It really depends on what's wrong. If I get something in my food I didn't ask for, I'll just pick it out. Picking onions off a burger isn't that hard. Not a big deal. If something is REALLY wrong, I'll send it back. I've worked in food service for 6 years, sometimes people who send food back just come off as super annoying and high maintenance.
Yes, but only for serious things.
For example, my husband and I went to a place in Portland, OR, and he found a sharp bone in his boneless chicken burger. So we told the waitress, and were going to bring out another one. Then, while waiting for the replacement, he found a hair in his fries.
It was a shame, because it looked like a nice place, but it was a bit much. The hair alone wouldn't have been that bad, but add the sharp bone, and it becomes a safety thing.
We never ate the rest of our meal, we just left. The owner was nice enough to give us a gift certificate though, but living in Canada, we never used it.
It depends. Like Lildrummrgurl7 if its something little I can deal, Egg on my burger, I take it off. My medium to well steak, rare, I send it back.
I worked as a waitress through Uni and if you are poliet about it, I am not going to mess with your food, and in fact, I will let the chef to rush it through. If you are rude about it, back of the line.
I will. People aren't as careless and stupid enough as to risk their jobs by messing with people's food. Recently I sent food back because it was cold, they microwaved it and I kinda lost it. I didn't tip them.
I will send food back if it's overcooked, cold, not freshly made, etc. But if I can fix the problem at the table (removing something that I'm not allergic to) then I will do it myself. No reason to be like "excuse me, I didn't ask for tomatoes on this" when you can easily pick them off yourself. I have also sent food back if I didn't know it had mushrooms, which I am allergic to.
If it isn't cooked right or cold, or if it really tastes bad. I HATE having to send anything back because I was a server at different places throughout high school and college and I don't want to seem rude or run the server to death. I know it's their job and it was mine when I did it to make sure the guest is happy, but I always feel like a pain if I have to send food back or request something more/special. I'm one of those people that avoids complaining when I can and stacks the dishes on the table and cleans it up as best as I can for the server before we leave.
I do if I suspect meat or animal broth was used. But I don't generally eat at places that don't offer vegetarian menus. Only a few times, one being when I let the server know I'm vegetarian yet the dish came slathered in turkey gravy. *gag*
Only rarely, like if something is cold or undercooked and I am always polite about it. I've worked in restaurants. They want to make you happy and if you are polite about it, they aren't going to mess with our food. If you are a real prick, you take your chances.
I've worked in restaurants, too. I don't send food back unless it's pretty screwed up. I don't think you've got much to worry about if you send it back for a real reason, unless you're a complete jerk about how you do it.
I don't remember sending anything back except once when I was brought someone else's meal instead of my order. More often, I have to mention that they forgot to bring part of my order. And the only time I ever had a bad waiter was at a resort, but I didn't make a scene, I just spoke with the manager on the way out.
I never send food back. I'm too afraid someone will do something to the food they bring back. I just won't go back to that place again. Do you send food back in a restaurant?
I do and I expect that I will be treated with the same respect that I treat the server at my table. I'm not rude about it but I do want what I am paying for. Also if the server brings me back the food correctly and in a timely manner I will often tip the cook as well and the server. As a result I have a reputation of being exacting but fair...given that in my town i have trained most of the servers in my years of working they take it with a grain of salt anyhow and we usually share a laugh.