Restaurant Week has proven to be a popular event with both the public and restaurant owners. In every city where a Restaurant Week takes place (scroll down for list of cities), participating restaurants offer prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus that consist of three courses (appetizer, entree, dessert).
The best thing about Restaurant Week is that couples get to experience the finest (and often the most romantic) restaurants in cities for less than regular à la carte prices.
When is Restaurant Week?
In many cities, Restaurant Week is scheduled for a time when business is slow, such as during the doldrums of January or the steamy heat of mid-summer. Since Restaurant Week is so affordable, it's popular whenever it's held - so make reservations early.
Some couples plan to eat out every night during Restaurant Week, saving hundreds of dollars (although not hundreds of calories).
To eat like a gourmet on a cheapskate's budget, plan now to participate in Restaurant Week in your nearest city - or schedule your next trip during one at the destination.
Directory of Cities with Major Restaurant Week Events
Click on any link in the directory below for specific information on the dates of restaurant week in that city and the names of participating restaurants.
Orange County Restaurant Week
Philadelphia Restaurant Week
Restaurant Weeks in Canada
Toronto Restaurant Week
Restaurant Weeks in Europe
Note that in many cities Restaurant Week meals can be reserved online, and you can find a list of those here. Some cities do offer Restaurant Week gift certificates; before taking advantage of these, do check the small print for the expiration date.
If the restaurant you want to go to gets booked up for dinner during Restaurant Week, ask if it serves lunch. Many participating restaurants do.