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I know that I'm breaking several rules of etiquette here, but don't have much of a choice. I have a 7PM reservation at Degustation tonight, but a concert later in the night that will require me to leave around 8:30 PM. Believe me I HATE double-booking, but circumstances being what they are (surprise visit from friend in California who reserved dinner; long-standing tickets to concert) I'm going to have to suck it up for tonight.

Is the service at Degustation leisurely or relatively quick? This is assuming I don't go for the 5 or 10 course tasting menu (well, maybe the 5). I'm dreading being rude to the party and missing out on my food if I have to leave before the meal even finishes. Thoughts?

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  1. I found the service to be pretty quick. When I have an event to go to, I will tell the waiter at the beginning of the meal.

    1. Overall, service tends to be on the quick side. However, I will warn you about the problem that you may perhaps face. Not sure about these recession times, but there's a chance that even though your reservation is for 7P that you may not be seated at that time. Degustation is a small restaurant with only 14 seats. The 7P slot is more of a second seating time. There's no guarantee that the first seating diners will finish on "time." I remember Jack Lamb and staff were pretty upset once because this couple was really taking their time finishing their wine -- basically the glasses of wine sat in front of them and they just talked forever. And I guess there were other parties that were taking much longer than the restaurant anticipated. There was a huge line of people who had reservations waiting for a table, and they were getting irate. I've always taken the earlier seating for that very reason, eating closer to 6P.

      So I'd probably call them today, seeing if there would be a problem getting seated on time tonight as you have concert reservations later. I've only been during the weekends. Perhaps it's different on a Tuesday night, and in the middle of a recession. But I'd just call just to make sure.

      1. also be sure to tell them your time constraint when you sit down. they will try to accommodate you

        1. Thanks all!

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          1. re: cswim06

            We ordered about 5 courses each, about 1 to 2 at a time, which seemed pretty common there, and the meal still was only maybe 1.5 hours (we didn't linger). I dont think time should be a concern but if you are seated late or concerned anyway, you can just order more dishes right away so they will be less scattered.