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

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  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.