The 11 Best Deals For DC’s Restaurant Week

Here’s where to make reservations before the deals end on September 3rd.
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Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is back from August 28th to September 3rd. There are over 200 participating restaurants this year, offering multi-course meals for either $25, $40, or $55 dollars. To help you narrow things down, we made a list of 10 participating spots that we love, in alphabetical order.

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Dupont Circle

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerLunchOutdoor/Patio Situation
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Unlike a lot of places, Agora in Dupont Circle does Restaurant Week right. The Mediterranean spot is featuring some of its best dishes, particularly on the $25 weekday lunch menu—you’ll find their htipiti, grilled chicken, and Turkish baklava, three of our go-tos.

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$$$$Perfect For:Brunch


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Bar Chinois is a little funky, and a lot of fun, especially if you’re out after dark during the week. Do a $40 Restaurant Week dinner at the Mt. Vernon Triangle Chinese spot, then stick around for cocktails (and maybe a little dancing) as it switches over to a nightclub vibe after 9pm.

The deals at this Dupont Circle Spanish restaurant are too good to be missed, with $25 brunch and lunch, or a $40 dinner. Each meal consists of an appetizer, entree, and dessert, and you’ll find their delicious albóndigas at both lunch and dinner.

Filomena Ristorante—which is celebrating its 40th year in Georgetown—has a $40 dinner that might be the best deal in town. You get a three-course Italian meal where you choose from some of our favorite dishes on the menu. Your options include  the salsicce di casa, a sweet Italian sausage, and the pollo alla parmigiana. And it’s all for the price of an entree on a regular night.



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Il Piatto is a great date night spot, especially when you’re trying not to spend too much money on decent Italian food downtown. Save some cash during Restaurant Week with their $25 brunch and lunch and $40 dinner specials. They haven’t shared official menus, but expect something similar to their weekday express lunch, which is an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35. If they’re available, don’t miss the crispy arancini and chocolate mousse.

Le Chat Noir is our favorite French restaurant in the city, so we’re thrilled that it’s offering a Restaurant Week dinner. While they haven’t released specifics yet, everything at the Friendship Heights spot is worth eating over and over again, so anything on the $40 menu will be a good choice.

Lulu’s patio is one of the best in the city, and Restaurant Week is the perfect time to check it out. The casual wine garden on U Street is offering a $25 brunch where you can enjoy a drink, bodega-style breakfast-sandwiches (think bacon, egg, and cheese) and dessert.

Ottoman Taverna has some of our favorite year-round deals (like their $45 all-inclusive brunch), which makes their Restaurant Week specials that much more exciting. The Turkish spot in Mt. Vernon Triangle is doing a $25 brunch and lunch, plus a $40 dinner, where you can sample some of their classics like doner kebap and tavuk köfte.

This new French spot made our Hit List, so if you haven’t been, now’s your chance to check it out. The Mt. Vernon Square restaurant created a special $55 dinner menu for Restaurant Week, so you can try their mussel soup and chicken ballotine.

The decision to go to Rasika in Penn Quarter is always a good one. This isn’t just because the Indian restaurant has great food (which it does), but because it works for all sorts of occasions—date night, post-work dinner, or dining solo at the bar. They're doing a $55 dinner for Restaurant Week, featuring some of our favorite dishes like palak chaat—crispy spinach in a date chutney—and a chicken tikka masala that will be your new favorite.

If you haven’t had the Penn Quarter spot’s signature sticky toffee pudding, their $55 Restaurant Week dinner is your chance to indulge. You’ll just have to wade through a starter and entree course first, but those are pretty good, too. Plus, the American restaurant is one of our go-to “I forgot to make a reservation” spots, so you should have no issues getting a table on September 2nd.

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