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How Long Will You Wait For a Table?


Yesterday on his blog, San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer discussed the no-reservation restaurant trend. While he doesn't enjoy it, Bauer will sometimes wait up to an hour for a table.

When I have no place to be, I'm willing to wait an hour, especially if the eatery has a bar. How about you?

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
Depends on the place and what other activiities are on the agenda.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
20 min. max.
seryscarlett seryscarlett 6 years
I can do up to an hour...if there's a bar!
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 6 years
Where I live most of the non-chain places take reservations, so I really rather just go to one of these independent places than go wait at a chain restaurant that won't take reservations.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
waiting doesn't matter to me. more time to drink!
javsmav javsmav 6 years
I can do an hour if it's for a restaurant I love or there's a bar and I'm not starving.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 6 years
it depends where and who im with. if im with close friends, i dont mind waiting a little longer, since we have good company. for sea in brooklyn, we waited about an hour but it was okay
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
30 minutes max
26rosebud 26rosebud 6 years
I live in Tucson. You don't have to wait anywhere for longer than 30 minutes.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
30-40 minutes, tops. And that's only if we know it'll be crowded no matter where we choose to go. We once went to Outback Steakhouse and did their "call ahead" thing and we ended up waiting over an hour to get a table anyway. We were so angry that we ended up waiting that long, but they threw in free appetizers and drinks, so I guess it was fine. I don't think we've eaten there since then though.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
45 minutes max
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 6 years
It depends on how hungry I am and whether there's a place to sit at the bar.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 6 years
35 minutes tops. I'm not patient enough.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I've definitely waited over an hour, but it was for a restaurant that I knew was worth it and was special to me in some way. Otherwise, I'm way too impatient, and most of the time the wait does discourage me from frequenting those long-wait places too often.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 6 years
I don't get out to eat much, so if I am with good company(Which is extremely likely) I will wait on the up of an hour.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 6 years
10-15 minutes. I'm too impatient!
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
I'm much more likely to frequent restaurants that take reservations. However, I will on occasion wait for a table, but generally only if the wait is 15-20 minutes. It seems if the wait is longer, the bar area is generally crowded too, which means the inconvenience of waiting plus the hassle of trying to find a seat at the bar, flag down the bartender, etc.
arrowstraite arrowstraite 6 years
10 minutes. Otherwise I'll cook the same thing at home.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 6 years
15mins usually... because I can go elsewhere in that time. But if I am craving that food from that restaurant probably 45mins max.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
There's no option lesser than 20 minutes (and we don't make reservation unless it's special event). For us, less than 20-30 minutes, my hub doesn't have the patience to wait. Well, if there's a bar in the eatery and we can wait there, we can wait perhaps 20-30 minutes, other than that, we just move on to another place. So many restaurants so little time :p
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
again, no "it depends" option -- I waited upwards of an hour last Thursday for a no-reservations restaurant and it was WORTH IT. otherwise I like reservations, but walking in and waiting a bit is ok from time to time.
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
It actually depends on if there's a place to wait, and what the weather's like. There's a great soul food place here in Eugene (Papa's) - the wait is usually at least an hour. In the winter, if I can't wait inside then forget it! But in the summer, who cares? I'll wait.
Liss1 Liss1 6 years
Probably 40 minutes. It really depends though i live on Cape Cod though and this time of the year it's crazy (with tourists) to try to go out to eat so you have to expect that it's gonna be a long wait.
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