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Posted on 03.03.2017 / by Cedar Door
We get asked the question every day: What is the difference between a private event and a reservation? When it comes to bringing you and your party to a restaurant it is very important to know the difference! Before you can decide you need to ask yourself a couple of very important questions. How large is your party? Are you eating out for business or for leisure? Do you need your own space? Do you have any special requests (giving a presentation, hiring a band, having a special menu, etc.)? Now that you have those answers lets dive in to making your decision!
Reservations are for when you need to book a table for a specific time. When you make a reservation the restaurant knows to hold a table for you and your party, so that when you show up at your designated time you can get seated right away! Reservations are generally most useful for smaller groups and while they can help you have a much better experience; they generally offer little to no privacy and will often place you in the middle of the dining room. While the restaurant will be expecting you, you will be served on by the same staff that is taking care of the rest of the restaurant. Reservations can be done a couple weeks in advance up until the day of.
Private events however, offer so much more. It comes with your own staff, own private space and much more. The limit of people for an event goes up substantially, all the way up to doing a full venue buyout. A private event generally is booked at least 3-4 weeks in advance. Whether it’s a company retreat, bachelor party, or wedding reception, having a private event ensures you will have the best experience possible. The cost of this generally varies on a couple of factors such as the amount of people, the size of the room, type of food to be served, and the date of the party. The results however, are always far greater.
So the decision is up to you! Reservations are quick and convenient, while a private event offers more benefits and better results. Here at Cedar Door we do a great deal of private events every month. Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Austin in the Convention Center District, we are also directly across the street from the JW Marriott. So if you are looking for an event space or private room for your next event, be sure to give us a call to see what we can do for you!