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 Post subject: Reservations
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:08 pm 
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I wonder with the island so slow if reservations to places like Wacky Wahoo will be needed. Last year in early December we walked in and were told the earliest reservations would be the middle of January.

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 Post subject: Re: Reservations
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:27 pm 
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We went to Wacky Wahoo twice during Christmas and New Years and didn't need a reservation but we dine around 6 pm .


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 Post subject: Re: Reservations
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:34 pm 
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We went to Wacky Wahoo on 9/17/20 and walked in without a reservation


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 Post subject: Re: Reservations
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:30 pm 
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While reservations may not be necessary because of low volume of tourists, since restaurants have to "socially distance" diners from each other, split up big parties, etc., it would be considerate to let them know when you are intending to come so they can plan accordingly. Again it's unlikely that they will be full, but if every table has to be 2 meters apart, many restaurants (especially the smaller ones) will have significantly fewer tables available than usual...


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 Post subject: Re: Reservations
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:58 pm 
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Covid has changed the landscape but in the last "forever" the only place that I could not just walk into was Wacky Wahoo.

I love in Aruba when you walk in and up to the reservation stand say 2 for dinner, do you have a reservation, no, then they have to scan the book that is right in front of your eyes that is 90% blank. Little huffing and puffing then, looking around then follow me this way. Last time it happened was at Barefoot. Note to restaurants. If you want mystery around your reservation system don't leave the book in plain sight.

Other challenge is making a reservation when it appears that at anytime Aruba can roll back closing times. Make a reservation for 8:00-8:30 and that can be closing time by the time you get there.

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 Post subject: Re: Reservations
PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:39 pm 
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I remember the old days in the low season. A reservation was expected. It was their assumption in those days, a practice from the European tradition. I think there were 2 tables of 4 occupied in a restaurant for 75+.
They kept us waiting for 10 to 15 minutes on their patio. Then, they called us in, saying they could accommodate us.

P.S. The restaurant never filled up while we were there. The restaurant went through several iterations, but no longer exists.

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 Post subject: Re: Reservations
PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:23 am 
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John was it the French Steakhouse? Exactly same thing happened to us.

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 Post subject: Re: Reservations
PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:38 am 
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for years we always made reservations as we were a large group, 8-10. we're down to 4-5 and still made reservations but we don't normally go out till 8 or so. last year the nights i was solo i was able to walk into most places. This year there's only 4 of us. guess we will figure it when we get there

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