When is Restaurant Week 2017?
Bethesda Restaurant Week: January 13 to January 22. 2 course lunch for $16 and 3 course dinner for $36.
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week: January 30 to February 5. $22 brunch and lunch and $35 dinner.
Alexandria Restaurant Week: February 17 to February 26. $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two. Lunch options vary by restaurant.
How do you get the most out of Restaurant Week?
Find a full menu offer: Some restaurants will offer a limited menu as part of their restaurant week deal. Look for a spot that offers either the full menu or a large portion of the regular menu.
Be mindful of drinks: Most deals do not include drinks – both alcohol and non-alcoholic. Some restaurants may offer wine specials or brunch cocktail specials but keep in mind this will be an additional cost.
Look for extensions: The real MVPs will extend the deals for additional days. I’m looking at you, Ardeo +Bardeo. This Cleveland Park spot will extend Restaurant Week offerings until February 12th. Restaurants with multiple locations may also offer deals at all locations. For example, all Chef Geoff’s locations including Lia’s (Georgetown, Tysons Corner, Chevy Chase) are participating in Washington Restaurant Week.
Make a reservation early: Try to make your Restaurant Week reservation at least a week in advance. If it’s typically a popular spot, reservations will go fast!
Explore a new spot off the beaten path: This won’t necessarily save you money but I personally like to use Restaurant Week and an excuse to explore a new neighborhood. For me, this means exploring an area that is not metro accessible or choosing a place that is normally a bit outside my price range. It’s a good excuse to get a little outside my comfort zone.
Go for lunch: The lunch option for restaurant week is less expensive but most places still offer a wide selection of their regular menu. A few years ago, my husband and I visited GrillFish for lunch. We were so full and happy by the end, we just needed a little snack for dinner. Stuck in a 9 to 5 during the week? Round up your co-workers for a special lunch date and check out a spot near your office.