The Worst Things About Group Dinners

As a rule of thumb, group dinners are one of the worst things known to man, following closely behind accidentally smelling garbage, and spilling dish water all over yourself. If you’ve been subjected to a dinner with more than four people, or even the dreaded birthday dinner, then you know the pain that a group dinner can be. But in order to be a functioning member of society you have to attend group dinners unless you want people to think you’re a joyless miser who would rather sit at home and eat lentils for every meal. Even though you’re attending a group dinner, that doesn’t mean you have to like it, here is our list of the worst things about group dinners.

Hopefully this list of the worst things about getting together with a bunch of people and going out to a restaurant will give you some ideas on how to make your group dinner more palatable to everyone involved. All group meals, especially birthday dinners, have things about them that we don’t like but hopefully after reading this list you’ll be able to avoid the pitfalls of a standard group dinner and help everyone have a great time. After reading this, hopefully you don’t feel alone in your rancor for the wretched group meal.

Check out this list of the things we can’t stand about going out to eat with a bunch of people and vote up the worst things about group dinners. And if there’s something that makes a birthday dinner your own prison, add it to the list.
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  • 1
    137 VOTES

    Picking a Time That's Good for Everyone Won't Happen

    Trying to pick a time that works for all your busy friends is impossible. Inevitably someone will be getting off work late that day or they'll be driving from across town or get caught in traffic.
    137 votes
  • 2
    131 VOTES

    People Will Flake

    Even if you get everyone to agree on a time and location, there will be a few friends that totally flake on you and force you change your reservation for a party of 15 to a party of five. And don't expect an apology text in the morning. 
    131 votes
  • 3
    125 VOTES

    You Can't Have a Conversation

    It's hard to have a conversation at even the best group dinner. Either there are so many people that it's super loud, or there's so much cross talk that you can't understand the one conversation that you're actually interested in.
    125 votes
  • 4
    142 VOTES

    Splitting the Check

    When the check comes at the end of the night, you just know you're either going to be stuck at the restaurant for an extra hour dividing the tip or you're going to end up paying for that whole chicken that your friend ordered and barely touched.
    142 votes
  • 5
    91 VOTES

    The Long Wait for a Table

    If you and your friends are more of the spontaneous type and tend to eschew reservations, don't to get a table immediately. More than likely you're going to be waiting for at least an hour. Hope you like sitting at the bar.
    91 votes
  • 6
    100 VOTES

    The Wait Time for Your Food Is Infinite

    It already takes forever to get food at a good restaurant, but when you add ten other people to your meal, you can expect the wait time to increase exponentially, and baby, you're going to get hangry - the worst of all the emotions.
    100 votes