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Reservations are often not required for The Bristol Lounge, and during most weeknights are not necessary (depending on how busy a time of year it is). The restaurant accepts walk-ins, and you can relax in the bar area if your table isn’t yet available. During big travel weeks, however, like the Boston Marathon and graduation week, it’s smart to make a reservation if you want a table in the dining room. Friday and Saturday nights throughout the year are usually pretty busy at peak hours (7 to 8:30 p.m.), regardless of whether or not there’s something to celebrate, so unless you plan to dine in the bar we suggest making reservations with the restaurant. Brunch at The Bristol Lounge is an elaborate affair, and if you plan to indulge in the grand buffets and Bloody Mary bars, you should make a reservation in advance.