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Are restaurant bookings required?

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Are restaurant bookings required?

Hi. We're coming over to Sydney this weekend which happens to coincide with VIVID - yay. It will obviously be busier than usual so would I be wise to plan ahead and make some restaurant bookings? Not looking to eat anywhere fancy/expensive, but run of the mill establishments like the Australian Hotel, Chinta Ria, Customs House Bar & anywhere else locals here would like to recommend in the downtown area. (There are four of us including 2 teens & I consider $30 or less for a main to be in my budget).

Thanks in advance.

(4 more days of work to go.....)

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1. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

I'd book for Chinta Ria.

Australian maybe, depends on how flexible you are as to where you sit and what time you intend to get there.

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2. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

My only comment is that Chinta Ria (its in Cockle Bay near King St) is a bit of walk from Vivid. The light walk starts in Hickson Rd and then goes around to the Rocks/Opera House.

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3. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

My general rule of thumb is, if you _really_ want to eat/stay/visit/whatever a particular place, then book. No harm is done if you book and find that you're the only ones in the place. On the other hand, if you don't book and it's full..............

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4. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

Isn't there a Chinta Ria at Westfields now? I think it's on level 6 Westfields Pitt St

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5. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

I've had too many evenings spoiled by popping into a favorite local suburban restaurant on a Tuesday night expecting to get a table only to be disappointed because I hadn't booked. Not all restaurants take bookings in Sydney ( some sort of convoluted snobbery that says "we're too cool to take bookings") but put your mind at rest by knowing when you turn up there will be a table waiting for you by making a booking if you can.

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6. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

be aware of booking fees, cc number requirement for holding and charges for not turning up.

all part of the Sydney restaurant scene these days.

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7. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

Gosh lien, where do you eat? I've never encountered any of these.

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8. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

More and more common Eva

news.com.au/national-news/restaurants-hit-di…

and yes that's an old story

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9. Re: Are restaurant bookings required?

>Not all restaurants take bookings in Sydney ( some sort of convoluted snobbery that says "we're too cool to take bookings") <<

That's not restricted to Sydney and it is about making sure you have full tables. Many melbourne restaurants do it too..Mamasita, Cumulus etc

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