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Long Waits at Restaurants: How Long Will You Stand in Line?

How Long Will You Wait in Line For a Table?

Some restaurants' lines are legendary: diners show up expecting to wait at least an hour — even multiple hours — to snag a table. One San Francisco seafood restaurant that doesn't take reservations plies patient diners with free wine. I've even been known to kill time over Bloody Marys while waiting more than an hour for brunch. But usually I draw the line at an hour and a half wait. What's the longest you'll wait in line for a table?

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Ruther44 Ruther44 6 years
There are a couple restaurants in Philly that use an app to take your name and sends a text message when it is time to get seated. It is like the modern version of pager, but lets you go anywhere. I think it's called It makes waiting at a restaurant not such a pain.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
15-30 minutes is my max. I can be impatient at times. Particularly if food is involved and I'm very hungry.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
As long as there are some beverages to consume while we wait....we can wait!.......
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
One hour for a place that I reallllyyyy want to eat. My limit is 2 hours, pending I can find some thing to do close by. I like to make reservations or call-aheads as much as possible
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
hypothetically about 30 min, but ive waited over an hour for some places, like sea in brooklyn. for some reason, that place is always packed!!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
15-30 minutes is the longest we'll wait. Otherwise, my husband gets too hungry and gets all crabby and irritated. I can't imagine waiting an hour or more; there's no way I'd wait that long.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I agree with Party and if that can't be done, I'm gone. If I was in some exotic land on vaca I may wait but other than that, it's not my style I don't care how tasty the food is, I'll come back on Monday if I want it that bad.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I said 15-30 mins if I have to stand. I could wait a little longer if there was a bar.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I'm not patient at all when it comes to waiting in line at a restaurant. I want food, dammit! If I have to wait more than 10-15 minutes, I'd rather go somewhere else.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I was just in NOLA and you know what made waiting in line down the street for a table at Acme Oyster House much more tolerable? drinking while waiting in the street.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
I will not wait more then 45 mins unless it is a place I have been wanting to go to for a long time. There is this place called the boiling crab and all I hear is how there is a two hour wait every night. I can't bring myself to wait that long.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I was in SF over the weekend and I could not believe the line for brunch. There were at least 50 people waiting - I couldn't do it! It was a beautiful day but there was no relief from the sun and I couldn't imagine standing there for over an hour. I bet there were some serious sunburns from that wait!
gingirl gingirl 7 years
I'll wait up till an hour, especially if there is a bar to kill time at (totally agree, Party, not a big fan of waiting in line!). My bf, on the other hand, he would freak out and head someplace else after 20 mins or so.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I prefer not to wait in line. I will put my name in and head to a nearby bar to wait.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
given i have nowhere to be quickly, i would easily wait 15 to 30 if i am just standing waiting 30 min-1 hour if i can sit at a bar and drink (good call doogirl, i never even think of that as "waiting" because you can even order an appie if you're starved never longer unless i am desperate, like once at a resort the only restaurant that was open was this one place which was packed, but even then, i would die standing for an hour!! i need something to keep myself busy!!
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I put down 30 minutes to an hour, and that's only if there is a bar!
SFCA SFCA 7 years
Some great places in San Francisco will call you on your cell phone to let you know that your table is ready. It's pretty fantastic and I would love if more restaurants did this.
millarci millarci 7 years
2 hours is probably the max I will wait. But if it's an awesome restaurant that I've been wanting to try for a long time then I'd probably wait longer. I'll just bring something to munch on! lol!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Depends... if I'm in the suburbs, max 15 minutes. If I'm downtown and I can walk around and find something to do, I'll wait it out a bit longer.
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