The One Thing You Should Never Do When Making A Dinner Reservation

September 9, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

There’s nothing better than scoring a dinner reservation at a hot restaurant on the night and time you want. Especially for new and highly-reviewed places, the thrill of beating out other diners and getting on “the list” can actually make the food taste better (right?). But there’s only one problem–it’s kind of annoying to actually make the call itself.

First, there’s the question of when they’re actually answering the reservation line. (Is it during regular business hours or at night when the restaurant is open?). There’s always a chance that the person you’ll speak to will be really rude or snotty. If there’s a bad connection, relaying the details of your party (size, name, phone number) can be painful. (Not trying to be dramatic–but seriously, who likes talking on the phone these days?). If it’s a voice message, you have to *remember* what information to leave to hold the reservation. And then there’s the issue of them returning the call–nobody answers their phone anymore, so it’s likely that you’ll miss the call and end up playing phone tag with the maitre d’.

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We at SHEfinds are big believers in making your life easier every day–and not wasting your mental energy on things that someone else can easily and cheaply do for you. “Stop doing crap,” our CEO Michelle Madhok says–and she’s right. There are so many apps and tools nowadays that allow you to outsource time-consuming tasks to someone else–for dirt cheap or free. So, for that reason, the one thing you should never do when making a dinner reservation is to do it yourself. Use one of these apps!

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At the bare minimum, you can use sites like Open Table to book the reservation online so that you avoid the phone interaction altogether. If you’re a serious diner and have a long list of places you want to try, create an account with Fancy Hands and assign the “task” of getting reservations to these places to one of their virtual assistants.

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Creating an account is easy (you can sign-in with Gmail or Facebook), and the price starts at $29.99 per month for 5 “requests.” I’ve used Fancy Hands for everything from booking dinner reservations (I’ll send 15 or so at a time), to arguing over my cable bill, changing airline flights, finding contractors and other research and customer service-related tasks that I really don’t want to do myself.

So, there you have it! The trick for booking restaurant reservations that our editors swear by!


Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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