If you haven’t gotten your fill of indulgent eating from the recent holidays you are in luck. The winter edition of DC Restaurant Week began yesterday — Monday, January 9th — and runs through Sunday, January 15th. (A second DC Restaurant Week is held each year in August.) Each year tens of restaurants and bars participate in the biannual event, when you can get a prix fixe three-course lunch for $20.12 and a three-course dinner for $35.12. Prices exclude beverages, tax, and tip, but the fee is a pretty good bargain at many restaurants around town.
While many of the restaurants will be packed with bargain eaters and there are always tales of poor service because of busier-than-normal dining rooms, DCRW is a great opportunity to try a cafe or bistro you may not hav been to before, especially those in our neighborhood which are slightly off-the-beaten-path from the nightlife downtown.
At press time a number of Hill restaurants have signed up to participate in January DC Restaurant Week, including Belga Cafe, Bistro Cacao, Cafe Berlin, Lavagna, the Monocle, Montmatre, Sonoma Wine Bar, Art & Soul, B. Smith’s, Bistro Bis, Smith Commons, and Zest American Bistro.
More information and links to restaurant websites (and reservations) can be found here. Make sure to check whether individual restaurants are offering lunch and/or dinner, and if you need to make a reservation. Some restaurants offer a limited menu for the DCRW special, while others offer choices from their entire offering. Finally, note that a few eateries extend the DCRW specials past January 15th, so you can try more than one location if you run low on time.