Restaurant Reservation Etiquette
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Most nice restaurants prefer or even require reservations on special holidays when they are likely to be crowded. This helps them plan, staff, and ensure a steady flow of customers.
If you want to take someone out on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's Eve, or any other special holiday, make reservations as far in advance as possible to secure the time you want. Some restaurants will do their best to accommodate a specific table table or general location requests.
Tips on making restaurant reservations:
Call at least a week in advance. Some popular places are booked even earlier – sometimes as much as a month or two before big events.
You may want to call the day before to confirm your reservation.
Show up at least five minutes before your reservation. If you think you might be running late, call the restaurant and let them know.
Know the tipping policy and if allowed, tip the host, hostess, or maître d.
If you have a special request (such as an engagement ring delivered along with champagne), make arrangements early and add more to the tip.
If you need to cancel, do so as soon as you know.
Don't make a habit of canceling reservations in restaurants. Many of them participate in one of the databases that keep them apprised of people who are chronic cancelers.
Always be polite when you make your reservation, when you arrive at the restaurant, and when you are seated. Thank each staff member who provides service. Not only is this the right thing to do, they're likely to remember you in a positive light and will gladly welcome you next time you choose to eat there.