7 Tips for Dealing With Bad Customers in a Restaurant

If you are managing a public business like a restaurant, sooner or later you will receive some complaints. When people dine out, they are very particular about service and certain elements of their dining experience.

Some people go almost crazy when they have any kind of issue with service. This is the moment where you, as the business owner, have to maintain patience and handle the situation wisely.

Complaints normally arise during peak business hours. However, handling complaints efficiently provides a chance to build up a strong customer relationship.

When dealing with bad customers, you should remember that even if it is a difficult customer, that person will remain your customer regardless of their actions.

Many times, handling complaints professionally and promptly turns unhappy diners into long-term repeat customers and effective cheerleaders for your brand.

Here are seven tips for dealing with bad customers:

1. Listen to your customers

Your customer is everything! Listen to them very carefully. Pay full attention while listening to your customer. Maybe a customer is dissatisfied because there was a waiting line, unsatisfactory food, or any other reason.

2. Don’t get defensive

Stay polite and neutral in tone when a customer is aggressively complaining. Even if the customer is wrong, never fight back. The aim is to de-escalate and resolve the problem, not worsen it.

3. The customer is always right

“The customer is always right” is the motto of every organization, whether it is a restaurant or an IT firm that gives high priority to customer satisfaction. Even when the customer gets angry, it is your responsibility to fulfill his demands and requirements.

4. Sympathize

Let your customer know that you are taking them seriously and that you are conveying your sympathy for their problem. Remember to show your sympathy up to a sensible amount so that it doesn’t seem like you are faking it.

5. Body language is key

The way you stand and talk to a customer speaks more than words. If you are feeling defensive, don’t cross your arms over your chest. No matter how irritated you feel, just nod and smile.

6. Lower your voice

In order to calm down the situation, lower your voice. If you speak slowly and calmly, a furious customer can also calm his anger and politely discuss his problem.

7. Fix the problem as soon as possible

You should take steps to resolve the problem as soon as possible. The service providers should take action to remedy a bad situation. Sometimes, a simple problem that could have been solved easily does not get resolved due to a lack of knowledge. To avoid this, put a plan in place so that when problems arise, there is a clear set of steps to resolve them.

The following video will provide a few more tips when handling restaurant complaints that are very similar to those of bad customers.


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