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, check out the restaurant weeks in the city, as well as Maryland, and northern Virginia.
Taking place twice a year, in January and August, Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week features more than 250 of the Washington, D.C., area’s finest restaurants, which 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.
Also taking place in January and August, Alexandria Restaurant Week has more than 60 restaurants that participate. In addition to special restaurant menus, these eateries in this chic Virginia town offer diners reduced prices on their signature dishes, that make the five-mile journey from Washington, D.C., well worth the trip.
For one week in late January and again in late July or early August, more than 30 of Maryland's finest restaurants in Bethesda-Montgomery County offer special lunch and dinner menus starting as low as $18.
Howard County restaurants offer two weeks of promotions twice a year in January and July or August. Enjoy discounts at some of the best restaurants in Columbia, Ellicott City, and other locations around the region.
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.
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.
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 have no trouble finding your favorite foods on the list.
The 7-day promotion in March features unique and fine dining options in the city of Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding area.
The Village at Shirlington in Arlington, Virginia, offers patrons two-course lunches, three-course dinners, and variety of beverage deals in October.