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    How far in advance do you make reservations?

    I am just wondering the typical timeframe you make your reservations for restaurants? We dont typically make reservations. This year we are planning to stay at the Rennaissance prior to our Playa Linda timeshare. Since we will be in the downtown area for 3 nights, I have 2-3 places we want to visit while they are in walking range So I know the dates.

    Side note: I am not talking about places like 2 Fools or Carte Blanche with limited seating. I know thise require more time.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    If it's low season we have been able to walk into Que Pasa and Yemanja without reservations but we also eat on the early side. West deck is pretty small and is very popular so I would recommend reservations a few days in advance. Same thing with Quinta Del Carmen (when you make it to Playa Linda) but perhaps a week or so if you are later evening folks. Maybe the others can advise as well.

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    That is good to know about Yemanji as it is definitely on our list. We are early people too, and havent had issues getting in anywhere we have wanted to with the exception of Wacky Wahoo. Does West Deck have a bar area too that wouldnt require rreservations, or is it all table seating?
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    I don't often make reservations as we're there during low season and dine out early. We've never had an issue getting a table. That said, if I have someplace I really want to go to I'll make reservations about 3 weeks out. It helps, of course, that most times we're staying AI at the Divi and if our plans don't work out we can always go back to the resort. In Novemer when we're at the Rennaisance we have so many places we want to try I figure if one doesn't work out the other will.

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    We're low season and book Mme J's about a month out..... just for the anticipation of the experience. I'll also book Quinta del Carmin 'cuz I just wanna be sure we are set for our visit. The others generally the same day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    We're low season and book Mme J's about a month out..... just for the anticipation of the experience. I'll also book Quinta del Carmin 'cuz I just wanna be sure we are set for our visit. The others generally the same day.
    Great idea for Quinta del Carmen, it's definitely up and coming due to the much deserved reviews. I may do our anniversary there. It's a toss up between there and Barefoot, we loved both. Is the week after Thanksgiving considered high season? We arrive Thanksgiving Day for 11 days.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    thanksgiving week is somewhat busy.
    then it will die down a bit til about a week before christmas.
    to be on the safe side, for places like QDC, yes as CP says.
    but you had good luck with them in Februsry dining early with no reservation right?

    downtown dining:
    yemanja for dining before 6:30, i bet you can walk right in.
    also the same with quepasa, lg smith .... but unsure about elgaucho.

    west deck i would plan on getting there by 6 as it is a great spot for sunset.

    the only reservation that we have so far for our trip next week is for Madame Janette.
    all others at this point are only in our mind and not confirmed/reserved.

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Great idea for Quinta del Carmen, it's definitely up and coming due to the much deserved reviews. I may do our anniversary there. It's a toss up between there and Barefoot, we loved both. Is the week after Thanksgiving considered high season? We arrive Thanksgiving Day for 11 days.

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    sorry
    i forgot to answer in the other posting

    yes West Deck have a bar!
    this photo is from their FB page.

    Paul and I sat at the bar in May 2014. Just for a drink.

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    We're there weeks #4+#5. We make reservations when we get there. It hasn't been a problem for the past few years. Before that, advance reservations were more necessary. I think the proliferation of really good places to eat along with the depression of the economy have opened up availability.

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    Months in advance for high season. I'm about to book White Modern, QDC and Carte Blanche for next February. For our November trip, I'll book in September/October. We've never had a problem getting Ventanas Del Mar on "day of" even in high season.

    Yes, I'm obsessive about reservations. My living hell is to be driving around trying to find a restaurant with a free table. I made that mistake in NYC once. Never again!

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