What would you tell a guest if they wanted to eat at a restaurant, but there are no tables available for HOURS?


I’m looking at this from the viewpoint of a young businessman who’s delegated to entertain a visiting customer, not from the viewpoint of a maître d’hôtel or a restaurant hostess.

Well, of course you should have made a reservation if the restaurant was that great and that popular. You’d do well to carry a handy written list of good local restaurants, with their addresses and phone numbers, rather than having to riffle through the phone book or poke search buttons on your smartphone.

If for some reason you can’t get into your first choice of restaurants for hours, fall back on Plan B. With your little cell phone, call around for a reservation, so you won’t be disappointed when you get to your alternate choice.

Or if your guest is going to be around for another day or so, you could suggest making a reservation for the next day, and eating at some other nice place meanwhile.

Smooth handling of this common problem will make you look debonair and resourceful, rather than ill-prepared for difficulties.

2 Responses to “What would you tell a guest if they wanted to eat at a restaurant, but there are no tables available for HOURS?”

  1. Common Sense says:

    I think your boss would like you to say "We are very busy this evening as there will not be a table available for two hours. Would you like to be placed on our waiting list?"
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  2. auntie.may40 says:

    I’m looking at this from the viewpoint of a young businessman who’s delegated to entertain a visiting customer, not from the viewpoint of a maître d’hôtel or a restaurant hostess.

    Well, of course you should have made a reservation if the restaurant was that great and that popular. You’d do well to carry a handy written list of good local restaurants, with their addresses and phone numbers, rather than having to riffle through the phone book or poke search buttons on your smartphone.

    If for some reason you can’t get into your first choice of restaurants for hours, fall back on Plan B. With your little cell phone, call around for a reservation, so you won’t be disappointed when you get to your alternate choice.

    Or if your guest is going to be around for another day or so, you could suggest making a reservation for the next day, and eating at some other nice place meanwhile.

    Smooth handling of this common problem will make you look debonair and resourceful, rather than ill-prepared for difficulties.
    References :

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