When the Open Table link is visible above, the system is accepting reservations. When it is not visible, we are not.
Please read the information below to help you successfully make a reservation for your party.
At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, the Open Table link allows guests to make reservations. We do not operate the dining room during the summer.
Tables become available to make reservations in late August to early September for fall and mid-January for spring semester. Once tables are released, they are available by table size. Thus, a table for two may not be available, but a table for six is available- or vice versa. Full tables in a full dining room, create more practice for students and a greater ability to recover our food supply budget expenditures. The table inventory is as follows: 1 table seats 6-8, 4 tables seat 4-6, 7 tables seat 2-4 and 1 table seats 1-2. Parties of four have the best chance of finding an available table, parties of eight the least. Tables are designated by the time slot that they are assigned to- larger tables are typically available earlier as they take longer to complete the service cycle. The Open Table system time slots do not exactly fit the scheduled time of our classes, so your search is for the approximate time slot range or ranges that you prefer.
Please be mindful if you are in a hurry to leave that these are students paying to learn,not paid employees. They are not always as able to rush as are employees selected for their experience and work skills and trained over a period of time. On the other hand, guests may "linger" for only so long before we must close in order to end the class at the scheduled time. The class may not end until nearly 9:00 but we must clean up, close out the cash register and meet to discuss the evening before dismissing students- sometimes to their paid jobs with employers expecting them to arrive on time.
If all reservations are full you are invited to communicate your interest by filling out the wait list form. It can be found by scrolling down this page, should you care to. The form captures all the needed information to contact those who are willing to fill in should a cancellation occur.
The Open Table system is used by many commercial restaurants. We are training students in its use as part of the Dining Room Service course. This is a teaching tool for our students and timesaver for college employees. We have changed reservation software in order to better serve the needs of our guests.
In prior years, the volume of phone calls tied up our instructors and the college switchboard to a point where we were less available for our students. Diners must have an online reservation in order to be seated.
Please notify us as early as possible- we are not a "real" restaurant and are operating this class/lab with tax dollars. Food is ordered Friday morning and students are assigned to cook and serve. No show guests waste public funds and rob students of the ability to have the learning experience that they are paying for and is the function of the classes. Instructors are primarily in classroom settings and have limited windows of time in which to email and telephone wait list guests when cancellations or real changes are too last minute. Please make your reservation with the intention of honoring it as made! We appreciate your helpfulness in this regard. In extreme cases, where guests have been absent more than once, we have been forced to disallow future reservations.
Our dining room operates as a learning laboratory for students in our Dining Room Service and Culinary production classes; Classical or Global Cuisine. Due to our curriculum requirements, enrollment in other required courses and our desire not to operate in competition with local restaurants employing our students, we are only "open" to invite the public to "come to class" one meal per week; dinner in the fall semester and lunch in the spring. Our students pay for the class and are entitled to leave when class is over. Each table is "sat" only once in order to start and finish on time. Some students have a class following this one or are scheduled for work at paying jobs. We are grateful for the interest and enthusiasm about our students and in our programs.
Our Hospitality students in the second year Restaurant Management class in conjunction with the first year advanced Culinary class will put on three Wednesday dinners in the spring semester.
We are open on Wednesdays only. In the fall, our Classical Cuisine class prepares dinner and in the spring our World Cuisine class prepares lunch. We are "open" about twelve times each semester as indicated on by our online reservations link. A few of those twelve times, we are closed to the general public as we are serving private parties of college donors or board members in thanks for their generosity. The reservation link will activate for Fall dinners in September and for lunch in January -please keep checking Open Table for availability and the top of this page for an indication that tables have been released. We will only accept reservations made online. Thank you for making use of our new teaching tool!
January 22nd Louisiana Cuisine
January 29th Cuisine of China
February 5th Mexican Cuisine
February 12th Closed for Private Function
February 19th Cuisine of Spain
February 26th Cuisine from India
March 5th North African Cuisine
March 19th Cuisine of the United Kingdom
March 26th Italian Cuisine
April 3rd Greek Cuisine
April 9th Latin Southern Cuisine
April 16th Student Menu
We do maintain a waiting list for reservations. In the event of a cancelation the next customer on the list will be contacted and offered the available seating. If you would like to add your party to the waiting list you can complete the online waiting list form.
Groups wishing to learn more about ways they can support Cape Fear Community College students may contact the college Foundation. They direct us in closing the Dining Room to the general public to serve a private party