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HELP! Major trouble getting a rez at Frenchie in Paris

TheRobin Apr 8, 2011 08:26 AM

I have called (btw 3-5 PM Paris time) every day for a month. All I have gotten is the answering machine or just nothing *click*. Anyone with any ideas or suggestions how to get a reservation would become my new favorite person!

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    mrbitterpants Apr 20, 2011 03:12 PM

    Just ate there tonight and I too would suggest calling between 6:45 and 7:15PM Paris time as they seem to have time to answer the phone then. There was also a steady stream of locals coming in throughout the evening to reserve in person.

    On a side note, I find it odd that people don't call to cancel if they aren't coming. The staff were spending a lot of time on the phone trying to confirm reservations at 7:30 as there were many no-shows.

    ps. tonight's menu attached

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    1. re: mrbitterpants
      Porthos Apr 20, 2011 03:34 PM

      It's hard to cancel if they don't answer their phones. I left my cancellation notice on the answering machine a few weeks ago. Maybe they got the message, maybe they didn't.

      1. re: Porthos
        mrbitterpants Apr 20, 2011 03:36 PM

        Yes. Good point!

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      denvertraveler Apr 17, 2011 02:58 PM

      I had the same experience as you, TheRobin, and then out of nowhere one day last week someone answered! So it is possible :) I think it was around 9:30 AM US east coast time.

      1. Parigi Apr 8, 2011 08:37 AM

        "I have called (btw 3-5 PM Paris time) every day for a month"

        indeed that is not a good time to reach them. The best time is between 12:30 to 1pm, and between 7pm to 7:30pm, in short, right before service starts.

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        1. re: Parigi
          TheRobin Apr 8, 2011 08:57 AM

          Thanks Parigi, I will try that. I was only following the instructions that are posted on the Frenchie website... I won't make that mistake again. ;)

          1. re: Parigi
            hychka Apr 11, 2011 06:43 PM

            Thought Frenchie bagged the lunch thing....Better call at the later time. For the sake of TheRobin, please correct me if I'm wrong here.

            1. re: hychka
              Parigi Apr 12, 2011 12:08 AM

              O you're right, I was wrong; sorriest! Better call 7pm to 7:30pm Paris time.

              1. re: Parigi
                forestcollins Apr 16, 2011 01:36 PM

                I've been trying to make ressies for friends coming over from the US and was trying to call during the usual before service times because i just don't feel like actually going all the way there in person to make reservations. but in fact the answering machine does say to call between 15h and 17h. I find that a bit frustrating that they say to call at those times, yet it's pointless. (as is this post, apparently, as it's not helping answer the question) :)

                1. re: forestcollins
                  PhilD Apr 16, 2011 03:33 PM

                  I would adjust Paringi's advice by an hour and try from 6:00pm as they no longer do a lunch service and the dinner one starts (IIRC) at 7:00. It is so small there is no-one there early (or can't get out of the kitchen to reach the phone), and when service starts they don't really answer the phone. Is this answering the question?

                  1. re: PhilD
                    Dapuma Apr 18, 2011 03:11 PM

                    closer to 17h someone will usually answer (after 5-6 tries in a row) but they only speak french - so make sure you have a friend fluent in french
                    or you will end up getting no where

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