A new D.C. restaurant is revolutionizing the world of fine dining and offering guests a pay-what-you-want tasting menu.
In Washington, D.C., a tasting menu at a reputable restaurant runs between $100 and $300 per person. Therefore, for most of us, D.C. Restaurant Week is the best and only time to try some delicious fine dining meals at affordable prices.
This is all about to change, though. A new restaurant is revolutionizing the world of fine dining and showing the city that we don’t have to wait until restaurant week to try some high-end, quality food at reasonable prices.
Johnny Spero, who was featured on the Netflix cooking show, The Final Table, opened a new restaurant in historic Georgetown called Reverie. This modern American restaurant is the perfect spot for a glass of wine on the weekend or a classy celebratory dinner for your anniversary. However, Reverie’s real crowning jewel is Chef Spero's pay-what-you-want tasting menu.
(Courtesy of Reverie/Scott Suchman, via WTOP)
A 32-year old chef, Spero centered his new local restaurant around the ideas of accessibility and approachability. He said, “You want to change people’s perceptions on food, and the only way you can do that is if you make it approachable and accessible. That was the idea.”
Therefore, on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 6 p.m., Reverie offers two guests the opportunity to sit at the chef’s counter and enjoy a world-class, multi-course meal served by head chef Spero, himself. At the end of the six-course meal, the guests receive a completely blank check and are told to write whatever they feel comfortable paying. Then, whatever the guest writes down is the amount that the restaurant charges their card.
To Spero, this innovative method of dining allows people from all walks of life to enjoy different types of food without worrying about the price. He believes that fine dining should not have to come with a hefty price tag and that innovative foods should be approachable and accessible to everyone around the world.
The other 62 tables at Reverie are reserved for guests that want to eat from the restaurant's à la carte menu. This menu changes frequently, but the price generally ranges anywhere from $15 to $30 a dish. The food on the menu also always features the finest ingredients from the mid-Atlantic region and infuses them with foods from all over the world.
If you are looking to be Spero’s honorary guest and dine in under the pay-as-you-want menu, you will have to make reservations on Reverie’s Tock page. The reservation type you are looking for is known as the “Friends of the House” reservation and is only available for a party of two.
There are currently no reservations available for the next couple of months, but you can still sign up for the waitlist and hope for the best. Hopefully, you'll be able to try this new and innovative culinary experience soon.
Reverie is located at 3201 Cherry Hill Lane NW, in Washington, D.C.
Let us know if you are able to snag a reservation, and be sure to share all of your delicious food photos with us! We would love to watch you become a part of culinary history.
*Featured image courtesy of Reverie/Scott Suchman via WTOP