Know what you mean tho...I hate nursing a half inch of drink in a glass for half an hour before it has a chance of being refilled.
Once we went for a "quick" meal before catching a movie. Told the waitrss in polite, but no uncertain terms, that we had only 45 minutes...what could they offer us to be made and eaten in that time, so the kitchen had a chance to get it done, we could eat it, and walk across the road to the cinema. It was a very slow night in the restaurant, only 2 other couples.
We were relying on her to be realistic timewise so it would work for everyone.
Result? nope. Didn't happen. We were walking up to the FOH after way too long to let them know, basically, sorry, we have to go, etc etc and the meal appeared. I felt mortified for the cook. But we did have to go. It was an hour after we arrived.
I've got to admit, they did offer us both a free meal to make up for it, so no love lost. A matter of more experience on the wait staff's part perhaps.
We never did take up the offer of the free meal. Have gone elsewhere since.