No, You Can’t Get a Reservation at the DC Trump Hotel’s Steakhouse This Weekend

Unless you're a hotel guest--or Donald Trump.

Celebrity chef David Burke shows of his "clothesline" candied bacon at BLT Prime in the Trump hotel. Photo by Jessica Sidman.

If you were hoping to try BLT Prime‘s famous hanging bacon this week (or, let’s be real, scope out the influx of Trump fans), you’re out of luck. The steakhouse inside the Trump International Hotel is only accepting reservations from hotel guests through the inauguration.

In fact, the hotel in general is closed to the public until Sunday. Sorry, that means no $24 cocktail in the lobby’s Benjamin Bar & Lounge—unless you’ve already splurged at least $1,250 for a room.

Yesterday, Politico reporter Daniel Lippman was turned away from a previously scheduled breakfast meeting at the hotel when he identified himself as a journalist. “Media is not allowed in this week in respect of the privacy of our guests,” Patricia Tang, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, told him in an email.

One person who did make it in: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who was spotted in the hotel yesterday.

Also, of course, Trump himself. Instagram posts show him dining on the mezzanine of BLT Prime last night:

Well hello Donald

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Still dying for a Trump hotel steak? Come Monday, OpenTable reservations for BLT Prime are wide, wide open.


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.