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The Little Owl as a walk-in

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parmgianino Aug 6, 2007 11:05 AM

Anyone ever tried Little Owl on a walk in basis? Tips for getting either a table or a spot at the bar, best times to go, how long the wait?. Thoughts welcome, thanks!

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    clashfan RE: parmgianino Aug 6, 2007 11:56 AM

    You probably just have to go before 7. They also take your cell phone and then call when your table is ready. At least you can go walk around and get a drink while you are waiting.

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      mrnyc RE: parmgianino Aug 6, 2007 12:24 PM

      we tried to do it for 4 this past saturday at 9pm, hows that for chutzpah?

      d'oh that didnt work, they said come back at 11pm ;) even busy, they were very nice about it tho.

      also, i think they have like one four top in there.

      it looked like even at that busy time, albeit summer, if you are one or two or even three (they have odd seating) you could do it. there was no line.

      we went to MARYS FISH CAMP instead, we were all sat at the bar and it was tasty as ever.

      1. tbone RE: parmgianino Aug 8, 2007 05:50 PM

        My wife and I were walking by Little Owl late on a Sunday afternoon, just as they were opening for dinner. (around 5:30pm) We were quickly seated, and all of the tables were filled within minutes, so this would be your best shot.

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          roberto911 RE: parmgianino Aug 14, 2007 07:57 PM

          My wife and I went a couple of weeks ago on a Sat. night. Arrived around 9pm, was told about an hour wait. They took my cell phone # and we walked to Blue Ribon Bar and had the best Egg Shooters. Back to the Little Owl at 10pm and had the best Meatball Sliders. Great weekend!

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            jamonito RE: parmgianino Aug 15, 2007 11:41 AM

            My advice--don't bother. The staff is nice enough I suppose, but a 40-minute mid-week wait at 9:30pm turned into 90 minutes before we sat down. The sliders were pretty good (not transcendently flavorful, but tender). The pasta I ordered, however, was WAY too salty. My girlfriend's fish was overcooked (not inedible, but still--for the price and the wait, its should have been better). The service was irratic and slow, but friendly. The space is cramped and acoustically challenging. If you must go, I say reservation or risk frustration.

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              Kanger RE: jamonito Aug 16, 2007 02:06 PM

              Don't forget, it's on Open Table now ... that's the way to go, methinks.

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                LeahBaila RE: Kanger Aug 16, 2007 02:15 PM

                ...or www.tablexchange.com

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                  kathryn RE: Kanger Aug 18, 2007 06:33 PM

                  Has anybody actually had success in getting a Little Owl table on OpenTable? I've only seen one, once, for something like a Tuesday at 5:30pm.

                  I just tried and they were booked solid until September 15th! I'll stick to going there for brunch, thanks.

              2. Bottom Feeding Foodie RE: parmgianino Aug 16, 2007 05:09 PM

                I have found that you stand a greater chance to get a walk-in table with little to no wait from 5-6:45. Which we can all agree is early, but I must say that I have never been rushed out as a walk-in diner either.Of course this all depends on the size of your party but 4 or less and you should be okay. Good luck and enjoy.

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