Valentine’s Day dinner reservations are tough for procrastinators, because unlike airline seats or concert tickets, you can’t simply pay more to get a prime table on a busy night. Now a handful of restaurants in D.C. and around the country are experimenting with premium reservations, which allow you to pay a fee for a table with little or no lead time. We explore what it means for the future of eating out.


  • Tim Carman Food Writer, The Washington Post
  • Jared Barker Assistant General Manager, Red Hen restaurant
  • Santosh Jayaram Co-founder, Table8
  • Tyes Zolman Director of Operations, Pearl Dive and Republic restaurants
  • Il-Horn Hann Professor and Co-Director DIGITS, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Poll: Would You Pay For A Table?

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