Reservations - How far in advance?
I just called Spring and discovered they are booked for the entire month of December. Wow. I realize this is not the norm (except for maybe L' Astrance). That said, I would like to avoid further culinary disappointment. How far in advance should I call restaurants like La Régalade or Chez l'Ami Jean? We will be in Paris from 27 December to 5 January.
I was in Paris for eight days in early July, and the trip had been put together on fairly short notice. For my two blowout meals I chose Taillevent and Alain Ducasse, and for both places I emailed, told them the dates of my stay, and asked for a table - lunch or dinner - anywhere in the window. In both cases they sent very prompt and very cordial replies, and I ended up with dinner at Taillevent and lunch at Ducasse.
When there are concerns about popular places, it seems from my limited experience that kindness goes a long way.
I hope that helps you a little.