Looking for a nice meal out? Unless you’re a Kennedy or a movie star, you’ll need to make a reservation way, way, way, way in advance to dine in one of these places, which Mitchell Davis, the Executive Director of the James Beard Foundation told Vogue were the hardest reservations in America to get. Thankfully, the wonders of Instagram brings us up close and personal to these places. Savoring the pictures is (almost) as good as the food.
Lazy Bear in San Francisco only offers 40 seats, which makes it famously difficult to secure a table. Reservations are made through an online ticketing system.
There is literally one table at Talula’s Table in Pennsylvania, and reservations for it must be made one year in advance. So clear your calendar!
It’s so hard to get a table at Rao’s, even the owner of the building couldn’t eat there.
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Diners have to line up for hours to get a time for a table at Rose’s Luxury in Washington D.C., prompting one jokester to do this:
Is there anything more hipster than a 27-course meal behind Roberta’s in Bushwick? Welcome to Blanca.
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It’s so hard to get a seat at Momofuku Ko in the East Village that even Frank Bruni had a hard time reviewing it for The New York Times.
Only 18 people can squeeze into Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (which will probably have to change its name when it moves to Manhattan).
Sitting on tables may be your only option at The Catbird Seat in Nashville, which only has 22 seats.
Dark, brooding and clubby: That’s the Polo Bar in midtown all right.
The #nextrestaurant the kitchen is always in constant flux. Hot line changes to pastry ; stone plates turn to ice bowls; pots & pans into hot rocks & burning wood. @r23jorge igniting Swedish candels. We had to relearn how to cook fish on top of wood. Temperature is crucial & likened to how hot a pan is. #chicagofood #eaterchicago #eater @foodandwine
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Next in Chicago makes you pay for your dinner upfront — which ensures that you show up for it (and therefore making last-minute tables absolutely impossible).
The French Laundry in Napa, California is owned by Thomas Keller and is the west-coast version of Per Se (the two kitchens are connected by a real-time video feed).
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No surprise, everyone wants a bite of Le Bernardin, which has had three Michelin stars since opening.
Today I had lunch at Eleven Madison Park, perhaps New York’s most beautiful restaurant. ? . I was a guest at today’s awards ceremony for the @craftcouncil awards in partnership with @thebalvenie and Anthony Bourdain. Congratulations to all the craftsmen and women who were selected for the program this year, the work is amazing!
Eleven Madison Park .. because of course