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how does call ahead seating work? [Feb. 19th, 2011|04:43 pm]
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restaurant: "How can we help you?"
me: "I'd like to make a reservation for 7:00"
restaurant: "Oh we don't take reservations, but you can do call ahead seating."
me: "Okay. Four of us will be there at 7."
restaurant: "Great we've got you down for 7."

TQC I did some googling on this and still don't understand the difference between call ahead and reservations... the gist I got was that call ahead is like "there's a waiting list and we put your name on it now as if you sent a guy from your group to sit here", where as reservation is like "there's a table with your name on it at 7"

But we made this call at like 3 in the afternoon, at a restaurant that's not all that busy. Does that mean as soon as we show up at 7 we get to jump ahead of anyone who called in or showed up after 3 in the afternoon? Like, next table is ours?

I don't mind waiting for tables I'm just confused about the system.
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[User Picture]From: sicher
2011-02-19 10:44 pm (UTC)

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Reservation: we saved you this seat

Call ahead seating: we saved you a spot in line for a seat
[User Picture]From: spacefem
2011-02-19 10:45 pm (UTC)

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but there's no line yet, does that mean we're first up in the non-existent future line?
[User Picture]From: sicher
2011-02-19 10:46 pm (UTC)

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probably, yeah
[User Picture]From: jraven
2011-02-19 10:53 pm (UTC)

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Pretty much. Calling ahead means that they'll put your name on the list and keep knocking you back in line until you show up. At that point you get first dibs on the next available seat, unlike a reservation where they would have kept the table empty for you.
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2011-02-19 11:19 pm (UTC)

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yep, this is a good explanation.
[User Picture]From: jraven
2011-02-19 11:22 pm (UTC)

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don't be a kiss ass
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2011-02-19 11:22 pm (UTC)

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stop having such a nice ass then.
[User Picture]From: jraven
2011-02-19 11:24 pm (UTC)

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It's not like I try to.
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2011-02-19 11:28 pm (UTC)

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I know, bb. you can't help it anymore than others can help admiring it.
[User Picture]From: tin_foil_hat
2011-02-19 11:30 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: jraven
2011-02-19 11:35 pm (UTC)

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It's so hard being perfect all the time. /kri
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2011-02-19 11:39 pm (UTC)

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I know, but someone's gotta bite that bullet.
[User Picture]From: thedastardfunk
2011-02-20 12:25 am (UTC)

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Ah, ok. Like the OP, I didn't understand the difference either. This makes sense.
[User Picture]From: kinkakinka
2011-02-19 10:50 pm (UTC)

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I don't know, I'm just as confused as you are.
[User Picture]From: girlwholaughs
2011-02-19 10:59 pm (UTC)

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yeah idk either...cuz a lot of times when we have a reservation we still have to wait 2-3 minutes if it's really crowded...so idk what that has to do with anything lol.
[User Picture]From: leapoftheory
2011-02-19 11:21 pm (UTC)

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It means that you are first in line for a table for four when you show up, as opposed to needing to stand in line and wait behind everyone else. So, if at 7pm there are three groups of four who are in line when you arrive, you get bumped ahead of them (unless they also called ahead, in which case whoever of those groups called ahead first gets first dibs). Essentially you get to cut in line. There's no table with your name on it, you just get dibs once you get there.
[User Picture]From: kmeghan
2011-02-19 11:55 pm (UTC)

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yeah.. that's pretty much a reservation. call ahead they usually don't start until there is actually a wait. at least that's how it worked when I worked in a restaurant.