Winter Restaurant Week 2015

It is that time of year: DC Restaurant Week is almost upon us! DC Restaurant Week occurs twice year: August and January (although every four years this us pushed back to February to accommodate the Inauguration Schedule). This year, restaurants are offering a $20.14 lunch menu, and a $35.14 dinner menu. The participating restaurants are listed here. Some tips:

  1. Make reservations early. Some spots get filled very quickly.
  2. The restaurants listed range from inexpensive to expensive, so keep in mind the value of the dishes when making your choices. Some spots may not be actually offering you much a bargain when it comes to the $35.15 three course dinner menu.
  3. Watch out for surcharges. It is not such a great deal when a place is tacking on $10 here for specific entrees and $5 there for a specific dessert. With drink and tip, you may find yourself spending just as much as you typically would during a non-Restaurant Week meal.
  4. If you can, go for lunch. The true bargain is really the $20.14 lunch deal, which is truly a steal at some restaurants. For example, Fiola participates in this option and includes their burrata appetizer as an option (normally $22 alone at lunch).
  5. Look for extra perks. Some restaurants offer deals on drinks, or beverage pairings. Other places have add-ons that you would normally not find. For example, Sushi Taro offered a $10 roll you could add to your dinner during Summer Restaurant Week.

Last Restaurant Week, I hit up Menu MBK with A (it is now closed, and after our RW experience I am not surprised), Mintwood Place (it was EXCELLENT) and Sushi Taro (also AMAZING). This year, we plan to go to Rural Society and the new Pinea at the W hotel. Great food is a wonderful way to begin the first month of 2015!

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