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Sep 29, 2010 09:00 PM

How long in advance do I need to make a reservation?

I'm planning on a birthday dinner around the first weekend in November. I've wanted to go to Providence for a while now and would like to go there for my birthday. How long in advance do I need to make a reservation? I would like to do Providence on Saturday and maybe try and go to the Bazaar, Lawry's or WP 24 on that Sunday. How long in advance do those places require a reservation? Thanks

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  1. I would call and do it NOW!

    1. It may be a bad idea to wait until the last minute at Providence or Bazaar, but I wouldn't worry too much at any of them. They're all on Open Table, so why don't you just reserve now? You can always cancel if your plans change.

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      1. re: la2tokyo

        I second that motion. I was worried about getting seated at the Bazaar and thought initially it was bizarre they were on OpenTable... but, it made life easier. You may still need to call far in advance for Saam (their private room, right?).

        The last crazy reservation for a dinner was calling Osteria Mozza 1 month to the day you wanted a reservation. I'm not sure you have to do that anymore since it was about 2-2.5 years ago and I feel people have moved their fanaticism to other places like, the LudoBites popup restaurants. Anyone with a more recent Osteria Mozza reservation experience?

        I think you probably still need to reserve far in advance for a place like Urasawa given it's a teeny restaurant.

        Lawry's... not a problem with reservations and on more than one occasion, we just walked in... had to wait 30-40 minutes, but it wasn't the end of the world... especially since they served these delicious free sandwiches to snack on.

        Urasawa Restaurant
        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Osteria Mozza
        6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. re: DrBruin

          You would be amazed at how may walk-ins are accommodated.

          1. re: maudies5

            Thanks for the replies. Out of WP24, the bazaar or Lawry's would you recommend any one of these over the other?

            1. re: orangepeel85

              I would de-recommend Lawry's unless you really want to go for nostalgic reasons. It's simply just not in the echelon of WP24 and Bazaar.

              900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I haven't been to any fancy restaurants in LA yet and was wondering what the dress code was? I have a reservation at Providence this weekend and I was going to wear a dress shirt, tie and pants but seems like I gained a bit of weight lately and my dress shirts don't really fit me. Can I wear this and dark pants and be ok or should I be looking for a tailor?

                1. re: orangepeel85

                  you can wear a hip t shirt and jeans if you want. in fact, it's quite common at all those restaurants. It's more important in LA to look good than to look formal.

                  1. re: orangepeel85

                    I think that checked shirt would be a little casual for Providence. You don't need a tie, but you probably should wear a dress shirt (IMO). You could wear a sweater over one to hide the fit - but it's so freakin' hot right now, you probably would melt. =)

                    1. re: aching

                      I must respectfully demur. Throw a blazer on over that shirt (it's supposed to be cold and rainy this weekend anyway) and you'll be fine. Perhaps a little casual, but it's all about the confidence. If you look like you're rocking the look, you'll do fine.

                    2. re: orangepeel85

                      I'd drop the tie but the rest is okay. slacks/NICE jeans + button up = good to go.