Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Table 8.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had trouble reserving a table at a restaurant for [insert special occasion] because the venue was sold out. So, you had to resort to your second or third choice. Nod your head if you succumbed to 2-hour wait times, eating dinner at 9 p.m. or arriving to a restaurant right at 5 p.m. to snag a table.
If you’ve never dealt with these issues, I commend you. But with a thriving food scene like Atlanta and a growing population of food enthusiasts, it’s inevitable that one of those scenarios has happened to you and others. I know it’s happened to me plenty of times.
However, fret no longer. You can now make a last-minute reservation with Table 8, a unique start-up that connects diners with esteemed restaurants in Atlanta and other U.S. cities.
How does Table 8 work?
Table 8 partners with popular restaurants in cities like Atlanta to provide tables for diners at peak times up to two weeks in advance. By signing up for a free online membership and visiting Table 8’s website, you can view which restaurants have available tables for your party size and desired time. Then, you can reserve your last-minute table with Table 8 right then and there for a small fee (if the table cannot be reserved anywhere else) or completely free.
So if you want to dine at Lusca at 7:30 p.m. but you can’t reserve a table on the phone or using another online reservation system, you can see if you can make a last-minute reservation with Table 8 on its website. You can also use the website to browse reservation times for other popular restaurants in the city of your choice.
Where can you make reservations?
Of course, this service is great for intown diners looking for a last-minute reservation, but it’s also helpful for travelers who are looking for a great place to eat when they are out of town. The service is currently offered in Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, L.A., Chicago, D.C. and Miami, with plans to expand to other markets. I’m particularly thrilled about using this service in Atlanta and L.A. in the coming weeks!
Is there anything else I should know about Table 8?
- Reservations can only be made for parties of 2, 4 or 6.
- There’s a mobile app available should you want to make reservations on-the-go.
- If you do pay a reservation fee, this is not deducted from your final bill.
- Table 8 also has a FAQs section that you can view for any questions I didn’t answer here. Or, of course, you can always ask me in the comments section.
What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to making restaurant reservations?