We just found this great notice when booking a restaurant down South - simple yet effective!
You have been asked to please provide details of a valid credit card, you will not be charged at this time. This is necessary to protect us from no shows or unexpected changes.
** CANCELLATION POLICY **
Your card will NOT be charged for more than 24 hours’ notice of cancellation.
A fee of $30 per head applies for cancellation given within less than 24 hours’ notice.cancellation given within less than 24 hours’ notice.
A fee of $95 per head applies to last minute cancellations or changes in number of guests (less than 4 hours’ notice) or no shows.
For groups of 6 or more:
Your card will be charged for the value of $60 per person 3 days prior to the date of your arrival. Until this time cancellation incurs no charge.
If cancellation occurs within 48 hours, the $60 deposit will be retained by the restaurant, in the event of no shows or last minute cancellations (less than 4 hours notice) a fee of $95 per guest applies.
Thank you for your understanding, although we prefer not to take these measures, experience in these matters has increased our need for such policies.