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    Senior Member cindyo's Avatar
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    Act1966 ..., we are very much on the same wave lenght

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    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.
    We did get into Quinta Del Carmen With no reservations but we went right when they were opening for the evening.


    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I think we will reserve at Yemanja for sure and Jon really wants to try West Deck.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Senior Member Traceyd14's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    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!
    If it was up to me, we would always have reservations but Jon doesn't like to be tied down to certain days and times when we are on vacation. He is more go with the flow. If a day on the beach lasts till sunset or a happy hour turns into a happy night, he likes having those options. It's pretty funny though, its a constant back and forth, me makong a plan and his standard response of "we'll see". He makes fun of my obsessive planning but always thanks me when it turns into something awesome.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Senior Member AndyM's Avatar
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    Make a reservation. You can always cancel it at the last minute.

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    Senior Member cindyo's Avatar
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    I am a nut case with reservations
    95% of our eating plans are made before we depart
    we have them on a spread sheet with contact info
    if we have any changes to make we have the number to call when there
    we tape them to the frig in the timeshare

    crazy Yes, A type Yes, eat at every place I want Yes!

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    I used to make my reservations at the resort as the days unfolded. Now I map out where I want to eat the first day (usually pizza or at the resort) and last day. Then I work out the rest of the week and make all the reservations prior to leaving for Aruba. A lot of times I do deviate from my schedule but no biggie I just call and cancel.

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    Luckily in July or Aug we don't usually have any issues making a reservation after we arrive on the island. The only one I book before we get there is Madam Janette for our last night. Don't want to take a chance on missing it
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We always go in the low season and have never had a problem getting in to a restaurant without one. We also tend to go to dinner between 6 and 7:30 so usually less crowded. We do make reservations in the morning for restaurants we know we want to eat at that night. Most of the time they have not been needed. We did show up at MJs one night and it was packed with 2 weddings and regulars. The tall guy at the podium said they were full until 9:30(it was 7). Then he asked how many and I said 2. He said wait here a minute. He came back and seated us at a table for 2 on the deck.

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