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DC Restaurant Week Winter 2010: Jan. 11-18

Restaurant Week occurs twice a year during the slow restaurant season in the winter (usually January) and the late summer (usually August). Restaurants are typically slow around the holiday season and in the summertime when people take vacation away from the DC area. Many restaurants welcome Restaurant Week as a way to drum up new business. This year’s winter restaurant week in DC starts on Monday, January 11th; however many DC restaurants extend their promotions an extra week or sometimes an entire month. Last Summer Dining in DC was the first site to offer restaurant week menus. Here are the Restaurant Week Summer 2009 menus. Check back for an updated list!

Click HERE for the Winter 2010 DC Restaurant Week Menus

Some of the hottest new restaurants are participating this winter, such as Againn, the new British Gastropub, Kellari Taverna, Bibiana, Zentan, Kora, and others.  See http://washington.org/restaurantwk/ for the RW official page to see participating restaurants, and to make reservations.

For example, the new Kora by Morou in Crystal City will offer the special restaurant menu for the entire month including with a complimentary bottle of wine (for every two guest).  Make it an event! Morou says, “If you are a party of six and you all order the restaurant week menu than you can have three bottles of wine for free.  The wines you may choose from will be some what limited but we are giving the guests 6-8 bottles to choose from.” Kora is located at 2250-B Crystal Drive.

From Summer’s Restaurant Week Posting: A few tips!

  • Restaurant week is an excellent opportunity to try a new place, or one that you simply could not afford otherwise. To get the most “bang” for your buck, choose really expensive restaurants with superior reputations, for example, I choose restaurants that have been on the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurant list consistently that I haven’t tried. Or perhaps your dollar would be best trying a place that serves a cuisine that you’ve always wanted to try, but were too timid to risk shelling out good money for.
  • Dinner prices have increased over the last couple of years. This year; three courses now cost $35.10. (one cent increase – wooo!) Lunch remains, the same terrific deal it’s always been: $20.10 for a starter, main course and dessert. Some restaurants will offer their full menu while others will have a special Restaurant Week menu.
    • One of the absolute best ways to take advantage of restaurant week is to go to lunch at a fine dining establishment that you would not normally be able to afford. I recommend Rasika, Oval Room, Bibiana, and Againn.
  • Restaurants that offer their full menu are considered the best deal. The restaurants that offer prix fixe menus or pre-theatre menus all year long you can take advantage of anytime. In addition, restaurants that offers any small-plates/tapas/mezze, such as Zaytinya, Jaleo, Oyamel, all great, but already generally offer good deals year-round. Some restaurants offer only limited selections, or include various upcharges (sometimes called supplemental fees) for some of their better dishes – these should be avoided. Check out my top ten picks based on their reputation, quality of food, restaurant week menu offerings, or based on my own restaurant week experience for Summer 2009.

2 Responses

  1. I live for Restaurant Week !

  2. Elle, Where will you make your lunch or dinner reservations this time around? What experiences good or bad did you have in August?

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