Help! Restaurants that don't take reservations?
Just had to cancel our reservation at Rendezvous in Cambridge tonight b/c our party jumped from 2 to 5. At this late hour we're out of luck on reservations at our other choices (B&G Oysters, Marco, etc.). Looking for some ideas on restaurants that don't take reservations. We're heading out at 6 so can maybe beat the crowds a little.
Every restaurant takes walk-ins: 80% of the North End doesn't take reservations. You'll just have a longer wait at some than others. Rain might help you tonight (bring umbrellas in case you end up waiting on a sidewalk.) Getting there close to 6pm will help. Avoid places that cater to event crowds, e.g., near the Theater District, the TD Garden, etc.
The OpenTable suggestion is also great: you can easily get a reservation that way, though the hottest spots won't have a six-top available on short notice.