Is it Rude to Show Up at a Restaurant Before They Open -- What About Just Before Closing Time?
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Sure, restaurants have posted hours -- but, hey, when hunger calls, what's a diner to do? Does showing up before an establishment opens or just before closing a sign of poor etiquette?
I asked a few Valley chefs and restauranteurs and this is what they had to say.
Showing up early and expecting to be served is a little silly. As for showing up at closing, the hours are posted for a reason. I see nothing wrong with showing up at a restaurant right up until closing and expecting a fine meal and great service. If a restaurant wants to close earlier, it should change its hours.
It isn't rude to show up before they open, given that it's not an unreasonable arrival ahead of them unlocking the doors. If you're okay with waiting for service, wait patiently in the bar and have a glass of wine or a beer. Walking into a restaurant as they are closing isn't cool, especially if you're familiar with the hours of operation and you're just trying to sneak in at the last minute.
I appreciate it when people show up before we open! It shows an enthusiasm about our place. If you do show up around closing time, it's always appropriate to inquire if the kitchen is still open or drinks are being served.