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Current Tips
Posted by: aren ()
Date: July 30, 2009 04:26AM

Best tip:
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Use your credit card's concierge service. Especially if you (or someone you know) has an American Express Black or Platinum card. They seem to have uncanny luck (or just reserved tables). Make sure you give them at least 70 days notice and explain the reservation is made exactly 2 months out.

Second best tip:
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Book a nice Napa- or Yountville-area hotel at least 3 months in advance, and have the concierge also try for a reservation. Many of them seem to have pull.

Over-the-phone tips:
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The reservations line opens at 10am PST every day. Recruit some friends and keep dialing until someone gets through.


Opentable tips:
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At the moment, there are 3 tables available every day: a table for 4 at 5:30pm, a table for 4 at 9:00pm, and a table for 2 at 9:00. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there are three lunch tables available also: a table for 2 at 11:00 am, one at 11:15am and a table for 4 at 11:00am. For Per Se, there's a nightly dinner table for 4 at 5:30. I haven't seen anything else available.

The tables are "opened up" manually by someone at the restaurant between 10am and 11am Pacific time.

Go to this page (French Laundry) or this page (Per Se)

For the time, use 7:30 pm. OpenTable will look two hours before and two hours after for a suitable reservation, so this way you'll find both the 5:30 and the 9pm seatings.

Realize that during some months it can be impossible to use OpenTable to book these reservations at all. Because of French Laundry's policy that reservations can be made only 2 months in advance, OpenTable limits tables on their site to 61 days out. This is correct in all months except for reservations in February and September, when the two preceeding months have 31 days each.

Also consider:
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Parties of 8 or more are exempt from the reservation madness when booked far in advance.

Per this page (http://www.opentable.com/the-french-laundry?rid=1180):

The French Laundry Restaurant can accommodate private parties of 8-12 guests in our Private Dining Room or a facility rental for up to 62 guests. Private parties can be reserved up to one year in advance.

Private Party Contact: Amali Svien: 7079442380

Good luck!



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 07/20/2015 05:15PM by aren.

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