Hard to Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in Washington, D.C. where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

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Restaurants:Plume at The Jefferson, DC, Iron Gate, Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Plume at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,400 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

For a special-occasion meal of the highest order, head to Plume at the Jefferson Hotel, where the chandeliers sparkle, the cheese cart awaits, and the food—which comes only as a prefix or tasting menu...

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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,058 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

Iron Gate, a cozy, romantic restaurant in Dupont Circle, has a lot going for it: the wood-fired hearth and rotisserie, the red leather banquettes, the wisteria-lined patio. Tuck into a platter of lamb...

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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Foggy Bottom
7,167 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch

For a lovely pre-show dinner and drinks, head to the Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar, located on the roof of the Kennedy Center. There’s not a bad seat in the house, with floor-to-ceiling windows showca...

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Sax

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Penn Quarter
1,337 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups

Sax is a gilded, opulent restaurant and lounge in the heart of DC, where you can dine on lobster mac and cheese and steak-frites while watching belly-dancers, aerialists, fire performers, and various ...

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Harold Black

$$$$·American·
Capitol Hill
574 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Late-night Find

It’s not easy to find the 1920s-style speakeasy Harold Black—it’s upstairs from Acqua Al 2 in Eastern Market, and then only accessible through the restaurant Suna—but it’s well worth the effort. This ...

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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,935 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

1789 is a restaurant rich in history, the kind of place that makes you feel transported the moment you walk through its doors. Dine among the English caricatures that adorn the walls of the downstairs...

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The Prime Rib Maryland at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hanover
1,878 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

This wouldn’t be Washington D.C. without its share of power-lunch-and-dinner spots, and The Prime Rib is a shining example. You’re here, unsurprisingly, for prime rib, though there is an excellent sel...

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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,456 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

There are few restaurants in DC as entrenched in the political scene as Old Ebbitt Grill, where politicos of all stripes come to hang out and unwind. You’ll find a menu of American classics such as oy...

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Kinship

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
928 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

When Kinship opened in 2016, it was lauded as one of the most exciting openings of the year—and it hasn’t lost any of its magic. Chef Eric Ziebold has created a menu that is both creative and personal...

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Nocturne

$$$$·Cocktail Bar·
Shaw
221 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating

Tucked away in the basement of Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee, Nocturne is a cocktail bar unlike any other; guests choose a “tasting menu” of three or five cocktails, and then choose those cocktails fr...

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