Four of us just came back from a 5 night sojourn to Paris - we stayed at the Westin Paris Vendome across from the Gardens. Now, all of of have been traveling to Paris (and other parts of France) since the 80's.......and it was in the 80's & 90's when the legendary restaurant snobbery was at its height. However in the late 90's and most of 2000 it almost completely disappeared - but I am here to tell you it is back. Four out of the six restaurants we went to - all highly rated - were very disappointing. Completely ignored - having to sit and wait for 15 to 20 minutes before we finally had to either get up and personally speak to a wait staff or just all of us getting up and leaving. This just does not make business sense. A successful restaurant should encourage their staff to promptly serve their customers and provide excellent service which, in turn, encourages good PR and repeat business. Crazy - and it seems to be unique to Parisians only - not in other parts of France. So, back to the "good old days" again? Hope not.