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Hard-to-Score D.C. Restaurant Reservations to Grab on Super Bowl Sunday

Where to eat while everybody’s watching the big game

The dining room at Michelin-starred Kinship in Shaw.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Super Bowl Sunday is an ideal time to duck out and visit those crazy popular restaurants that would otherwise be packed with customers, enabling diners fine with missing the annual blitz of high-profile commercials (and the football game sprinkled in between) to easily slide into Michelin-starred establishments or cut normally hours-long lines.

Eater editor Sonia Chopra experienced the phenomenon in 2016 during another street-clearing event (Super Tuesday), strolling right into Rose’s Luxury with no problem.

Here’s where D.C. diners might be able to do the same this weekend:

  • Michelin-starred Kinship has a handful of openings starting at 6:30 p.m. on Open Table, Tail Up Goat has multiple openings, and perennially packed Le Diplomate has a few as well.
  • Many people appear to be game for ditching the championship showdown entirely. Wharf newcomer Del Mar is showing only one opening for two during the day at 2:15 p.m., while Dabney and Fiola appear to be totally sold out for the day.
  • Meanwhile, Line hotel newcomer A Rake’s Progress appears to be completely booked on Tock through Tuesday, March 13. Walk-ins are welcome (space permitting).
  • Try hitting up no-reservations spot Bad Saint. (Can’t hurt.)

Bad Saint

3226 11th Street Northwest, , DC 20010 Visit Website

Le Diplomate

1610 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Tail Up Goat

1827 Adams Mill Road Northwest, , DC 20009 Visit Website


601 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, , DC 20004 (202) 628-2888 Visit Website

The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 240-2660 Visit Website


1015 7th Street Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 737-7700 Visit Website

Del Mar

791 Wharf Street Southwest, , DC 20024 (202) 588-7272 Visit Website