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Top 5: Toughest Restaurant Reservations in the World

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Consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants in the world, noma are currently taking reservations from the beginning of May and until the end of June so the next chance you have of securing a table is on Monday the 28th of March 2016 at 10am (CET), when they will be accepting table reservations for July 2016. Save the date in your diary – it will be worth it.

Sukiyabashi Jiro Ginza
For some of the finest sushi you could ever experience be sure to follow these top three tips:
1. Call on the first day of each month to reserve for next month’s seating.
2. Have a Japanese speaker or you hotel in Japan call to make a reservation – it’s very difficult.
3. Go with a Japanese friend, or someone who speaks Japanese. Chef Ono doesn’t speak English so it is highly recommended that you have some who speaks fluent Japanese to make the most of the experience.

Damon Baehrel
There’s tough and there’s almost impossible, but for those who like a challenge, this is the place for you. To visit Damon Baehrel’s home restaurant, you have to keep an eye on their website as since 1 April 2014 they have not accepted any new reservation requests. Apparently, the restaurant is booked up until 2025 from the submissions received until that point, but it has been known for sincere efforts to be rewarded, so perseverance may pay off.

El Celler de Can Roca
The moment El Celler de Can Roca was listed as the number one restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino, bookings went through the roof. As a result, the reservations have become quite strict. For this unbelievable culinary experience you must reserve your place online on the first of every month at midnight (Spanish time), 11 months in advance. Good luck.

The French Laundry
This French restaurant in the Napa Valley, California, complete with three Michelin stars is notoriously difficult to book, especially with the renovation work which continues to run. With this construction schedule, the reservation process has slightly changed: call one month in advance between 10am – 5.30pm to speak with a member of the team or visit Opentable.