Perhaps it’s your first date, you are meeting with clients, or you have planned a family night out with your children. You step into the restaurant and are informed that there is a wait time.

Everyone loves the feeling of being seated right away at a restaurant. To ensure your party has a positive experience at your next outing, consider these tips for getting seated faster.

Things to Consider In Order to Get Seated ASAP

There are three factors that can influence how fast you get seated and served at a restaurant:

  1. Size of your party: The bigger your party size is, the harder it can be for a restaurant to fit you in. Table space may be limited as well. If your party is very large, tables may need to be combined or your group may even need to split up to accommodate everyone.
  2. Time of dinner: Most restaurants tend to be busiest between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. For faster service, try dining Sunday through Wednesday during off-peak hours.
  3. Size of the restaurant: The size of the restaurant can impact how long it takes for you to be seated. A more intimate restaurant will have a smaller capacity and a limited number of tables. If the restaurant is large or has two floors, servers will need to spend more time navigating the expansive interior.

Tips for Fast Seating With Reservations

Reservations are one of the best ways to ensure your party is guaranteed a table. Restaurants usually allow guests to book a reservation by calling, going to their website, or using a reservation app. Reservations allow restaurants to effectively plan and manage both their staffing and tables ahead of time, cutting down on your wait and serving time.

When booking, it’s important to be as detailed as possible and choose a specific date and time. Let them know how many will be in your party and make sure to confirm your reservation with the hostess a few days prior. If you can’t find a day at time you are looking for online, always call the restaurant directly. They can put you on a waiting list. Make sure to call ahead if the number of people in your party changes – especially if you need to add someone! This could become a big issue in a small restaurant.

Tips for Fast Seating Without Reservations

While reservations help you get seated fast, they are not always needed for prompt service. If you don’t have a reservation, you can still ask to join a waitlist so you are alerted if cancellations occur. Even if the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, call ahead to let them know you have a group coming so they can prepare in advance. To save even more time while dining, you can have your party browse the restaurant’s menu online so you have an idea of what you would like to order.

Enjoy Fine Dining With a Twist at USS Nemo

Experience award-winning cuisine and an unforgettable ambiance at USS Nemo. We specialize in seafood dishes with personality, and our menu features everything from sauteed calamari to toasted coconut and sauteed shrimp bowls. We design and prepare every plate with passion and creativity.

Make a reservation today to enjoy fast service and a unique dining experience.