11 Toughest Restaurants to Get Into

And how you can at least attempt to get a reservation
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2012 8:00 AM CST
11 Toughest Restaurants to Get Into
Chef Cesar Ramirez prepares his dinner menu at Chef's Table in Brooklyn in this 2010 photo.   (Getty Images)

If you fancy yourself a gastronome, you have surely heard of these celebrated restaurants where masters engage in the high art of cooking. But getting into them is another thing entirely. Eater.com has compiled a list of 11 restaurants around the world where it is virtually impossible to snag a table. The US entries:

  • Next, Chicago: You'll need tickets to get in, and the best bet might be to follow its Facebook page.
  • Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York: They book one week at a time, six weeks in advance, at 10:30am every Monday. Cross your fingers and call in.
  • minibar by josé andrés, Washington DC: Nearly 1,000 requests are rejected each month, but you can try your luck via phone, one month in advance, starting at 10am each morning.
  • Schwa, Chicago: The reservation system appears to be completely random. Call in, leave a voicemail (if the mailbox isn't full, that is), and hope for a call back.
  • The French Laundry, California: You can try to book by phone up to two months in advance, or use OpenTable's "Find Next Available Date" feature.
Read the full list here. (More restaurants stories.)

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