List of Restaurants Offering Communal Dining Tables
Did you catch the following provocative article? March 31, 2014 The Atlantic
Alone Together: The Return of Communal Restaurant Tables:
As more establishments seat people in close proximity, friendships are not forged.
Tried twice no success to weigh in on their website with a comment. Here it is:
And it doesnt feel very elegant to rub elbows with your tablemates when youre cutting into a $50 filet mignon
in a fancy dining room. Possibly ;-)
People attending special events, like big-bucks wine tasting dinners, are enthusiastic communal dining participants.
Might the difference have something to do with the fact that introductions are made prior to the main event?
Additionally, does anyone remember when NYCs Asia de Cubas 25-foot-long table seating 36 made the scene 15 years
ago? A hallmark of staff training was the routine introduction of cheek-by-jowl guests as one was being served.
Potential ice-breaker? Sure --- when peeps were so inclined. Recall the counter/bar of D.C.s Red Sage? Same-same
except the staff made introductions upon seating guests.
Hey --- if communal dining aint your thing, rather than bitch about the phenomenon, why not avoid restaurants
steeped in them.
To check out the provocation for my response and decide for yourself, click: Alone Together
Considering taking the plunge dining at a communal table?
S. Irene Virbilia, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic's communal dining commentaries may be just
the encouragement you need.
Here is an except from her Critic's Choice "The communal table experience" 9/15/11
"The trend now, especially in casual restaurants, is the communal table. Granted, it also means a small
restaurant can seat more people, but sitting at the communal table can be surprising and fun. You never know what
might happen. You might be seated next to someone perfectly awful. You might make a new friend. You might end up
sharing a bottle of phenomenal wind. You won't be bored."
Here are excepts from her 12/3/06 review of Canelé in Atwater Village (323) 666-7133 3219 Glendale Boulevard:
" . . . I end up sitting at the communal table in the front window. Twice it was because there was
no other table available and my friends and I didn't want to wait.
But now I tend to gravitate to one end of the broad farmhouse table set with vases filed with herbs. I like sitting
down to dinner without feeling locked into a tiny two-top. Sometimes you see familiar faces. But mostly you don't
and that's a big part of the appeal the sense of a shared experience with new acquaintances.
Someone will wonder what it is you're eating or ask for a recommendatiom. Someone else will lean close conspiratorially
and tell you to order the heirloom tomatoes with olives, cucumbers and feta. I do. And it is delicious . . .
Because the communal table sitters tend to be self-selected group, people are often more sociable and they linger.
Over wine. Over coffee. Over the beguiling buena chica cheesecake.
From this comforting wooden table on the sidelines, you can take in the entire scene at Canelé."
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List of Restaurants Offering Communal Dining Tables
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Delux - Gourmet Burgers - Biltmore Plaza 3146 East Camelback Road Phoenix, Arizona (602) 522-2288
La Grande Orange Pizzeria 4410 North 40th Street Phoenix, Arizona (602) 840-7777
Culinary Dropout 7135 East Camelback Road, Suite 125 Scottsdale, Arizona (480) 970-1700
Maynard's Market & Kitchen 400 North Toole Tucson, Arizona (520) 545-0577
On the cover of Arizona Highways Magazine in 2012
Noreiga Hotel 525 Summer Street Bakersfield, California (661) 322-8419
James Beard Award winner 2011
Rick & Ann's 2922 Domingo Avenue Berkeley, California (510) 649-8538
The Basque Hotel 1102 F Street Fresno, California (559) 233-2286
Eveleigh 8752 West Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, California (424) 239-1630
Magnolia 6266 1/2 Sunset Boulevard Hollywood, California (323) 467-0660 (Thanks Daphne!)
Canelé 3219 Glendale Boulevard (Atwater Village) Los Angeles, California (323) 666-7133
Chaya Downtown 525 South Flower Street Los Angeles, California (213) 236-9577
Gorbals, The - Alexandria Hotel 501 South Spring Street Los Angeles, California (213)
Honda-Ya 333 South Alameda Street (Little Tokyo Shopping Center, #314) Los Angeles, California
(213) 625-1184 (Thanks Jamie!)
Hungry Cat 1535 North Vine Street Los Angeles, California (323) 462-2155
Joan's on Third 8350 West Third Street Los Angeles, California (323) 655-2285
MessHall 4500 Los Feliz Boulevard - Los Feliz Los Angeles, California (323) 660-6377
Petty Cash 7360 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, California (323) 933-5300
Philippe the Original 1001 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, California (213) 628-3781
Tart - Farmer's Daughter Hotel 115 South Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, California (323)
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill - L.A. Live 800 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, California
Marina del Rey
Jer-ne at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey 4375 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, California
Neptune's Net 42505 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, California (310) 457-3095
Plum 2214 Broadway Oakland, California (510) 444-7586
Francoli Gourmet Emporio 100 S. Glassell Street - Plaza Square Orange California (714) 288-1077
Le Pain Quotidien 88 West Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, California (626) 396-0956
A.R. Valentien - Lodge at Torrey Pines 11480 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, California (858) 777-6635
Bocadillos 710 Montgomery Street San Francisco, California (415) 982-2622
Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant 330 First Street San Francisco, California (415)
NOPA 560 Divisadero Street San Francisco, California (415) 864-8643 (Thanks
Presidio Social Club 563 Ruger Street (near Lombard Gate, in the Presidio) San Francisco,
California (415) 885-1888
Salt House 545 Mission Street San Francisco, California (415) 543-8900
Suppenkuche 601 Hayes Street San Francisco, California (415) 252-9289 (Thanks
Border Grill 1445 Fourth Street Santa Monica, California (310) 451-1655
Fig Restaurant - Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows 101 Wilshire Boulevard Santa
Monica, California (310) 319-3111
"Bar dining," too!
Gjelina 1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, California (310) 450-1429
The Kitchen 1039 Pearl Street Boulder, Colorado (303) 544-5973
Monday Night is Community Night!
District of Columbia
Meridian Pint 3400 11th Street NW Washington, District of Columbia (202) 544-588-1075
The Blue Sea at Delano 1685 Collins Avenue Miami, Florida (305) 672-2000 (Thanks Bill!)
Miller Union 999 Brady Avenue Northwest Atlanta, Georgia (678) 733-8550
Avec 615 West Randolph Street (Wests Loop) Chicago, Illinois (312) 377-2002 (Thanks Jennifer!)
Japonais Restaurant 600 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois (312) 822.9600
Osteria Via Stato 620 North State Street Chicago, Illinois (312) 642-8450
Publican 837 West Fulton Market Chicago, Illinois (312) 733-9555
Sepia 123 North Jefferson Street Chicago, Illinois (312) 441-1920
Urban Belly 1400 West Randolph Street (Irving Park / Avondale) Chicago, Illinois (773) 583-0500
Zed451 739 North Clark Street Chicago, Illinois (312) 266-6691
Sugar Toad at The Arista 2139 CityGate Lane Wests Loop Naperville, Illinois (630) 778-TOAD
Emilitsa 547 Congress Street Portland, Maine (207) 221-0245
Toro 1704 Washington Street Boston, Massachusetts (617) 536-4300 (Thanks Marisa!)
Kirkland Tap & Trotter, The 425 Washington Street Somerville, Massachusetts
Blue Bird Bistro 1700 Summit Kansas City, Missouri (816) 221-7559
Wednesday Nite Table
Union - Aria (CityCenter) 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, Nevada (877) 230-2742
The Backyard at The Pines 284 Third Avenue Brooklyn, New York (718) 596-6560
Northeast Kingdom 18 Wyckoff Avenue Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York (718) 386-3864
Radegast Hall & Biergarten 113 North Third Street Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York
Saint Austere, The 613 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York (718) 388-0012
Co. 230 Ninth Avenue Chelsea, New York (212) 243-1105
Gotham West Market 600 11th Avenue Hells Kitchen, New York (212) 384-6127
Within: Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop (646) 678-3859
Large, open, glassed-in food hall sporting mini-restaurants. Most offer counter seating and will deliver food
to communal tables serving the whole market.
Aldea 31 West 17th Street New York, New York (212) 675-7223
Avra Estiatorio 141 East 48th Street New York, New York (212) 759-8550
Bar Boulud 1900 Broadway New York, New York (212) 595-0303
Counter dining, too!
Blue Ribbon Sushi IZAKAYA 187 Orchard Street New York, New York (212) 466-0404
Boqueria 53 West 19th Street Chelsea, New York, New York (212) 255-4160
Braii 329 West 51st Street New York, New York (212) 315-3315
Buddakan 75 Ninth Avenue New York, New York (212) 989-6699 (Thanks Elizabeth!)Braii
329 West 51st Street New York, New York (212) 315-3315
Butcher's Daughter, The 19 Kenmare Street New York, New York (212) 219-3434
Cafe Boulud 20 East 76th Street New York, New York (212) 772-2600 (Thanks Tom!)
Daisy May's BBQ U.S.A. 623 11th Avenue New York, New York (212) 977-1500 (Thanks Bob!)
Esperanto 145 Avenue C New York, New York (212) 505-6559
Fig & Olive Kitchen and Tasting Bar 808 Lexington Avenue New York, New York (212) 207-4555
Il Bagatto 190 East 2nd Street New York, New York (212) 228-3562 (Thanks George!)
Ippudo NY 64 Fourth Avenue New York, New York (212) 388-0088
Má Péche 15 West 56th Street New York, New York (212) 757-5878
Mercer Kitchen 99 Prince Street New York, New York (212) 966-5454
Nanoosh 2012 Broadway New York, New York (212) 362-7922
Parea 36 East 20th Street New York, New York (212) 777-8448
Counter seating, too!
Red Farm 529 Hudson Street, New York (212) 792-9700
Sotto 140 West 13th Street, New York (212) 647-1001
Tabata Ramen 540 9th Avenue New York (212) 290-7691
Wall and Water - Andaz Hotel (Hyatt) 75 Wall Street New York (212) 590-1234
Red Rooster Harlem 310 Lennox Avenue Harlem, New York (212) 792-9001
overlooking open kitchen (great entertainment value!)
Cafe Barcel 162 Main Street Nyack, New York (845) 535-3133
Daveed's Next 8944 Columbia Road Loveland, Ohio (513) 683-2665
chef's counter, too!
Beast 5425 NE 30th Avenue Portland, Oregon (503) 841-6968
2 large communal tables
Le Pigeon 738 East Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon (503) 546-8796
chef's counter, too!
Buddakan 325 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215) 574-9440
Salt of the Earth 5523 Penn Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (412) 441-7258
Counter dining, too!
Hank's Seafood Restaurant Church & Hayne Street Charleston, South Carolina (843) 723-3474
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que 604 West Young Street Llano, Texas (325) 247-5713
Roses Bakery Cafe 382 Prune Alley Orcas Island - near Eastsound, Washington (360) 376-5805
(Thanks C. Richard!)
The Corson Building 5609 Corson Avenue South Seattle, Washington (206) 762-3330
Sitka and Spruce 2238 Eastlake Avenue East Seattle, Washington (206) 324-0662
Woodinville (Seattle's "Eastside")
The Herbfarm Restaurant 14590 North East 145th Street Woodinville, Washington (425) 485-5300
Bills 433 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst +61 (2) 9360 9631
Theebine Pub Railway Parade Theebine +61 (0)7 5484-6182
Longrain 85 Commonwealth Street Surrey Hills +61 (2) 9280 2888
Cambie Bar & Grill 300 Cambie Street Vancouver (Gastown), British Columbia (604) 688-9158
Meinhardt Cafe 3010 Granville Street Vancouver, British Columbia (604) 732-4405
Salt Tasting Room 45 Blood Alley Square Vancouver, British Columbia (604) 633-1912
Yew - Four Seasons 791 West Georgia Street Vancouver, British Columbia (604) 689-9333
Guu Izakaya 398 Church Toronto, Ontario (416) 977-0999
Tredici 275 Fairmount West Montreal, Quebec (514) 509-1341
Chartier 7, Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, Paris 47 70 86 29 (Thanks Marie!)
La Cave de l'Os à Moëlle 181 Rue de Lourmel Paris 01 45 57 28 28
BOX Thai 1/F, 4 8 Arbuthnot Road, Central Hong Kong (852) 2537 6887
Village Green, Vegetarian Restaurant 33 Jaffa Street Jerusalem, Israel (+972) 2 6253065
Firma Pekelhaaring Van Woustraat 127-29 Amsterdam, Netherlands (31-20) 679-0460
Canteen 260 Fox Street, City and Suburban Johannesburg, South Africa 011-27-11-334-5947
360 Istanbul Misir Apt. K:8, Istiklal
Caddesi, Beyoglu Istanbul, Turkey (+90) 212 251 1042 (Thanks Joe!)
Wagamama Noodle restaurants
throughout the UK. (Locations also include Australia, Ireland, Holland, Dubai, Belgium, Istanbul)
106-110 Wardour Street Soho - London, England 011-44-020-7255-8686 (Thanks Emily!)
Note: Many Busaba Eathai restaurants located throughout London
Canteen 2 Crispin Place East London, England 011-44-845-686-1122 (Thanks Ben!)
The Crazy Bear Hotel 51 Wycombe End Beaconsfield, England 011-1494-673-086
Ottolenghi - Islington 287 Upper Street London, England 011-44-020-7288 1454
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