Popular D.C. restaurants like Rose’s Luxury and Etto have a no-reservations policy for diners, meaning out-of-control wait times and feelings of inhospitality. Some patrons can expect weekend wait times of four hours, leaving a challenge for anyone hoping for a night out. Is this the great unifier — you can’t get your name on a list that doesn’t exist — or a shift from the customer always being right to the hostess holding the power?

See which restaurants are worth the wait, or try these famous D.C. dishes on your own. 

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