So Sean and I made plans to have a date night last Saturday. We had reservations at a sushi restaurant downtown. Neither of us had been there, but we checked the reviews and they were good, and we bought a Groupon, which is always a good way to try a new restaurant. We were also long overdue for a date night because I’ve been out-of-town, or hosting guests every weekend for the past month, so we were ready to spend some time together. And, I had my brand new hairdo. 🙂
We paid for parking in a nearby garage and walked to the restaurant. I was feeling pretty good because I was wearing a cute new dress and my wedding shoes. I’ve only managed to pull them out one other time since the wedding, so it was a good night. We walked into a crowded restaurant and I watched as people in line in front of me put their name on the list and were handed a buzzer. I knew we wouldn’t get a buzzer because we had reservations. Thank goodness too because it was super crowded.
So, I waltz up, give our name and wait to be seated. You see where this is going, right? That’s not what happened. We were told that they didn’t have a table available, but that we were welcome to wait at the martini bar. I was nice and was like, “Oh, no we have a reservation.” To which the smug guy at the counter told me, “Yeah, I know. We overbooked.” And then he ended it with an I don’t give a shit smirk. Ugh. They assured us it would be no more than 25 minutes.
Trying not to let this get our date night down, we hung out at the bar and ordered a martini. The minutes ticked by…25, 30, 40, 50. Here’s the thing, Sean hates to be a jerk so he didn’t want to go up and yell about our table. I was trying to keep a cool attitude, but once it hit 50 minutes, I lost it. I went over and asked what the hell was going on, and then just stood there until they seated us. We were seated about 1 minute later. I expected a free drink, appetizer, or something. Or at the very least that a manager would come over and apologize about the wait. Yeah, well none of that happened.
But, we were still out, and we were hungry, so the food had to be good, right? Not so much. It wasn’t terrible, but it was just mediocre. Thankfully, our whole meal was $10 after the previous $20 we spent on our Groupon. After dinner, we knew our luck had to improve. We met up with some friends for a couple of drinks and had a really nice time. The drinks were good, the service was good and the conversation was great. It felt good to end the night on an upswing.
For our next date night, I think we’ll stick to our regular neighborhood sushi restaurant. It’s delicious and the service is always good. Plus the parking is free.