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Old 03-03-16, 11:16 PM
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Good restaurant chain for a small meeting?

I need to host a informal meeting with a small group of people (4) and I thought it could be a good idea to do it over dinner. Since we have some stuff to talk about and discuss, something loud like a sports bar it's out of the question. I made a list of what's nearby:

* Olive Garden
* Longhorn
* Red Lobster
* Chili's
* Applebee's
* Macarroni Grill
* Maggiano's

Suggestions?
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Old 03-03-16, 11:51 PM
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I'm always up for Pizza, although many pizza joints are a bit noisy.

Most of those selections look like they are on the expensive end.

It also never hurts to support the locals.
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Old 03-04-16, 12:18 AM
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+1 for local restaurants.

My procedure for doing this:

1. Call restaurants and ask if they have small rooms or if you can make a reservation for a quiet, out-of-the way table that's good for talking. If any of your guests have mobility issues, discuss those as well.

2. Get menus and send them to guests. It's the easiest way for people to be sure they can eat something.

3. Pick the one that's closest to meeting the above.

Data points: The Maggiano's near me is gigantic, loud, and densely packed. I wouldn't find it conducive to a meeting but their food's tasty and inexpensive if you order the right things. Red Lobster sucks for people who aren't into seafood and pretty much a no-go for vegetarians and vegans, so I'd avoid it unless you know everyone you're dining with is into it.
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La Porchetta | Delivering delicious quality meals for our customers every time. ... it's our favourite.

But yes, as above, get the menus (chances are they are online) send them round to your guests and ask for their favourites.
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Old 03-04-16, 07:42 AM
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Olive Garden if you are going to ride a century to burn off the calories after you've eaten.

Longhorn if you like fatty and gristly meat.

Red Lobster if you like really garbage really expensive farmed seafood.

Applebee's if you want the 4 of you battling over the 2 toilets in the bathroom 10 minutes after you've eaten.

I've never eaten at Macaroni Grill, never heard of Maggiano's, and I actually like Chili's. They have decent wrongly cooked ribs with a pretty good sauce and I like the steak and shrimp fajitas.
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Old 03-04-16, 07:55 AM
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4 people? That's hardly a group size... that's "two couples." Just about anywhere should be able to accommodate you... all you need is a quiet corner.

We just had dinner for 25... try finding a place for a crowd like that. It might have actually worked out well, if two of their servers had not walked that day, which left the bartender subbing for a server while the manager hid in the office...

Heck even the coffee was cold. We should have walked out, but where is a crowd of 25 going to "suddenly go?"
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Old 03-04-16, 09:00 AM
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You're in Florida? Surely there's a decent Cuban restaurant to be found.
But I guess it depends on your guests' tastes. Half of the places you mentioned
offer pasta. So another alternative would be a local Italian joint?
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Old 03-04-16, 12:00 PM
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I always like open air patios during the summer, especially if they are somewhat protected from street noise.
And, of course, it is always summer in Florida.
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Old 03-04-16, 12:13 PM
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The problem is any of those places could be quiet or noisy depending on the groups around you. If I had to pick, I say Maggianos is the least risky for noise.
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Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
never heard of Maggiano's
If you're around Philly, there's one close in NJ. The place has the best Italian food for a chain around with huge portions.
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My recommendations:

Panera Bread
Corner Bakery
La Madeleine
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Order sandwiches, chips and drinks from local deli. Go to park. Have a picnic meeting while the FL weather is still nice.
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Macarroni Grill is usually a larger facility. It might be easier to find a quiet corner.

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Old 03-07-16, 12:36 PM
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Chipotle
You're from SD and you like Chipotle? Ewww.
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You're from SD and you like Chipotle? Ewww.
Chipotle is OK, I much prefer independent taco shacks, but OP asked for a chain (for I don't know what reason)
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
Suggestions?
Skip them all and use a locally owned restaurant. I don't know what is near you, but there have to be some local entrepreneurs running restaurants.
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You want everyone to come out here for your Meeting ? I dont Know anything about your places in Fla.

I could make suggestions about places on the Coast of Oregon.
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Chipotle is OK, I much prefer independent taco shacks, but OP asked for a chain (for I don't know what reason)
I went to Chipotle in Chula Vista once and the lot had cars with BC plates. I thought, "WTF, there's a Tacos El Gordo and a TJ Jr truck in the next block."
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ooh, chain restaurants!

do you have a fridays? they are always so fun! i love the fun buttons the staff wear and their untimely, clever witticisms. i just never want to leave!

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Chipotle
'Cause ya know, Chipotle will make such an impression...

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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
I need to host a informal meeting with a small group of people (4) and I thought it could be a good idea to do it over dinner. Since we have some stuff to talk about and discuss, something loud like a sports bar it's out of the question. I made a list of what's nearby:

* Olive Garden
* Longhorn
* Red Lobster
* Chili's
* Applebee's
* Macarroni Grill
* Maggiano's

Suggestions?
kill me now. sounds like suburban torture. as has been suggested, support a "local," non-corporate resto. yelp your area in advance and select a few candidates.
pay them a personal visit and select the best one for the combination of ambiance and menu. i would visit them around the time of day/on the same day of the week
as your planned get-together if possible. if they take reservations, let them know you'd prefer a quieter area/table. most places are very accomodating. if they aren't,
the service likely won't be either so i'd scratch that place off the list. a little prep work (an hour or less) could go a long way towards a successful meeting vs a disaster.
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meeting for 4 people? Don't you have a yard and a grill?
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