Try the Area’s Best During Restaurant Week

We’re in the thick of Summer Restaurant Week, but it’s not too late for you to plan to hit one of the 250 participating spots throughout the DMV.

For the bargain-basement price of $22, you can get a delicious breakfast or lunch, and $35 gets you a three-course dinner. This is an amazing opportunity to try out some of those places you couldn’t otherwise afford — and no, Minibar and Pineapple and Pearls are not on the list.

Instead, try the proven 1789, Capital Grille, Rare Steakhouse or Fogo de Chao for a five-star experience. If you want to fill up for your $35, maybe try Matchbox, Not Your Average Joe’s or Rosa Mexicana.

Some places we have visited and recommend include City Winery, Fig & Olive and Doi Moi.

The Restaurant Week website allows you to search by neighborhood, city, name or type of meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), so you’ll have no trouble finding exactly what you’re looking for.

Summer Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Aug. 18. Eat up!

Mmmmm, Restaurant Week!

Forget your New Year’s resolution to lose weight — the DMV is brimming with restaurant week specials through May. Resolve to not care when you have to start using the last hole on your belt and consider it money and time well-spent.

Restaurant weeks are traditionally held after the holidays because it is a slow time for the industry. Consumers see their bills from Christmas start rolling in, they start their diets again and they just don’t want to go out in the cold. So the restaurant industry lures us out with irresistible specials.

With the government shutdown and so many employees furloughed, more people have time on their hands to go out for dinner and drinks. Unfortunately, they don’t have much money. Fortunately, that’s what restaurant weeks are about — special deals. Eat more, spend less!

We compiled a list for you of restaurant weeks that will keep you ordering off the menu through May 2.

Baltimore Restaurant Week (Jan. 11-20): When it comes to Baltimore versus DC, each city has a long list of merits, and for this reason, it’s absolutely worth it to drive out to Baltimore next week to try out one of their restaurants. Many have $12-20 specials for lunch and $20-$35 specials for dinner, so go with your sister or your buddies or for date night.  

Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week (Jan. 11-20): Bethesda is all about restaurants, so don’t miss the opportunity to try some special prix fixe menus. Take a picture of your meal, post it on Instagram with #BmagRW in the caption and tag @BethesdaMag to be entered in a contest to win a gift card from one of the participating restaurants.

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week (Jan. 14-20): This event includes over 250 of the most sought-out restaurants in the DMV with prix fixe menu items ranging from $22-$35 for lunch or dinner. Some restaurants offer brunch as well. Check out the Diner Rewards Program.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Jan. 18-Feb. 2): Baltimore County Restaurant Week is different from Baltimore Restaurant Week, as it is organized by the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, which includes the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. It runs a little longer than most restaurant weeks (16 days) and encompasses a larger area.

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week (Jan. 18-27): Down and around historic Alexandria, you can choose from among 65 restaurants featuring a $35 three-course meal for one OR a dinner for two in Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle and Eisenhower and the West End. Just over half the participating restaurants will also offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person. Brunch will be offered at the same price at 10 restaurants.

Harford County Restaurant Week (Jan. 18-27): Just north of Baltimore County, Visit Harford is promoting a week of delicious dining throughout Harford County, Maryland.

Howard County Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-Feb. 4): Howard County Restaurant Week includes more than 25 restaurants in and around Howard County, Maryland for 15 days in January and February. Text “HOCORW” to 555888 for the chance to win a gift certificate from a participating restaurant.    

National Harbor Restaurant Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1): Indulge in some of your favorite foods from local eateries, including celebrity-chef owned restaurants. Enjoy other special offers during this event such as 20% off Capital Wheel Tickets when you mention Restaurant Week or free cover at Bobby McKay’s Dueling Piano Bar with same-day receipt from participating restaurant.

Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week (Feb. 8-17): Vegan dishes are becoming more common, but it can be hard for followers of this diet to find delicious 100 percent plant-based dishes. Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity for vegans to discover new restaurants that accommodate their preferences.A number of Maryland restaurants will participate in this challenge by offering vegan specials, and you can vote for your favorite one. Check the website for a voting link early next month.

Annapolis Restaurant Week (Feb. 24-March 2): Participating Annapolis restaurants offer a two-course breakfast or lunch or three-course dinner for a special price throughout this event at the end of February. Reservations recommended.

Frederick Restaurant Week (March 4-10): Check out one of the many restaurants in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area participating in their restaurant week at the beginning of March. Reservations recommended.

Talbot County Restaurant Week (April 7-13): The annual Talbot Restaurant Week, sponsored by the Talbot County Office of Tourism and the Talbot County Tourism Board, is in its 10th year. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus with special dishes and menus.

Salisbury Restaurant Week (April 8-14): Participating restaurants will offer 2-3 course, fixed-priced menus throughout the week, with chefs showcasing their best dishes and testing new recipes.

Ocean City Restaurant Week (April 28-May 11): Participating restaurants will offer fixed-price menu options for $10-$40. Reservations recommended.