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when you walk in, one of two things will happen:

You are seated immediately if your entire party is present and we have an available table or we add your name and phone number to our wait list for the evening. 

If you are added to our wait list, the hosts will provide you with an estimated time range for your seating. Once we have your contact information you are welcome to grab a drink in our lounge area upstairs or leave and we will send you a text message when your seats are available.

A line generally forms before we open our doors. Once we open for the evening, we take names in the order of arrival. Only one person needs to be present in order to be added to the list. We do not take any names over the phone for our wait list. In order to be seated, the whole party must be complete and present.

As a reminder we are a small restaurant with a finite number of tables; therefore wait times tend to escalate rather quickly. We can accommodate parties of up to six people in our main dining areas.

when are typical seating times and how does “the list" work?

We open our doors at 5:30pm (5pm on Friday and Saturday) and begin seating guests as well as take names to form our guest list that we use throughout the night to seat the restaurant.

what are my reservation options?

For our main dining area we do offer a limited number of same-day reservations but we seat the majority of the dining room on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

For parties of six, seven, or eight, we offer limited reservations for our chefs tasting menu and for parties of eight to twelve we offer reservations on our enclosed roof garden. These limited reservations are available exclusively on our website and cannot be made over the phone.

how are dietary restrictions handled?

Our current menu denotes vegetarian dishes and our chefs will personally mark on menus to indicate dishes appropriate for dietary restrictions or allergies. We want everyone who dines with us to do so happily and safely so we take dietary allergies and/or restrictions very seriously.

If you are unsure if you will be able to dine with us due to dietary restrictions, please email us and we'll do our best to communicate potential accommodations in advance.

what's the corkage fee?

$20 per bottle for the first two standard wine bottles; $40 for each additional bottle. Corkage fee for magnums is $40 each.

is it possible to eat dinner at the bar?

Yes. We seat on a first-come, first-served basis, we do ask that everyone wait in line (if there is one) before heading upstairs to the bar. Please talk with the host stand about eating at the bar. Because the bar is a more dynamic space than our main dining room, our hosts keep a separate list of those guests who are interested in eating dinner there so we can seat folks in the order they arrive. We will text you when your bar seats are ready, but we do ask that you are present within fifteen minutes of being texted.  If you should miss the text, not to worry!  We'll let you know when the next seats open up!

Not interested in dining at the bar? That's A-OK. We have a sofa and chairs throughout the space.

how do i book the roof garden? what happens if someone cancels?

Reservations are released on the first of each month at 11:00am for the following month through our website.
We offer a full month of dates, one month in advance, on the first of the month prior.  Reservations cannot be made over the phone nor by email.

If a reservation is canceled, we will add the date back to the reservation page and announce the newly available date through Instagram. If you have additional questions, you can contact us at

does rose's offer rentals for private events?

We're always excited to help celebrate special occasions and would be happy to discuss options for larger parties. Please email us with information about your event, including the number of people and preferred date(s) to Depending on the size of your private party, it may require a full buyout of the restaurant.

how can i share feedback about my experience?

We'd love to hear your thoughts. Please email to share 'em.

do you offer gift cards?

Yes, gift cards may be purchased online here. They can be printed, emailed or texted to the recipient.

what's in a name? that which we call a rose…so who is rose?

Rose was Chef Aaron Silverman's paternal grandmother. Aaron decided to name the restaurant after his grandmother, who was beloved by her family and friends for her poetry and frequent dinner parties. She enjoyed life and having fun -- two ideas we all strive to embody at the restaurant that bears her name.

what are my transportation options and is parking available nearby?

We're about a 10 minute walk from the Eastern Market metro station (orange and blue lines).

If you're driving, metered parking options abound on 8th Street SE in the parking lot underneath the 295 overpass (on 8th Street SE between I and Virginia Ave SE) as well as along some neighboring streets. Valet parking is not available.

Taxis are sometimes available as they travel towards the Eastern Market metro station but we also suggest using Uber and Lyft as they're quite efficient in Washington DC.


717 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003