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Do you make resesrvations?

I always make reservations unless the place does not take them. If it's 6:30 and we're heading out the door, I'll call to make a 7:00 reservation if it's last minute. If it's planned, I do.

But it seems we are the exception.

There are places where a common complaint is regard to the wait for a table and the people don't make reservations in advance. I don't get it.

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  1. I think it depends on where you live and what restaurant you're going to. Most of the places we dine at don't even take reservations (holes in the wall, bars or surburban chains) and they wouldn't be necessary anyway as they aren't packed to the rafters. When we have a formal date night and go to a popular restaurant downtown, I do always make reservations.

    1. I'd say 90% of of our eating out is last minute type "Where should we go, what do you want to do?" so we don't plan ahead. But, if it's a special occasion, we always make reservations. Those restaurants, for the most part, require reservations to get a seat but we do it regardless.

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      1. re: chowser

        Even if it's last minute, I'll call...ounce of prevention and all of that.

        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          I REALLY hate making phone calls. Plus, most of the places we go to are never full or even close to full. I live in kind of a food oasis and when we eat out, it's because I'm too tired to cook which means I'm too tired to drive half an hour so it's about close and easy. I wonder what they'd do if I called for reservations? Maybe laugh.

      2. <There are places where a common complaint is regard to the wait for a table and the people don't make reservations in advance. I don't get it.>

        I don't get it either. If there is a particular popular restaurant that I want to dine at I will make a reservation because I hate waiting. And when I have guests coming in from out of town I always make reservations. But on a normal night with so many options avaliable to us, it not necessary to wait for a table. If there is an unmanageable wait we just go elsewhere. And most places we eat at either you can't make reservations, or they only allow reservations for larger parties. However, I am trying to get in the habit of always making reservations when possible to get the opentable points.

        1. If they take them, I make them!

          If a place does not take reservations and it has the potential of being busy, we either go early, particularly if my kids are with us, or go someplace else. We are not big drinkers so hanging around at the bar is not a great option for us.

          1. If a place takes reservations, we make one.