Rose’s Luxury Is Offering a Limited Number of Reservations

You have to buy a gift card first.

Rose's Luxury often commands long waits. Photograph by Scott Suchman

You don’t have to be Michelle and Barack Obama to skip the line at Rose’s Luxury. The no-reservations restaurant is offering a limited number of reservations to people who buy $150 or $300 gift cards.

Gift card purchasers can make reservations via email for dinner between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28 (minus Valentine’s Day). Fridays and Saturdays are already mostly booked.  Chef and owner Aaron Silverman says they’re offering a total of 350 gift cards/reservations. So far, about half have been claimed.

If you’re wondering if this could be a sign that Rose’s might open up reservations on a more consistent basis going forward, don’t get your hopes up.

“We thought it would make for a nice holiday gift. Simple as that,” Silverman says.

That said, you can book the restaurant’s 12-seat roof garden or six-to-eight-seat private table in advance.

Meanwhile, Silverman and his team recently tweaked the menu format. Now, it’s broken down by “little bites” (hors d’oeuvres from $4 to $6), small plates, and pastas. There will be only one family-style option.

Silverman says they’ll also be updating the art, playlists, plates, glassware… and more. “The rest of the changes, I can’t quite share yet,” he says.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.