Started by Tim Zagat and Joe Baum, founders of the Zagat restaurant guides, restaurant weeks provide guests a chance to dine at some of the most popular and highly regarded restaurants across the country at a significantly reduced price.
What was once confined to a single week at select restaurants in New York City, restaurant weeks have become an annual tradition in most major cities, as well as the surrounding areas, including the Washington D.C. area.
So, if you are fixing for a prix-fixe menu at one of the District's hot spots, here is a guide to the restaurant weeks in the city, as well as in Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
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Taking place twice a year, in January and August, more than 200 of the Washington, D.C. area's finest restaurants offer decadent 3-course lunches or dinners for less than $40.
Some restaurants in the neighboring suburbs of Maryland and Northern Virginia participate in the District's event as well, and many of the restaurants extend their promotions an additional week or two.
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Also taking place in January and August, Alexandria Restaurant Week has more than 60 restaurants that participate. Offer special menus, as well as and reduced prices on their signature dishes, this may be reason enough to dine in this chic Virginia town, located just five miles south of Washington, D.C.
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With its timing of January and August, just before the University of Maryland students return to school, it's a great time to check out some of the area’s popular restaurants for reduced prices and limited crowds.
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The week-long event in Annapolis, Maryland in February and November provides an opportunity for local residents and vacationers to treat themselves to great food at a great price.
07 of 09
National Harbor Restaurant Week offers prix fixe lunch and dinner menus in late February or early March. This waterfront destination on the Potomac River features a wide variety of cuisines including American, Chinese, Mexican, Seafood, and more, so you will no trouble finding your favorite foods on the list.
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