Is there a less well known restaurant with available reservation for 2 in DC this Saturday??
I've been perusing this board and there are so many wonderful sounding restaurants but I haven't been able to get a reservation for 2 at a reasonable hour for this saturday at any of them! (I've been using Open Table, should i just call instead?)
We're staying in the Penn Quarter, but willing to walk, take the Metro, whatever. Completely open to any cuisine, adventurous in our tastes but willing to stick with good old American if it's well prepared! This shouldn't be too hard, right? So far I've struck out at Zaytinya, Estadio, Resika, Proof, etc etc. These seem to be the "hot" places, so maybe there are some less well known places to try? maybe a personal favorite? We don't care about scene, although a pleasant atmosphere would be nice (we are coming in just for the night, after all). I can't believe this is harder than trying to get a reservation in NYC!!
You can also try the lounge at CityZen if you don't mind dining in the lounge, they have a wonderful three course dinner with some really good stuff right now, if there isn't a seat available then head across the hotel to Sou'Wester. Bombay Club, Rasika's sister restaurant is normally available and really good, as well. Fiola sometimes has openings. Pearl Dive generally doesn't take reservations. I also often have good luck getting into Palena without too much of a wait.
Also if you have an Amex Plat card have them make the calls, they can often get a table you can't otherwise get.
I would certainly call because you never know what is available. A lot of restaurants don't put all of their tables on OpenTable. Try for Graffiato...they are not on OpenTable but CityEats.
I think Estadio doesn't take reservations during busy hours but call and double check.
Just did a quick search on OpenTable. There seem to be reservations at America Eat's and Bibiana both good options. Also call Ripple and Mintwood (Really hot right now and very delicious) and see what they have available.
Definitely phone any restaurant that's showing no availability. However, right now, you can get a reservation for 7:00 p.m. or close to it at the following desirable places via Open Table itself:
J & G Steakhouse
The Oval Room
Lots of good options in that list!
First of all, you can try to call Zaytinya. They keep a portion of the tables for open table, a portion for phone reservations, and a portion for walk ins. you may have some luck. Also try: Bibiana (Italian), Poste (New American), PS 7 (American), or The Hamilton (American and Sushi). Over on K, you could try DC Coast (seafood) since it is more of a business lunch place and can be quieter in the evenings. Also try J&G Steakhouse or Cafe Du Parc (Belgian), both in hotels on 14th St and Penn, respectively.
Yes, definitely call the places if Open Table shows it to be full. My understanding is that restaurants hold some tables back from OT and fill them themselves. Also, be sure and check the hours for each restaurant on their website. A lot of places are not open at 2:00 on Sat.