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Is there a less well known restaurant with available reservation for 2 in DC this Saturday??

kakes Apr 18, 2012 11:30 AM

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!!

  1. ktmoomau Apr 18, 2012 02:00 PM

    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.

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    1. re: ktmoomau
      kakes Apr 18, 2012 10:05 PM

      Thank you for the suggestions, everyone! I am making a note of all of these and will go to one or two of them. Too bad we're only coming down for one night. I can see we'll have to come back!

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      mdpilam Apr 18, 2012 01:44 PM

      We've often got into Rasika w/ no reservations, as long as you don't mind eating in the bar/lounge area.

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        Elyssa Apr 18, 2012 01:09 PM

        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.

        1. d
          Doh Apr 18, 2012 12:03 PM

          I've heard Elisir is good but haven't tried it yet.

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            Indy 67 Apr 18, 2012 11:48 AM

            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!

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              daves_32 Apr 18, 2012 11:44 AM

              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.

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              1. re: daves_32
                hill food Apr 18, 2012 05:41 PM

                I thought Zaytinya didn't take ANY reservations after 6 - all walk-ins (they didn't used to anyway) could be why Open T isn't registering for them

                DC restaurants can be cagey about this issue

              2. viperlush Apr 18, 2012 11:39 AM

                You should definitely give those restaurants a call.

                1. woodleyparkhound Apr 18, 2012 11:39 AM

                  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.

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                  1. re: woodleyparkhound
                    woodleyparkhound Apr 18, 2012 12:04 PM

                    Just realized I mis-read your post. You meant 2 people, not 2:00, DUH! Sorry! For Sat. evening, all these places should be open.

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