Chow Bella

How Long Is Too Long to Wait For a Table at a Restaurant?

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Eddie Matney Chef and owner, Eddie's House

If you have a reservation, then hopefully no more than 15 minutes past your reservation time, unless the place is really busy -- then, perhaps, 30 minutes. Without a reservation, 30 to 45 minutes may be a standard wait, but if I'm hungry, I might look around and see what other options are available.

Amy Binkley Owner, Binkley's and Cafe Bink

If I have a reservation, I expect to be seated no longer than 20 minutes past my reservation time.

Chef Eric O'Neill

Waiting for a seat or waiting to order can be a painful experience. In my mind, if I do need to wait, I'm waiting for a dish that I can't live without that day, and usually, in the end, it's worth it. If it's worth it, I will wait up to 30 minutes. Nothing past that time.

Giovanni Scorzo Chef and Proprietor, Andreoli Italian Grocer

I would never complain about a wait as long as the food is good.

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