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Oct 14, 2008 09:00 AM

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.