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What's up with A16 on OpenTable?

nooodles | Jul 12, 200511:57 AM

I know A16 is popular, but geez!

At first, I thought perhaps they had restricted their OpenTable account to only take reservations for 5:30 and 9:00. So I clicked ahead day by day.

Some days you can get a table for 6:00 or 9:00. Some days, 7:15 or 9:00. Other days, only 9:00. I clicked far into August, and the choices always seemed really random.

On no day did it ever list any sort of "normal" range to choose from (6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30: click one to select).

Has anyone had this experience? When I've called, I've usually been told there are only tables at 5:30 and 9:00.

How far in advance does one need to call to get a table at a reasonable hour (6:30-7:30)?

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