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20 Of The Hardest Reservations Across U.S.

20 Of The Most Sought-After Reservations Across U.S.

July 28, 2022 by

By: The Editors By: The Editors

carbone in nyc

Carbone is one of the most sought-after reservations in Miami and New York City.

Looking for a special night out at one of the most exclusive spots in your area? Look no further than this curated list of the most-sought after reservations in the US.

We asked our editors across the country to name the most coveted reservations in their city. From ocean views in Miami to delectable burgers in New York City, this list is filled with fabulous restuarants that take some real careful planning to enjoy.

See also: 20 Of The Best Spas Across The US

Atlanta - La Grotta

2637 Peachtree Road Northeast / Website

Located in the heart of Buckhead, La Grotta is serving up authentic Italian cuisine in an upscale, yet intimate setting. Family owned and operated, this spot’s ingenious menu is cooked up by none other than chef Antonio Abizanda. With an extensive wine list offering spirits from around the world, as well as a menu that boasts favorited classics and fresh twists, it’s no wonder this spot has been voted 'Best Italian Restaurant’ in Atlanta for 18 consecutive years. Check out the full list for more sought-after reservations in Atlanta!

Aspen - Casa Tua

403 S. Galena Street / Website

Casa Tua is where Northern Italy meets the Rocky Mountains and luxury living finds classic comfort. With both indoor and outdoor patios, an upstairs terrace and bar, and magnificent views of Ajax Mountain, this rustic restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience. Order the delectable lobster linguine or Mediterranean Branzino or ditch old-school Italy for a wagyu burger and tuna tartare. Casa Tua’s mouthwatering menu, dreamy decor and elegant ambience creates the perfect atmosphere for a memorable meal or chic celebration.

For more locations, check out the full list of most sought-out reservations in Aspen!

Boston - Carmelina’s

307 Hanover Street / Website

Celebrating a decade of serving The North End, Carmelina’s quaint space on Hanover feels like a Sunday dinner at home. Along with family photos covering the walls, guests can enjoy authentic Sicilian recipes: Think chicken parm smothered in smoked mozz and homemade tomato sauce or Mimmo’s Baked Meatballs. Explore more great reservations in Boston with the full list!

Chicago - Alinea

1723 N. Halsted Street / Website

This three Michelin-starred Lincoln Park gem offers dining experiences so coveted that its usually completely booked months in advance. If you want a shot at getting a reservation for any of its innovative experiences, keep a keen eye on the Tock page, or join the wait list and cross your fingers. For more exclusive spots in Chicago, check out the full list!

Dallas - Shoyo

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Shoyo (@shoyodallas)

1916 Greenville Ave. / Website

Jimmy Park, founder and chef at Shoyo, has perfected the art of serving a sumptuously in-sync 16-course feast in the span of two hours. The omakase restaurant offers two nightly seatings Tuesday through Saturday, accommodating up to 12 guests and following a set menu prepared by three experienced chefs. If you can snag one of the limited reservations released on the first of the month via Resy, then you can look forward to an ever-changing yet delicately crafted and expertly sourced sushi selection. For more incredible meals in Dallas, check out the full list!

Hamptons - Topping Rose

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton / Website

Farm-to-table is a key phrase at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. Most restaurants in the Hamptons remain open solely for the summer, but Topping Rose is open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Do not be fooled, though, because there is always a fight for a table here–reservations can only be made a week in advance, so be sure to set your Resy alerts now! Check out more of the hardest reservations in the Hamptons on the full list!

Hawaii - Ars Cafe

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by ARS CAFÉ (@ars.cafe)

3116 Monsarrat Ave., Waikiki / Website

Located at the base of Diamond Head, this specialty coffee shop doubles as a monthly art gallery and is a perfect pre- or post-hike stop. Enjoy delicious menu items like the gourmet loaded toasts—the famous salmon toast platter comes with smoked salmon, red onion, capers, chive cream cheese, sprouts and greens on a crisp baguette—or sample a slice of fresh-baked banana bread while perusing inspiring and thought-provoking art pieces. For more exclusive reservations on the islands, check out the full list!

Houston - Hamsa

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Hamsa (@hamsahtx)

5555 Morningside Drive Ste 100 / Website

Dreaming of creamy house-made hummus and open fire-baked pockets of pita? Then you better get your reservation secured at the recently opened modern Israeli hot-spot Hamsa. The Hamsa is an ancient middle-eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God, and is a sign of protection in many faiths. This tranquil restaurant is tucked away amongst an oasis of greenery and serves traditional dishes you might expect if traveling the mediterranean. From whole grilled branzino, to an array of freshly chopped baba ganoush and pickled vegetables, to a nutty Baladi eggplant dish perfect for vegetarians. With over 100 wines, emphasizing bottles from Israel and Lebanon, to choose from, Hamsa has shaken up Houston’s Israeli cuisine scene. For more sought-out reservations in Houston, check out the full list!

Las Vegas - Le Cirque

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S. / Website

With two Michelin stars and a AAA Five Diamond rating, Le Cirque maintains high culinary standards with every dish served. Snatching a table at this French hotspot is undeniably difficult, only available for reservations Thursday through Sunday. World-renowned chef Dameon Evers–an alum of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills, Gordon Rmasay’s namesake eatery in West Hollywood and Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak–at its helm. If lucky enough to get a seat, guests can select from a six- or 10-course tasting menu, which can also be served vegetarian style, or opt for a three-course preheater menu for a quicker yet equally satisfying dining experience. Check out the full list for more exclusive spots in Las Vegas!

Los Angeles - Mother Wolf

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by MOTHER WOLF (@motherwolfla)

1545 Wilcox Ave. / Website

Chef Evan Funke has recently created yet another coveted Los Angeles destination that has locals and tourists buzzing to get a taste of his unique and high-quality creations. The menu takes inspiration from Roman restaurants and kitchens, and recalls the themes of farmers and shepherds through classic artisan wood-fired pizza, hyper-seasonal antipasto and traditional handmade pastas. His close-knit relationship with local California farmers allows him to adopt a culinary approach that reflects classic Italian cooking traditions. Check out the full list of most sought-after reservations in Los Angeles!

Miami - Carbone

49 Collins Ave. / Website

Since opening its doors last year, Carbone has been one of the most sought-after reservations in all of Miami. The Italian powerhouse restaurant is popular for its delicious food but also its amazing atmosphere. Reservations open up on Resy 30 days in advance, with options for outdoor patio seating or indoor seating. Without a doubt these reservations book up in the morning, so mark your calendars and set your alarms if you plan to attempt to dine at one of the most desirable restaurants in town. For more fantastic Miami haunts, check out the full list!

New York City - Polo Bar

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A post shared by The Polo Bar (@thepolobar)

1 E 55th St, Manhattan / Website

“You can pretty much only get a reservation via the phone now, and you’ll get a 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. slot a month out," a representative of Polo Bar says. "Unless you have a connection or get lucky calling in as soon as someone cancels, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. is almost impossible.” For more nearly impossible reservations in NYC, check out the full list of most sought-after reservations.

Orange County - Knife Pleat

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by KNIFE PLEAT (@knifepleat)

3333 S. Bristol Street / Website

Created by culinary power couple Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, this Michelin-rated restaurant excites with a three-course prix fix menu from Tuesday through Thursday and a deluxe tasting menu on Friday and Saturday. Check out the full list of exclusive reservations in Orange County for more.

Palm Beach - Buccan

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Buccan (@buccanpalmbeach)

350 S. County Road, Palm Beach / Website

Tucked inside the Palm Beach Gallery Building is an upscale hub for lively dining and imaginative global fare. Indulge in gourmet goodness for dinner, grab a light bite for lunch or revive yourself with a refreshing cocktail, just make sure you set your reserve a table beforehand, because walking in will not work out. Whether looking for an elegant gathering spot or a service for entertaining, Buccan’s contemporary take on fine dining will leave a lasting impression. Check out the full list for more great spots in Palm Beach!

Philadelphia - Alpen Rose

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Alpen Rose (@alpenrosephl)

116 S 13th St. / Website

This intimate Washington Square steakhouse is a deluxe elevation of your classic meat and potatoes meal: Think the bone marrow toast with rich beef check, red wine and herbs on crusty bread, or a 38-ounce tomahawk ribeye smothered in roasted garlic and pickled shallots. Plus, the leather booths and swanky interiors are the perfect spot for a glass California cabernet. Find more great spots with the full list of most sough-after reservations in Philly!

San Diego - The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Drive / Website

Have an ocean view like no other while enjoying French food and seafood in this intimate spot where waves crash against the windows at high tide. Check out the full list of most sought-after reservations in San Diego for more great meals!

San Francisco - State Bird Provisions

1529 Fillmore Street / Website

Serving up succulent American small plates dim sum-style, State Bird Provisions might just be the city’s trendiest restaurant. Savor lemongrass shrimp dumplings, pork belly salad, manila clams and corn mochi—if you can snag a seat, that is. Reservations are bookable 30 days in advance and are notoriously hard to come by. Check out the full list for more exclusive reservations in San Francisco.

Scottsdale - Breakfast Club

4400 N. Scottsdale Road / Website

Whether you're starting the day with friends, family or business associates, Breakfast Club offers a tasty selection of sweet and savory brunch options. With a menu of waffles, benedicts, specialty omelets and even Southwest-style offerings, this popular spot also realizes nobody builds a better omelet, pancake, salad or sandwich better than you. Choose your favorite fresh ingredients and enjoy. Get the full dining experience in Scottsdale with the full list of most sought-after reservations in the area.

Silicon Valley - The Village Pub

2967 Woodside Road / Website

Boasting a Michelin star, this inventive resto has an approachable yet elevated menu that is worth the stop. Lunch and dinner services include multiple courses at a set price alongside optional caviar service—expect notable dishes like the Maine lobster spaghetti and wood-grilled filet mignon, perfectly paired with something from the 104-page wine list. Check out the full list of exclusive Silicon Valley spots.

Washington, D.C. - Bad Saint

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by BAD SAINT (@badsaintdc)

3226 11th St. NW / Website

Show up early if you hope to secure one of only 24 spots at this Filipino eatery. The lucky few who manage to score a seat are treated to a limited and ever-rotating menu. You’re never exactly sure what delicacy to expect at this Columbia Heights sanctum, but with authentic recipes featuring fresh seafood, creamy coconut milk and tender duck legs, you’re in for a treat. Check out the full list for more great restaurants!

It's easier to list these restaurants than it is to get a table, but if you mark your calendar now and plan your trip ahead of time, you can be sure to have a dining experience that will live in your memories rent free for years to come. Now, get out there and enjoy!













20 Of The Most Sought-After Reservations Across U.S.

July 28, 2022 by By: The Editors

carbone in nyc

Carbone is one of the most sought-after reservations in Miami and New York City.

Looking for a special night out at one of the most exclusive spots in your area? Look no further than this curated list of the most-sought after reservations in the US.

We asked our editors across the country to name the most coveted reservations in their city. From ocean views in Miami to delectable burgers in New York City, this list is filled with fabulous restuarants that take some real careful planning to enjoy.

See also: 20 Of The Best Spas Across The US

Atlanta - La Grotta

2637 Peachtree Road Northeast / Website

Located in the heart of Buckhead, La Grotta is serving up authentic Italian cuisine in an upscale, yet intimate setting. Family owned and operated, this spot’s ingenious menu is cooked up by none other than chef Antonio Abizanda. With an extensive wine list offering spirits from around the world, as well as a menu that boasts favorited classics and fresh twists, it’s no wonder this spot has been voted 'Best Italian Restaurant’ in Atlanta for 18 consecutive years. Check out the full list for more sought-after reservations in Atlanta!

Aspen - Casa Tua

403 S. Galena Street / Website

Casa Tua is where Northern Italy meets the Rocky Mountains and luxury living finds classic comfort. With both indoor and outdoor patios, an upstairs terrace and bar, and magnificent views of Ajax Mountain, this rustic restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience. Order the delectable lobster linguine or Mediterranean Branzino or ditch old-school Italy for a wagyu burger and tuna tartare. Casa Tua’s mouthwatering menu, dreamy decor and elegant ambience creates the perfect atmosphere for a memorable meal or chic celebration.

For more locations, check out the full list of most sought-out reservations in Aspen!

Boston - Carmelina’s

307 Hanover Street / Website

Celebrating a decade of serving The North End, Carmelina’s quaint space on Hanover feels like a Sunday dinner at home. Along with family photos covering the walls, guests can enjoy authentic Sicilian recipes: Think chicken parm smothered in smoked mozz and homemade tomato sauce or Mimmo’s Baked Meatballs. Explore more great reservations in Boston with the full list!

Chicago - Alinea

1723 N. Halsted Street / Website

This three Michelin-starred Lincoln Park gem offers dining experiences so coveted that its usually completely booked months in advance. If you want a shot at getting a reservation for any of its innovative experiences, keep a keen eye on the Tock page, or join the wait list and cross your fingers. For more exclusive spots in Chicago, check out the full list!

Dallas - Shoyo

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Shoyo (@shoyodallas)

1916 Greenville Ave. / Website

Jimmy Park, founder and chef at Shoyo, has perfected the art of serving a sumptuously in-sync 16-course feast in the span of two hours. The omakase restaurant offers two nightly seatings Tuesday through Saturday, accommodating up to 12 guests and following a set menu prepared by three experienced chefs. If you can snag one of the limited reservations released on the first of the month via Resy, then you can look forward to an ever-changing yet delicately crafted and expertly sourced sushi selection. For more incredible meals in Dallas, check out the full list!

Hamptons - Topping Rose

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton / Website

Farm-to-table is a key phrase at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. Most restaurants in the Hamptons remain open solely for the summer, but Topping Rose is open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Do not be fooled, though, because there is always a fight for a table here–reservations can only be made a week in advance, so be sure to set your Resy alerts now! Check out more of the hardest reservations in the Hamptons on the full list!

Hawaii - Ars Cafe

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by ARS CAFÉ (@ars.cafe)

3116 Monsarrat Ave., Waikiki / Website

Located at the base of Diamond Head, this specialty coffee shop doubles as a monthly art gallery and is a perfect pre- or post-hike stop. Enjoy delicious menu items like the gourmet loaded toasts—the famous salmon toast platter comes with smoked salmon, red onion, capers, chive cream cheese, sprouts and greens on a crisp baguette—or sample a slice of fresh-baked banana bread while perusing inspiring and thought-provoking art pieces. For more exclusive reservations on the islands, check out the full list!

Houston - Hamsa

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Hamsa (@hamsahtx)

5555 Morningside Drive Ste 100 / Website

Dreaming of creamy house-made hummus and open fire-baked pockets of pita? Then you better get your reservation secured at the recently opened modern Israeli hot-spot Hamsa. The Hamsa is an ancient middle-eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God, and is a sign of protection in many faiths. This tranquil restaurant is tucked away amongst an oasis of greenery and serves traditional dishes you might expect if traveling the mediterranean. From whole grilled branzino, to an array of freshly chopped baba ganoush and pickled vegetables, to a nutty Baladi eggplant dish perfect for vegetarians. With over 100 wines, emphasizing bottles from Israel and Lebanon, to choose from, Hamsa has shaken up Houston’s Israeli cuisine scene. For more sought-out reservations in Houston, check out the full list!

Las Vegas - Le Cirque

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S. / Website

With two Michelin stars and a AAA Five Diamond rating, Le Cirque maintains high culinary standards with every dish served. Snatching a table at this French hotspot is undeniably difficult, only available for reservations Thursday through Sunday. World-renowned chef Dameon Evers–an alum of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills, Gordon Rmasay’s namesake eatery in West Hollywood and Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak–at its helm. If lucky enough to get a seat, guests can select from a six- or 10-course tasting menu, which can also be served vegetarian style, or opt for a three-course preheater menu for a quicker yet equally satisfying dining experience. Check out the full list for more exclusive spots in Las Vegas!

Los Angeles - Mother Wolf

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by MOTHER WOLF (@motherwolfla)

1545 Wilcox Ave. / Website

Chef Evan Funke has recently created yet another coveted Los Angeles destination that has locals and tourists buzzing to get a taste of his unique and high-quality creations. The menu takes inspiration from Roman restaurants and kitchens, and recalls the themes of farmers and shepherds through classic artisan wood-fired pizza, hyper-seasonal antipasto and traditional handmade pastas. His close-knit relationship with local California farmers allows him to adopt a culinary approach that reflects classic Italian cooking traditions. Check out the full list of most sought-after reservations in Los Angeles!

Miami - Carbone

49 Collins Ave. / Website

Since opening its doors last year, Carbone has been one of the most sought-after reservations in all of Miami. The Italian powerhouse restaurant is popular for its delicious food but also its amazing atmosphere. Reservations open up on Resy 30 days in advance, with options for outdoor patio seating or indoor seating. Without a doubt these reservations book up in the morning, so mark your calendars and set your alarms if you plan to attempt to dine at one of the most desirable restaurants in town. For more fantastic Miami haunts, check out the full list!

New York City - Polo Bar

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by The Polo Bar (@thepolobar)

1 E 55th St, Manhattan / Website

“You can pretty much only get a reservation via the phone now, and you’ll get a 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. slot a month out," a representative of Polo Bar says. "Unless you have a connection or get lucky calling in as soon as someone cancels, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. is almost impossible.” For more nearly impossible reservations in NYC, check out the full list of most sought-after reservations.

Orange County - Knife Pleat

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by KNIFE PLEAT (@knifepleat)

3333 S. Bristol Street / Website

Created by culinary power couple Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, this Michelin-rated restaurant excites with a three-course prix fix menu from Tuesday through Thursday and a deluxe tasting menu on Friday and Saturday. Check out the full list of exclusive reservations in Orange County for more.

Palm Beach - Buccan

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Buccan (@buccanpalmbeach)

350 S. County Road, Palm Beach / Website

Tucked inside the Palm Beach Gallery Building is an upscale hub for lively dining and imaginative global fare. Indulge in gourmet goodness for dinner, grab a light bite for lunch or revive yourself with a refreshing cocktail, just make sure you set your reserve a table beforehand, because walking in will not work out. Whether looking for an elegant gathering spot or a service for entertaining, Buccan’s contemporary take on fine dining will leave a lasting impression. Check out the full list for more great spots in Palm Beach!

Philadelphia - Alpen Rose

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Alpen Rose (@alpenrosephl)

116 S 13th St. / Website

This intimate Washington Square steakhouse is a deluxe elevation of your classic meat and potatoes meal: Think the bone marrow toast with rich beef check, red wine and herbs on crusty bread, or a 38-ounce tomahawk ribeye smothered in roasted garlic and pickled shallots. Plus, the leather booths and swanky interiors are the perfect spot for a glass California cabernet. Find more great spots with the full list of most sough-after reservations in Philly!

San Diego - The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Drive / Website

Have an ocean view like no other while enjoying French food and seafood in this intimate spot where waves crash against the windows at high tide. Check out the full list of most sought-after reservations in San Diego for more great meals!

San Francisco - State Bird Provisions

1529 Fillmore Street / Website

Serving up succulent American small plates dim sum-style, State Bird Provisions might just be the city’s trendiest restaurant. Savor lemongrass shrimp dumplings, pork belly salad, manila clams and corn mochi—if you can snag a seat, that is. Reservations are bookable 30 days in advance and are notoriously hard to come by. Check out the full list for more exclusive reservations in San Francisco.

Scottsdale - Breakfast Club

4400 N. Scottsdale Road / Website

Whether you're starting the day with friends, family or business associates, Breakfast Club offers a tasty selection of sweet and savory brunch options. With a menu of waffles, benedicts, specialty omelets and even Southwest-style offerings, this popular spot also realizes nobody builds a better omelet, pancake, salad or sandwich better than you. Choose your favorite fresh ingredients and enjoy. Get the full dining experience in Scottsdale with the full list of most sought-after reservations in the area.

Silicon Valley - The Village Pub

2967 Woodside Road / Website

Boasting a Michelin star, this inventive resto has an approachable yet elevated menu that is worth the stop. Lunch and dinner services include multiple courses at a set price alongside optional caviar service—expect notable dishes like the Maine lobster spaghetti and wood-grilled filet mignon, perfectly paired with something from the 104-page wine list. Check out the full list of exclusive Silicon Valley spots.

Washington, D.C. - Bad Saint

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by BAD SAINT (@badsaintdc)

3226 11th St. NW / Website

Show up early if you hope to secure one of only 24 spots at this Filipino eatery. The lucky few who manage to score a seat are treated to a limited and ever-rotating menu. You’re never exactly sure what delicacy to expect at this Columbia Heights sanctum, but with authentic recipes featuring fresh seafood, creamy coconut milk and tender duck legs, you’re in for a treat. Check out the full list for more great restaurants!

It's easier to list these restaurants than it is to get a table, but if you mark your calendar now and plan your trip ahead of time, you can be sure to have a dining experience that will live in your memories rent free for years to come. Now, get out there and enjoy!