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Do I really, really have to make dining reservations?

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Vegasdriven58, Oct 4, 2021.

  1. Vegasdriven58

    Vegasdriven58 Low-Roller

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    Sis and I going to Vegas first time for me in 2 years, and for her more like 10, and I am sure we will both notice many changes.
    However, one of the things I always loved about Vegas was being able to eat at the bars, instead of at tables. I don’t care for a big meal, and I feel more comfortable ordering just apps or sharing entrees- Sis is good with that, too.
    Now I am not opposed to making reservations, but I’m not sure how you would even go about making them for the bar area.

    I probably will make a couple of reservations, but hoping we don’t starve, or have to eat fat burger etc. the whole time. Certainly enjoy a nice cocktail or glass of wine with my meal.

    First night there we want to do a mykonami slot run from Bellagio to MGM, and would like to find somewhere to eat along the way. Love Bavettes , and have never had a problem getting a seat at the bar.

    What about the sports books if all else fails, do you need rezzies ther, too?
     
  2. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

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    When I was in LV in August, I did not do any reservations.

    One buffet, several of the usual suspect casino places, one food court. No higher-end or fine dining this trip.

    Only annoying wait was on line at the Bally's food court. The Southpoint buffet had a line, but it moved quickly.
     
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    About the only places that require a reservation are the nicer, high end restaurants. Others, there may be a wait if you don't have a reservation, and others just do first come, first served.

    Basically, if there is a restaurant that you want to specifically eat at, then call or reserve online to make a reservation, even if just eating at the bar, just to make sure you don't have to stand around and wait.
     
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  4. luck.ofthe.draw

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    Reservations, because the pandemic is still going on, and staffing issues are everywhere, are still highly recommended.

    If you have your heart set on something, call the restaurant or use OpenTable to make a reservation, it takes two seconds.
     
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    It's tough to say which restaurants will be busy and at what time.

    Make sure you get the confirmation. That's more important than the reservation.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    many bars are open and serving just fine

    We did Toms Urban okay
     
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    When I go to Vegas I have things I want to do. Why risk being shut out? Make The reservation
     
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    If you want to eat anywhere in high demand or anywhere sit down in prime dinner hours I’d recommend a reservation.

    If you’re ok with eating at odd times, waiting an hour to sit down, or resorting to eating in a food court, then don’t worry about it.
     
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    Bar seating is something I'd call them about. You generally can't make those reservations online, it's usually first-come/first-served, but some of the restaurants have bar areas that do get crowded. Jean-Georges, for example, has a relatively small bar area. Bazaar, by contrast, doesn't really have a proper "bar", but they have a "bar area" that's massive, and I've never had a problem just sitting down there. But as many people here will tell you, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever not to make reservations. With very limited exceptions, you can cancel up to right before your scheduled time.
     
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    With opentable making a reservation, changing it etc is very easy and quick. On our week trip from Sept 14 to 21 on any sit down dining we made reservations through opentable and made more than a few changes to them daily and never had any issues. Staffing is getting better for sure. If you have your heart set on something then I'd reserve.
     
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  11. AyDee

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    Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it,
    you can always cancel, or be rude and flake.

    IMHO, weekday vs weekend greatly affects your ability to do a walk in.
     
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  12. Vegasdriven58

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    Will be there Sun-Fri. What about Eataly-I think that could be a good option if we can’t get into Bavettes.
     
  13. DaiLun

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    If life sustaining is all you want, then no.

    If you go to Las Vegas for the food "experience" as some of us do, then yes.
     
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  14. willowox

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    We like to eat at the bar occasionally as well-even full meals vs. appies and snacks. I’ve been making a res and then request bar seating when we arrive for our res. Haven’t had to wait long and it seemed we had priority because we had the reservation. Latest was to Lopo at Mandalay Bay (delicious veal scallopine).
     
  15. Raven888

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    I was there in August and didn't make reservations anywhere. Was able to walk up to Ruth's Chris and that place in Bellagio by the High Limit room and get on the wait. Didn't have to wait long at all.

    If you absolutely want to eat somewhere specific and be guaranteed a seat, maybe make reservations, but if you just want to eat anywhere, I don't think they're necessary.
     
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    Hell yes to reservations. Since this covid crap has started I've been to Vegas 5 times and each time the ONE night we didn't make reservations somewhere and said "lets wing it!" "itl'll be fine!" "It's just two of us" we're struggling to find dinner that isn't a cafe or fast food. Sigh
     
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