Terminology

The Table Reservations APIs provide all the functionality required to create and manage restaurant table reservations.

This article contains a comprehensive list of the various terms and concepts used in Table Reservations and its APIs.

TermDescription
Manual approvalManual approval is a setting that determines whether reservations made online are automatically accepted, or require manual approval from a human.
PartyA party is a group of guests that come to dine together at a restaurant.
Party pacingParty pacing is the maximum number of party reservations that can start within a 15-minute period.
ReservationA reservation is a set of tables and seats reserved for a party at a restaurant for a specific period of time.
Reservation locationA reservation location is a representation of a physical restaurant location at which reservations can be made.
Reservation location conflictA reservation location conflict is an attempt to make a reservation that doesn’t comply with the restaurant’s party pacing or seat pacing rules.
ReserveeA reservee is the person a reservation is made for. Not to be confused with the person making the reservation, although they may be the same.
SeatA seat is a chair or place for one person in a restaurant.
Seat pacingSeat pacing is the maximum number of seats that can be filled by new reservations within a 15-minute period.
SourceThe source of a reservation is how the reservation was made. For example, if it was booked online, in person, through an app, and so on.
StatusThe status of a reservation represents its position in the reservation lifecycle. For example, RESERVED, CANCELED, or FINISHED.
Table combination conflictA table combination conflict is an attempt to make a reservation that doesn’t comply with the restaurant’s table management or online reservation rules.
Time slot)A time slot is a period of time in a restaurant’s calendar.
Turnover timeTurnover time is how much time a party needs for an entire reservation - from being seated to leaving the restaurant.
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