Photo by Michael J. Colella/Rasika

Whether you're down on the Mall, planning to stake out a spot along the parade route or avoiding the inaugural festivities altogether, it's a great day for lunch. Specifically, lunch at restaurants you can't normally just waltz into on a whim.

Table for two at Rasika? Sure. Open Table shows availability from 12:15 p.m. to about 1:30 p.m. It's walking distance from the Mall along Seventh Street NW, which makes it ideal for after the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address. Street closures downtown mean you'll need to hoof it.

Other popular and not-so-packed downtown lunch spots with two-tops today: Graffiato, Elisir, J&G Steakhouse, Zaytinya, Blue Duck Tavern, Founding Farmers and the Oval Room. Hungry? (Or think you might be after a few hours of standing around in the cold?) Get those smartphones out and book through OpenTable or City Eats.