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


The Huffington Post   Posted: 02/ 8/2012 1:16 pm

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.

No Reservations: Granville Moore's
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Dining at Granville Moore's on H Street isn't a good idea for claustrophobes -- the booths and bars that line the narrow eatery are cozy, the lighting dim, and ceilings not especially high. That being said, the blue cheese mussels are some of the most addictive bivalves in the city, and the beer selection and knowledgable staff are tough to beat.

Close quarters have an unexpected benefit: It's easy to make friends here. Of course, that banter is equally likely to take place while waiting outside -- the restaurant only allows reservations Monday through Thursday up until 6:30 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday after 9 p.m, which means sometimes long waits during peak dining hours.