There’s now an online equivalent to slipping the maitre d’ a $20 bill for a table. San Francisco-based Table8 launches in D.C. today with an app and website that allow users to book reservations at popular restaurants last minute and during peak times—for a price.
Users can create an account for free, and if the restaurant isn’t booked up, you can book a reservation for free. If reservations aren’t otherwise available, however, you can up pay up to $30 for a guaranteed spot, depending on the demand for tables at the requested time and date. Most fees for D.C. restaurants right now range from $20 for a party of two to $25 for four. The reservation times vary by restaurants, but are generally between 7 and 8 p.m. The restaurants and Table8 share the fee.
Table8 launched in San Francisco last March and in Los Angeles in September. It plans to expand to New York, Miami, Chicago, and London this year. So far, 17 restaurants have signed on D.C. Here’s a list of those participating:
• Chef José Andrés’ Think Food Group (Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel)
• Chef Mike Isabella’s Mike Isabella Concepts (Graffiato, Kapnos)
• Chef Michael Babin’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Birch & Barley, The Partisan, Iron Gate)
• Fabio and Maria Trabocchi (Fiola, Casa Luca, Fiola Mare)
• The Kuller Restaurants (Estadio, Doi Moi, Proof)
• AltaMareaGroup (Osteria Morini DC)
• Founding Farmer Restaurant Group (Farmers Fishers Bakers)
• Del Campo
Photo of Del Campo by Greg Powers