When the president of our organization reserved a table she told them 8-10. The woman said "I'll just set you up with the room for 15". Only 4 ended up coming because of the weather or whatever. Not my fault though. The 4 people present were ordering food and drinks. I think the chef/owner may have been mad the party was smaller than planned, but I still don't think they should have ever questioned my order. Or maybe it is and I am just not understanding resturant etiquette. I even told the waitress she would get a generous tip. The place was pretty empty. They should've been happy we were there. When I did end up getting my food it was DELICIOUS. I can't fault them there and the waitresses were very embarassed at having to come and tell me the chef wouldn't make my dinner (appetizer).
This is my thought... when you go to a restaurant you are going for the experience and food. Instead of dictating how it should be why don't you go with the flow, respect the owners wishes, and maybe you will be surprised. It makes no sense to take up a whole area... if the place was empty you could have gone to a smaller table. If the waitress was expecting 10 people and only 4 showed and then you only wanted an appetizer... I would have been upset too. Her/his tips all depends on the size of the bill. So if the food was great, try it again. I'm in the business and I can see both sides. But maybe next time you should just try it there way???? Just my opinion.