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I’m afraid I don’t have any foolproof tricks, other than impersonating a celebrity, if you happen to be a lookalike! 🙂 But off-hours and off-days are always a better bet, especially if you’re not good at remembering to make reservations way in advance (I am not). I finally got to eat at Rasika with a 9:15pm reservation on a Thursday night–I thought I was going to die of exhaustion eating dinner that late (cut me some slack…I’m old!) but the anticipation actually gave me a good second wind.
Another thing that’s worked for me (not in DC but in high-demand restaurants in a couple of other cities)–you usually don’t see this option if you make an online/Open Table reservation, but sometimes you can just phone the restaurant and ask if they have a waiting list. I’ve been to a couple of places where they make a reservation reminder/confirmation phone call 24 hours in advance and sometimes get a couple of cancellations in that process; before releasing those slots on Open Table, they go to their phoned-in waitlist. Special occasions may get you waitlist priority, too. I suspect it helped recently that we told one restaurant it was my birthday (which it actually was–it’s probably kind of uncool to lie about it being your birthday or anniversary or whatnot.) Or even if the night you checked was already full, re-check Open Table 24-48 hours ahead to see if any spots have opened up with cancellations.