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Garden at the Cellar

Thinking of going to Garden at the Cellar soon - perhaps this upcoming Saturday night. They don't take reservations...since we'll have a babysitter it can be an issue if the wait is long...anyone know if there are long waits on weekends to get a table here? Being Head of the Charles weekend, I may have just answered my own question, but...anyone with experience here? Thanks in advance.

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  1. I went quite a few weekends in a row in September and can say that the wait was solidly between 45 minutes to an hour after 7pm. Before that or after 9pm there's practically no wait.

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    1. This past saturday I arrived with a party of 3 and waited over an hour for a table. The food was very good, but the hostess wasn't very polite... I'll go back, but not on a weekend!

      1. I do like this neighborhood spot for a weeknight pop-in (before 7pm preferably) and I love the food, but I had a terrible experience with a rude bartender at the Garden recently. And I won't be back until they fix the problems with their staff.

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        1. re: MissCheese

          I'm sorry to hear this - what happened?

        2. Not a good choice for a weekend night unless you go super early. There will most likely be a wait and it can get uncomfortably cramped and frustrating and you feel like you are forgotten in the mix because the organization is terrible. The service needs an overhaul...The staff move on their own time and are hard to track down, which makes the wait even more annoying, as you watch them carousing in the back while people are waiting for their checks and drinks, and everything.

          1. Basic rule of thumb: any restaurant that is halfway decent is packed on Friday and Saturday nights by somewhere between 6:30 and 7 and for at least 1.5-2 hours thereafter. If it doesn't take resos, you will wait a long time if you don't eat before hand.

            A restaurant will tend to restrict reservations in that window before being full depending on how it will handle it's kitchen flow during peak dining hours. The best bet is usually to arrive by 6PM at the latest.

            1. Can anyone tell me if it's true that you can just go downstairs to the Cellar and have access to the same menu?

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              1. re: jgg13

                Err, to perhaps answer my own question, after poking over at Yelp it looks as if it's the bar menu. I'd assumed that there was *also* a bar upstairs.

                1. re: jgg13

                  jgg, there absolutely is a bar upstairs, but it's less of a focus. The Garden has a totally different feel from the Cellar though (think pine-paneled gastropub vs. a sort of dive bar hacked out of the side of a mountain, but in a good way). I am about 90% sure you can get the full menu in the Cellar/basement. I was there about a month ago, and I remember the Garden being full and there were seats in the basement, and I'm pretty sure we went down there specifically because the full menu was available (I think you just have to ask), but there is a slight possibility we just used the bar menu since there is a fair amount of overlap. Keep in mind, the service downstairs - understandably - is not going to be the same.

                  1. re: TPistrix

                    Last time I was there, I was told the full menu was served downstairs, but cash only... I never have that kind of cash on me, so I just waited my 45 minutes!

                    1. re: TPistrix

                      "Keep in mind, the service downstairs - understandably - is not going to be the same."

                      I can imagine. I'm no stranger to the cellar, I've just never been to the new GatC space upstairs. While the bartenders at the Cellar are all friendly, I'd expect a lot more form the upstairs staff considering the price point :) I had been considering going tonight, but thinking the cellar woudl be more appropriate given time constraints. As it turned out, I ended up somewhere else entirely.