Even with all the updates, i think Rick was way worse in this story then the date. And considering we've only heard Rick's side of the story I think that says a lot.
I'm not saying the woman comes out looking great, she doesn't, but she is the one I'm sympathetic too... and I bet her side of the story would tell a wee bit differently.
Rick was just rude and inconsiderate on top of passive aggressive on top of I don't even know but its not like he did one good thing here. Well no ok, he did one good thing, he tried calling. Every other action on his part was a bad choice.
He set the place to meet - a closed bar. Bad choice.
He forgot the place meet. Bad choice.
He blamed his date for his screw up. Bad choice. (Even if he apologized later, did he apologize for all three screw ups thus far or did he just acknowledge his fault and try to move on?)
He took it upon himself to apologize on behalf of his date's 'terse" tone. Bad choice. (And really the waitress probably looked at him dumbfounded not because she wanted an explanation, but because she took the woman's order first so she then, looked to Rick to take his order, not to get an explanation. How the waitress' face looked really shouldn't have mattered.)
He took a phone call, straight up walking away from the table, without explanation, only minutes into the date. Bad choice. (Even if he had to take it, he could have as he saw the number and answered, said to her "I'm so sorry, its my boss, it must be an emergency.")
He abruptly ended the date without letting his date know he would be doing so. Bad choice. (She's now still hungry an hour after having expected to eat with only a cocktail in her stomach? Poor woman!)
He did not return her call (even via email) once he got home after reneging on is offer to take her dinner. Bad choice.
Yeah Rick is not coming across good in any one of his actions as far as I can see. And he continues the bad choices by retelling the story a though he was the injured party!