What would you have done?
Sat. night we celebrated my Mar. birthday a little late I know. Too much going on here. Anyway we got to the restaurant a little after 8 p.m.-the best we could do considering our day and milking chores. We go to this restaurant only for special occasions. When we got there it was pretty full and after ordering and trying to settle down from our wild rush to get there we noticed a classmate & wife across the room and waved. I was going to get up to speak to them when their food came so waited. Shortly there after a man & woman approached their table and started talking to them. Just after we got our food the man came over to our table & it was a classmate we hadn't seen since graduation. He talked quite awhile while our food sat. As soon as he went back to the other table his sister came by to talk. DH started eating as she mainly knew me. By the time she left my food was lukewarm and the staff was readying for the next day which made us feel rather rushed as we were the only two tables left. We paid a pretty penny and never even enjoyed our meal. How do you treat such a situation? Talked to our friends at the other table the next day & she was equally upset with her cold, expensive meal.
Re: What would you have done?
You cannot blame the restaurant or its staff. It sounds like the socializing with others slowed you down, and let the meal ruin.
I will not start to eat until everyone at our table is served...just my upbringing. Someone stopping to talk is not such a considerstion. I would eat and drink and converse with them, as if they were also seated and eating, at best. I certainly would not wait to eat until they stepped away to start.
Ask a question and take a bite, timing it like you would with another person at your table. It's not impolite...if anything, they should have spoken briefly, then excused themselves, for interrupting your special meal.