Getting a Table at an Exclusive Indian Restaurant: Top Tips

Posted on: 26 February 2018

There is nothing better than an evening with friends in an exclusive Indian restaurant. However, if a restaurant is extremely popular, you may struggle to get a table. Check out the tips below which will help you to get a table and good service.

Sit in the bar

Before you attempt to get a table at a very desirable Indian restaurant, you should visit the establishment and sit at the bar to enjoy some drinks. Sitting in the bar will allow you to chat with the staff and to say hello to the Maitre d'. The Maitre d' is the person who will ultimately decide who gets a table and where that table will be located, so it is best to be on friendly terms with them.

Dress appropriately

A good Maitre d' will be able to judge who will and who will not fit in with the vibe of a particular restaurant. You should always make an effort to dress nicely when going out for dinner. While you do not need to wear a suit and tie or an expensive dress, you should make an effort to look smart and respectable. The way you dress says a lot about what you think about the restaurant. If you don't show some respect for the place, it is unlikely you will be given a table. Having said that, it is also important that you do not overdress. If you turn up wearing black tie or a ball gown, it is likely you will be turned away for trying too hard and standing out. You aim should be to fit in with the rest of the crowd who are dining in the restaurant.

Turn up without a reservation

While this may seem counterintuitive, turning up without a reservation can actually increase your chance of getting a table. Restaurants very rarely reserve every table in the place and so a Maitre d' will typically have a handful of tables which are available for last minute bookings or people who walk in. The staff at many high-end restaurants like customers who walk in and ask for a table without a reservation these customers are likely to be more relaxed and less demanding than a customer who has booked ahead and is hoping to have a very special experience.

So what are you waiting for? Contact a local Indian restaurant today and try some of these techniques out so you can secure a table.