With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air and Canadians are making plans to celebrate with that special someone. But how can you ensure your dining experience is the best it can be, when everyone is rushing to make a reservation for your favourite restaurant?
At OpenTable, we love helping diners discover and book the perfect table, and we also love helping restaurants provide excellent hospitality experiences that keep guests happy and coming back. So, to help Canadians get the best dining experience this year, we’ve put together seven tips to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember:
Beat the rush: While some diners make Valentine’s Day restaurant reservations more than one month in advance, half of all reservations in Canada are booked after February 7 and 10 per cent are made on February 14*. Book early, or consider dining out on Friday or Sunday night instead. Valentine’s Day falls on a long weekend for many Canadians this year, making the choice easier.
Make your requests: Do you have a preferred seating location or a favourite booth? If so, don’t be afraid to make your request when you book. While you may not get what you ask for, putting your requests in early gives you an advantage over other diners.
The more, the merrier: If you dine in a group, you may better your chances of being seated on Valentine’s Day. Most restaurants get fully booked for tables of two, but have larger tables and booths available.
Go early or arrive later: Booking the first or last tables of the evening can also improve your chances of being seated. So sit back, relax and enjoy that glass of wine.Continue Reading