Septime reservations online
- Heeney Oct 31, 2013 11:44 AM
Seem kind of confused by Septime online reservations.
I spoke with them on the phone and they said they take them at 10am Paris time, 3 weeks ahead.
However, I have been seeing some reservations show up on the website around 1 am instead of 10am.
Any idea when they turn on the online reservations?
So I just managed to grab two seatings at Septime for dinner on the same night. My ideal time was 8. But they had 7:30 and 9:00.
I'm wondering which time I should keep? I thought I read that the 7:30 seating must be vacated by 9:45. So should I take the 9? Does that have a time limit?
We don't really want to be stuck to a time schedule and the first people seated. But we also don't want to be walking home at 1am.
Any feedback on which reservation is a better time?
If you go for the 7:30 slot, no waiting for a table but the crowd is mostly foreign. If 9pm, you might have to wait even with a rezzie.
And walking home at 1am ? First of all, I don't see a meal at Septime lasting 4 hours. Second, the last #76 bus on the rue Charonne (stop is on the odd-number side of rue Charonne just after rue Faidherbe) to, say, Louvre-Rivoli is around 12:45am. Third, what's wrong (other than tiresome and unnecessary) with walking the streets of Paris at 1am... maybe a few drunks or "racailles" here and there but 0 risk of getting mugged or even hassled. Fourth, taxis... you can ask the waiter to call one for you or leave and hail one yourself on the rue Charonne (the intersection of rues Charonne and Keller and ave Ledru Rollin is magic)... and maybe drop off at Pause Café for a digestif and people-watching before finding a taxi.
Not worried about safety at 1am. Just how cold it will be that late. As you said: we can take a cab though.
So do you recommend 9 over 7:30?
I don't care about being there with other tourists either. But also thinking I should put more distance between lunch and dinner since we plan to have lunch at Paul Bert that day at noon.
Since I am French, I'd go at 9... we need time to rendez-vous with friends at a convenient café or bar and relax so that we can then savour good food and good company in a good restaurant. But you're not French so go at 7:30pm. Unless you are re-making "La Grande Bouffe" (a French-Italian '70s film about suicide by gastronomie), there's no need to pig out at lunch at Paul Bert. Indeed a little restraint is necessary for anyone who has does both lunch and dinner to avoid food fatigue.