Chow Bella

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

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Christopher Gross Chef and Owner, Christopher's Restaurant & Crush Lounge

It depends on what kind of restaurant it is, how bad you want to eat there, or how hungry you are. So, I guess maybe 30 minutes, as long as the restaurant has a nice bar to drink champagne at while your table is getting ready.

Trish Clark, Manager Bungalow Bar & Grill

Upon arriving, you shouldn't have to wait more than a minute or two to be acknowledged. Once seated, it should take no more than 2 to 3 minutes before a server acknowledges you. Once your order is placed, it shouldn't take more than 3 to 4 minutes for your beverages and no more than 20 minutes for your food. Of course, all this varies depending on how busy the restaurant is.

Jon Lane Owner, O.H.S.O.

About 45 minutes to one hour. After that, the drink is gone, the tummy is hungry!

Romeo Taus Chef and Owner, Romeo's Cafe

Restaurants that do not take reservations: 35 to 45 minutes -- one hour if I don't have to wait in the heat. I always allow for the day of the week and the time. The size of the party, two versus twelve, and a bottleneck effect, three or four tables seated at once, affects the dining room and kitchen and adds some time.

Dana Mule GM and Partner, Hula's Modern Tiki

If it's a weekend night at a popular restaurant that you love, then waiting an hour-plus is more than okay. Part of the experience, the fun, of dining out is having a few drinks at the bar while interacting with friends. It can sometimes be as rewarding as the meal itself.

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