Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Not About Food >
Feb 14, 2012 12:10 AM

Just curious [moved from San Francisco Bay Area board]

Probably a dumb question but, why do some popular/busy restaurants NOT take reservations?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Fairly simple answer, actually. They don't have to. When people fail to show up for a reservation, it costs the restaurant money. In fact just managing reservations in general costs money. So until they're not 100% full almost every night at the peak dinner hours, they're probably not going to take reservations.