How Hard Is It To Get Into SUR, The 'Vanderpump Rules' Hotspot?
The third season of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules could look different this season, as certain cast members aren’t together anymore while others simply aren’t friends. But one thing that won’t change is the place that brings this group of attractive, and equally dramatic, servers together. SUR, Vanderpump Rules’ home base, and just one of Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants, is the main location of the staff’s employment, and despite the millions of times they look so incredibly unprofessional during work hours, you can’t help but think (as Liz Lemon would say), “I want to go to there.”
Whether it is to try a Jax drink, catch Scheana throwing shade at Kristen, or getting a glimpse of Vanderpump and Giggy, there are many reasons one would want to go to SUR. But beyond being the home of so much televised drama, it is actually a normal, functioning restaurant that patrons go to for food, in addition to the attractive staff. But with all of this going for it, you would assume that getting a reservation at SUR would be just as difficult as getting Jax to tell the truth. So, how hard is it to get into SUR?
Shockingly, it is not too difficult, depending on the day you want to get wined and dined by Bravo’s best. Thanks to modern technology (aka OpenTable) finding a table at SUR was actually pretty easy. I looked for reservations on the site for multiple times throughout the week, and it seems that if you are in the West Hollywood area and need a bite to eat, you can snag a last minute reservation with no problem. In fact, for Monday through Thursday, I was able to find reservations for every 15 minutes each day. Even at the hip, peak dinner hours (because I feel like it is very SUR to go to dinner at 8:30 at night).
The weekends were a little more difficult to find reservations, so if you do want to grab a bite to eat or drink in the sights (i.e. Tom Sandoval), definitely plan a week or two ahead to make sure you can get the day and time you want. For a Friday reservation (made five nights before), reservations were scarce, but still available. You’d need to be flexible, either eating at the 5 o’clock hour, or later in the evening, around 9 p.m.
Saturday seemed to be the day to go to SUR, so if you do go then, expect a packed house (but also expect to see the TV staff, as they are probably more likely to be working for the weekend crowd). Saturday reservations weren’t available upon checking a week in advance, so again, plan ahead or you’ll be eating at In-N-Out, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (OK, it’s a great thing).
The restaurant has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp, which isn’t terrible, but also isn’t great. At the same time, if I am going to SUR, I am probably going because of the shows on Bravo, and not because I want some of the best cuisine in the Los Angeles area (again, that’s why In-N-Out exists, right?).
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