Reservation at Alan Wong's
I'm travelling to Hawaii in September this year and will be visiting Oauhu, Kauai, and Maui.
I've done a bit of research through reading this board etc and have decided I would start looking at making a reservation at a few places.
Firstly I thought I would make a reservation at Alan Wong's as it seems to get generally positive reviews across the board. I've currently locked in a reservation for Monday night however Open Table only had slots available at 5pm (far too early) or 9pm (which I took)
Ideally I'd prefer to eat around 7:30 or 8 however no matter what day I looked, and even tested dates in October just to see what availability was out of interest, Open Table still showed no availability at this time.
Did I leave it too late and would be this be the same for other restaurants, or do they only make limited places available on Open Table?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
We enjoyed the Chef's Tasting Menu in early June. We booked through Open Table for 9pm which was our chosen time (to allow for a pre dinner drink at waikiki).
Have you tried the reservations page on the Alan Wong website (honolulu-reservations)? They seem to have more dining windows there. And they also have posted a contact email address.
I agree with Akq. I have seen only certain times offered, and have called to get what I want.
AW's, like many, will only open up X tables, and at Y times. They will, however, often have tables available, but not shown on OT. While I use OT very often, they do not get ALL times and ALL tables.
Not THAT long ago, I had booked AW's on OT, and had an addition to the party. OT did not allow that addition, but a call, did . All was great.
When in doubt, just call.
This happens with a lot of places on Open Table.
As others have said, just call.
Hotel concierges can often get a more favorable time too.
re: Bob Foster
That has been my experience too. It is the same for many, many restaurants.
I first go to OT, but if things do not work out, as I hope that they will, I call.
Had an interesting experience, on a similar side-note: went to OpenTable/TopTable site, for some London dates and dinners. Nothing that I wanted was shown. OK, went to Gordon Ramsay's site, and made my picks there. Low and behold, the OpenTable/TopTable Web site opened, and suddenly my times, dates and restaurants were there! I got what I wanted, and when I wanted it.
On-line booking is still a bit of a "black-art," though when it works, it can be a major time-saver, especially when booking 8 - 10 time zones away.
OT is still my first stop, but I seldom take "NO!" for an answer.
Hope that you enjoy AW (going back in Dec.), and much aloha,