I am really worried that my week's dinner itinerary has restaurants where the guests will not tolerate our little kids!
My first day here at the Somerset for our second visit to Provo and it was going absolutely fabulous until we were paying the check at dinner. Before I start venting/ranting, let me give a little background.
Before we got here, I emailed Eva, the concierge at the Somerset and together we planned our week's dinner itinery. I went through the Provo forums and chose restaurants that sounded good and from what I thought, would be okay to include kids.
I made it very clear that our total party has 6 adults and 5 children from age 2 to 7 years old. I agreed to add restaurants that we didn't get to eat at our last trip here. Eva added in o'soliel for our first dinner tonight where we would have 4 adults and 3 children: 2, 4 and 6 years old.
I understood her addition to the list - what good would a concierge be if they didn't recommend their hotel's own restaurant? And we ate at o'soliel our last visit here, and we enjoyed the food so adding it was okay by me.
Honestly, I was a little nervous about the other restaurants on our itinerary because the other restaurants look very fancy in the guidebooks, but Eva said that children are welcome at all the ones on our list.
So, here's where I'm really ticked off and now I want to redo our whole itinerary:
Dinner at o'soleil was at 6:30pm tonight - and it's a Wed night, mind you. I have no complaints against the staff and/or the food - everything was delicious and yummy.
Our server told us she would bring out the kids' meals early - and they did come out early. But you know how fast 2-6 year olds eat: FAST. Our friend made a comment about how slow our dinner was getting to us, but my husband and I joked and told him to get used to it - it's laid back here. And we joked, we're on vacation - take it easy!
The kids were done eating but our food still hadn't arrived. If any of you have eaten at o'soleil, you'll know that the croquet yard is off the restaurant's outdoor patio where we were dining. So, I thought, well, let's let the kids run around there in the dark - better than running around our tables.
And so they did. Well, every so often, one of them would come back to our table to tell us something, especially our 2 1/2 year old. Then we all ordered desserts and the kids sat and ate dessert. While we were waiting for our check, the kids ran back out to the croquet yard and played.
Now all this time from about when the kids first ran out to the croquet yard, I see a couple sitting next to our table and the lady keeps turning around and looking at us and/or in our direction. I didn't think anything about it. When my son came over to me one time, the lady looked at us and smiled, so I smiled back.
So now, we're paying for our check and it's about 9:15pm. Yes, we're there almost 3 hours - and not because we want to be, but that's long it took. The kids are back at our table, and I believe - this is from what I remember - the restaurant has a loud chatter going on - and suddenly, the guy and the lady at the next table are SSSSSSHHHHHHHH-ing! I look towards them to see what's going on and I'm so surprised because they are SSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH-ing US!
To make a long story short, the guy yells over to us, "we're trying to have a quiet dinner..." and calls over the manager and who even knows what he's telling the manager, and then the lady starts SSSSSSSSSSHHHHHH-ing us again - but LOUDLY so now the rest of the patio looks over at her. By now, the husband says, "we're all trying to have dinner and your kids [I can't hear what he says] and can you [I couldn't hear what he said]?" Basically, he's pissed off that our kids have been running around and that they are loud. And he says something like, "I've got two kids! I've got two kids!" [Uh, O-kay.]
Here's the thing: I can understand wanting to have a nice quiet, child-free dinner, but it's hard to respond to something like that. Something like loud SSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH-ing.
How about: Maybe call the manager over and have the manager come and ask us to get our kids to be quiet. Or maybe, come over to our table, and pull one of the parents aside and tell us. At least embarrass us or something.
But SSSSSHHHHHH-ing us and yelling at us about being loud??
My theory: he was drunk and wanted to get a free dinner from the restaurant. But that's just my theory.
Okay so I was embarrassed, but I was also ticked off - because (1) I was told we could bring our kids to this restaurant and (2) I thought my solution of having them run outside the restaurant would be more tolerable as we waited for our dinner.
on a side note: my husband ran into four adults at the IGA after dinner and they came up to my husband, and joked, "so did you drop off the loud kids?" My husband was about to punch the guy when they all four told him that the guy SSSSSHHHHH-ing us was a jacka** and didn't know where he was coming from.
Now while this makes me feel somewhat better about my analysis of the guy, this brings me to the whole point about my looooong post: I am nervous about the rest of our dinner itinery.
All you Provo experts please check out my itinery. If you believe that the restaurant OR the people eating there are NOT going to tolerate children, please recommend other places for me.
I persuaded my business partners to do our partner's meeting here and RAVED about Provo, the Somerset and the restaurants. We decided to bring our families so I don't want this trip to be a bust and have our kids get SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH-d again! (which btw, was the very first time we ever got SSSSSSHHHHHHH-d!)
Here's where we're going the rest of the week:
- Thurs: The Grill Rouge
- Fri: beach table at Bay Bistro (this is a safe bet for the kids since it will be only us on the beach)
- Sat: Coco Bistro
- Sun: Magnolia
- Mon: Bella Luna
what do you think? All kid-friendly?? HELP!!