-suffering dining companion (or even worse, to the wait staff), and you’ll have to deal with hearing every little gripe.

The PDA Couple

Not only does The PDA Couple insist on squeezing both of their fannies onto one side of their table (leaving even less room for you next to them on the banquette), they want to make sure that the whole world knows they’re in love. Get a room, guys.

The Absentee Parents

On the outside, The Absentee Parents look like any other couple enjoying a quiet meal… until you spy the child they’re willfully neglecting that is running around the restaurant, getting in the way of the people just trying to do their job, and generally ruining everyone’s meal. Get a babysitter, or stay home.

The Guy Who Talks with His Mouth Full

The Guy Who Talks with His Mouth Full usually does a great job of grossing out everyone at his table, but to sit within view of him, even from across the room, is enough to put a damper on your meal. People tend to sound gross when they’re trying to talk and chew at the same time, so pray that he’s not also a Loud Talker.

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