Valentine's Day is Wednesday, and if you haven't thought to make a dinner reservation somewhere, all is not lost. There are always the places that don't take reservations — where it's first-come, first-served — and where the spontaneous among us might still get in.

Showing up early or late might be a good strategy, or else be prepared to spend time at the bar waiting for a table, or loitering awkwardly in the restaurant's entryway or waiting area.

No-reservation Valentine’s restaurant dining ideas include:

Wisconsin State Journal food writer Samara Kalk Derby brings you the latest news on the Madison area's eclectic restaurant scene.

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