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Do you always make a booking when going out for lunch or dinner, or do you go out hoping that it won't be booked out?

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That all depends on where we are going.
If it is a slightly better place, or I know it is always crowded, I will always book a table first.

However if we are going out to eat casually, I will not always book as there are many other places we could go to if we do not get into our first choice.
by Finy
I rarely go to restaurants any more,but the ones I do like to eat at are generally fairly busy(I don't necessarily mean CROWDED,as I don't really like crowds,particularly when I am trying to enjoy a lovely meal with someone I also enjoy having a decent conversation with!!),booking is a very sensible idea! If I am just going to a bistro style eatery for lunch,I don't worry about booking,as usually a table can be found.It really does depend on where I am going, what time of year it is,and also how many people will be in the dining party.
Well I haven't booked a table since 1990.
Where I go now with family, they just say to show up at 'such & such', and a table is always available.

you always go to the same place?
by Finy
No we don't go to the same place :)
by jonaja
Ooooops. I read 1900 . . . . . that made me sit up and rub my eyes. Haha.
by Rice
Silly Rice :) lol
by jonaja
Like Finy, it depends on where I'm going. If I know it's a busy establishment, I'll always book in advance.
by Vee
It depends on where we are going to eat and the day of the week it is.
by AJ
Like Finy and Vee, it depends on where I'm going. I prefer to book if we are going out to a show, that way we are sure to be on time for our show.
by Rice
Yes, Ladies', a table is always booked, in advance, by either my friends', or myself. I also note the time, date, & name of person at the eatery who took the booking. This info. I carry with me to Restaurant, that way you've got 'a leg to stand on' if they say 'we don't have a booking for you, & we're full'!
by donjo
Always make a booking. It would be silly not to, unless you like to be disappointed. You might be able to do that midweek, but on the weekends, I wouldn't like to take the risk. When we go out in the City, there is never an empty seat, so we are glad we booked. It is a different story at the local pub or Club, but we still book, just in case.
I always make a booking when going to a popular restaurant but never to my local one I go to every weekend, unless I'm taking other family members with me. Always have the same table for two as well
Yes Ken Groves
We don’t book for lunch, but we do book for dinner, even if I know the restaurant isn’t going to be crowded.
Yes for dinner I think it would be a little rude not too, but I don't bother for lunch, as there's hardly anyone there where we go anyway. This is only 6 times a year out for lunch, anyway, with 2 friends & my husband. We don't do family birthday dinners anymore, because my elderly mother doesn't like noise in restaurants, & even I get cranky in restaurants if theres a lot of noise, but that's NOT what was being asked, sorry!
by Miro
I thought I hadn't answered this question yet! Ops!
by Miro
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