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Snagging a table at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hot spot Alinea is difficult, so you are required to give at least 48 hours’ notice before canceling a reservation. When you make a reservation — which you’ll usually need to do about two months in advance — you’ll be advised of the restaurant’s cancellation policy and pay for your dinner at the time you purchase your "ticket," thanks to the policy that Alinea implemented in August 2012. Alinea is strict with its cancellation policy because it doesn’t allow walk-ins and dinner is an elaborate, planned-out affair that takes three to four hours. You won’t want to cancel your reservations here.
If you absolutely cannot make your dinner at Alinea (we feel extremely sorry that you're missing out), you have the option to transfer your ticket (reservation) to someone else. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant just requests that you formally transfer the ticket through Alinea's website so they know who to call when it's time to confirm.