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beelover Dec 27, 2007 08:05 AM

Hi,

Haven't been to SPQR and wanted to go tonight. How long can we expect to wait. Also, can you go to a16 without a reservation? If so, would the wait be insufferable?

Thanks.

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    david kaplan RE: beelover Dec 27, 2007 08:54 AM

    Went to SPQR last night. The wait was consistently 30-45 minutes unless you were in line before opening and got a table when they opened at 5:30. I expected to sit right down when I arrived at 5:45 given the holiday week. Oh well. Separate post coming shortly on our meal.

    1. Windy RE: beelover Dec 27, 2007 09:42 AM

      A16 will let you do walk in at the bar, which is perfectly pleasant. They give you a beeping monitor (or take your cell, I can't remember which), so you can wander around nearby on Chestnut Street. But it's best to go when they open or for lunch.

      1. Carrie 218 RE: beelover Dec 27, 2007 09:53 AM

        Depends entirely on when you are going. As indicated, you can walk in and get a table between between 5:30 and 6:00 -- and also after 10:00ish. I only went once in between those times and as I am a single diner who always sits at the bar, even then the bar was full and there was a bit of a wait.

        Worth it, though!

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          Jeff RE: Carrie 218 Dec 27, 2007 10:18 AM

          We arrived at SPQR at 5:45 last Saturday. The place was full, and we were advised it would be an hour and a half wait. A single diner was told it would be at least 30 minutes for a spot at the bar. I'd get there before they open if you want to be safe.

        2. Robert Lauriston RE: beelover Dec 27, 2007 10:30 AM

          I've gone to SPQR at various times and never had much of a wait, but that was before the rave review in last Sunday's Chron.

          Unless you're in line when they open, I'd count on an hour and a half wait for either A16 or SPQR. Personally I hate going to A16 without a reservation as the tables they save for walk-ins are in the noisiest part of the restaurant.

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            beelover RE: beelover Dec 27, 2007 08:47 PM

            well we tried to go at about 6pm. the wait was two hours so we went down the street instead. perhaps another time...

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              Carrie 218 RE: beelover Dec 27, 2007 09:22 PM

              Not too surprised -- it IS a big holiday week and a lot of people are not working, thereby having a lot more flexible time to be out-and-about. *Do* try back - you won't be disappointed!

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