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lspst8
05-29-2009, 01:22 PM
I have a slight anxiety problem that tends to act up at restaurants where the tables and booths are really close together (especially if the place is brightly lit too). I have no desire to feel like I am sharing a table with strangers. Any specific places I should avoid at WDW? I make my ADRs on June 7 and want to be prepared.

It looks like mnay of the reviews of Le Cellier have mentioned the tight quarters, so that is probably off the of my list. (All my fellow Sept 5-11 travelers can thank me for this! :rotfl:)

Right now I'm considering CP for Pooh breakfast, Kona for breakfast, Primetime for lunch, and then Bistro de Paris, Rose and Crown, Ohana, Boma, The Wave, and Citricos for dinner.

MickeyNicki
05-29-2009, 01:29 PM
From my experience the worst were:

Le Cellier
Tutto Italia
Beirgarten
Chefs de France
Tonys in MK

TinkerBelle_325
05-29-2009, 01:33 PM
I always find it funny when people post about tables being too close together. When my parents and I went to Paris, THAT is when you realize that American restaurants have tables miles away from each other in comparisson!

At cafes in France you are practically in your neighbors lap as you eat. You also select your own seats at most, so you just squish in and over people until you get to your table. It is VERY VERY VERY close, like 2 or 3 inches MAX between tables.

lspst8
05-29-2009, 01:38 PM
At cafes in France you are practically in your neighbors lap as you eat. You also select your own seats at most, so you just squish in and over people until you get to your table. It is VERY VERY VERY close, like 2 or 3 inches MAX between tables.

I would be one big panic attack waiting to happen in Paris then! Good thing I don't have a burning desire to see Paris before I die :laughing:

Smiling Cheshire Cat
05-29-2009, 01:40 PM
We found CP and 50's PTC had pretty tight seating. Of course we were a party of 2 on that trip and I think that had something to do with it.

RMulieri
05-29-2009, 01:54 PM
Le Cellier, Les Chefs de France, San Angel Inn, Akershus, Tonys,

J3nn78
05-29-2009, 01:57 PM
Le Cellier is rediculously close!

Tony's was pretty tight too!

richmo
05-29-2009, 01:59 PM
I've always thought San Angel Inn is packed tight. But, its also very dark (to the point where it can be difficult to read the menu), so maybe it won't be a problem for you.

grimley1968
05-29-2009, 02:02 PM
Though I love Liberty Tree Tavern in MK, it has pretty tight seating as well.

LindyN
05-29-2009, 02:34 PM
Most tables are close to each other in the standard restaurants.
You have more space between with the Signature locations.

I don't think SciFi is bad either as everyone is facing the same direction. Teppan Edo has guests sitting at large grills.
Yak n Yeti was OK too.

You'd be better off with a very early reservation so you can tell them you would like a more isolated table.

dominicsplace
05-29-2009, 02:43 PM
A couple years back we were seated at a table with another family at Biergarten. I am not sure if this was because we did not have reservations or if this is the standard practice even with ADR.

We are from NYC originally and didn't mind at all but since you don't like even been close to another table you may want to check out the seating policy first before booking Biergarten. FYI - We did get to meet another nice couple from NJ and enjoyed the food and show. :thumbsup2

AmberHeartsDisney
05-29-2009, 02:58 PM
Im guessing your dont like planes either??? :(

Tink888
05-29-2009, 03:51 PM
I have a slight anxiety problem that tends to act up at restaurants where the tables and booths are really close together (especially if the place is brightly lit too). I have no desire to feel like I am sharing a table with strangers. Any specific places I should avoid at WDW? I make my ADRs on June 7 and want to be prepared.

It looks like mnay of the reviews of Le Cellier have mentioned the tight quarters, so that is probably off the of my list. (All my fellow Sept 5-11 travelers can thank me for this! :rotfl:)

Right now I'm considering CP for Pooh breakfast, Kona for breakfast, Primetime for lunch, and then Bistro de Paris, Rose and Crown, Ohana, Boma, The Wave, and Citricos for dinner.

San Angel Inn
Biergarten (since you're sitting with other families)
Primetime (like an earlier poster mentioned I was also a party of two when I was there in April and the close quarters REALLY bothered me then).

BarleyJack
05-29-2009, 03:51 PM
Unless you'll have a party of 8 I'd stay away from Biergarten then, they seat you with total strangers there a la picnic table style.

Pakey
05-29-2009, 03:54 PM
Bistro is pretty small. You might find the tables too close there too. They have some tables for two against the windows that aren't bad but there's no guarantee you will get one of those. If you don't, you might be sitting pretty close to your neighbors. It's not very brightly lit though so you might be okay.

RMulieri
05-29-2009, 03:56 PM
A couple years back we were seated at a table with another family at Biergarten. I am not sure if this was because we did not have reservations or if this is the standard practice even with ADR.

We are from NYC originally and didn't mind at all but since you don't like even been close to another table you may want to check out the seating policy first before booking Biergarten. FYI - We did get to meet another nice couple from NJ and enjoyed the food and show. :thumbsup2

Actually, that is how Biergarten is.You sit cafeteria style with other people.

GaSleepingBeautyFan
05-29-2009, 03:56 PM
I've always thought that everywhere we've eaten in WDW has the tables too close together. The only exception is Sci-Fi Diner and that's because we were in a car so we didn't have tables.

Boma, CP, Le Cellier, Chef Mickey's, Akershus, CRT (we ate there back when it was King Stefan's Banquet) are just a few that come to mind.

STLDisney_Freak
05-29-2009, 04:41 PM
Unless you'll have a party of 8 I'd stay away from Biergarten then, they seat you with total strangers there a la picnic table style.

I soo wouldnt like that.

tink713
05-29-2009, 04:52 PM
I find that many restaurants at Disney, besides the signature restaurants have tables close together. But I get anxiety about tables too close together too, however at Disney, I'm so focused on my vacation and having fun that it doesn't bother me. :goodvibes

disneygirlinnj
05-29-2009, 05:13 PM
I would be one big panic attack waiting to happen in Paris then! Good thing I don't have a burning desire to see Paris before I die :laughing:

hahah, hope you don't want to see any of Europe either :lmao: Greece, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland are all the same way hahaha

livinlife25
05-29-2009, 07:03 PM
I thought I read that Jiko has tables for two that are close together. Since I will also be on my honeymoon September 6-12 I think you for not going to Lecellier :)

v_gan
05-29-2009, 07:11 PM
If you can't handle being seated close to another party, I cannot stress this next statement enough: DO NOT GO TO THE PLAZA.

We had an absolutely horrible experience here. Our table was no more than 6 inches away from that of another couple and we were no more than 6 inches away from the swinging kitchen doors on the other side. It was an awful, miserable experience.

RabFlmom
05-29-2009, 07:20 PM
I have a slight anxiety problem that tends to act up at restaurants where the tables and booths are really close together (especially if the place is brightly lit too). I have no desire to feel like I am sharing a table with strangers. Any specific places I should avoid at WDW? I make my ADRs on June 7 and want to be prepared.

It looks like mnay of the reviews of Le Cellier have mentioned the tight quarters, so that is probably off the of my list. (All my fellow Sept 5-11 travelers can thank me for this! :rotfl:)

Right now I'm considering CP for Pooh breakfast, Kona for breakfast, Primetime for lunch, and then Bistro de Paris, Rose and Crown, Ohana, Boma, The Wave, and Citricos for dinner.

Definitely don't go to Tepon Edo You do sit at tables with strangers.......but the chairs are around the table with the chef on the one side so you don't feel crowded in.

wendy1974
05-29-2009, 07:56 PM
50's PTC is crowded with tables and booths very close
San Angel Inn TS
Liberty Tree Tavern
The Plaza

SRUAlmn
05-29-2009, 08:08 PM
It looks (from your signature) like you will be a party of two? If so, be prepared! My DH and I have a running joke that if you're a party of 2 at a WDW restaurant you always get the stinkiest table. :rotfl: I can't remember how many times we were stuck at TINY tables smashed up against another TINY table with someone else sitting at it when there were lots of empty 4-6 seat tables and booths. It's one of the reasons we try to stick with counter service places now.

kaymom
05-29-2009, 10:02 PM
I just want you to know that I feel for you. I grew up in Texas where people like their personal space and I now live in NJ. People here will practically sit on top of you at a restaurant or at the beach. The further north you go, the worse it is. Don't ever visit NYC :rotfl:. I think I've heard that 1900 Park Fare is also tight seating, but I didn't see that on your list. I also think if you let the person know at the wait desk that you have a "special condition" they may be able to help you. :thumbsup2

snowdrift7
05-29-2009, 10:38 PM
Raglan Road, Cape May Cafe, Kona, Jiko, Le Cellier and The Plaza

Uncleromulus
05-30-2009, 05:44 AM
"Too close" is a personal viewpoint I guess, but virtually every Epcot restaurant would qualify.
I've eaten at all the Signature spots many times and I don't feel tables at any of those are too close at all.
And we've always had pretty good tables in spite of being just the 2 of us, so I wouldn't worry about that.

TheRustyScupper
05-30-2009, 07:39 AM
I always find it funny when people post about tables being too close together. When my parents and I went to Paris, THAT is when you realize that American restaurants have tables miles away from each other in comparisson!

1) Bad comparison.
2) You can also state how small the hotel rooms are in Europe.
3) You cna also say how common it is to have LONG queue lines.
4) It is a totally different culture base.
5) I spend quite a bit of time in Europe and one has to accept the lifestyle.
6) This does not mean we have to change our culture to meet theirs.

fla4fun
05-30-2009, 07:39 AM
There is one table at Le Cellier that I like that doesn't seem to be close to other tables, but it's close to the kitchen. I like the table right in front of the fireplace - the doors to the kitchen are on either side of the fireplace, so there are people walking back and forth, but the other tables don't seem so close here. The tables I hate are the ones that are "enclosed" by half walls with a four top on one side and a two top on the other. It's like being in a small closet with another family.

I agree with most of the other posts. If you can get the table to the right just inside the door at the Plaza, it's not too bad, but don't go in the Solarium under any circumstances. Some of the tables at Nine Dragons are also close together.

I would definitely voice your concerns when you check in at the podium, and try to make most of your ADR's for when the restaurants first open, to have the best selection of tables available.

freepixie
05-30-2009, 08:48 AM
Planet Hollywood at DTD - on the main floor you have to ask the people at the table behind you to scoot in if you want to get up from the table. Also I find both Rainforest Cafe locations a bit tight in certain seating areas.

OP, your best bet may be to count on a bunch of CS locations, and when you get your food, if the seating seems to tight for you, you can take your tray outside with you and find a bench in the shade or even pull out a blanket and sit down somewhere. They do not mind you taking your food to go when at CS! You can even request it in a to-go container!!

Hope that helps!! :goodvibes

lspst8
05-30-2009, 11:08 AM
Thanks everyone for your experiences. We plan on eating pretty early or really late so that should help. And since I know it is a problem for me, I don't hesitate to ask for a more suitable table for me, even if it means waiting. (Here at home, I've walked into places and left within 1 minutes if I can tell the seating will bother me.) I'm especially going to stress the "its our honeymoon" angle when we show up at every restaurant.

And weirdly enough, I don't mind hibachi restaurants ... it isn't the strangers, but the feeling of having no where to escape that bothers me. Good thing my fiancee is used to my weirdness. He must really :love: me!