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Res for Lunch at Galatoire's on Friday?

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Do I need them or can I just walk in. Will I even get seated?

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  1. No reservations downstairs - where all the craziness is on Friday. To get a table downstairs in the first seating, show up no later than 9 am. Otherwise, come back around 3 or so. As far as I know, you can get a friday lunch res upstairs, but you won't be involved in the spectacle. If you're going to sit upstairs, you might as well go any other time.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      We're going to Galatoire's this Friday. 9:00 am, really? Others have told me I should be okay this time of year at 10:00a.m. I don't know if my feet can survive standing for 2 hrs in heels. And I'm unsure about the idea of paying someone to stand in line for us. Ugh.

      1. re: lynnlato

        I’m an out-of-towner who has been to lunch [downstairs] at Galatoire’s a few times. Here's a note I posted elsewhere not too long ago:

        In my experience, getting on line around 9:45 a.m. has been sufficient to get a table for four people at the first seating (essentially 11:30 a.m.). Five minutes can make the difference, but on the plus side your whole party does not have to be there -- one person can secure a table for four.

        Eventually they'll come by with a clipboard and let you know whether you'll be able to get in or not. If yes, around 11 am they let you go to the bar upstairs, and you'll be seated downstairs by 11:45 if not sooner. But that's the timeframe: 60-75 minutes on line and another 30+ minutes in the bar.

        If you don't get in, relax. Not everyone stays for three or four hours -- they'll ask if you want to eat later and you can still enjoy a late lunch. Or just stop by at 10:30 or 11 in the first place and they'll tell you how to proceed -- take your name and tell you to come back around 1:30, or whatever. Some say this is the best way to go, period.

        If you have a group of six or more, you still have to wait on line but my understanding is that it's advantageous to let them know ahead of time what you'll be looking for. Call a few days ahead of time to inquire.

        Only you can decide if it's worth the trouble, but if you do go, you can't help but enjoy yourself.

        1. re: Mark Alberts

          Thank you for the information. I think I'm to the point where I'm over-analyzing everything. I just want to maximize our short time there and it seems that standing in line would work against that. That said, I really want to partake in the Friday lunch festivities at Galatoire's. So, hopefully, we'll work something out. We're a determined group so I think we can make it happen.

          Thanks again, everyone, for your input. Wish me luck!

        2. re: lynnlato

          Yeah, 9's probably a bit early most of the time. I was airing on the side of caution. Never know though.

        3. re: N.O.Food

          I agree with the others, its more of a late lunch scene anyway. Skip the 9:30 call and show up later.