Tough Tables

Dining out in Washington can be thrilling – if you can get a reservation.

by Ann Mah

Sourcing a table reservation at Wolfgang Puck's "The Source" should be done a week in advance. Other popular tables can take over a month to book.

Sourcing a table reservation at Wolfgang Puck's "The Source" should be done a week in advance. Other popular tables can take over a month to book.

With a new proliferation of hot tables, Washington’s restaurant scene is suddenly buzz-worthy. But along with the great food comes long waits – sometimes it takes weeks, or even months, to get a table. Recently, I tried to reserve at some of the city’s most popular restaurants, discovering policies that ranged from inconvenient to downright draconian.

My request was simple: A table for two, on a Friday or Saturday evening at around 8pm. The shortest wait was at The Source (575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), which offered an easy, efficient reservation policy as well as a wait of only one week. If only all my experiences were this easy.

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