Reserve officially launches in D.C. this week, bringing additional competition to other newcomers in the reservations-by-app game, including Table8 and Resy.
Reserve, which announced it would be coming here a couple of weeks ago, asks users to submit requests for tables given a date, party size and desired range of times, and then teams up with restaurants to make it happen. The app also handles the payment for the meal, charging directly to the credit card of the account (there are ways to split bills among friends, too). The service involves a $5 concierge fee, though the fee has been waived for some early adopters. More information is on the app's blog.
The service has brought on the following restaurants so far, and plans to add more: Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya, China Chilcano, Tosca, Posto, Rural Society, Doi Moi, Estadio, Kapnos, Graffiato, and G by Mike Isabella. A rep says they've managed to grow their network of restaurants by 600% over the past year or so.