We’re about half-way through the winter edition of Washington Restaurant Week but some diners are asking themselves: is this really a good deal?
In theory, Restaurant Week, which features about a dozen Arlington restaurants this year, allows patrons to try out nice restaurants around the area at lower, fixed prices. In practice?
“A look at nearly two dozen restaurants participating in Restaurant Week shows not only that many of these dinners aren’t not much of a deal, but that you may actually be paying much more than what they’re worth,” reports the Washington City Paper.
Restaurant Week menus abound with the cheaper items from restaurants’ normal menus alongside items that aren’t even on the normal menu. Restaurant Week dinners are priced at $35.14, and the City Paper reports that items from the fixed price menus are often times cheaper if purchased individually.
The analysis did not consider the Restaurant Week lunches, which are priced at $20.14.
The first Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week of 2014 will be Jan. 13-19, and 12 Arlington restaurants have already signed up to participate.
The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington coordinates restaurant week, the last of which took place in August and featured 17 local restaurants.
This year, lunch menus will cost $20.14 and dinner menus will cost $35.14, in honor of the new year. There are two restaurants on the list — Cityhouse in Rosslyn and Zaika in Clarendon — that didn’t participate in August.
You can view the lunch and dinner menus and make reservations on the RAMW website. Here’s the current list of participating restaurants in Arlington:
- Cityhouse, 1325 Wilson Blvd, 703-276-8999
- Epic Smokehouse, 1330 S. Fern Street, 571-319-4001
- Farrah Oliva, 2250 Crystal Drive, 571-431-7090
- Jaleo Crystal City, 2250A Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181
- La Tasca, 2900 Wilson Blvd, 703-812-9120
- Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Blvd, 703-465-9360
- Lyon Hall, 3100 N. Washington Blvd, 703-741-7636
- Me Jana, 2300 Wilson Blvd, 703-465-4440
- Melting Pot, 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-243-4490
- Tallula, 2761 Washington Blvd, 703-778-5051
- Willow Restaurant, 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-465-8800
- Zaika, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, 703-248-8333
Starting with lunch today, Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week has officially begun.
Seventeen Arlington restaurants are listed on the Restaurant Week website. Participating restaurants will offer customers prix fixe menus at $20.13 for lunch and $35.13 for dinner.
Since earlier this month, several additional restaurants have signed on to participate, including Mad Rose Tavern at 3100 Clarendon Blvd, which is only offering dinner specials, and Sushi Rock at 1900 Clarendon Blvd, offering both lunch and dinner.
The Restaurant Week website has links to menus and to OpenTable for reservations. The list of Arlington eateries offering lunch and/or dinner specials include:
- Epic Smokehouse, 1330 S. Fern Street, 571-319-4001.
- Farrah Oliva, 2250 Crystal Drive, 571-431-7090.
- Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, 202-216-5988.
- Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes Street, 703-415-5000.
- Jaleo Crystal City, 2250A Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181.
- La Tagliatella, 2950 Clarendon Blvd, 571-257-4600.
- La Tasca, 2900 Wilson Blvd, 703-812-9120.
- Legal Sea Foods, 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, 703-415-1200.
- Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Blvd, 703-465-9360.
- Lyon Hall, 3100 N. Washington Blvd, 703-741-7636.
- Mad Rose Tavern, 3100 Clarendon Blvd, 703-600-0500.
- Me Jana, 2300 Wilson Blvd, 703-465-4440.
- Melting Pot, 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-243-4490.
- Pinzimini, 801 N. Glebe Road, 703-537-4200.
- Sushi Rock, 1900 Clarendon Blvd, 571-312-8027.
- Tallula, 2761 Washington Blvd, 703-778-5051.
- Willow Restaurant, 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-465-8800.
(Updated at 12:45 p.m.) Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week runs from Aug. 19 to 25, giving diners a unique chance to try some of the area’s best restaurants on a relative bargain.
Thirteen Arlington restaurants are participating in the festivities. Each one offers a prix fixe, three-course menu for lunch and/or dinner, with the lunch menu running at $20.13 and dinner at $35.13. For a full listing of all the restaurants in the region participating in restaurant week or to reserve a table, visit their website.
Farrah Oliva, 2250 Crystal Drive, 571-431-7090. Dinner Menu
Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, 202-216-5988. Menu not yet available
Jaleo Crystal City, 2250A Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181. Menu not yet available
La Tagliatella, 2950 Clarendon Blvd, 571-257-4600. Menu not yet available
La Tasca, 2900 Wilson Blvd, 703-812-9120. Menu not yet available
Pinzimini, 801 N. Glebe Road, 703-537-4200. Dinner Menu
Tallula, 2761 Washington Blvd, 703-778-5051. Menu not yet available
The Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Blvd, 703-465-9360. Menu not yet available
The Melting Pot, 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-243-4490. Menu not yet available
The seven-day event, which runs through Sunday, features a dozen restaurants offering a fixed price menu of $10 lunches and $25 dinners.
“This is a great way to get to know the restaurants on the Pike and a reason to revisit your favorites,” said the Columbia Pike Restaurant Week website.
The following restaurants are participating in the event.
- Bangkok 54
- Café Sazon
- Lost Dog
- Mom’s Pizza
- P. Brennan’s
- Pines of Italy
- Red Rocks Pizza
- Restaurante Abi
- Rincome Thai
- Taqueria Poblano
- Twisted Vines
- William Jeffrey’s Tavern
Disclosure: Columbia Pike Restaurant Week organizer CPRO is an ARLnow.com advertiser.
The annual Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week starts today and runs through Sunday, Feb. 10.
More than 240 restaurants around the region will be offering special deals on meals. During restaurant week, participating eateries will be offering fixed price dining options — $20.13 for lunch and $35.13 for dinner. Some restaurants will offer special prix fixe menues for Restaurant Week, while others will offer their entire menu.
In Arlington, 16 restaurants will be participating, including:
- Cityhouse (1325 Wilson Blvd)
- Epic Smokehouse (1330 Fair Street)
- Extra Virgin (4053 Campbell Avenue)
- Farrah Olivia by Morou (2250B Crystal Drive)
- Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (1250 S. Hayes Street)
- Kora Restaurant (2250B Crystal Drive)
- La Tasca Spanash Tapas Restaurant and Bar (2900 Wilson Blvd)
- Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Blvd)
- Lyon Hall (3100 N. Washington Blvd)
- Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
- Me Jana (2300 Wilson Blvd)
- The Melting Pot (1110 N. Glebe Road)
- Morton’s The Steakhouse (1750 Crystal Drive)
- Pinzimini at the Westin Arlington Gateway (801 N. Glebe Road)
- Tallula (2761 Washington Blvd)
- Willow Restaurant (4301 N. Fairfax Drive)
Four Falls Church restaurants — 2941 Restaurant, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Open Kitchen and Pizeria Orso — will also be participating.
Columbia Pike, meanwhile, is hosting its own restaurant week later this month. The first annual Columbia Pike Restaurant Week will run from Feb. 18 to 24 and will feature $10 lunches and $25 dinners at a dozen Pike restaurants.
Disclosure: CPRO, the organizer of Columbia Pike Restaurant Week, is an ARLnow.com advertiser
Sixteen Shirlington restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for $25. Most of the restaurants will also be offering a two-course lunch for $12. In addition to the food deals, there will be a number of unadvertised drink specials.
The eateries participating in Shirlington Restaurant Week are:
- Aladdin’s Eatery
- Aroma Indian Cuisine
- Bonsai Grill
- The Bungalow
- Busboys & Poets
- Café Pizzaiolo
- Capitol City Brewing Company
- Dogma Bakery & Boutique
- Extra Virgin Modern Italian Cuisine
- Hilton Gardon Inn
- Johnny Rockets
- Luna Grill & Diner
- Ping by Charlie Chiang’s
- Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastropub
- T.H.A.I. Shirlington
A menu of restaurant week offerings can be found here.
The inaugural Shirlington Restaurant Week is well underway, but humans aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a delicious fixed-price meal during week-long event.
Dogma Bakery (2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive) is offering a three-course meal for dogs as part of Restaurant Week. The meal consists of a house-made “gar-lick cheese bite” appetizer; a main course of fish, chicken, beef or venison kibble, with a side of vegetables; and a dog ice cream, cookie or muffin dessert.
The meal is available for dine-in or take-out. Owners choosing the sit-down option are invited to order human food from The Bungalow and dine with their dogs.
The meal costs $7.50, and 100 percent of the purchase price is going to benefit a rescue dog named Chief (pictured), who was abused and now needs a prosthetic leg and paw on either side of his body. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, which is fostering Chief, needs about $800 for the prosthetics.
(Updated at 7:35 p.m.) Right on the heels of tomorrow’s Capitol City Brewing Company 2011 Oktoberfest at Shirlington, another event in that neighborhood touts good eats and good prices. The first annual Restaurant Week at The Village at Shirlington begins on Monday.
Prices are considerably lower than neighboring cities’ restaurant weeks. Lunch includes two courses for $15 and dinner includes three courses for $25.
The following restaurants have listed their menus for the event, which runs from Monday, October 10, through next Sunday, October 16: Aladdin’s Eatery, Aroma Indian Cuisine, Bistro Bistro, Bonsai Grill, The Bungalow, Busboys & Poets, Capitol City Brewing Company, Dogma Bakery & Boutique, Extra Virgin Modern Italian Cuisine, Johnny Rockets, Luna Grill & Diner, PING and Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub.
To coincide with Restaurant Week, there will be an event on Thursday geared toward ladies. During Shirlie’s Girls Night Out many of the businesses will offer discounts and specials like cocktails while you shop. The participating stores and eateries are: Ah Love Oil & Vinegar, CakeLove, Capitol City Brewing Company, Dogma Bakery & Boutique, Extra Virgin Modern Italian, Hardwood Artisans, Le Village Marche, Nirvana Reflexology, Periwinkle, Signature Theatre, Studio Salon & Spa and T.H.A.I. Shirlington.
Times for the specials vary by business, but most start at 5:00 p.m.
DC Restaurant Week is underway, and a number of Arlington restaurants are getting in on the action.
From now until Sunday, participating restaurants will be offering a three-course fixed-price lunch for $20.11 and a three-course fixed-price dinner for $35.11.
Among those participating, by neighborhood:
- The Melting Pot — 1110 N. Glebe Road
- Pinzimini Restaurant (within the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel) — 801 N. Glebe Road
- Willow Restaurant — 4301 N. Fairfax Drive
- Harry’s Tap Room — 2800 Clarendon Blvd.
- La Tasca — 2900 Wilson Blvd.
- Liberty Tavern — 3195 Wilson Blvd.
- Lyon Hall — 3100 Washington Blvd.
- Restaurant 3 — 2950 Clarendon Blvd.
- Tallula Restaurant — 2761 Washington Blvd.
- Me-Jana — 2300 Wilson Blvd.
- Jaleo — 2250A Crystal Drive
- Morton’s Steakhouse — 1750 Crystal Drive
- Tagolio Pizzeria & Enoteca — 549 S. 23rd Street
- Cityhouse (within the Rosslyn Hyatt) — 1325 Wilson Blvd.
- Domaso Trattoria (within the Hotel Palomar)– 1121 North 19th St.
- Extra Virgin Modern Italian Restaurant — 4053 Campbell Ave.
A Drier Night At the Fair — The Arlington County Fair shut down early last night thanks to the rain. With any luck the rain will hold tonight so fair-goers can enjoy the rides and the concessions without an umbrella. If all else fails, however, the indoor exhibits will be open tonight. See the fair hours.
Five Guys Wins More Praise — Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been getting some glowing news coverage lately. The chain, which started in Arlington, topped Zagat’s Best Burger category in survey results released Monday. The chain has been expanding rapidly recently, attracting local media attention everywhere it goes. Unanswered questions: How big can the now Lorton-based Five Guys get, and to what degree did national coverage of President Obama’s visit to a Five Guys last year boost its image?