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

Plume at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,411 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • 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 pr...

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88% recommended
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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
2,008 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions

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 in...

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93% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Foggy Bottom
7,325 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • 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-ce...

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83% recommended
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Sax

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Penn Quarter
1,348 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Group Bookings

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 perf...

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91% recommended
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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,948 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

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 wal...

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94% recommended
American in Washington, D.C. Area

The Prime Rib Maryland at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hanover
1,814 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • 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...

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94% recommended
Romance in Baltimore Suburbs

Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,534 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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 American...

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96% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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