El Celler de Can Roca waiting list
We are going to Barcelona and San Sebastian for my 60th birthday in May. I was hoping to make a sidetrip to Girona for El Celler. I tried and failed to get a reservation in June, 2013. I think my mistake was that I tried exactly 11 months out from the day I wanted, rather than on June 1. My second mistake was not to get on the waiting list immediately for all the dates I'm in Spain. Anyway, I'm on the waiting list now for lunch or dinner on various dates in early May. Does anyone have any experience with the waiting list? Is it at all likely that something might come through? Is there anything else I can do to improve my chances? Thanks!
I ate there in October after years of trying to work out a date that worked with them and then having the cancel several times (because seriously, who knows what they will be doing a year from now? My plans changed so many times!). Nevertheless I finally ended up booking within three months of our visit by telling them "this is the week I'll be in the area, I'll eat whenever you have availability". It turns out, they had a spot available for lunch on one of those days.
To answer your question about wait lists, since I cancelled my previous reservations, I'm assuming that someone on the wait list got lucky. But in spite of that, I think there would not be many cancellations unless someone is really proactive about telling them they cannot make their reservation. Since El Celler doesn't ask for a credit card number or anything of that sort when taking a booking, there really is no incentive for most visitors to say they cannot make their booking.
Hope this helps and good luck!