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Peartree (Vancouver) -- credit card# for reservation? [Moved from Western Canada board]

Just got off the phone, was all set to make a reservation at the PearTree in North Burnaby, but they demanded a credit card number *just to take a reservation*. On further questioning, they told me that they would charge $50 per person for no-shows!

Has anyone else encountered this kind of policy? It's a first for me, but maybe I'm just behind the times. In the end, I refused to hand over my credit card number and hung up without making a reservation. I wonder if the Peartree management realize what a terrible impression it makes?

Dec 13, 2007
nwatson in Not About Food