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Do You Eat at Restaurants That Don't Take Reservations?

Do You Eat at Restaurants That Don't Take Reservations?

A couple of weeks ago, I went to grab dinner at Pizzeria Delfina, my favorite local pizza joint. The trendy restaurant is always packed, and although it doesn't take reservations, I normally don't mind going early to put my name on the chalkboard. However, the wait ended up being two hours on a Wednesday night! I couldn't help but think of a friend who refuses to eat at restaurants that don't take reservations — no matter how good the food is. As my stomach growled, I wished I was more like her. Where do you side on the matter?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
It depends on the restaurant. I'll wait up to about 30 minutes; if it's going to be much longer than that, I'll go somewhere else. I can't stand it when the host/hostess tells you it's only going to be a 15 minute wait and it ends up being like, 45 minutes before you get seated.
doleychitown doleychitown 7 years
there is this amazing sushi place that just opened near me. It is hands down one of the best in the city and they don't take reservations. the wait is always 45-1 hour or even more and I've done it because it is that good.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Haha, wow. I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant where it is standard practice to make reservations.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
There are not many restaurants that i go to that take reservations. I don't mind waiting for a little while. I do like how like The Outback Steakhouse has call ahead seating, i have still had to wait a few minutes sometimes but now as long as the people that walk in.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 7 years
I will never wait for a table in New York; just walk across the street. There are too many fantastic restaurants to waste my time.
Food Food 7 years
Depends on the restaurant. PartySister is right — groups shouldn't be too large. Which makes me nervous, since tonight I am going to a restaurant that doesn't take reservations with a semi-large group of people (I didn't pick the resto). Yikes!
partysugar partysugar 7 years
So the bad thing about this is after waiting for 45 minutes, they said our table would be ready in ten minutes. Then the party of 7 that was before us on the chalkboard — whose name they called twice, but no one was there —  showed up right as "our" table emptied up. They had to give it to them and we had to wait another hour.
lisabarn lisabarn 7 years
Depends on the place and the wait time.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Depends on the place. If i know its good and I'm willing to wait, then sure, but otherwise, there's always other options. Good time to explore other eateries that you wouldn't have noticed if your "unreservation" place wasn't full.
PartySister PartySister 7 years
Only with groups of 4 or less! I also hate it when they won't seat your party until everyone is there! Can't tell you how many times I've lost a table at my fave brunch spot that won't seat until everyone is there. So frustrating!
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I can't think of many places with food good enough to justify more than a half hour wait. I have many better things to do with my time.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I do especially if I'm going to Max Brenner!
care0531 care0531 7 years
I would wait no more then 30 minutes but that is because I have a child who wouldn't wait and if we were on date night that is a longer night and that wait is costing us more with the sitter!I usually go earlier or arrange for take out.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I would wait no more then 30 minutes but that is because I have a child who wouldn't wait and if we were on date night that is a longer night and that wait is costing us more with the sitter! I usually go earlier or arrange for take out.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
No, I won't wait more than a few minutes for a table. If a place is that good that is has a big line, I'll go at an off time like a week day afternoon.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Yes. I've never been to a restaurant that does take reservations. I tend to go to small restaurants around town, they have awesome food and not a lot of wait time.
odyssea odyssea 7 years
My favorite Austin hangout, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, doesn't take reservations, which often means a backup on weekends for brunch and after UT football games. But the food is so delicious and the drinks so reasonably priced that it's no hardship to sit and chat with friends while waiting for a table.
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