However, there are things you can do to help your quest for that table by the window (or in the cozy corner, or in the centre of the room).
* The most important rule is to be polite and well mannered at all times, especially when you call to make the reservation. First impressions really do matter.
* If it’s a special occasion, then you should mention this at the time of booking, as restaurants will want to make it memorable for you when possible.
* If you are in a large group, you may not get the best table, as groups tend to be placed where they won’t disturb other guests (which is only fair to other guests).
* If you have been before or know the restaurant well, try to request a specific table or area as they will often try to honour your requests.
* Being a regular will greatly improve your chances. Restaurants love loyalty and want to reward regular customers.
* Phone to confirm the reservation and ask them again about your specific table – persistence can pay off.
* When you arrive at the restaurant, dress smartly and look the part – you are far more likely to get the best table if you dress to impress.
* Arrive early, or at least on time, and be polite to everyone when you arrive. Then ask again about the table if you’ve requested a specific one. If you are late, you might lose it.
* If you don’t mind when you eat, try to book at off-peak times. As demand will be less, and with fewer people to placate, your chances of getting the best table will improve dramatically.
Of course, booking through someone who has a personal relationship with the restaurant, such as a concierge service, can also help, as we often know the restaurant well, have a personal relationship with them, and send regular business to them. And that can also equal best table for your dinner out.