Last week I went online to make a reservation for my Row 34 for my upcoming visit later this month. As far as slots went, my choices were 5 PM and 9 PM (on the Thursday for which dinner is planned). Given my intended afternoon itinerary, a 5 PM slot seemed unlikely to work, so I took the 9 PM slot, figuring it was better than nothing.
But my concern is that with a slot so close to closing at such a popular establishment, that they may be out of many menu items, including their signature hot buttered lobster, which is the impetus for dining there. Have people who've eaten there at 9 PM or later on a weeknight speak to how valid of a concern this is?
Second, as I understand a percentage of their seating is reserved for walk-in business, I'm wondering what people's experience is with trying to get seated without a reservation around 7:30 or 8 PM on a weeknight?
Third, if it turns out that I have to wait until 9 to be seating, I assume I'll have about an hour, maybe more, to kill. I'll already be visiting the Ginger Man and Worden Hall after dinner. Where might I go that's a little closer for a good beer, realizing that to-go options like Trillium won't work? Does the Craft Beer Cellar's new Fort Point location serve beer for on site consumption as many other locations do?
Finally, assuming that I can't get a lobster roll because they run out, what would still be open at that late hour that I can patronize instead?