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Open Table reservations for solo diner!

josephnl | Dec 22, 2011 12:37 PM

I have just run into a situation that for me has not happened before. I am planning a short trip by myself to a city that has many wonderful restaurants. In trying to book a table on Open Table for a party of one, I have found several (but not all) restaurants which say that "no tables are available"...but, if I request a table for two, essentially all times are available. Obviously these restaurants are telling OT that they do not want them to book tables for a party of one! I'm rather annoyed by this and cannot decide what to do. I could try booking the table directly with the restaurant (and taking the chance that they will deny the reservation), or I could simply make a reservation on OT for a party of two, then upon arrival tell them that my dining partner was "unable to make it". The later choice bothers me because it is obviously dishonest, but it may be my only choice if I wish to dine at certain restaurants. I have dined solo at some of the best restaurants in the world, and have not run into this before. Has it happened to others? How would you handle it?

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