My friends and I planned a lovely wine-tasting weekend in Paso Robles. Planning ahead, I made our reservations for 4 people at 6:30 p.m. over a month in advance. Imagine my surprise when I get a call the afternoon of our reservations and am told that the person who confirmed my reservation only put me down for 2 people and they were now overbooked and couldn't handle 4 people at 6:30. Could I change my reservation to 5:30 and for my trouble the restaurant would give us a free appetizer and waive the corkage fee. Huh???? I book my reservation well in advance and instead of bumping more recent ones, I get bumped??? She couldn't give a sensible explanation to that question. We were pretty much stuck at that point and were forced to take the earlier time since it was unlikely we could get into another restaurant that late in the day. Since it was "Evening Extravaganza" in Paso Robles, my guess is I got bumped for some VIP. But who cares why. I suppose you could argue that's better than getting there at 6:30 and finding out about the screw-up, but despite the fact that the food was good (not outstanding but good) and our server provided great service, I won't be going back to a restaurant that doesn't honor its reservations.
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