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When can I make Paris restaurant reservations for May/June?

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I am a compulsive planner and already know where we plan to dine on several evenings during our trip in late May - mid June. (Not every moment is planned; I may learn about more must-dos and am also leaving some evenings for spontaneity.) So I am ready to make some reservations, but I'm thinking that January is a bit early. The only starred restaurant on my list is Violon d'Ingres; the other choices are all places mentioned on this board, but I'm not even trying for Spring, etc.

My question is: how soon can I call/fax for reservations without appearing crazy (or being told to call back later)?

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  1. For Spring and Frenchie, why not reserve now. Usually it takes 4 months for Spring.
    Most others: 10 days ahead (such as chez L'Ami Jean).

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    1. re: Parigi

      Agreed. Regarding "how soon can I call/fax for reservations without appearing crazy (or being told to call back later)?", calling way ahead is my general MO. I will call a hot restaurant many months in advance just to ask their reservation policy. At home, this can be quite specific, such as two months to the day, between the hours of noon and 3pm, etc. It's the only way to assure getting in.

      1. re: mangeur

        is there a good way to get oversea calls made to do this or do many places have a general inquiry line via email?

        1. re: Dapuma

          A lot of the restos are not that responsive to email. Best call.