Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, presented by Destination D.C. and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, is a weeklong event where more than 250 of the capital region's finest restaurants offer 3-course lunches, brunches, and dinners at affordable prices.
Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience the best restaurants in Washington, D.C., for under $35 per person. This year's event will offer prix-fixe lunch or brunch menus for $22, and 3-course dinners for $35.
Cuisines include Contemporary American, Mexican, French, Mediterranean, Italian, Southern, Seafood, Spanish, California, Pan-Asian and more. The event is held in the winter and in the summer. This year, it will take place from January 22 through 28, 2018.
Do Good By Dining Out
Restaurant Week is committed to promoting a new initiative designed to raise awareness about hunger and food accessibility in the capital region. Participating restaurants will team up with the Capital Area Food Bank to raise funds for the food bank’s nearly 500 food assistance partner agencies. Many restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds earned during Restaurant Week to the food bank to provide meals for someone in need in the greater Washington D.C. area.
Tips for Getting the Most out of Washington Restaurant Week
- Make your reservations as early as possible, as many of the most popular restaurants become fully booked before the beginning of the event.
- Be sure to read the posted special menus and online reviews before booking. Restaurant Week is usually your best bet for getting a good deal at the priciest restaurants, however, some restaurants offer prix-fixed menus most times of the year, so the specials offered during this week may not equal big savings. Also, some restaurants will offer subpar ingredients or charge a fee for "upgrading" to one of their signature dishes, so keep that in mind when going over the menus.
- Be aware that not all restaurants participating in Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week offer the promotional menu at all meal times. When you make your reservation, you should confirm with the restaurant that they are participating in Restaurant Week for your chosen meal (be it lunch, brunch, or dinner) as some opt-in only for dinner.
- When making a reservation, ask about the Restaurant Week promotion dates. A number of restaurants continue the promotion for an extra week or so. You may be better off visiting those restaurants during the second week when the buzz has died down a bit.
- If the Restaurant Week menu doesn't appeal to you, most, if not all restaurants offer their full menu at their normal prices for guests who want to more options or crave additional entrees, appetizers, or desserts.
Restaurant Week also provides the perfect opportunity to visit many of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington 2017 RAMMY Awards Finalists, who are recognized for their excellence in service and dining. The list of participating restaurants changes with each biannual event and a full list is posted by the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week beginning approximately one to two months in advance of the event.