Ask about last-minute restaurant reservation cancellations

Plan ahead if you’re determined to snag a table at a sought-after restaurant on your trip. Some renowned eateries are booked weeks or months in advance. But you can get lucky at the last minute if you’re flexible—and friendly. Show up for dinner early or late and politely inquire about any last-minute vacancies or cancellations. If you’re calling a few days ahead of time, ask if you can be put on a waiting list. It never hurts to ask!

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