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Feb 29, 2008 06:14 AM

Frustration Booking Babbo!

I have been calling nonstop since 10 am and the line has been busy for the last 15 minutes. This is ridiculous. They tell you to call a month in advance to the date at 10 am which is what I am doing and I can't get through. Is it possible that the demand for this place is that great that I cannot get through?

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  1. I feel for you. My father was going to take me to Babbo as a Christmas present last year. He was miraculously able to get a reservation for a Friday night. I don't know how he did it.

    Then my husband got a horrible flu. We had to cancel.

    We were never able to get a reservation there again. No times available or else we just can't get through. Really horrible. Yes, the demand is just that high.

      1. re: jakew8

        Afetr hotting redial all day a real voice answered at around 3:00 p.m. I was so stunned to finally hear someone I almost could.t speak! Not many times left but luckily 9:30 p.m.was fine with us.
        Was it worth it.....yes!

        1. re: trishottawa

          I am starting to think they just leave their phone off the hook!

      2. Here's the trick--stop in the restaurant at 10a.m. Works like a charm.

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        1. re: Produce Addict

          Ditto. And smile! The poor reservationist will be happy to see someone who is patient and smiling.

          See also:

        2. Maybe if you kept trying, you will eventually get through. I secured my babbo reservation for next month after trying for 20 minutes.

          1. I've done this several times, starting at exactly 10:00. I got an answer after 5 to 15 minutes of redialling each time. No, they do not leave their phone off the hook. I have always gotten the same person (the pleasant woman with the British accent), so I assume it's just the number of callers trying to get through with only one person answering the phone.

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              1. re: rrems

                You guys must be really really lucky I have been calling nonstop for the last 2 hrs (since 10) and got nada. In the meantime I have booked DB and Del Posto as fallbacks but want to go to Babbo really bad.

                1. re: steakrules85

                  I got through two times within 45 minutes. I had a question and got through the second time after 15 minutes.

                  1. re: DarthEater

                    I FINALLY just got thru and the woman put me on hold for 10 minutes. Then she comes back to tell me the only times they have one month from now are 10pm -11:15. OUTRAGEOUS!

                    1. re: steakrules85

                      Not sure how outrageous it is - just the way it is, unfortunately.

                  2. re: steakrules85

                    Hi Steak, have you really been calling non-stop since 10? I'm talking: dial the number, busy signal, and keep readialing over and over, without putting the phone down? Because that's what it takes, as crazy as it sounds!

                    My boyfriend called at exactly 10am on February 15th. After about 45 minutes of the literal, non-stop dialing, he snagged us a 6:30pm reservation for Saturday, March 15th.

                    The other idea, that worked when I went to Babbo with my dad a couple of years ago, was to tag-team it. We both started dialing at exactly 10am a month before, and my dad got through after about 15 minutes.

                    Best of luck!

                    1. re: Melanie

                      I think he did end up getting a reservation.

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        Yes to all- I finally did indeed get a reservation but I had to settle for a Tuesday night. Still I am very excited about it! And yes I was dialing nonstop for hours.

                        1. re: steakrules85

                          Great! I'm sure you will love it. Again, I'm going to Babbo on Saturday in mid-March and will be sure to post a detailed review. Enjoy!