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
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • 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
86% recommended
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Iron Gate

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Dupont Circle
1,729 reviews
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 inRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Washington, D.C. Area
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Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Foggy Bottom
7,349 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
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
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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
90% recommended
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Harold Black

$$$$·American·
Capitol Hill
575 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Cosy
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
98% recommended
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1789 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
5,782 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • 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
88% recommended
Special Occasions in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Hanover
1,447 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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
23,414 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
94% recommended
American in District of Columbia

Kinship

$$$$·American·
Mt. Vernon Square
927 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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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