Restaurant Week 2010 Menus: Winter

cheflogoWelcome to Dining in DC’s dedicated page to DC’s Winter Restaurant Week, January 11-17. Here you will find listings and descriptions of participating restaurants and their menus. Lunch (3 courses $20.10); Dinner (3 courses $35.10). For more information: RW Tips and how to get the most bang for your buck and Top Ten Restaurant Week picks.

The following restaurants have extended their restaurant week promotions. See below for list of RW Extensions:

  • 1789: Jan 11-31
  • 2941: Jan 4-29
  • Adour: thru Jan 23
  • Art & Soul: thru Jan 24
  • Bangkok Joe’s: thru Jan 31
  • Bastille: thru Jan 23
  • Cafe Atlantico: thru Jan 24
  • Chima Brazilian Steakhouse – thry January 21st
  • Circle Bistro: thru Jan 24
  • Co Co Sala: thru Jan 20
  • Darlington House: thru Jan 24
  • Dino: Jan 4-31
  • Hudson: thru Jan 31
  • Jaleo: thru Jan 24
  • Kinkead’s: thru Jan 22
  • Mie N Yu: thru 24
  • Kora: Jan 1-31
  • Nage: thru Jan 24
  • Notti Bianche: thru Jan 24
  • Oyamel: thru Jan 24
  • Perry’s: thru Jan 31
  • Policy: thru Jan 24
  • Redwood: thru Jan 24
  • Restaurant 3: thru Jan 24
  • Teatro Goldoni: extending one full week
  • Urbana: one week

Restaurant Week Menus:

14K: (lunch and dinner) located at the corner of 14th and K Streets, NW in the historic Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, a Washington DC landmark since the 1920’s; just blocks from the White House, the Washington DC Convention Center and many of the Nation’s Monuments and Museums.

15 Ria: (lunch and dinner)

701 Restaurant: (lunch and dinner) View this printable version of 701’s Restaurant Week menu. It is also available online under Events (not menus) and restaurant week. Ashok Bajaj’s 701 Restaurant has just undergone a total interior design transformation with newly appointed Executive Chef Adam Longworth at the helm in the kitchen and the recent appointment of Roger Potter as the new pastry chef. This is a perfect time to enjoy the new surroundings and try the new menu. The RW menu includes some of Chef Longworth’s most highly acclaimed dishes such as the Spinach Salad with pecans, pears, house cured bacon, goat cheese, cider vinaigrette available on the lunch menu and the Clam ‘Chowder’ with smoked potato gnocchi, manila clams, prosciutto, bacon, oyster crackers, available on the dinner menu.

1789: (dinner) Listed in my Top Ten RW Picks, 1789’s Restaurant Week menu (dinner) will be available January 11th thru January 31st! Guests will have two menus (one priced at $35, and the other at $50) and can choose an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. The Restaurant Week menu consists of a choice of 4 first courses, 4 entrees and all of the desserts. RW could be an opportunity to try out some of Dan Giusti’s Rammy nominated cooking, if you haven’t been able to make it in beforehand.

2941: (lunch menu) Ranked at #6 this year on Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best List, Chef Bertrand Chemel has created a special restaurant week 3 course lunch menu (not offering RW dinner; lunch only). First course choices include an endive salad, butternut squash soup, or salmon tartar. For main course, try grilled escolar with pomme rosti, citrus beurre blanc, steelhead caviar or one of Chef’s specialties, the burrata cheese ravioli with fricassée of mushroom or roasted duck breast with quinoa-farro risotto, swiss chard, blood orange marmalade (may have a $ surcharge). For dessert chose between Pastry Chef Anthony Chavez’s guayaquil chocolate cake with blood orange segments, crunchy praline rice, earl grey tea, ice cream or the meyer lemon pound cake with lavender syrup, ricotta cheese mousse, and poppy seed shortbread. (Congrats to Chef Chavez for having his dessert making the cover of Washingtonian’s coveted 100’s Very Best issue!) *** Note: 2941 already offers a weekday lunch deal (3 courses for $23.95) and a 4 course dinner special for $58 is offered every night (except Saturday).

Acadiana: (Lunch and Dinner) Enjoy a three-course meal at Acadiana, the Louisiana fun-loving sister of the Passion Food Group, or any of their restaurants for lunch or dinner during Restaurant Week. You’ll have a variety of appetizers and desserts to choose from, and Acadiana is proud to continue their tradition of offering any entrée on their current lunch or dinner menu as second course. Some of Acadiana’s best dishes: Seafood gumbo; roasted duck over smoky greens; bbq shrimp; and shrimp and oyster po’ boys (lunch only). Let’s hope the Trio of deviled eggs will be on the menu!

Adour: (Dinner menu) Situated inside the elegant and luxurious St. Regis Washington, D.C., Adour offers Washingtonians a glimpse into legendary Chef Alain Ducasse’s culinary mastery. Since it’s opening in September 2008, the restaurant was nominated by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Area of Washington as the ‘Best New Open Restaurant’. Although they offer a pre-theatre menu for $49, the RW offering is just $35.10 with no surcharges! (See menu here); it’s an excellent value at one of DC’s most romantic restaurants. Some of their main course offerings include the slow cooked beef short rib with confit shallot, winter vegetables and bordelaise sauce or the seared haddock “grenobloise” with brandade, capers and fried parsley or choice of roasted chicken breast “grand mere” with button mushrooms and pearl onions. In addition, Adour will be extending the promotion almost the entire month of January until the 23rd.

Againn: (lunch and dinner) extending one week – lunch only

Art and Soul Restaurant: (lunch and dinner) – Executive Chef Travis Timberlake is offering many of his excellent dishes that are available on the regular lunch and dinner menu, including one of my favorites, the Country Cesar Salad. This is an excellent way to sample his extraordinary cuisine at an exceptional value. Busy the actual week of RW? Not to worry! Art and Soul is extending the promotion until the 24th.

Asia Nine: (lunch and dinner)

Bibiana: (lunch and dinner)

Bangkok Joe’s: (lunch and dinner) Inspired by the ancient philosophy of the Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), Chef Aulie Bunyarataphan invites balance into our lives with her Thai prix fixe menu. Indulge in a contemporary version of a feast fit for Qin Shihuangdi, China’s first emperor, who commissioned the terra cotta warriors now on display at the National Geographic Museum.

Bastille: (lunch and dinner)

Bibiana: (lunch and dinner) One of my Restaurant Week Top Ten Picks! It’s new but it’s fabulous and you will experience some of the best food and service of your life. Check out my review from Opening Day.

Bistro Bis: (Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert) all menus are in one printable PDF. Surcharges are listed.

B. Smith’s: (Lunch/ Dinner) Located inside the historic Union Station and known for its down-home Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine, B. Smith’s is considered a national landmark and has been called one of the most beautiful dining rooms in America. The Restaurant Week dinner menu includes specialties of the house include “Swamp Thing” – sautéed shrimp, scallop, and crawfish in a dijon cream sauce served over southern style collard greens and other southern-style comfort food choices, such as Lemon Pepper Catfish, home-made Meatloaf, or Smothered Chicken.

Bistro Lepic: (Lunch; Dinner) This quaint and charming French bistro will celebrate its 15th anniversary in April 2010 as Owner/Chef Bruno Fortin brought an authentic piece of Paris to Georgetown in 1995. The 20-seat Wine Bar opened in 2002 and is a friendly intimate and inviting gathering place.

Executive Chef Simon Ndjiki-Nya’s restaurant week menu is an excellent sampling of his fine cooking with No Upcharges! Hooray! Dinner appetizer choices include the delicious Beet and farm goat cheese terrine with balsamic dressing. I’ve had this and it’s wonderful. Or try the Homemade country pâté with prunes and Armagnac. For entrees choices include Le cassoulet du Bistrot Lepic, Le foie de veau Provençale, or the Médaillons de boeuf, polenta et jus aux shitaki (Beef medaillons with polenta and shitaki mushroom sauce). Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar located at 1736 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007 in Glover Park.

Bombay Club – (Lunch and Dinner) Their restaurant week menu is posted on their web site. Click on “events” and then “Restaurant Week”.

Bourbon Steak: (lunch only) They’re offering lunch only at the bar and they’re offering the “Business at Bourbon Steak over Burgers” menu for Restaurant Week. This also includes one non-alcoholic drink.

Café Atlantico: (lunch and dinner)

Café du Parc: (lunch and dinner)

Café Dupont: (lunch and dinner)

Café Promenade: (lunch and dinner)

Café Soleil (Sun): (lunch and dinner)

The Caucus Room: (lunch and dinner) 3 different Restaurant Week menus to choose from: 3 courses for $35.10; 4 courses for $42.10; and 5 courses for $52.10

Cedar: (dinner only) Enjoy classical French technique meets ingredient driven sensibility to create contemporary American cuisine with natural, clean flavors and vibrant presentations that highlight the expressions of the seasons.
Appetizers
Butternut Squash Soup with roasted apples, bacon and amaretti
Virginia Oyster Pan Roast with braised leeks and Jerusalem artichokes
Butter Lettuce Salad with duck bacon, dried cranberries and hazelnut vinaigrette
House Made Pork and Foie Gras Pate with apple mustard and fresh horseradish

Entrees
Cold Smoked Scottish Salmon with champagne braised cabbage and roasted baby beets
Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with goat cheese grits, roasted cherries, Creole mustard jus
Grilled Flat Iron Steak with white beans, charred escarole, candied pearl onions, basil butter
Roast Chicken Basquaise with piquillo pepper-chorizo stew, spinach, Yukon gold potatoes
Grilled King Trumpet Mushrooms with green lentils, poached egg, walnuts, arugula-frisee salad

Desserts
Carrot Layer Cake with caramel pecan ice cream and bourbon sauce
Chocolate Praline Crunch Bar with with candied orange and gianduja ice cream
Coconut Tres Leches Cake with passion fruit sauce and pineapple sorbet
House Made Ice Cream or Sorbet

Ceiba – (lunch and dinner) Enjoy a three-course meal at Ceiba for lunch or dinner during Restaurant Week. You’ll have a variety of appetizers and desserts to choose from, and Ceiba is proud to continue their tradition of offering any entrée on their regular lunch or dinner menu as second course.

Charlie Palmer: (lunch and dinner)

DC Coast: (Lunch and Dinner) Enjoy a three-course meal at DC Coast, or any of the Passion Food Group restaurants for lunch or dinner during Restaurant Week. You’ll have a variety of appetizers and desserts to choose from, and DC Coast is proud to continue their tradition of offering any entrée on their current lunch or dinner menu as second course.

Circle Bistro – (Lunch and Dinner) A great value! Circle Bistro will be extending the DC Restaurant Week promotion one additional week until January 24th and offering their full regular menu.

Co Co Sala: (lunch and dinner) Co Co Sala provides an amuse bouche, salad, ‘two bites’ for your main course and a sweet finale for $35.10.

Coeur de lion: (lunch and dinner)

Dino: As usual, Dino is observing DC’s Restaurant Week all throughout the entire month of January with 3 courses for $35.10 including a splash of grappa, limonsardo or house infused ‘cello’. In the spirit of giving, Dino will also be offering Wine Madness every night! Wines $50 and over are 33% off the entire month. During the official Restaurant Week itself, January 11 thru 17, Dino will not be offering free corkage or Menu della Sera. And starting January 18, Free Corkage shifts to Monday thru Wednesday. Click here for my raving review of Dino.

Firefly: (Brunch; Lunch; Dinner) *has some $4 and $6 supplements for dinner optons pan seared scallops, organic roasted chicken, and mini pot roast. Lunch first course options include one of my favorite salads, the wedge salad, with iceberg lettuce, bacon bits, great hill blue cheese dressing or try Firefly chef Danny Bortnick’s deviled eggs, or the chopped organic chicken liver.

Second course options include several sandwiches such as the french dip, their famous huge cheeseburger, turkey-pastrami reuben or enjoy the yankee pot roast with red eye gravy, caramelized onion and horseradish on a sesame seed roll. Closest metro: Dupont Circle (1310 New Hampshire Ave.)

Hook: (lunch and dinner)

Jackson 20: (brunch/ lunch and dinner). This American tavern in Old Town is serving their full menus at both lunch and dinner. Enjoy your choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for just $35.

Kellari Taverna: (dinner only) Listed in my Top Ten RW Picks!

Kora: (dinner) Kora will offer their special restaurant week menu for the entire month of January along with a complimentary bottle of wine (for every two guests). A party of six may receive up to three bottles of wine for free, but all must order the RW menu (choice between 6-8 bottles). Appetizers to chose from include the ‘Insalata di Bietole’ with Roasted Beets, Arugula, Walnuts, Gorgonzola, and Orange, or try the ‘Zuppa di Pesce’, the Seasonal Seafood Chowder with Bacon Crisp or even a Vegan option, the ‘Agnolotti di Verdura’ with Roasted Vegetables wth Bell Pepper Sauce. There are many wonderful choices for the Main Course. Try the ‘Funghi Farciti con Polenta Tartufata’ with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Truffled Polenta, with a Balsamic reduction or the ‘Pollo alla Limone’ , a Breast of Chicken with Roasted Potato-Onion-Pepper Ragout, in a lemon-Wine Sauce or the Seared Salmon with Saffron Orzo, or the Lamb Shank Ossobuco. Dessert choices include the Tiramisu, the ‘Bongo Bongo’ Chocolate covered Italian Cream Puffs, or the Crème Brulee.

Legal Seafoods: (lunch and dinner)

Lima: (Dinner only)

Mie N Yu: January 11 – 24 ($35.10 3 Course Dinner Menu) & $20.10 Three Course Lunch/Brunch Menu Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mon., January 15 though January 18.

Morrison House (The Grille at): (dinner only; not open for lunch)

PassionFish (Reston, VA): (lunch and dinner)

Poste Modern Brasserie: (brunch, lunch and dinner) In addition to the special RW menus, there will also be a wine flight pairing menu available (at both lunch and dinner) for an additional $11.01

Siroc: (lunch and dinner)

Sou’Wester: (lunch and dinner) The new casual Southern restaurant by CityZen’s Executive Chef Eric Ziebold set sail on DC’s Southwest waterfront in September 2009. Executed by Chef de Cuisine Rachael Harriman, the new Southern-inspired menu features American comfort food, inspired by products of the mid-Atlantic region, including the Maryland Blue Crab Bisque, Marinated Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Carparccio, and Shoat Rillettes with Pickled Green Tomatoes.

Tallula: (dinner only)

Toffee Chocolate Brownie Cake. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

Oh, if I would have known, I might have put it in my top ten picks. Consider Tallula #11. I am impressed! They are ffering the entire Dinner menu for Restaurant Week and guests can order pastas either as an appetizer or as an entree. Chef Barry Koslow’s Pacifiic Halibut, lentil & applewood bacon crust, cauliflower, curry cider reduction is one of the best dishes I have ever eaten! Available as one of the dessert choices is the divine Toffee Chocolate Brownie Cake with pistachio ice cream. This is a must for chocolate lovers!

Teatro Goldoni: (lunch/dinner); Also extending one full week – Teatro Goldoni is the 2009 recipient of the National Restaurant Association’s RAMMY award for Favorite Restaurant in Washington, D.C. and was voted one of the top Power Restaurants of the year. Chef Enzo Fargione was named one of the four “Chefs to Watch” by John Mariani of Esquire magazine in 2008.’ Teatro Goldoni, and its personalized Cucina Moderna, was selected as the highest rated Italian restaurant by Todd Kliman of Washingtonian Magazine in 2009. In the most recent, January 2010 issue of Washingtonian magazine, 100 Very Best Restaurants, Teatro received three stars out of four and ranked #34.

TenPenh- (lunch and dinner) For restaurant week, Ten Penh, one of Passion Food Group hospitality restaurants, diners will have a variety of appetizers and desserts to choose from (see menu), and it is proud to continue their tradition of offering any entrée on their current lunch or dinner menu as second course.

Urbana: (all day brunch/lunch and dinner). They are also offering their full menus with supplemental charges on a few items. In addition, they will be extending RW for another week.

Vidalia: (Lunch/Dinner)

Shrimp & Grits. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

a lot of choices with No supplemental fees! There are both hot and cold appetizer options. Of the hot choices, heritage pork and hominy stew, smoked tagliatelle with guanciale bacon, rib eye steak tartare, or mushroom risotto. One of the dinner choices includes Vidalia’s signature dish, the shrimp and grits with yellow grits, shrimp chorizo and heirloom onions in a spicy shellfish cream.

Zengo: Richard Sandoval’s Latin-Asian restaurant Zengo, which means “give and take” will participate in RW for both Lunch and Dinner. For lunch RW diners are offered choice of ZENGO Bento Box plus choice of Dessert.
For Dinner, Guests will have a choice of 3 items off of the Latin-Asian dinner Menu: choice of any one Ceviche/Tiradito/Sushi Roll/Antojito & Dim Sum/Soup & Salad; choice of any one Large Plate and choice of any one Dessert.

** Click here to see the Summer 2009 DC Restaurant Week memus.

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