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Was anyone able to make a reservation for Ludobites 6.0? I've been trying since 5pm, and I keep getting a message from OpenTable that "this restaurant is currently unavailable." Has anyone had success? Thanks.

  1. intriguing.

    is it a prix fixe style, a la carte, or...?

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    1. re: ns1

      It's a pop-up style restaurant that offers an innovative a la carte menu. I've never been before, but I've read some really good things. Plus, the chef Ludo Lefebvre is incredibly popular, so I already knew that booking a reservation would be difficult. I just didn't think that it would be this tough! lol I'm trying to figure out if their system crashed, or if all of the tables have already been taken.

      1. re: newtoLA06

        yeah I saw him on TCM and he seemed pretty cool

        the fact that I can't book a rez now makes me want one.

    2. I am having the same issue.

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      1. re: Heidi

        As am I.

      2. I encountered the same problem. However, I did get to a reservation screen a couple of times and once i hit submit, the "unavailable" screen pops up.

        How does one know if there is no more open reservations?

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        1. re: clariceb

          Same thing happened to me. I tried numerous times and got to the date and time, but got "unavailable" when I hit submit. I gave up about 5:45pm. Luckilly, one of my friends was able to make a reservation and I'm going with her.

        2. My guess is that it's already sold out by now...

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          1. re: J.L.

            I'm having the same problem. Wish they'd find a better system for taking reservations.

            1. re: pastahound

              This *is* the better system. Believe me.

              Someday technology will catch up. In the meantime, you can't imagine the rude e-mails they get.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                "...you can't imagine the rude e-mails they get."

                I believe that's called quality control feedback... ;-D>

                1. re: Servorg

                  Oh, I would have called it people behaving online in a way they would never dare act in person. It's really stunning how written communications allow people to be shockingly thoughtless and inconsiderate, even if angry.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    People definitely feel less restrained when they are anonymous...no doubt about it. But the other factor at work is that people feel so powerless for the most part in this day and age, that when given a chance to exercise what feels like some small amount of power, they seize it with a vengeance. It's the Network phenomena at work..."I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

                2. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Today's technology can't handle reservations for a small pop-up restaurant??

                  Hehe, please let them go back to the stone ages of a telephone system!

                  1. re: LATrapp

                    "please let them go back to the stone ages of a telephone system!"

                    It'd be like calling into a radio station to win a contest...

                    1. re: ns1

                      I know what a busy tone means, and if it's just ringing endlessly I can hang on. But the online mess of the last few Ludo reservation systems is indecipherable.

                      So I guess personally I'd rather be calling than waiting for errors to load on my computer screen and wonder what they actually mean.

                      Oh well, I'm happy to hear they added a communal table this time!!

                      There is still hope :)

                      1. re: LATrapp

                        he should just go to ticketmaster next time.

            2. This restaurant is currently experiencing problems with its Internet connection. Technicians are working to restore this connection and bring the restaurant back online as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

              The Secret behind OpenTable's Real-Time Reservations

              When you book a table on OpenTable.com, your reservation is instantly recorded in the restaurant's computerized reservation book - the same one the restaurant's host uses to track all reservations. (It's the black terminal you may see when you arrive at the restaurant.)

              Unlike other "online" reservation services which rely on faxes or table allocations, OpenTable has live Internet connections into the restaurants themselves. So restaurant availability information is up-to-date, and your reservations are confirmed.

              //part 2

              We are working on some technical issues to help handle the volume of reservation requests being seen. Reservation inventory will be available soon..

              1. Sounds like exactly what happened for 5.0.

                There were a round of apologies etc. via their e-mail list and once the dust had cleared all spots were taken.

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                1. re: LATrapp

                  And Open Table promised things would work "flawlessly" this time. Right.

                2. After a bunch of refreshing I squeezed in a res for the 28th.
                  It was a pain, but it went through.

                  I didn't get one for 5.0.

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                  1. re: loblaw

                    Thanks, loblaw. About how long ago did you make the res? And congrats on booking a table!

                    1. re: newtoLA06

                      I was refreshing for about 10-15 min and it finally popped through.

                      1. re: loblaw

                        Thanks. I was finally able to book a res on the 10th.

                  2. The system just went back up but alas all reservations are gone.

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Wow, this is a frustrating system. Who knew that getting a table at The French Laundry would be easier?

                      1. re: newtoLA06

                        The French Laundry is a breeze compared to this.

                    2. the website has been updated

                      Thank you once again for turning out in record numbers to get your LudoBites 6.0 @ MAX reservations. All reservations are now completely booked for the entire run. Please check back in a couple of days for any cancellations. Additionally know that we have a communal table that seats up to 12 that is being held for walk-in dining each night. We are truly grateful for your overwhelming response.

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                      1. re: ns1

                        Strange how all these "record numbers" were able to get through and secure every last open table in spite of all the "technical difficulty" messages so many others (myself included) kept getting in over an hour of trying...

                      2. I was able to make 3 different reservations for 4 tops by 5:40 p.m.. My wife couldn't get through at all though. I guess I got lucky.

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                        1. re: G.Money

                          Wondering if all this is leading to black-market reservation "scalping" for high-demand, short run events such as these?

                          Will reservation "brokers" be selling these coveted spots to the highest bidder? That would be a travesty.

                          1. re: J.L.

                            Hah, might be true.

                            I can just see an army of AMEX Concierges and 'Industry' personal assistants repeatedly re-clicking and re-booking every available time slot knowing that they will be put to use.

                            As for the average Joe, I can say I was completely unable to get through for 3.0-6.0. The last two due to a crashed reservation system.

                            I'm surprised they don't just switch to Ticketmaster.

                            1. re: LATrapp

                              Funny you mention Ticketmaster. In the midst of today's experience I compared it to buying tickets for Springsteen, which I have done a lot (I mean A LOT) of times, and with much more success than I had booking a reservation for LudoBites. I tried for an hour and a half starting right at 5:00 today and nada. At least Ticketmaster has a queue system where you're in and you don't have to keep refreshing.

                        2. I was ready at 4:55 pm. At first, I could not even get to the OpenTable page. After a while, I was able to get the page, but it kept telling me that "This restaurant is currently unavailable." At around 6:30 pm it allowed me to request reservations, but only to tell me (no matter which dates I entered) that there were no seats available within 8 weeks (!) of my requested date. Indeed, the Ludobites page stated, at this point, that the event was completely sold out, for its whole run. How frustrating. I guess it works like a lottery. And I simply wasn't lucky this time. Everyone who did manage to grab a table, enjoy!

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                          1. re: beezees

                            Ludobites was more fun and enjoyable in the beginning when prices were much lower and reservations were not insane. It's genius marketing really. Make it rare, people will want it. You also get a pass on dishes that don't work or any service hiccups...all for the great price of $80+pp.

                            For everyone that didn't get a res, they accomodate 12 walk-ins per night at the communal table.

                            1. re: Porthos

                              "It's genius marketing really"

                              Agree 100%.
                              Version 1.0, or whatever the number, at Breadbar was pretty much 50% occupancy anytime.
                              The web reservation nonsense got started, and boom! a table at Ludobites becomes the most coveted item in the world of cyberpotzn.
                              Kudos to the Lefebves for their marketing acumen!
                              (With my reservations for the kitchen side, which I'll have to pass)

                          2. Did you all see that Opentable issued an open apology to Ludo and Krissy?
                            http://blog.opentable.com/2010/an-ope...

                            Personally, I didn't bother trying to make a reservation this time. We've been fortunate enough to have attended the last 3 installments of Ludobites, and enjoyed them quite a bit, but were unwilling to battle rush hour traffic into the valley this time around (coming from south of L.A.).

                            1. It seems like everything there is to be said on this subject has already been said, and now the conversation is getting repetitive. We're going to lock it now.