While hundreds of dining rooms across the city compete for business every single day, a select few manage to pack the house on a nightly basis. Nabbing a table at one of Washington’s most sought after restaurants is an exercise in both patience and perseverance. Even the most adept planners can be left off the guest list or forced to wait for hours with little luck.
Some establishments, such as the Michelin-starred Dabney, release batches of reservations weeks in advance, which are promptly snatched up save for a few non-peak dining hour slots. Others cater exclusively to walk-ins, leading to long lines at compact spaces including critically acclaimed Himitsu and Bad Saint. Even high-priced meals like those at double Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls remain elusive.
Here are 13 of the toughest reservations in the District right now, from white-hot newcomers to cherished mainstays.
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Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.