|how does call ahead seating work?
||[Feb. 19th, 2011|04:43 pm]
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.
Reservation: we saved you this seat
Call ahead seating: we saved you a spot in line for a seat
but there's no line yet, does that mean we're first up in the non-existent future line?
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.
yep, this is a good explanation.
stop having such a nice ass then.
I know, bb. you can't help it anymore than others can help admiring it.
It's so hard being perfect all the time. /kri
I know, but someone's gotta bite that bullet.
Ah, ok. Like the OP, I didn't understand the difference either. This makes sense.
I don't know, I'm just as confused as you are.
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.
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.
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.