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Frequently asked questions

What is First Table?

First Table is a restaurant discovery website offering 50% off the food bill for the first table at breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants. It’s the perfect incentive for food lovers to try new and exciting restaurants while saving money by dining during off-peak times. 

How does it work?

Participating restaurants list their first tables for breakfast, lunch or dinner – showing seven days of availability on our website. To secure a table: find a restaurant, select your date and time and book a First Table for £6 to get 50% off the food bill for two, three or four people.

How do restaurants benefit?

Our concept is a real win-win for diners and restaurants – we bring people together to enjoy new dining experiences and support restaurateurs by filling their off-peak tables.

Our partner restaurants pay nothing to be on the platform – using their first table as a promotional tool to reach new customers and to fill (otherwise) empty tables.

How do I create an account?

You can sign up for a free First Table account at using a Facebook login or email address.

How do I cancel or amend my reservation?

Simply log into your First Table account, select reservations and cancel your booking. Alternatively, you can contact First Table to amend the number of diners for your booking. Refunds for cancellations are subject to our cancellation policy.

How many can I book for?

First Table reservations are for groups of two, three or four people including children of all ages.

Are both food and drinks half price?

The First Table deal is strictly 50% off food only, drinks are always full price.

How do I get my booking confirmation?

Your booking confirmation is emailed to you once payment has been finalised. If you cannot find your confirmation email, simply log into your First Table account, select reservations and download your booking. Alternatively, check your email junk folder as sometimes first-time bookings can get lost.

Can I combine First Table bookings for large groups?

A maximum of one First Table may be booked per group per night. Booking two tables and combining is prohibited.

Can I bring more than four people?

No, sorry. Our arrangement with restaurants is for reservations of two, three or four people only.

Can I take my food away?

Meals ordered are for dine-in only. Restaurants may allow you to take away leftovers, but to prevent over-ordering, this is at their own discretion.

When is a new day added?

Availability for every restaurant is added just after midnight each night for the next seven days.

Where can I find a list of participating restaurants?

Visit our homepage and filter by date, region and session (breakfast, lunch or dinner) to find restaurants near you. You can also find your location by using the Region dropdown. Once you’re on the city page, you’ll find a range of delicious restaurants to choose from. 

Already know where you want to dine? Type in the restaurant’s name in the search bar at the top of the page and get in quick to score the first table.

Can I book the same restaurant twice?

Absolutely, but not twice in a row. First Table was built to encourage you to try new restaurants so this rule helps us make sure everyone has the same odds of reserving a table.

Is the booking fee deducted from my bill?

The £6 booking fee entitles you to receive 50% off the food bill when you make your reservation on our website. It is not deducted from the bill.

What happens if I’m late?

The First Table offer is only available for the date and time you’ve booked. If you’re more than 15 minutes late, the deal is off. This condition is there to ensure we’re creating a win-win environment where both diners AND restaurants enjoy clear benefits.

Are there any exclusions?

Some of our partner restaurants have special conditions attached to their First Table offer. Any dishes not available on the deal or other requirements will be noted under 'special conditions'. You must accept these conditions prior to making your booking and they will be included on your booking confirmation.

What time can I book?

You’re welcome to book any available days or times listed on our website. The cut off time to make a restaurant booking is generally one hour prior to the seating time, but this does vary from venue to venue according to their requirements.

Can I combine First Table with other vouchers?

First Table bookings cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions (ie happy hour), including restaurant credit unless otherwise specified by the restaurant.

I’m a solo diner – can I dine on First Table?

While we love solo dining, unfortunately, our deal does not apply to tables of one.

Can I pick which table to sit at?

The restaurant will most likely have a designated table for First Table diners.

Is there a minimum spend?

You can spend as much or as little as you like – your food bill will be discounted by 50% at the end of the meal.

Do I need ID?

Licensed premises are within their rights to deny you service if you can't produce identification (even when not drinking). To avoid disappointment, please make sure all diners have their ID.

Please note, First Table booking fees will not be refunded in this scenario.

How do First Table gift vouchers work?

Our gift vouchers are redeemable on our website for First Table booking credit. It’s the food gift that keeps on giving – grab as a gift for your favourite foodie or stock up on credit for yourself. 

Head to our gift voucher page to buy or redeem a gift voucher. Please note, our vouchers cannot be redeemed at our partner restaurants directly or be used as payment for your meal. 

Gift vouchers are redeemable within 12 months of purchase for the equivalent value in First Table credit. See our gift voucher terms and conditions for more details.

What is Last Table?

We all know that the early bird gets the dinner deal, but now the night owl can score a late-night bite at select restaurants across New Zealand.

Book a Last Table on our website and get 50% off the last table of the night. Dine at new and exciting eateries until late in the evening on the same deal as First Table; half-price food (drinks are full price) for two, three or four people.

How does Last Table work?

Our partner restaurants offering this feature list their last tables for dinner – showing seven days of availability.

You can find restaurants serving late-night bites by heading to the city page and selecting the Last Table search filter. Alternatively, look for First Table and Last Table options under a restaurant’s dinner availability to score your late-night seat.

This feature is new and only currently available in London, but we hope to roll it out across the rest of the UK soon.

Is First Table available on public holidays or over Christmas?

Restaurants have full control over the days and times they offer a First Table. Availability on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day is extremely limited.

What countries offer First Table?

At this time, First Table is operating in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

Who runs First Table?

Behind the scenes, we’re a passionate team of food lovers. It’s our job to help make dining out become more of a routine than a luxury! Read our story here.  


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