Is it ever okay to bring a baby to a fancy restaurant?
That's the debate after a woman asked Reddit how to deal with a sticky social situation regarding her mother's birthday dinner.
The dinner's being held at "an intimate and very expensive French restaurant ... with several family and friends in attendance," she wrote.
[H]e said he, his wife and two year old son would love to come. When my mom told me they’re bringing their toddler, I rolled my eyes, asked if they knew which restaurant the party was being held at and that maybe she should emphasize that it’s not child friendly (she opted to book the tasting menu, which runs $125 per person and the venue has an enforced dress code).
I’m already bracing to be mortified in front of other patrons and restaurant staff if the kid has a meltdown and the mom pulls out a loud toy or, worse, an iPad to play Peppa Pig at full volume. In my mind, the other patrons are entitled to a relaxing meal and the prospect of sitting at a table that’s disrupting the entire establishment of the is stressing me tf out. I don’t begrudge the parents for wanting to celebrate with my mom, I just feel like this particular restaurant is completely inappropriate to bring children to, let alone a two year old who is prone to tantrums.