When in doubt, and maybe for only you and a friend/wife/s.o./etc., and the wait is 45-50 minutes...head to the open seating in the bar! <p>
Wife waits at one end, I at the other, and when folks are beginning to pay their check, we'll politely ask if we can have their table when they leave. 100% of the time, folks at the bar already chose to eat there due to the long wait, and are happy to give it up.<p>
We don't even "sign-in" any more. Just off to the bar. We don't even drink.