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El Bulli 2007 Reservations

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As it's coming up on "Mid October" (as the website says) does anyone have any tips for someone who's lost this game many years in a row and is getting a little desparate?

When is Mid October anyway? The 14th? 15th?

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Lenski   
I've been trying for years as well, and an email sent last week bounced.

If someone gets through, a post here will be much appreciated.

I have been told that anything before the 15th gets discarded. If it is true or not....

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So I guess all of us in California fire out that email at 4:01pm Saturday...


Taco Truck or Per Se - No matter as long as passion drives the food

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I've gotten polite replies saying the year is booked, but to try if I'm in the neighborhood. I did try from Barcelona once, but did not succeed.

I sent an email today, but will send another on the 15th.

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mukki   

For what it's worth, I sent an email at noon PDT last year on Oct. 13 and got a reservation.


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For what it's worth, I sent an email at noon PDT last year on Oct. 13 and got a reservation.

Send in my reservation a couple of minutes past midnight on the 15th. Fingers crossed!

Can anyone from previous experience tell us hopefuls, app. how long do we have to wait for a reply.

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Last year it also took about 6 weeks for a positive reply for me.

I believe they do declines first, then work forward by date with accepts from opening date.

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Jerry_A   

From this thread: Thread, it looks as if the "no" replys started coming out at the end of October last year.

My fingers and toes will remain permanently crossed until I hear from them.

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pedro   

Yes, observation seems to indicate that the longer you hear from them the more probability of getting a reservation you have. So, if you haven't heard a "sorry, but not this year" answer by mid November it's a good sign. Although I got a "no" last year on Nov 8.


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I'd love to see how they choose. Does anyone know? Lottery? Pull them out of a bag? Order of arrival?


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Catriona   

I sent in my email, so I'm anxiously waiting to hear... Look forward to celebrating/commiserating with you all when the time comes.

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Just got my reply for August 14th (my birthday)

Apreciados Señores,

We have received your first e-mail. The demand has been extraordinary and it will be impossible to find a solution for all the requests.

"We will give you an answer as soon as possible but we will need time to read and organize everything.

Thank you for all your interest.

Apreciados Señores,

We have received your first e-mail. The demand has been extraordinary and it will be impossible to find a solution for all the requests.

We will give you an answer as soon as possible but we will need time to read and organize everything.

Thank you for all your interest."

We'll it's not a no, just in case I don't get it I'm off to the the El Bulli hotel on 1st November for a few days so I can at least get a taste of the food.

Got the english cook books, Texturas still waiting to sample the real thing.


Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

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We'll it's not a no, just in case I don't get it I'm off to the the El Bulli hotel on 1st November for a few days so I can at least get a taste of the food.

Couple of things.

According to Michelin, Hacienda Benazuza is closed from Nov-Feb (Ok just double-checked it's closed from Jan 1-Feb 28 - my original attempted reservation was for January).

And the food really is fantastic - we enjoyed it slightly more than our El Bulli visit (just). But we had to order the 'Benazuza tasting menu' in advance - they do have a daily tasting menu, but it isn't as extensive as the special one. Our second best meal of last 10 years (El Bulli itself was #3 - and to pre-answer the obvious question, Akelare remains #1).

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Jerry_A   
Should I be worried?

I haven't yet received the response you have. (Thank you for all your interest)

I'm in the same boat, no word whatsoever. Makes me nervous :unsure:

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Standardized reply today, excessive demand etc.. :sad:

Looks like I'll have to resort to my "terrorist technique" the final week before arrival.. :wink:

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I've not gotten dinged just yet, but some have been getting this message:

Apreciados Señores,

We regret not to be able to full fill your reservation request. Our limited capacity has been surpassed at the first moment due the extraordinary demand. We apologize to you.

It is impossible for us to have a waiting list but we will be at your disposal to revise if cancellations are produced when we confirm all the reservations a week in advance

E-mail: bulli@elbulli.com Fax: +34 972 15 07 17 Tel. +34 972 15 04 57 – (during the season, after 3.00 p.m.)

Atentamente,

Luis García

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docsconz   

I just received my rejection. I can't say that I am surprised though, as my request was somewhat unorthodox. I could not commit to any particular time for either myself or anything that they could have assigned to me, until my vacation assignment for 2007 is allocated. That won't be until this coming Tuesday. Oh well! :sad:


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nhconner   

I got the bad news today. Its a shame because we got in last year and I feel were enjoying our meal as much as anyone we observed and I really wanted to go again. No hard feelings though. I imagine they got more requests than ever, and Luis told us the reason we got in before is because they wanted new diners and to get them in they had to deny 2000 previous repeat diners to make room. Later in our trip we ate next to a delightful couple at Hisop who had been dining there every year since El Bull's opening, and they were told no last year for that very reason personally by Luis. Glad I got one meal in, I feel lucky for that.

Nate


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Took a brief survey of applications / responses:

Sent 10/13: rejected

Sent 10/14: 02:40 rejected

Sent 10/14: 04:47 rejected

Sent 10/15: 00:00 no response

Sent 10/15: 00:04 no response

Sent 10/15: 00:06 rejected

Sent 10/15: 00:11 rejected

Sent 10/17: 00:07 rejected

Still hoping, in the no response boat.

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