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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Washington, D.C.

The OpenTable team

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.

Restaurants:Plume at the Jefferson Hotel, Nocturne, Iron Gate
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Cocktail Bar, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Shaw, Dupont Circle
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Plume at the Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,333 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 prRead more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Washington, D.C. Area
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Nocturne

$$$$·Cocktail Bar·
Shaw
175 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 choosRead more
Vibrant Bar Scene in Washington, D.C. Area
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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
1,570 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 inRead more
92% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Foggy Bottom
7,116 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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-ceRead more
84% recommended
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Sax

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Penn Quarter
1,280 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 perfRead more
94% recommended
Special Occasion in Washington, D.C. Area
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Harold Black

$$$$·American·
Capitol Hill
551 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
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 worRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area

1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,636 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 walRead more
89% recommended
Romantic in District of Columbia

The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hanover
1,331 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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 thereRead more
83% recommended

Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
22,501 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
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 AmericanRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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Kinship

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
927 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 cRead more
93% recommended
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