Making the Most of Restaurant Week

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I used to go blindly into Restaurant Week. All willy-nilly about where I wanted to eat, randomly picking places that had open reservations and were on my list of restaurants to try. And while this strategy served me well, I feel compelled to advise you all to form a calculated and informed plan for this upcoming winter 2011 DC Restaurant Week.

For many, Restaurant Week is about getting the most bang for your buck–taking advantage of all those restaurants you’ve been wanting to try but that your wallet normally won’t let you. It’s a letdown when you realize that you could  have eaten off the regular menu any other time for the same price. So here’s a rundown of some of the best deals, including links to the menus:

Restaurants Offering their Full Menus:

Restaurants with Meals for a Steal:

*Some may have upcharges for certain appetizers/entrees

Marissa was born and bred in New Jersey, but moved to DC for undergrad at GWU (Go Colonials, go!), fell in love with the District and learned that there was life and civilization beyond New York City. She loves eating at white-tablecloth-three-forks-at-your-place-setting restaurants, but she’ll also be the first to suggest we scarf down some chili dogs at 2 am. Simply put, she loves all things food. You can also read about why she loves DC. Follow her on Twitter and email her at mbialecki (at)

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  2. I must disagree about Hook. We went there 2 years ago for restaurant week brunch when they extended dates, unfortunately despite our calling and confirming that they were offering RW week brunch that day, on our arrival we asked for the RW menu and were told that that was not extended contradicting what we were told when we made our reservation. After a lengthy awkward conversation with the manager we were allowed to “make a RW menu” from the regular menu. The food was Excellent and made up for the earlier disruption.

    Our second visit the next RW for lunch was quite different. While there was no problem getting the menu, the portions were reduced (we ordered some of the same dishes that we had ordered from the regular menu in the past) and the quality suffered greatly. Based on the regular prices, the RW portions made the value about a wash, but the service and quality made RW much less a “deal”.

    Hook is a great restaurant, just not during RW.