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DC Restaurant Week - January 2008

CHECK OUT DC RESTAURANT WEEK PAGE FOR THE LATEST INFO ON DC RESTAURANT WEEK.

As we do every DC Restaurant Week, here's everything that the D.C. Foodies writers could track down about the menus. I think this is the most extensive list that has ever been published here, because of the help of the new D.C. Foodies writers, Mike, Ramona, and Robert.

Restaurants Extending DC Restaurant Week
Whole Month of January
Dino
Il Mulino
Tabaq Bistro
Oya

2 weeks
Domaso Trattoria - Jan. 31
Farrah Olivia - Jan. 31
Mio - Jan. 31
Posh - Feb. 2

1 week
Cafe Atlantico - Jan. 27
Corduroy - Jan. 26
Georgia Browns - Jan. 25
IndeBleu - Jan. 27
Jaleo - Jan. 27
Mie n' Yu - Jan. 27
Neyla - Jan. 27
Oyamel - Jan. 28
PS 7s - Jan 26th
Teatro Goldoni - Jan. 27
Urbana - Jan. 27
Willow - Jan. 26

Menus for DC Restaurant Week

100 King
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch and Dinner menus are available on the 100 King web site.

15Ria
Lunch & Dinner
15Ria's Restaurant Week menus are available on their web site. For dinner, they're offering a choice of 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, and 3 desserts. For lunch, they're offering a choice of 2 appetizers, 4 entrees, and 3 desserts. Click for their Lunch and Dinner menus.

701 Restaurant
Lunch & Dinner
Participating in D.C. Restaurant Week for Lunch and Dinner. 701's Restaurant Week menus are available on their web site. Click "Events" then Restaurant Week 2008 to see their menus for lunch and dinner.

Acadiana
Lunch & Dinner
Like the other Passion Food restaurants, Acadiana usually offers a good portion of their menu with some upcharges. We'll post the menu when it becomes available.

Ardeo/Bardeo
Lunch & Dinner
Ardeo and Bardeo are offering their full menu with some upcharges on certain items for dinner during DC Restaurant Week. Their latest menus are on their web site.

Bastille
Dinner Only
For D.C. Restaurant Week, Bastille will be offering a special menu for dinner found on their web site here.

Beacon Bar and Grill
Lunch & Dinner
Beacon Bar and Grill is offering their full regular menu for lunch and dinner. Here are links to their current menus. Lunch, Dinner, Dessert.

Belga Cafe
Lunch & Dinner
Belga Cafe's menus for lunch and dinner are available on their web site.

Bistro Bis
Lunch & Dinner
Bistro Bis usually offers their full menu for lunch and dinner during D.C. Restaurant Week. Check out their sample menu here.

B. Smiths
Lunch and Dinner menus are available here.

Bombay Club
Lunch & Dinner
Bombay Club has published their lunch and dinner menus on their web site under the "Events" tab.

Cafe Du Parc
Lunch & Dinner
Offering a special menu for lunch and dinner during D.C. Restaurant Week. Click for the menu. The regular a la carte menu will be available as well.

Ceiba
Lunch & Dinner
Ceiba is usually one of the more popular places to dine during DC Restaurant Week.  They usually offer most of their regular menu.  Click here for their current Restaurant Week menu.

Ceviche
Ceviche's menus for DC Restaurant Week are available on their web site.

Charlie Palmer Steak
Lunch & Dinner
Offering special menus for lunch and dinner. It should be noted that the special lunch menu is available all year.

Chef Geoff's
Lunch & Dinner
Downtown Lunch & Dinner
New Mexico Ave Lunch & Dinner

Circle Bistro
Lunch & Dinner
Circle Bistro always offers their full menu for DC Restaurant Week with some upcharges. Their current menu is available on their web site here.

Coeur de Lion
Lunch & Dinner
Lunch and Dinner menus for DC Restaurant Week.

Corduroy
Lunch & Dinner
A diner favorite during DC Restaurant Week, Corduroy is always a good choice. They offer their full menu for Lunch and Dinner with a couple upcharges, but it's a very good deal. Corduroy is also extending DC Restaurant Week until January 26th.

Cucina Vivace
Dinner Only
Cucina Vivace is only open from Tuesday to Sunday, so they will not be starting Restaurant Week until Tuesday, 1/15.  They will be offering a range of choices from their a la carte menu, but it should be noted that they also offer a three-course chef's menu featuring a trout entree for $33 or a pork entree for $38 every day.

D'Acqua Ristorante
Lunch & Dinner
D'Acqua's DC Restaurant Week menu is available on their website, but the site is Flash-driven so we can't offer a link directly to it on their site.  You can, however, view it here

Daily Grill Downtown - 18th Street location only
Lunch & Dinner
They will be offering selections from their menu, but they have not yet finalized their DC Restaurant Week menu. 

Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant
Lunch & Dinner
Their DC Restaurant Week dinner offering will actually cost $32.08, and it will include a choice of soup or salad, escolar (white tuna) or lamb, and creme brulee or bread pudding.  Current menus can be found here. 

DC Coast
Lunch & Dinner
As in the past, DC Coast will offer several selections from their regular menu for DC Restaurant Week.  The menu has not yet been finalized, but you can see their current menu at their website. 

Dino
Dinner Only
Dino remains a standout among DC Restaurant Week participants - they will be offering their entire menu at the Restaurant Week price for the entire month of January (with a few upcharges).  From their website, it appears Wine Madness (33% off all wines $50 and over on Sundays and Mondays) will remain in effect, though several of their other deals - including a $24 three-course menu della serra that is normally offered Sunday through Thursday until 7 PM - will not be offered from the 14th to the 31st.

District Chophouse & Brewery
Lunch & Dinner
The Chophouse is offering several choices for each course from their regular menu for DC Restaurant Week.

Domaso Trattoria
Lunch & Dinner
One of the few really new restaurants participating in this Restaurant Week, Domaso is located in the new Hotel Palomar in Arlington (a Kimpton property).  Their menus can be found on their website, and they are offering their full menu with no upcharges. 

Extra Virgin of Shirlington
Lunch & Dinner
Extra Virgin is still setting their menus for DC Restaurant Week, but they will be offering selections from their current menus, likely with some upcharges.  They will feature live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during Restaurant Week (7:30-11:30 on Thursday, 8-12 on Friday and Saturday).

Farrah Olivia by Morou
Lunch & Dinner
Chef Morou Ouattara's recent appearance on the Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" has raised his already high profile even higher, and reservations for Restaurant Week proper have gone quickly.  However, Farrah Olivia will be offering their Restaurant Week special through the end of the month, so you may still be able to make a reservation to try Morou's unique fusion cuisine at Restaurant Week prices.  Their menus can be found under the "Events" section of their website (which is Flash-driven so we can't link directly to the menu). 

Filomena Ristorante
Lunch & Dinner
Filomena has not yet set their DC Restaurant Week menus, but their current menus can be found on their website.  They expect to have their menus available early this week.

Finemondo
Lunch & Dinner
Another restaurant taking full advantage of the chance to show off the full range of their cuisine, Finemondo will offer their entire menu (with a few upcharges).  Finemondo is only open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday.  They are not accepting reservations via OpenTable (unlike most participating restaurants), so you will need to call them at (202) 737-3100.

Firefly
Lunch & Dinner
Their DC Restaurant Week menu is not yet set is now posted on their web site. You can view their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus here. There will a $4 or $5 supplement for some dishes.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Dinner Only
Offering a choice of: Caesar salad or soup of the day; broiled New York strip loin, baked chicken with a Marsala wine mushroom sauce, or the fresh catch of the day; and New York style cheesecake or the sorbet of the day.  No upcharges, though sides will be available at regular menu prices.

The Fourth Estate at the National Press Club
Lunch & Dinner
The Fourth Estate is only open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and their menu changes daily.  During DC Restaurant Week, the Fourth Estate will offer each day's lunch and dinner menus at the Restaurant Week prices.  Check their website on the morning of your reservation to see that day's menus.

Georgia Brown's
Dinner Only
As they have in the past, Georgia Brown's is extending their DC Restaurant Week participation through January 25th, though it should be noted that they are only participating during dinner hours.  Their Restaurant Week menu can be found on their website. 

Gerard's Place - also known as Gerard Pangaud Bistro
Lunch & Dinner
Although Gerard Pangaud Bistro is to be applauded for participating in the first Restaurant Week following Pangaud's return to the kitchen (after a year as an instructor at L'Academie de Cuisine), several of their menu offerings seem to miss the point of DC Restaurant Week.  Looking over the menus, you will find an upcharge of $12 for one of the entrees offered at lunch (a 60% increase in the price of the two-course meal).  Selecting the priciest menu item for each course at dinner would carry upcharges of $13.50, $13, and $14, respectively - for a total upcharge of $40.50 on a meal with an initial price of $30.08.  That being said, their menus offer quite a few options at the standard DC Restaurant Week prices as well, and most of them look delicious.

The Grille at the Morrison House
Dinner only
The Grille will be offering a pair of choices from their standard menu for each course during Restaurant Week.  Those choices can be seen here.

Grillfish
Lunch & Dinner
They're still working out their offerings for DC Restaurant Week, but you can expect to see them on their website early the week before Restaurant Week. 

Harry's Tap Room
Lunch & Dinner
DC Restaurant Week Lunch and Dinner menus.

Hook
Lunch only
Although only participating for lunch, Chef Seaver has created an entire menu for DC Restaurant Week that combines regular menu items with special items (pasta 'crabonara' made with Jonah crab, for example).  And because it is a Restaurant Week menu, guests can select any appetizer, any entree and any dessert for $20.08 with no upcharges. 

Hudson Restaurant and Lounge
Lunch & Dinner
Hudson is offering selections from their regular menu for DC Restaurant Week. They're also offering a late night menu for restaurant workers.

Il Mulino New York
Lunch & Dinner
Il Mulino
is an offshoot of the famous West Village restaurant in New York City, and they are among the more expensive Italian restaurants in Washington.  Restaurant Week offers a great chance to check out their menu, and they are extending their offering throughout the month of January.  They will be offering a mixed greens or Caesar salad for starters; a choice of pappardelle pasta with sausage, veal Marsala, chicken fra diavolo, or salmon with porcini mushrooms for entrees; and tiramisu or cheesecake for dessert.  There are no upcharges on any of their offerings.  Guests who don't want to participate in the Restaurant Week promotion can also order from the a la carte menu.

indebleu
Lunch & Dinner
indebleu separates their Restaurant Week menus into Smaller Plates, Larger Plates and desserts.  Guests are invited to choose one of each at both lunch and dinner.  Both of their DC Restaurant Week menus are available on their website, and they will be extending their participation through January 27th.

Indique & Indique Heights
Lunch & Dinner
As in the past, Indique will be participating for dinner only while Indique Heights will offer their DC Restaurant Week specials at both lunch and dinner.  Menus are now available on their web site: Indique and Indique Heights. 

J. R.'s Stockyard Inn
Lunch & Dinner
Their Restaurant Week menus is selections from their regular menus.

Jaleo - 7th Street, Crystal City and Bethesda
Lunch & Dinner
Offering their full extensive menu of tapas for DC Restaurant Week at all three locations for lunch and dinner through January 27th.

Juniper
Lunch & Dinner
Selections from the regular menu will be offered for 2008 Restaurant Week, and they do not anticipate any upcharges. 

KAZ Sushi Bistro
Lunch & Dinner
KAZ will be participating for both lunch and dinner, and their menus from January 2007's Restaurant Week can be found here.

Kinkead's, an American Brasserie
Lunch only

Kinkead's has indicated that they will only be participating in DC Restaurant Week for lunch from Monday, the 14th, through Friday, the 18th, and that they are almost full already.  Their menu will feature selections from their menu with a few specials. 

La Bergerie
Lunch & Dinner
La Bergerie is going to offer selections from their normal menus - including souffles - without upcharges.  It should be noted that they also offer a $20 two-course prix fixe lunch every day and a $35 three-course set menu daily from 5-6:30 PM every Sunday through Thursday. 

La Chaumiere
Lunch only

La Chaumiere will offer selections from this menu for $20.08 from Monday through Friday (1/14-1/18) only. 

La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant - 7th Street, Alexandria, Clarendon & Rockville locations
Lunch & Dinner
The four La Tasca locations listed above are all offering the same special during Restaurant Week - all you can eat tapas from their regular menu for $20.08 at lunch and $30.08 at dinner. 

La Tomate
Dinner only

La Tomate will be offering several selections from their regular dinner menu, though the exact menu has not yet been determined.  They do not anticipate any upcharges.

Lavandou
Lunch & Dinner
Lavandou is offering set Restaurant Week menus for lunch and dinner, but patrons will also be able to order from the regular menu (though not at Restaurant Week prices).  It should be noted that Lavandou regularly offers three prix fixe menus every Wednesday night that offer three courses for $20.50, $26.50, and $31.50.

Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street and Crystal City locations
Dinner Only
Legal Sea Foods will offer a choice of Maryland Cream of Crab Soup or a Tortilla, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad as an appetizer.  Their entree choices will include their Signature Crab Cake Combo, Grilled Swordfish and Shrimp, a Fried Fisherman's Trio of shrimp, scallops and calamari, or a Yellowtail Flounder Stuffed with Crabmeat.  For dessert, they will offer Key Lime Pie or Boston Cream Pie. 

Leopold's Kafe
Dinner only

Leopold's Kafe will offer a unique menu for DC Restaurant Week that has not yet been posted, but patrons will be able to substitute for items from their standard menu for an upcharge.  They anticipate changing their Restaurant Week offerings midweek, as well, so you may want to call ahead.

LIA's Restaurant
Lunch & Dinner
Lunch Menu
Dinner Menu

The Liberty Tavern
Dinner only
Great participation from a relatively new restaurant!  Liberty Tavern will be offering any starter, any entree or pizza, and any dessert from their menu for $30.08 with no upcharges.

Lima Restaurant & Lounge
Dinner only
Lima's dinner menu changes weekly and has not yet been set for DC Restaurant Week, but their menu frequently features ceviches and entrees with a focus on South American flavors.

Mark and Orlando's
Lunch and Dinner
Mark and Orlando's will be offering their full menu for RW.

Mendocino Grille & Wine Bar
Dinner Only
Mendicino will offer their full menu and a few chef specials.

Mie N Yu
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Menus available here.

Mio Restaurant
Lunch and Dinner
Mio has both lunch and dinner DC Restaurant Week menus here on their website. Note that there are a couple of vegetarian options. Mio will also be extending RW Jan. 14-Jan. 31.

The Monacle on Capitol Hill
Lunch and Dinner
Both the generous lunch and dinner menus can be seen here.

New Heights
Dinner Only
New Heights is offering several imaginative choices for each category. RW menu here.

The Oval Room
Lunch and Dinner
Three course menu here.

Oya Restaurant and Lounge
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch and dinner menu on their website. Look under "menu". Oya is offering Restaurant Week for the entire month of January!

Oyamel
Lunch and Dinner
Oyamel is extending DC Restaurant Week through Jan. 28.

Perrys Restaurant
Dinner Only
Perry's is offering an extensive menu for DC Restaurant Week with only 2, $4 upcharges for beef and lamb.

Pinzimini in the Westin Gateway
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch menu here and dinner menu here.

Posh Restaurant & Supper Club
Dinner
Posh Restaurant is extending their DC Restaurant Week offer from until Feb. 2.

Poste Moderne Brasserie
Lunch and Dinner
Poste will be offering their full menu (plus or minus depending on the chef, last minute)

The Prime Rib
Lunch and Dinner
Luncheon and dinner menu here.

PS 7's Restaurant
Lunch and Dinner
PS 7's has a PDF page bookmarked on their website. Check back for details and book soon as they note they are filling up! PS 7's will also be extending RW an additional week according to someone who answered our call, but she didn't seem 100% sure. We will follow up to confirm.

Rasika
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch and dinner menu listed on their website here.

Restaurant K by Alison Swope
Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant K's RW menu will be posted on their website sometime the week of Jan. 8.

Ristorante iRicchi
Lunch and Dinner
A single menu is available here.

Ristorante Tosca
Dinner Only
Ristorante Tosca will be offering a version of their full a la carte menu.

Rasika
Lunch and Dinner
Rasika is offering a pretty comprehensive list of favorites for both lunch and dinner; a full list is available under the events section of their website.

Ristorante iRicchi
Lunch and Dinner
Ristorante iRicchi will be serving a special menu for both lunch and dinner-- the dinner menu is up and posted here.

Ristorante Piccolo
Lunch and Dinner
Ristorante Piccolo's menus are available on their web site.

Ristorante Tosca
Dinner only
Though this hasn't been confirmed, Tosca will likely offer a slightly altered version of their usually superb full menu with a few up charges. The menu should be posted here within the week.

Rock Creek Mazza
Dinner only
Rock Creek Mazza will be offering a special menu for dinner. It will be posted on their website by January 8th.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
Dinner only
Ruth's Chris will offer a limited menu with two choices of steak, one fish, and chicken. It will also include salad, side and dessert, also limited to two choices

Sake Club
Lunch and Dinner
Sake Club will be offering a sampling of sushi and items from the kitchen. An exact menu should be available on January 10th

Sea Catch
Lunch and Dinner
Sea Catch will be offering the following special Restaurant Week menu:

Lunch
Starter -- Choice of:
Soup of the Day
Caesar Salad
Sautéed Calamari

Entree -- Choice of:
Blackened Tilapia
Chicken Caesar Salad
Salmon Caesar Salad

Dessert -- Choice of:
Blueberry Cobbler
Chocolate Cake
Cheesecake

Dinner
Starter -- Choice of:
Soup of the Day
Caesar Salad
Risotto Shrimp Croquettes

Entree -- Choice of:
Grilled Salmon
Blackened Tilapia
Walnut Crusted Chicken Breast

Dessert -- Choice of:
Blueberry Cobbler
Chocolate Cake
Cheesecake

Seasons
Dinner only
The Four Seasons' resident restaurant will be offering the following "Tasting of Seasons" for dinner this January:

Starter:
Winter Citrus and Fennel Salad
House Cured Duck Prosciutto, Bibb Lettuce
Lemon- Licorice Vinaigrette
Or
Beluga Lentil Soup
Crispy Pork Belly, Slow Poached Quail Egg
Roasted Root Vegetables

Entree:
Caramelized Scallops
Cauliflower Puree, Sour Apples, Pea Leaves
Ras El Hanout Foam
Or
Organic Chicken Breast and Foie Gras Roulade
Celery Root Mash, Vinegar Braised Napa Cabbage

Dessert:
Pina Colada Creme Brûlée
Passion Fruit Macaroon
Or
Banana Chocolate Tart
Buttered Pecan Ice Cream

Sonoma
Dinner only
Sonoma will have their full menu available for DC Restaurant Week. For the first course, choose one selection from their ‘charcuterie’ section, with any one accent or one selection from their ‘salad & produce’ section or one selection from their ‘firsts’ section. For the second course, choose one selection from their ‘seconds’ section or one ‘pizza’ with any one ‘cheese’ and any one ‘addition’. For the third course, choose any dessert or cheese. There may be a few upcharges. Their current menu is on their web site.

Spezie
Lunch and Dinner
Spezie will be offering their full regular menu for lunch and dinner.

Stars Bistro and Bar
Lunch & Dinner
Lunch and dinner menu for DC Restaurant Week.

Stone's Throw Restaurant and Bar
Lunch and Dinner
The Woodley Park Marriot's Restaurant will be offering the following:
Lunch:
1st Course
Roast Pumpkin Soup
with Caramelized Pumpkin Kernels and Port Craisins
Or
Stone’s Thrown House Salad
Mixed field greens with sherry shallot vinaigrette, shaved carrots, sliced radish, and tear drop tomatoes

2nd Course
Prime Beef Tenderloin Tips
With St. Pete Bleu Cheese and Caramelized Onion Sauce, Rosemary Papardelle pasta, Cipollini Onions, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, and Arugula
Or
Roasted Wiled Striped Bass
Verjus Sauce, Braised Red Cabbage, and Parsley Risotto

3rd Course
Ricotta Brule
With honey raspberries
Or
Milk Chocolate Mousse
With salted caramel center

Dinner
1st Course
Roast Pumpkin Soup
With Caramelized Pumpkin Kernels and Port Craisins
Or
Stone’s Thrown House Salad
Mixed Field Greens with Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, Shaved Carrots, Sliced Radish, and Tear Drop Tomatoes

2nd  Course
Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast
With Szechuan Spice Crusted with Curry Coconut Chutney, Snow Pea Shoots, Passion Fruit and Gastrique Sauce
Or
Forest Blend Mushroom Ravioli
House Made Ravioli with Wild Forest Mushrooms, Fried Sage, with Pecorino Cheese and Pernod Cream Sauce
Or
Braised Kobe Beef
Truffled Mousseline Potatoes, Pysane Cut Mirepoix Vegetables, and Fried Celery Leaf

3rd Course
Ricotta Brule
With Honey Raspberries
Or
Milk Chocolate Mousse
With Salted Caramel Center

Sushi-Ko
Lunch & Dinner
Sushi Ko's lunch and dinner menus for DC Restaurant Week.

Tabaq Bistro
Dinner only
Tabaq's Restaurant Week menu is now posted on their website, and will be featured throughout the month of January!

Taberna del Alabardero
Lunch and Dinner
The Taberna will be offering the following small, but impressive menu for lunch and dinner.

Teatro Goldoni
Lunch and Dinner
The Teatro will be offering a special Restaurant Week menu for Lunch and Dinner through January 27th which is available here on their website.

TenPehn
Lunch and Dinner
TenPehn will be offering an extensive set of specials (tanamount to their complete menu) for both lunch an dinner, with a small upcharge on the lobster and lamb chops at dinner.

Tuscana West
Lunch and Dinner
DC Restaurant Week menus are posted on their website.

Urbana
Lunch and Dinner
Urbana will be offering its full lunch and dinner menu at Restaurant Week prices throughout. The menu is available on their website.

Trattoria Nicola's
Lunch and Dinner
The Embassy Suites' fine restaurant will be offering the following menu for Restaurant Week:

Lunch:
First Course:
Zuppa Pasta e Fagioli
(Traditional  Italian pasta with beans soup)
Or
Insalata Caprese
(Tomato & Mozzarella with fresh basil & olive oil)

Second Course:
Gnocchi ai Quattro formaggi
(Potato dumplings in a four cheeses sauce)
Or
Salmone al Salmoriglio
(Grilled salmon in a lemon, capers, garlic olive oil parsley sauce)
Or
Pollo alla griglia
(Thinly grilled chicken breast with capers, lemon and olive oil)

Dessert:
Semifreddo al croccante
(Semi-frozen Ice cream with almond brittle)
Or
Panna cotta ai frutti di bosco
(Italian pudding with wild berries)
Or
Tiramisu
(Espresso soaked ladyfinger layered with mascarpone, coffee liqueur and cocoa)

Dinner:
First Course:
Zuppa Pasta e Fagioli
(Traditional  Italian pasta with beans soup)
Or
Gamberi Fritti
(Lightly fried floured Shrimps served with garlic aioli and marinara)
Or
Insalata Nicola
(Our signature salad with field greens, sun dried tomatoes, sweet gorgonzola, pear and red onions in a balsamic vinaigrette)

Second Course:
Pappardelle al sugo di agnello
(Pappardelle pasta in a lamb & mushrooms ragu)
Or
Sogliola al Limone
(Lemon Sole in a citrus butter sauce )
Or
Fettine di maiale alla griglia con rosmarino e aglio
(Grilled pork chops in a rosemary, garlic olive oil sauce)

Dessert:
Semifreddo al croccante
(Semi-frozen Ice cream with almond brittle)
Or
Espresso crème Brule

Vegetate
Dinner Only
Vegetate will be offering their entire dinner menu for Restaurant Week.

Vidalia
Lunch and Dinner
Vidalia will be offering a full lunch menu and an expurgated dinner menu. A sample menu (subject to change) is available here.

Willow
Lunch and Dinner
Willow will be offering an extensive special menu for both lunch and dinner during DC Restaurant Week and will be offering it through January 27th. There is an optional wine pairing available for a nominal fee. The menu should be available here on their website as of January 6th.

Zaytinya
Lunch and Dinner
Zaytinya will be offering a limited menu for Restaurant Week: for lunch, guests will select a spread, vegetarian item, meat or fish item, and dessert; for dinner, its a spread, vegetarian item, meat item, seafood item, and a dessert. Their full restaurant week menu is available here.

Zola
Lunch and Dinner
As they have done since the event's inception, Zola will be offering their full lunch and dinner menu at Restaurant Week prices. Their current menus are available under the "Cuisine" section of their website.

Comments

jb

Daniella C. I went to Tosca last night too. Loved it as well, and did try the quail--it was fantastic, stuffed with sausage and garnished with tiny onions. My friends tried the branzino and risotto entrees. The risotto was kind of heavy but the branzino was fabulous, as were each of the 3 pasta appetizers we tried.

roo

Just went to the Morrison Clark Inn for RW--it was very good. Loved the shrimp and grits appetizer. The lamb duo with polenta and green beans was also terrific. And 3 cheers for the Inn for providing a vegetarian entree without prompting--a beautiful butternut squash risotto served in a gourd. My spouse loved the lemon chess pie and I also liked my toffee pudding, despite not having much of a sweet tooth.

Megan

Help!! We have the chance to go to either The Caucus Room, Sam and Harry's, Cafe Promenade, or Bobby Van's Steakhouse for Restaurant Week tonight. I don't see much mention of them in your reviews. Which, if any, do you recommend? Or should we bail on all of them and go to Outback? Thanks!!

Mike Bober

Megan - Sam & Harry's and the Caucus Room are owned by the same people, so I suspect they'll be offering similar menus. Having recently enjoyed a lunch at the Caucus Room, I can attest to their quality and their service. The location is nice, as well, depending on what time your reservation is - there are plenty of places nearby to go for a night-cap if you've got time for post-dinner cocktails.

I've never been to Cafe Promenade, so I can't speak to their quality.

Bobby Van's does steak very well, but I haven't tried any of their other offerings.

If the choice is one of these four or a chain, I would recommend flipping a coin (or several, if need be) among the four you mention. Personally, I'd probably opt for the Caucus Room.

Roo - Glad to hear that the Morrison Clark is doing Restaurant Week well. After a shaky period a while back, I've heard that they're definitely back on solid footing.

JoeN

Guys, just visited Domaso Trattoria today. They've decided to extend their RW deal to the whole month. [confirmed w/ Asst. GM]. Can you update that fantastic list? Very good place to eat, it's now in my top 3 Italian restaurants in the DC Metro area.

Mike Bober

Good to know, Joe - thanks for the heads up! Out of curiosity, what are your other two top Italian places?

My wife and I did dinner at Willow last night. Good, not great. Their menu offered plenty of selections, and the food was generally tasty, but it didn't really have much "wow" to it.

We started with the seared shrimp and the chestnut gnocchi with duck confit, both of which sounded delicious. The shrimp delivered on the flavor, but they were a little bit tough (as though they had been seared a bit too long). The gnocchi and duck didn't really live up to its billing, coming in a watery broth that seemed to have ruined the texture of the gnocchi. But our server was very understanding and replaced it with an outstanding spicy coconut chicken soup that could have been a meal unto itself.

For our entrees, we tried the potato-wrapped salmon and the sausage-stuffed rack of pork. The pork was wonderful - lean and juicy, with a great savory note from the sausage that was stuffed just under the skin.

We were a bit confused when our waiter asked my wife how she wanted her salmon prepared, as we had never been asked that before. We were told the chef normally does salmon "medium rare," so she decided to go with that. The potato crust was nicely crisped, but the salmon inside was a bit dry. Both entrees were well-matched with sides, and everything was subtly flavored - nowhere near as salty as many local restaurants seem to prefer.

Our desserts were rich and tasty - a thick slice of chocolate hazelnut layer cake and a dense chocolate tart offset by the sweet citrus flavor of a blood orange sorbet.

We opted for the wine pairings that were offered for $15 per person, and were pleased to see that each course was accompanied by a full serving of the selected wine - sparkling to start, a tempranillo with the entrees, and an Australian port with dessert. Definitely a value for the price, though I have a hard time accepting the concept that these three wines were "expertly paired" with each combination of appetizer, entree and dessert on the menu. When your entree list includes salmon, pork, chicken, beef, skate and tofu in a variety of sauces and presentations, is it possible to expertly pair a single wine with all six?

We definitely enjoyed our meal and were glad to have the opportunity to try out Willow, but it doesn't make our list of all-time best Restaurant Week experiences.

JoeN

Hey Mike,

Sorry haven't visited this page for sometime.

My other 2 favorites Italian restaurants in the area are Dino [Cleveland Park] and Notti Bianche [Foggy Bottom].

Dino I love for the rustic Italian food [good cheese selections here!], the FANTASTIC 250+ winelist [really a book moreso, owner Dean's irreverent musings are entertaining at least] that btw is only ~15% over retail by my judgement, quality service, good bartender, and owner Dean if asked is happy to choose an excellent paired wine to your meal.

Notti Bianche, old faithful. Great place to eat before or after a Kennedy Center event. Good service/food/wine. I know I wrote a lot by Dino, but I do like both equally [and Domaso after eating there 3 times, is quickly entering that same realm]

Neither place wins on decor style points, but that's fine by me. It's the food & service baby!

Sure there are others, like Al Crostino/Tiramisu [owned respectively by 2 brothers]. Good places as well, just I have my personal top-3.

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