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marco765 Oct 10, 2011 01:23 PM

i'm planning an evening in the city and am trying to get an impression of how much time should be budgeted for the aviary (assuming we can get a reservation). if we can get in at 6pm, would 8pm be reasonable for a dinner reservation? haven't been able to find any info on the amount of time the average patron spends there. i'd appreciate any insight i can get here. thanks!

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    kathryn Oct 11, 2011 07:45 PM

    Yes, that's definitely a reasonable amount of time. They will also slow down the prix fixe progression if you're drinking slowly. We've been there right at 6pm and seen a lot of tables turn over by 8pm. I think Nick has posted to their Facebook that 8pm is actually the easiest time to get a table there.

    Each time I have requested reservations (same day, email only) I've gotten them, but I've only tried mid-week. Not on a Friday or Saturday. They email you and you must respond ASAP.

    If you strike out, or forget, just show up at 5:45 or so. We've also done that a few times but always mid-week. We've never waited more than 15 minutes, by showing up right at opening.

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    1. re: kathryn
      Monch Oct 16, 2011 12:01 PM

      For a Saturday evening visit: We emailed the reservation request, but did not receive a reply.

      We decided to roll the dice and just show up at 5:45. We were the third walk-in on the list. Were pleasantly suprised to have our name called at about 6:25.

      A wonderful experience..just wish we could have spent more time

      An eclectic day-trip to Chicago from Madison, Wisconsin: Hot Doug's/Michigan Ave/Billy Goat for a beer/pizza at Pequod's/night cap at Aviary.

      Thank you, Chicago, for being a world class city.

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      PopMegaphone Oct 10, 2011 06:56 PM

      I'd budget 90 minutes. It's the kind of place you want to relax and focus on your cocktails. My group spent a lot of time sampling and discussing each other's drinks.

      For what it's worth, my wife and I were able to walk-in without a reservation after our dinner at Next. We waited about ten min. I was surprised we got in so easily, but my server noted we showed up at the best time - during peak dinner hours (everyone is eating, not drinking!). So if you don't get a reservation just plan an early or late dinner you can just show up and see what happens! Obviously YMMV.

      1. Monch Oct 10, 2011 01:44 PM

        I'll be eagerly watching this thread, as we're hoping to hit Aviary on 10/28.

        Was not aware that reservations existed.

        Marco, please report out and I'll do the same.

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        1. re: Monch
          marco765 Oct 10, 2011 02:17 PM

          i'm just going by their website. it seems you can email them regarding your desired time (6, 8, or 10), and they call you at 4 that day to let you know if you can go.

          i figured i'd give it a shot, and if i don't get the call then i'll go somewhere else. i'd rather not stand in line all evening.

          1. re: marco765
            hoppy2468 Oct 10, 2011 05:26 PM

            That is what I did...e-mail and then wait. It took about 10 tries before I got lucky with a 6pm reservation. I'd budget about 90 minutes. If you can drive or cab it to your dinner destination within 30 minutes, you should be good.

            1. re: marco765
              PopMegaphone Oct 10, 2011 06:57 PM

              Their facebook page is another great resource for reservations. Good luck!

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