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Celler de Can Roca - reality intervenes

Kelly Feb 28, 2012 03:41 AM

The only purpose of this post is to hold my naivete up for public flogging. :o)

I just called Celler de Can Roca to see if they had space for us for lunch on any of six dates in mid- to late-April...and was told that the next free table was in...wait for it...January 2013.

I feel like an idiot. :o(

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  1. PBSF RE: Kelly Feb 28, 2012 08:24 AM

    If that is the case, quite sad. Before they moved to their new location couple years ago, one can sometimes walk in and find a table for lunch; there were always one or two empty tables. And even last Spring, I got a lunch reservation for April calling early March. That lunch although excellent was no better than my previous visits. Amazing what a new location, the third Michelin star and being listed number 2 in San Pellegrino will do. There are so many excellent restaurants in Spain that one doesn't need to jump through hoops or reserve a year ahead. Just enjoy the excellent restaurants in Barcelona and train up to Sant Pau.
    Having said all that, great for the Roca brothers. They are very talented and gracious people.

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      zizouz RE: PBSF Feb 28, 2012 08:42 AM

      This motivated me to call for a reservation for November, when it turns out they have tables for both lunch and dinner.

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        Aleta RE: zizouz Feb 28, 2012 09:17 AM


        They told you they had tables for November. I suppose you mean November 2012 and not 2013? If so, there might be some miscommunication going on with Kelly.

        I have friends who booked lunch recently for July 2012 and they did not make the reservation a year in advance.

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          zizouz RE: Aleta Feb 29, 2012 07:14 AM

          Yes, Nov. 2012. At least I hope it was 2012. The meal I had there in 2009 was amazing.

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      erha RE: Kelly Feb 29, 2012 11:11 AM

      I made a lunch reservation for the week after Easter (2nd week in April) a month ago (January 28th to be exact). Maybe you should try calling one more time.

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        wasabica RE: Kelly Mar 11, 2012 11:35 PM

        me too. I recently tried for mid-may. I am on a waiting list. Same with Tickets in BCN. Sigh. I thought 90 days out was sufficient.

        1. estufarian RE: Kelly Mar 13, 2012 12:48 PM

          A friend just got a reservation for a Saturday evening in June!

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            ManInTransit RE: estufarian Mar 14, 2012 08:20 AM

            I managed to get a reservation for June at the first attempt just a few weeks ago.

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            Luna2308 RE: Kelly May 8, 2012 02:29 AM

            I just tried to see if there was any availability towards the end of September and was told for dinner you now have to reserve 10-11 months in advance.
            Does anybody have experience how likely it is to actually get a table if you're on their waiting list?
            Any tips or tricks how to try to score a reservation, better by phone or email?

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              schloop RE: Kelly May 24, 2012 01:07 PM

              Optimistic is how I'm trying to feel, rather than idiotic, having just enquired about availability in mid June (writing in May). Of course this thread emerged after sending through the enquiry. Nevermind.

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                Aleta RE: schloop May 24, 2012 01:16 PM

                Don't feel bad, schloop. I'm sure that they are even used to people driving by and asking if they can come in, lol. The building is pretty spectacular.

                Midweek for lunch is probably the easiest, Luna.

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                  schloop RE: schloop May 27, 2012 08:47 AM

                  I asked for either any availability at all. Got the reply of "For bookings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it takes 6 months in advance. For Friday and Saturday, 11 months.", but they can offer me the waiting list. So now I know.

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                    mikey8811 RE: schloop May 27, 2012 09:08 AM

                    No harm waitlisting. There's always a chance that someone may cancel at the very last. It's well worth going to, if not this time then the next.

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                      schloop RE: mikey8811 May 27, 2012 11:45 AM

                      Definitely. I remain optimistic!

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                        super_al RE: schloop May 28, 2012 05:25 PM

                        i try trough all my possible lines and contacts to get a reservation either for lunch or dinner and got the some reply of 6 months and 11 months, i also was offer wait list, and i did take it, and hopefully i will get in (if not any way i have reservations at alkimia and comerc 24.... any thoughts)
                        after i got in the wait list i try to get a reservation again, and got denied again, but was it is interesting is that the wait list was close as well, (i was told they only have 20 or so tables on wait list per day),
                        so hopefully we might get in..

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