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Oct 22, 2010 07:37 AM

How far in advance for reservations for popular restuarants?

We are in the planning stages of our annual winter visit to San Francisco. I know that many popular restaurants only open reservations 1 month in advance [i.e. Chez Panisse]. Is there any place where there might be a cumulative listing of these kinds of info?

I was looking to make a reservation at Frances, and tried to make one for January via Opentable. It came back saying "Your requested date exceeds the maximum advance reservation limit for Frances. " So I figures it might be 30 days or a month, and I play with some dates. I can get table on Dec 14, but not later in Dec.

I could keep playing around with dates to see how far out I can book, but if I have to do that with every restaurant, it will take a while.

So, is there a definitive list of this sort of thing?

{praying it doesn't rain our entire trip, again,}

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    1. re: DebitNM

      specific phone calls are really your only option IME.

      online paths are usually under far more rigid guidelines than a human voice with a book in front of them.

      and rain? heh, wrong time of year to go.

    2. Frances is 60 days out. I agree with hill food, you should definitely call. Plus most restaurants won't put reservations for weekends/popular nights on Open Table anyhow.

      1. other than a very few restaurant I haven't had problems getting reservations if you plan ahead of time. Most restaurants will accept reservations either one or two months in advance if you are planning that far out. Frances and The French Laundry are the two places I can think of off the top of my head that are difficult to get reservations even when planning ahead. I will disagree with tvham about the weekend reservations and opentable. I haven't had problems getting reservations on weekends via opentable.

        The French Laundry
        6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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        1. re: skwid

          I am pleased to have gotten reservations for Frances for our first night in town. I did use Opentable, although it is for a week night.