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Lupa's booked...now what?

shellie May 6, 2008 01:05 PM

I am bummed! Two months ago I tried to book Lupa for our "casual pre-theater dinner night" for group of six. Open Table said "can't book til 30 days ahead." Now I went back and it's booked up the entire time we're there (in three weeks). The husband and I LOVE this place and looked forward to our friends visiting with us.

What else would be comparable that I might still be able to get in for a 5:30? (We already have our fancy dining places booked.....)

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  1. Miss Needle RE: shellie May 6, 2008 01:08 PM

    You may want to try calling them directly. I've gotten reservations by calling when opentable said they were booked.

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      MMRuth RE: Miss Needle May 6, 2008 01:10 PM

      Agreed - I've had the same experience, albeit for lunch.

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      Lucia RE: shellie May 6, 2008 01:41 PM

      I've rarely seen open slots on OT for Lupa before 11pm. I'd definitely call.

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        rrems RE: shellie May 6, 2008 07:42 PM

        Lupa never lists prime times on Opentable, because they book up by phone as soon as the day opens up. Do try calling, though, as 5:30 is early enough that you may get in, or try doing a walk-in. They hold half the tables for walk-ins, so ask them what the typical wait would be at that tme. I suspect it may not be bad. If Lupa just doesn't look feasible, Crispo would be a fine substitute and is easy to reserve.

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          Maddash RE: rrems May 7, 2008 05:28 AM

          Or Otto. I know it's not as well liked on these boards, but I've had many excellent meals there.

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            rrems RE: Maddash May 7, 2008 06:20 AM

            Otto has quite a number of fans, but my one meal there was so bland I would never go back, unlike Lupa and Crispo, where the food is always well-seasoned and full of flavor.

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              Lucia RE: Maddash May 7, 2008 10:53 AM

              I agree with you--always had good experiences at Otto.

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            shellie RE: shellie May 7, 2008 12:55 PM

            Thanks for the help, guys. We'll call now and see if we can get a reservation. If not, I'll check out Crispo for sure.

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