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Can't quite figure out Bouchon's reservation system

JPAub | Mar 21, 200801:40 PM

I am going to be in the area in late May and would like to go to Bouchon. As some of you may know, they are on Opentable. I carefully figured exactly when they start booking for the date I was wanting and, starting a few days before, started checking the prior days to see how difficult it was going to be to get a reservation. Strangely, as the farthest dates started opening, they never had a single reservation available at any time of day..... none. Ad Hoc, on the other hand, always had available reservations on the expected days.

I called Bouchon twice. The first time, about a month ago, I was told to call about two weeks prior to the date I wanted a reservation. Well, I knew this was bad information, so I called back this week. This time I was told they would start taking reservations for May "sometime around the end of this month".

Does anybody know the real story here? Any tips?

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