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Want a table at Le Diplomate at 8 p.m. on a Friday night but it’s fully booked on OpenTable? My favorite secret weapon for getting the reservation I want is Rezhound. Basically it works like this: You enter the name of the restaurant and the reservation time you want, and Rezhound’s bots repeatedly check back to OpenTable and then email and text you as soon as a spot opens up, so you can swoop in and grab it.
The website launched last January by Reed Kavner, a San Francisco-based product manager for crowdfunding platform Piggybackr who runs Rezhound as a hobby on the side. Now that the site is coming up on its one-year anniversary, Kavner has compiled a list of the most frequently requested restaurants in six major cities. Given that people only use Rezhound when they can’t get a table, Kavner sees the request information as a pretty good indicator of the toughest to get tables.
So what are the top 10 toughest reservations in D.C.?
1. Le Diplomate 2. Rasika (Penn Quarter) 3. Blue Duck Tavern 4. Birch and Barley 5. Range 6. Rasika (West End) 7. Zaytinya 8. Estadio 9. Masa 14 10. Founding Farmers
“Le Diplomate is far and away the top restaurant,” Kavner tells Y&H. “Le Diplomate blew the other [top] two out of the water.”
The main drawback of Rezhound is that it only works with OpenTable. As for the prospect of incorporating CityEats? Kavner says he has no plans to in the immediate future, given that Rezhound is a side project for him and OpenTable still covers the majority of restaurants nationwide. “I would like to have every restaurant that has an electronic reservation system. I’d like to work with them eventually,” he says. “But I can’t tell you with a straight face that I’m planning on CityEats right now.”
Photo by Jessica Sidman