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Ideal Reservation Time if the Restaurant Closes at 11:30?

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I'm taking my boyfriend out to his birthday dinner at a fancy restaurant that closes at 11:30pm. I've made the reservation for 8 as I normally do, but I'm concerned because it closes relatively early - if I plan on doing a 5-course tasting menu, will we be rushed through it? Should I push it up to 7pm?

I know I know, I'm being picky but I REALLY want the timing to be perfect! I hate being rushed through meals, especially if I'm going to be paying a lot for it!

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  1. If they offer a 5-course menu and accept an 8pm reservation I don't think you should worry about it, but why don't you ask the restaurant when you make the reservation? I'm sure if they plan to rush you they would say something like "if you want the 5-course menu we would recommend you come earlier".

    1. Typically, I wont go into a restaurant that is closing in the next hour. I know they're still seating and expecting business. Doesn't mean people aren't trying to go home. The cooks and the servers will often rush you out, so I get what you're saying.

      How long does this tasting menu usually take? I'd guess that in a place that's used to long drawn out dinners that take 3.5 hours or longer, they'd all expect to stay there past a certain time and wouldn't rush you. It's less typical in higher end places, in my experience, anyway.

      I do also think that if the dinner took 5 hours, they'd tell you the last reservation is at 6:30 and you wont have time to enjoy your dinner.

      1. 8 should be fine. Five courses shouldn't take more than 2-1/2 hours.