02/08/2012 01:16 pm ET

D.C. Restaurants That Don't Take Reservations May Be Worth Valentine's Day Gamble

WASHINGTON -- As Valentine's Day fast approaches, some restaurant reservation lists are already filling up during prime dining hours. What's a procrastinator to do?

If your favorite spot is booked up, we have an idea for you, assuming you're a gambling type: Restaurants that don't take reservations are often some of the hippest, but long waits could leave you out in the cold and your significant other annoyed.

If you're willing to roll the dice (and show up on the earlier side), we suggest checking out these great spots that don't have a bothersome reservation policy.

If you're more of a traditionalist (read: you plan ahead), check out Washingtonian magazine's round up of all things V-Day and Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema's suggestions.