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sparkerly Feb 24, 2013 09:24 PM

Hello! I'm not too much of an expert and I assumed you guys would probably be the people to ask!

So my birthday is on March 14...and I'm on the waitlist and everything for that day at TFL. Been trying since a month ago. However, I've been checking opentable also just in case....what is the probability that I will be able to get a table for 3 or 4 if someone cancels?

I already have a reservation at Bardessono Hotel and a driver so I can do wine tasting. It's going to be my 21st birthday so my mom only wants it on March 14, but I think it's giving us more anxiety and stress than necessary because we're still unsure whether we'll get the reservations or not =(

So basically, my main question is what is the probability that I will be able to get a table for 3 or 4 if someone cancels?
Do people usually cancel 3 days prior?

  1. CarrieWas218 Feb 25, 2013 12:40 PM

    I wouldn't keep my hopes up too much. If/When people cancel, it is often at the last minute - not three days before...

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    1. re: CarrieWas218
      Robert Lauriston Feb 25, 2013 01:27 PM

      Opentable currently shows openings for tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday, presumably those are recent cancellations.

    2. k
      Keesey Feb 25, 2013 05:58 PM

      I would check OpenTable every hour every day for last minute cancellations. I obtained a weekend dinner reservation that way... perhaps the odds may be a bit better for a Thursday seating. Tables won't really appear until the week of your birthday, but I'd definitely have a plan B restaurant reservation as well. Have your hotel's concierge check too. Sometimes they can pull some special strings.

      It's Mon 2/25 and I see a Sun, 3/2 7:30pm as of right now, which is a prime seating I'd say. So there are definitely cancellations as days go by.

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      1. re: Keesey
        Robert Lauriston Feb 26, 2013 08:45 AM

        If they're already on the waiting list, if there is a cancellation, TFL should offer it to them before putting it on Opentable.

      2. maria lorraine Feb 25, 2013 08:03 PM

        I'd write FL a note.

        1. sparkerly Mar 4, 2013 12:07 PM

          Thank you for the tips everyone! So I'm going to do a back-up restaurant just in case, what do you guys recommend?

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            pinotho Mar 4, 2013 12:09 PM

            Redd in Yountville.

            1. re: sparkerly
              Robert Lauriston Mar 4, 2013 12:13 PM

              Drop the wine tasting and go to Saison or Manresa.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                sparkerly Mar 4, 2013 12:19 PM

                I know! I rather go to Saison at this point of uncertainty....but mom is keen on Napa unfortunately.

              2. re: sparkerly
                CarrieWas218 Mar 4, 2013 12:21 PM

                Meadowood - very comparable to FL in their tasting menu in form, substance, and price.

                Plus you will get an outstanding view.

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