Restaurant Week is almost upon us, which means you can dine at your favorite spots or — better yet — try out those places you thought were a little pricey, for a more reasonable set price.
The Restaurant Week promotion will run from January 22 through January 28, with lunch going for $22, and dinner for $35 a person for a three-course meal. There are tons of restaurants in D.C. that will be participating, but here are seven favorites!
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Arroz is the most recent culinary masterpiece by chef Mike Isabella, serving the cuisine of southern Spain and Morocco. Located inside the Marriott Marquis hotel in the up-and-coming Shaw neighborhood in Washington, D.C., the restaurant features modern sleek architecture, giving you the feeling that you’ve left D.C. and entered, well … Spain or Morocco.
In the spirit of the region, Arroz’s menu is composed of mostly tapas, which can mean small portions for a hefty price, but during Restaurant Week, you’ll be able to get several rounds of tapas for $35. Some favorites include hot smoked bone marrow and country fried quail.
If you love Spanish food prepared with the freshest ingredients in a luxurious atmosphere, Arroz is definitely the experience for you. Stay tuned for complete updates on the 2018 menu here.
1527 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20036
Agora is a charming little spot tucked away on 17th Street in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, where you can get your fill of all the best Turkish, Lebanese, and Greek cuisine. An exposed brick interior and tables by the window make this restaurant romantic and intimate.
The Restaurant Week special will allow you to sample a spread, several mezze items, and a dessert. You can’t go wrong with the Baba Ghanouj or the Lamb Kofte. The full Restaurant Week menu hasn’t been released yet, but you can stay on top of it by visiting the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington website.
Penn Quarter: 633 D Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20004
West End: 1190 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20037
Rasika is a classic in Washington, D.C., perfect for almost all occasions. The food is always quality, the service impeccable, and the ambience is the epitome of cozy. But Rasika is not cheap, which makes it the Restaurant Week choice for a date, a work lunch, or even to show off your knowledge of D.C. cuisine to your visiting parents.
From the three-course menu, you can choose an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. You can’t go wrong with the Palak Chaat, Lamb Badami Korma, and Bread Butter Pudding. The 2018 menu is not yet posted, but visit the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington for updates.
1324 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20005
B Too appears cozy from the large windows facing 14th Street, and lives up to its hominess the moment you step inside. The décor is beautiful with cowhide chairs and prints hung on the wall, warm wood accents, and an open kitchen. The restaurant serves up Belgian fare and is famous for its mussels.
For Restaurant Week, you may choose an appetizer, entrée, and dessert from the full menu. Go for the Brussels Mussels and ask for extra helpings of bread, or try out the delicious Braised Rabbit and Plums entrée.
801 O Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Shaw has become quite a trendy neighborhood in the last couple years, and Convivial fits right into the character of the neighborhood. The space is very open with natural light and deep red accents in the chandelier and panels. Lots of wood make the place feel airy and spacious.
The food is fusion between American and French, and they’ve pulled out all the stops to give you a complete tasting of their offerings for Restaurant Week. You’ll get to pick from three of the five categories listed; you can choose between nibbles, a first entrée, a second entrée, cheese, or dessert. The Beef Tartare, Parisian Gnocchi, and Cassoulet (pork cheeks) are a must try.
701 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
There’s a reason Zaytinya ranks as one of the most popular and most frequented restaurants in D.C. Everything from its open concept layout to its beautiful prepared and plated Greek dishes is done with taste, class, and a touch of glamour.
For Restaurant Week, you’ll be able to decide on an assortment of small plates; make sure you get a nice mix of vegetarian, seafood, and meats for a full flavor palate. Tastiest dishes include the Sea Scallops and the Kibbeh Nayeh.
Stay tuned for the 2018 special menu here.
What restaurant are you most excited to try for Restaurant Week this January? Please let us know in the comments below!