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, Iron Gate, Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,413 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
81% recommended
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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
1,792 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
93% recommended
Romantic in District of Columbia
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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Foggy Bottom
7,350 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
1,351 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
87% recommended
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Harold Black

$$$$·American·
Capitol Hill
575 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
100% recommended
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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,782 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
85% recommended
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The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hanover
1,536 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
88% recommended
Special Occasion in Baltimore Suburbs
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Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
23,650 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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
95% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

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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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 choosRead more
84% recommended
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