Dining Poll: Should Restaurants Ban Crying Children?

A restaurant in Atlanta has made headlines for asking parents to step outside with crying children, effectively banning them from the restaurant. And, the folks over at News 10 in Sacramento, California, are wondering if fine-dining restaurants should follow suit. What do you think? Weigh in on today’s poll!

 

20 Responses to “Dining Poll: Should Restaurants Ban Crying Children?”

  1. sonia santos

    I have 2 kids, and i always stay with then, kids are human no animals . Parents know threirs kids

  2. Ben

    I believe the restaurant should have policy posted and reiterated when bringing children of ages 5 and younger. When taking reservations, you should ask if children will be coming and their age. If they’re 5 years old or younger let them know of your policy so it isn’t a shock to patrons if they’re asked to step outside until the child is calm and not distracting other patrons.

  3. Tracie

    It would be nice if most restaurants could incorporate a designated dining room (a cry room so to speak like in churches) for those with infants and small children. I have children and have been in that same position but I took my child out of the room until calmed down. I would never be inconsiderate and let my child cry and disturb other peoples night out. But it would be nice to see a place have spots just for parents with kids cause we do like to get out of the house every now and then lol They could advertise “kid friendly dining” and reap the benefits when the word got out. If I still had small kids I would frequent a place that made me comfortable bringing my kids in :)

  4. Craig

    Any disruptive behavior should not be permitted or tolerated depending on when and where. Screaming kids, crying kids at a burger joint play-land is different than a proper sit down estabilshment. Kids are not permitted to act out in school, churches, weddings, funerals, movies or plays nor are screaming adults, crying adults… Well maybe at the funeral. Parents need to step up and be parents not softies and best friends and plan and manage accordingly.

    Yes, disruptive kids and adults alike should not be tolerated… If you can’t respect those around you choose a different activity or restaurant.

  5. Robin

    I have two boys and would, myself, remove them if they were ever misbehaving in a public area. I see no problem w/certain restaurants banning children of a certain age. If my husband & I managed to get some time and a babysitter and were trying to enjoy a quite night out to a nice restaurant, I would be FURIOUS if it was ruined by someone else who insisted on bringing their rowdy, out of control children.

  6. Angela

    Unfortunately parents do NOT leave when this occurs. This happened to me, the child was sitting behind me and screaming, I finally turned around and asked the mother to please take the child outside. She became beligerent and used offensive language and encouraged the child to cry more! The host/hostess did absolutely nothing. I proceeded to write a letter to the owner and received no response. I have removed the restaurant from my “go to” place and have never returned.

  7. Steve

    @Tracie, do you have any idea how valuable space at a restaurant is? Your idea for a crying room is ridiculous!!! Storage, employee locker rooms, kitchen space & tables are configured based on square footage. You obviously have never owned, managed or even worked in a restaurant. Crying room! Ha! Kids who are crying need to be controlled by their parents. Period. Not left to ruin other diners experience.

  8. Amy

    It’s nice to be able to introduce children to the manners and etiquette of fine dining. But do so as they mature, and based on their temperament. If all they can handle is Applebees, so be it until they can handle more.

  9. Moira

    when I was a toddler my mother took us to the town hotel dining room for high tea regularly. My sisters and I learned the correct etiquitte and behavior that has carried through all my dining experiences. Not only would we dare not misbehave, we enjoyed it as my Mother made it a special event. We felt like princesses. Parents are the problem and generate a lot of the acting out youngsters do. Young children should not be in the dining room too late in the day. Get a babysitter. After 7 should be adult dining.

  10. Shelley

    Let’s face it – this poll would not even be done if parents had to courtesy to remove a wailing kid from a restaurant. Some do but many do not as they are used to the noise and turmoil their kids create and either figure everyone else is too or they just don’t care if it bothers somebody else.

  11. Rebecca Dole

    Children are humans as people know, bringing your child out to eat often is like going to church it becomes a routine. Those who dont like disruptive children and say they should be banned from a restaurant really don’t have kids and just say they do. Restaurants may implement there own policy. I understand that but I have been places where both adults and kids we’re equally bad. If your in public make your own choice about your kids. Don’t make a choice for others. I have two kids and bring them everywhere its life live it. Don’t put a restriction on it. Thank you!

  12. Janet

    I agree with the previous posts that say to ban kids 5 and under from high end expensive restaurants. I am furious spending a lot of money just to have a screaming kid at the next table. Don’t get me wrong, I have 2 kids. There is a time and place for kids in public and some don’t understand that and impose on others!!!

  13. Lisa

    Common courtesy dictates that one takes one’s crying child (or barking dog) out of any gathering ( movie theater, restaurant, church, concert, etc.) Children need to learn self-control, parents need to be considerate of others. Parents who refuse to remove a crying child from a venue where people are gathered for quiet conversation or to hear a performance, are inconsiderate and rude, and are teaching their children to be the same. It’s also unkind to the child to expose them to the disapproval and resentment of your fellow diners, which children do sense, whether overtly demonstrated or not. Remove the child, help them to get themselves under control, and then return to your meal. It’s not a hard thing to do, and it will happen less and less, as you teach your child what kind of behavior is tolerated and what is not.

  14. Rich

    I have been dining out for over 40 years through good and bad behavior by parents and their children. I will always remember a young couple at a lovely waterfront seafood restaurant in Boston who ate a tag-team dinner so that their inconsolable child would only disturb passers by on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. There are a lot of good parents in the world who do the right thing and should be congratulated when they take responsibility for their own and let the rest us experience a pleasant evening.

  15. Gary Bennett

    Just a shame we can’t have an area for kids. Same challenge with crying kids in airplanes.

  16. Steve L

    It is unfortunate that many parents do not consider their surroundings when their children act up or cry. As others have said “common courtesy dictates that one takes one’s crying child out of any gathering.” Sadly, manners and courtesy seem to have become a thing of the past. When parents are inconsiderate, fine dining restaurants should ask parents of crying children to remove them from the restaurant until they have calmed down and can behave. One would not expect this at a fast food or family restaurant, but when one is dining at a more upscale restaurant, one shouldn’t have to put up with crying kids. Rather than encouraging other diners to ask the offenders to leave (and perhaps have an altercation), the restaurant management should step up and do so.. Bravo the Atlanta restaurant that asked the child to leave.

  17. Jennifer F

    While I agree with others who have posted that you need to introduce children to dining out, it should be age appropriate. Any child under the age of 5 does not have the capacity to understand they are in a “special” place where certain behaviors are expected. It’s unfair to expect them to “learn” how to behave at this age and it’s unfair to expect fellow dinners to suffer through the “lesson” you are teaching your children. Especially for adults who are out for an evening WITHOUT their own children. This has happened to my husband any myself several times – we pay for a babysitter and a nice evening out only to have it spoiled by someone else due to inappropriate behavior (and it’s been both children and adults to be fair).
    And also let’s be honest – restaurants that have an check average of $50+ per person probably do not have a children’s menu. Chances are high they will not like anything on these menus to eat in the first place. In my opinion, if there is no children’s menu then it is not appropriate to bring children.

  18. Keith

    When my kids were small, if I took them to a nice restaurant, I always went earlier in the evening, and not on a Friday or Saturday. I don’t appreciate crying kids when I’m out on a date, and I think it’s considerate to go in non-peak times. And yes, take your kids outside.

  19. Bill

    I think anyone who brings children to a fine restaurant where the average plate is $50 then no children should be allowed under the age of 10.

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