I recently ate a restaurant and had just placed my order and the waiter went and gave the order to the kitchen. My appetizer arrived and soon after my entree arrived in excellent time. However my waiter also arrived and stood at my table watching me eat for nearly the entire meal.
I let the waiter know that the food was delicious and met my expectations other than being a little spicy. The waiter acknowledged this and went away and about four minutes or so came back to my table and just stood there maybe 2 feet away and watched intently as I ate.
Now mind you I am not a sloppy eater or a gross eater. I chew my food with my mouth closed and I don’t drop my food on my lap or make a mess. For the life of me I could not figure out why the waiter stood there watching me eat so again I acknowledged that the food was very good and the waiter went away but returned three or so minutes and stood there just watching me eat my food.
And it continued when I got my check, the waiter stood and watched as I calculated a tip on my phone. And only went away when I handed him the check with payment in it and then returned and stood there again for a few minutes.
The whole thing was just wierd
Is there a way to politely let a waiter know that you are fine and don’t need them to stand there? Is there a better way I could have handled this? I felt ackward eating and having someone watch me while I ate.