New Bar Hours, Seating/Reservation Policy UpdateFriday, June 22nd, 2012
We’ve recently adjusted our seating and reservation policy. The new policy still allows for a limited number of reservations for groups up to six people (by phone or in person) for 5:30pm each night and case by case large group (seven or more people) reservations, but generally speaking we now seat people on a first-come, first-served basis. The primary reason for the policy shift is the high unpredictability of turn times – some parties are in and out in 45 minutes, other are here more than two hours. This unpredictability makes slotting reservations very difficult and often inefficient. We’re finding that wait times during busy stretches are significantly reduced with our new policy, as we are able to seat tables as soon as they become available.
Wait times vary depending on day of week and time of night – we seldom have longer than a 30 minute wait during weekdays and often have no waits soon after opening and later in the evening. Weekends are busier, and during peak hours (6-9pm) there is typically a 30-60 minute wait depending on table size. Keep in mind that we also have two self-seated bars (one inside, one on the patio) along with eight picnic tables on our patio (also self-seated) where you can enjoy a drink before you are seated. Here is our new policy, also available on our website:
Guests are seated by our hosts on a first-come, first-served basis in both the main dining room (including our two communal tables and chef’s counter) and the covered patio. Both bars are self-seated. We do take limited reservations for 5:30pm only – these can be made in person or over the phone (510.926.6300). To make a reservation for a group of seven or more, please email us at email@example.com and specify the date and time you are requesting.
New Bar Hours
The inside bar is now open at 5pm each night and both bars (inside and covered patio) stay open for an hour after the kitchen closes each night:
Bar Hours: 5-11pm – Sunday thru Thursday
5pm – midnight – Friday & Saturday
Dinner Hours: 5:30-10pm – Sunday thru Thursday
5:30-11pm – Friday & Saturday
In the coming weeks, we’ll be installing a large, custom fire pit in the center of our uncovered patio – hopefully before the end of July. We will also be installing heaters for the picnic tables on the patio.
We will also begin serving weekend brunch in August, exact date TBD. Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11am – stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks. Once brunch commences, we’ll also be staying open throughout the afternoon – cold beer or a crisp cocktail on a sunny patio anyone?