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Apr 8, 2011 08:26 AM

HELP! Major trouble getting a rez at Frenchie in Paris

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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  1. "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

      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

        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

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

          1. re: Parigi

            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

              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

                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

      2. 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. 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

            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.