DC Restaurant Week: August 16-22

Washington, DC Restaurant Week LogoThe 16th biannual Restaurant Week will take place August 16-22, during which patrons can enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals at certain locations around the city. Since it’s 2010, prices for three-course lunch meals are $20.10, while dinner is $35.10 — beverages, tax and gratuity are not included, however.

Check out the full list of the nearly 200 participating restaurants at the official Washington, DC Restaurant Week page on OpenTable. You can also set reservations at the site. Cuisines include Italian, French, Contemporary American, Indian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Eurasian, Mexican, Japanese, and more.

ZaytinyaSome tips for Restaurant Week, compiled from across the web, include:

  • Make your reservations early.
  • Not all restaurants participate in the promotions for both lunch and dinner.
  • Some places continue Restaurant Week promotions for an extra week, or even an extra month or two.
  • Go for the places that offer their full menu.
  • Keep in mind that some places already offer other specials throughout the year, such as pre-theater menus, and try other restaurants on the list instead.
  • You may find that some locations serve dishes of a lesser quality during Restaurant Week than they do during the other 50 weeks of the year. In other words, you’re getting a discount, but you still may be getting what you’re paying for.
  • Some restaurants offer other bonuses in addition to the less expensive meals. Lisa Shapiro, DC Restaurant Examiner, writes, “For example, the new Kora by Morou in Crystal City will extend [its] special restaurant menu for the entire month and will offer a complimentary bottle of wine (for every two guests).” (That was during the last Restaurant Week, in January, so Kora may not necessarily be doing the same thing this time around.)

Restaurant Week is held each year in January and August and is produced by Destination DC and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

Source: “Washington, DC Restaurant Week 2010,” About.com: Washington, DC, date unknown
Source: “Is Full Price Better?,” DCist, 08/09/07
Source: “Washington DC Restaurant Week, Winter 2010,” D.C. Foodies, 12/23/09
Source: “DC Restaurant Week tips on how to choose wisely,” DC Restaurant Examiner, 12/19/09
Restaurant Week logo used under Fair Use: Reporting.
Photo by Jing a Ling, used under its Creative Commons license.





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