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Restaurant Secrets Your Server Wishes They Could Tell You

Whether you’re dining at your favorite restaurant or visiting a new place, you’ve probably realized your server knows a lot more than you do about what’s going on behind the scenes. And if you want the lowdown on the juiciest restaurant secrets, it’s probably your server who knows what’s up. Your server might want to tell you to stop making surprisingly inconvenient requests — such as asking to move tables or split the check a zillion ways — but they probably also wish they could tell you a few restaurant secrets.

Read on to check out some of the things your server wishes you knew about your favorite restaurant.

1. Many restaurants prefer you make a reservation by phone

young woman in trendy clothes talks on a smart phone

young woman in trendy clothes talks on a smart phone Making a reservation? One of the most interesting restaurant secrets says many prefer you call instead of make an online reservation. | iStock.com/RyanJLane

If you want to increase your chances of getting the very best service, start by making your reservation the right way. Some high-end restaurants have stopped taking reservations altogether. (At least in part it’s to eliminate the problem of no-shows.) But if your restaurant of choice does take reservations, pick up the phone. Apps, such as OpenTable, charge restaurants a fee and are otherwise pretty customer-centric. When you call to make a reservation, you seem more invested and less likely to flake.