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Old 07-20-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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Restaurant reservations: wait time?

If you made dinner reservations....what would you consider to be an acceptable wait time to be seated?
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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"Reservations" don't mean sh!t to the reserver anymore.
It's really for the business to plan ahead of time and maximize profit

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A lot of places in NC don't even take reservations anymore, they might put you on the list if you call 15 ahead. I still expect an hour - 1.5 hour wait at any decent place on a sat. night.
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Assuming you showed up on time, and the countdown starts from the reservation time (ie. if you showed up 10 min early, the 10 min doesn't count): 5-10 minutes. 15 minutes maybe if the place is super popular.

Anything beyond 10 minutes, and I'm asking for a free round of drinks from the bar. If the hostess can't accommodate that, I ask for the manager. If the manager decides not to, I pull my phone out and start the Yelp review.
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Assuming you showed up on time, and the countdown starts from the reservation time (ie. if you showed up 10 min early, the 10 min doesn't count): 5-10 minutes. 15 minutes maybe if the place is super popular.

Anything beyond 10 minutes, and I'm asking for a free round of drinks from the bar. If the hostess can't accommodate that, I ask for the manager. If the manager decides not to, I pull my phone out and start the Yelp review.
Hmm. I like the approach.
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Assuming you showed up on time, and the countdown starts from the reservation time (ie. if you showed up 10 min early, the 10 min doesn't count): 5-10 minutes. 15 minutes maybe if the place is super popular.

Anything beyond 10 minutes, and I'm asking for a free round of drinks from the bar. If the hostess can't accommodate that, I ask for the manager. If the manager decides not to, I pull my phone out and start the Yelp review.
Honestly, I don't give two sh!ts if you make a Yelp review. I've had customers at my most popular restaurant bitch about the stupidest thing and then threaten to put it up on Yelp.

For example, one of my servers forgot to place a fork on the setting. Woman calls the manager over. I let my manager do what he's doing and I personally make the visit. She points out the mistake and in the same sentence says "there's always Yelp you know..." I obviously apologize to her face but inside I am laughing to myself because we have over 500 reviews and hers would just get lost in a huge pile of wanna-be foodies' reviews. We are busy already as it is so fck your review about a missing fork! But I digress...

I've had people bitch at me for 1 minute over a reservation time, and then there are walk-ins that have been waiting for 40 minutes to an hour to be seated. Honestly, our restaurant does not even need to take reservations we'd still have people waiting, but we do it out of courtesy for larger parties of 10 people or more who want to be seated quicker. Disclaimer is, every member of your party would have to be here to be seated... no excuses. You don't like it? Go somewhere else and we have 50-100 more people waiting on line eager to take your table.
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If you made dinner reservations....what would you consider to be an acceptable wait time to be seated?
15 mins if everything normal.
30 mins if slammed.

a lot depends on if I see open tables or not.
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So now you got to wait for the staff to sit you down?

As if waiting for them to bring the food isn't a big enough nuisance already...

expensive restaurants are some old bullshit. Mcdonalds and poutine is where its at... saves you enough money for car parts too.

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i'll wait 20 minutes at most. i think that's a very generous amount.
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I don't wait to eat anywhere for more than 5 min. If the wait is longer than that i leave and typically don't return. I haven't waited for a table for what must be about 8 years now. Just couldn't stand it anymore. I've figured out which places you can make a reservation for 7, walk in the door at 7 and be seated by 7:01. We go to those places or places that aren't well known (no wait) but have phenomenal food. If no option is available due to lack of planning, it's take out. Over the years, i've figured out that those places with long wait times typically have mediocre food and a great marketing department.
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Assuming you showed up on time, and the countdown starts from the reservation time (ie. if you showed up 10 min early, the 10 min doesn't count): 5-10 minutes. 15 minutes maybe if the place is super popular.

Anything beyond 10 minutes, and I'm asking for a free round of drinks from the bar. If the hostess can't accommodate that, I ask for the manager. If the manager decides not to, I pull my phone out and start the Yelp review.
As a food and bev manager this made me lol... people who try to use trip advisor/yelp as leverage or a threat are always annoying wanna be foodies looking for a free meal

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enough time to order one drink at the bar and finish it.
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15 tops

"Reservations" don't mean sh!t to the reserver anymore.
It's really for the business to plan ahead of time and maximize profit

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I give them 15 minutes tops, but some of the time, you have to suck it up because your whole evening is planned so if you leave, you have nowhere else to go, as some other place will have a much longer wait.

Having said that, many restaurants today love to double book (lie Tao in NYC) because it makes the place look a lot busier. Last time I went to Tao with a reservation, I still waited 1.5 hours for a table. They also do this because you "get a drink at the bar" which adds a healthy profit for them.

Douches gonna douche.
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Honestly, I don't give two sh!ts if you make a Yelp review. I've had customers at my most popular restaurant bitch about the stupidest thing and then threaten to put it up on Yelp.

For example, one of my servers forgot to place a fork on the setting. Woman calls the manager over. I let my manager do what he's doing and I personally make the visit. She points out the mistake and in the same sentence says "there's always Yelp you know..." I obviously apologize to her face but inside I am laughing to myself because we have over 500 reviews and hers would just get lost in a huge pile of wanna-be foodies' reviews. We are busy already as it is so fck your review about a missing fork! But I digress...

I've had people bitch at me for 1 minute over a reservation time, and then there are walk-ins that have been waiting for 40 minutes to an hour to be seated. Honestly, our restaurant does not even need to take reservations we'd still have people waiting, but we do it out of courtesy for larger parties of 10 people or more who want to be seated quicker. Disclaimer is, every member of your party would have to be here to be seated... no excuses. You don't like it? Go somewhere else and we have 50-100 more people waiting on line eager to take your table.
Bingo, yelp is as useful as used toilet paper. Using the above example, if someone wrote a review which stated

"Went to the restaurant, hostess/manager made me wait over an hour for my reserved table"

It accomplishes two things....

1) You are telling the general public that your review is based on an experience which isn't actually food related.

2) You are telling the general public that the restaurant is packed.


I can usually tell the "quality" reviews from the BS ones when I use these sites on my vacations...you can tell when someone is being bitchy and when someone writes a genuinely useful review.
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Agreed. Not only that, but they think we will kiss their feet, suck their c0cks, do jumpingjacks with a squirrel tied to my nutsack to prevent a bad yelp review. Truth of the matter is, once your place hits 100 reviews and is a fair evaluation of the establishment, all the other incoming reviews are futile.

Do you really think someone will base their dining decision based on some joeschmo who wrote a bad review on a late reservation seating?

One time we had a customer whip out her phone while waiting in line (who we wouldnt seat because of an incomplete party), and just shouted "Yelp! Yelp! Terrible service". She was obviously trying to get my attention. She thought I would sh!t my pants and seat her. She ended up waiting for another half hour for her brother to show up.
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i'll wait 20 minutes at most. i think that's a very generous amount.
The problem is, reservations are not an exact science. We can't control the tables. I rarely ask tables to leave (because they are just sitting there and I need the table), but in the rare times I do, I'll ask them to move to the bar and I'll buy em a drink. I've had a number of times where my planned turnover was shot to sh!t because the tables all chose to camp out for an extra 2 hours sipping their wine and nibbling their calamari.

Lets not forget one thing by the way...remember, a great deal of the time, we have to accommodate the customer...like customers arriving late for their reservations. We actually stopped taking reservations on friday/sat nights because we had so many, that around 7:45 (8pm reservations) the restaurant looked nearly empty, and when a customer walks in asking for a table at 7:50, looking at a nearly empty place, and I turn them away saying I don't have any available tables, they get angry and start the yelp threats. It's a two way street.
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