A famous (to some) member of the Bar used to keep a little black book of all the little nuances of the various places he ate over the years, together with names of maitre d's, waiters, sommeliers and what the best table was ihho.
I don't think that kind of logic applies in today's world, where the waiters, staff and layout change so frequently. But the other night, my daughter and I dined at Little Sister, and were offered the 'Chef's Table' at the back, which was a relatively small counter at the pass, with a couple of stools. Nice welcome by the staff when we sat, no disruption or reduction in attention by the staff, and the personal attention and dialogue was good fun. Hint, you're not going to have a one on one conversation when an order of 30 plates is flying out, but when the staff are quieter, they are very engaging. And it's always cool when you get to try a few things while you're waiting.
Does anyone else wish to share some of the other 'hidden' experiences out there?