Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week Updates: Procrastinators, Start Your Engines!

Restaurant Week If you haven't made your restaurant week reservations by now, you have no one but yourself to blame.  Even so, there are still some choice reservations out there...and there are plenty of restaurants that have chosen to extend their offering through the end of the month.

By now, most of the restaurants that are going to make their menus available ahead of time have already done so.  If you haven't been checking back at our original post, you should definitely take a look to see what we've got.

Plenty of new updates, including:
1789
Beacon Bar and Grill
Belga Cafe
Bezu
Bombay Club
D'Acqua
El Manantial
Fyve
Harry's Tap Room
IndeBleu
Juniper
La Chaumiere
Willow


Restaurant Week Updates: Have You Made Your Reservations Yet?

Restaurant Week  With ten days to go before the start of Restaurant Week (February 16th), many of the participating restaurants are publicizing their menus, with the caveat that menus can change based on the availability of ingredients.

But some of the most sought-after establishments have made it clear that they won't be able to publish their menus until after Valentine's Day, at which point they will serve more as coming attractions for those who already have reservations than as enticements for those who were thinking about checking them out.

And that's really the classic conflict that we all face as we approach Restaurant Week.  Do we lock in the most in-demand reservations early, hoping that we don't end up with menu options that leave us underwhelmed?  Or do we go with places that announce their menus as soon as the dates are up, foregoing the risk in favor of something we can count on?

We've been busy gathering menus over the past week - and we want to thank those of you who have helped by posting comments at our original post letting us know what you've found.

If you haven't already done so, we would highly recommend you think about making reservations soon.  And if your top choices haven't posted their menus yet, look back through our archives to see what they've offered in the past.  It's usually a good indication of how they'll play things this time around.

We're really pleased to see how many restaurants are extending their deals - some have started already, and others will be stretching Restaurant Week all the way through the end of the month.  So if you can't get your coveted reservation during the official week, you may still be able to take advantage the week after.

New Updates this week include:

14K
701
Adour
Ardeo/Bardeo
Bistro Bis and Vidalia
Black Salt
Farrah Olivia
Geranio
Il Mulino
La Tomate
New Heights
Passion Food Hospitality Restaurants (Acadiana, Ceiba, DC Coast, PassionFish, TenPenh)
Chef Geoff's, Chef Geoff's Downtown and LIA's
Vermillion

And there's more on the way!


Restaurant Week: The Wait Is Over, The Menus Have Started to Come In

Restaurant Week As promised, this year we're working to put up menus and other updates on Restaurant Week as soon as we get them so that you can make an informed decision about where to spend your dining dollars.  You'll be able to find all the updates in our original DC Restaurant Week post, so keep checking back there to see what's new.

We'll also be putting up regular notes like this one to let you know about what we're finding.  After all...knowing is half the battle.

One of the positive things we've found so far this year is the number of restaurants that are planning to extend their Restaurant Week promotions beyond the week of the 16th to the 22nd.  We've already got a list of a dozen restaurants that will allow you to take advantage of their RW deals the following week, as well.  Plan accordingly!

Menu updates this week:
Article One
Bastille
Daniel O'Connell's
Ceiba
Dino
Domaso
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
Firefly
Finemondo
Ici Urban Bistro
Jackson 20
KAZ Sushi Bistro
La Tasca
Lavandou
Le Chat Noir
Le Mistral
Lima
Melting Pot
Mie N Yu
Petit Plats
Poste
Sonoma
Taberna del Alabardero
The Willard Room
Zaytinya
Zola

So keep checking in with us for alerts about new menus as we receive them, and then look for them at our original DC Restaureant Week post

And don't forget to let us know where you'll be dining this Restaurant Week!


DC Restaurant Week Winter 2009

It's back!

DC Restaurant Week will return for its annual winter installment next month, pushed back a few weeks so as not to fall during the week of the inauguration.  From Monday, February 16th through Sunday, February 22nd, DC Foodies will be able to enjoy this season's special meal deals. 

For those of you new to the D.C. Metro area who are unfamiliar with what DC Restaurant Week is, here's a brief summary. DC Restaurant Week occurs twice a year during the slow restaurant season in the winter (usually January) and the late summer (usually August). During this time, participating restaurants (this is key because not ALL restaurants participate in the program) will offer lunch for $20.09 or dinner for $35.09. Some restaurants will offer their full menu while others will have a special Restaurant Week menu.

Choosing restaurants to visit can be a complex decision as some restaurants do Restaurant Week very well and others just phone it in. I encourage people to do a search for past DC Restaurant Week posts on this web site where people have written comments about their experiences at different restaurants when deciding on where to dine. Here are some brief pointers to use when choosing restaurants:

  1. Avoid "special" menus unless you know exactly what the restaurant is offering and it actually sounds interesting to you. Restaurants offering mos - or ideally all - of their normal menu are the restaurants to go to, as these are the best deals.
  2. Confirm with the restaurant when making a reservation that they are in fact participating in D.C. Restaurant Week.
  3. When choosing a restaurant, consider whether or not they always have a deal similar to the Restaurant Week offer. For instance, Cafe Atlantico always has a pre-theater prix-fixe menu.
  4. Some restaurants (as you can see in our previous menu lists below) participate in D.C. Restaurant Week for extended periods - sometimes as long as the entire month!  You might want to consider booking reservations at those restaurants outside the main Restaurant Week period. For most participating restaurants, D.C. Restaurant Weeks are the busiest times of the year, so they are likely to be crowded.

To simplify the process for people every six months, the D.C. Foodies writers compile a list of Restaurant Week menus for all of the participating restaurants and for a comprehensive map of the 170+ restaurants taking part this year, check out Capital Spice.

Take a look back at some of our previous posts while we start collecting menus from the participating restaurants.  This year we'll be posting updates every few days, so keep checking in to see if your restaurants have revealed their plans!

Past Restaurant Weeks:

Summer 2008 Menus
January 2008 Menus
August 2007 Menus

January 2007 Menus
August 2006 Menus
January 2006 Menus
August 2005 Menus
January 2005 Menus

If you have any additional questions about Restaurant Week or participating restaurants, don't hesitate to ask in the comments section below or email us at your convenience.

Enjoy!

Last Updated 2/5: Have you made your reservations yet?

As promised, here are the updates that we've gathered from participating restaurants:

Restaurants Offering Extended Restaurant Week deals:
1789 (1 additional week)
701 (1 additional week)
Adour (1 week)
Ardeo (1 week)
BlackSalt (Entire month of February)
Bombay Club (1 week)
Cafe Atlantico (1 week)
Cafe Bonaparte (Extending until March 8th)
Circle Bistro (1 week)
Dino (1 week)
Domaso (1 week)
Farrah Olivia (Entire month of February)
Hook (1 week)
Il Mulino (Entire month of February)
Jackson 20 (1 week)
Jaleo - all locations (1 week)
La Tomate (1 week)
Nage (Extending until March 1st)
New Heights (2 weeks)
Oval Room (1 week)
Overwood (1 week)
Oyamel (1 week)
Perry's (1 week)
Petit Plats (Entire month of February)
Prime Rib (1 week)
PS7's (1 week)
Rasika (1 week)
Urbana (1 week)
Vermillion (1 week)
Willow (1 week)
Zaytinya (1 week)

14K (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu

1789 (Dinner Only)
1789 will be offering its regularly available three-course prix-fixe menu for $35 during Restaurant Week (it normally runs $40).  Menus change regularly.

701 Restaurant (Lunch and Dinner)
Though they are still deciding what they will be offering at lunchtime, 701 has announced that they will be offering their entire menu at dinner.  They will also be extending their RW participation by one week.

Acadiana (Lunch and Dinner)
The Passion Food Hospitality restaurants will offer Restaurant Menus that allow you to choose any entree (some with upcharges) along with a selection of appetizers and desserts.  Download Acadiana Menus .

Adour (Lunch Only)
Download Adour Menu

Agraria (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu

Ardeo / Bardeo (Lunch and Dinner)
Ardeo will be offering its full menu with some upcharges for Restaurant Week.

Article One (Dinner Only)
Download Article One Menu

Asia Nine (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Asia Nine Menus

Bastille (Dinner Only)
First Course
Soupe du jour
Frisee and goat cheese cromesqui, cranberries, toasted hazelnuts, shallot vinaigrette
Belgium endives and frisee salad, apple, Gruyere, walnuts, Dijon-cider vinaigrette
Calamari and shrimp beignets*, sheep milk yogurt & harissa dip
Duo of foie gras on brioche toasts and seasonal chutney (Supplemental: $10)

Entrée
"Coq au vin": braised chicken leg with lardons, mushrooms, onions & red wine sauce
-Served with traditional pommes puree and seasonal vegetables
Bastille Bouillabaisse: Market seafood poached in rich tomato-saffron broth,
-With potatoes, leeks, carrots, and rouille crostini
Grilled Branzino filet*, Balsamic-tomato-caper vinaigrette
Winter squash and sage risotto
Pan-roasted Moullard Duck breast* & confit leg, Port fig reduction
Canelini bean cassoulet, seasonal vegetables
Bastille signature hanger steak, shallot cabernet sauce
-Pommes frites

Cheese course (Optional Course: Add $9)
Trio of Artisanal cheeses with house made condiments

Dessert
Cherry and Almond Chocolate fondant, amaretto Sabayon
Pumpkin Crème Caramel, maple glazed walnuts
Warm local apple tatin, with crème fraiche sabayon
Madagascar Vanilla bean crème brûlée

Beacon Bar and Grill (Lunch and Dinner)
Beacon will be offering their full menu during Restaurant Week

Bezu (Lunch and Dinner)
Bezu's menus are available on their website, which uses Flash so we can't provide a direct link.

Bistro Bis (Lunch and Dinner)
Thanks to Reuben for pointing out their Restaurant Week Menus.  Check out their website, then click on "Other Menus" under "Menus."  Unfortunately, more than half of the items on their menu carry upcharges between $2 and $7...including a $4 upcharge for a dessert of fresh berries!

Bistrot Lepic (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Bistrot Lepic Lunch  and Download Bistrot Lepic Dinner

Black Salt (Lunch Only)
Download Black Salt Menu

Bombay Club (Lunch and Dinner)
Bombay Club's menus are available on their website under "Events"

Cafe Atlantico (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu

Ceiba (Lunch and Dinner)
The Passion Food Hospitality restaurants will offer Restaurant Menus that allow you to choose any entree (some with upcharges) along with a selection of appetizers and desserts.  Download Ceiba Menus
Chef Geoff's (Lunch and Dinner)
Chef Geoff's, Chef Geoff's Downtown and LIA'S are pleased to offer a choice of any starter, soup or salad, followed by any entree, followed by any dessert.  Full Menu Here.

Chef Geoff's Downtown (Lunch and Dinner)
Chef Geoff's, Chef Geoff's Downtown and LIA'S are pleased to offer a choice of any starter, soup or salad, followed by any entree, followed by any dessert.  Full Menu Here.

D'Acqua (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch and Dinner Menus (and other specials)

Daniel O'Connell's (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Daniel Oconnell Lunch  and Download Daniel Oconnell Dinner

DC Coast (Lunch and Dinner)
The Passion Food Hospitality restaurants will offer Restaurant Menus that allow you to choose any entree (some with upcharges) along with a selection of appetizers and desserts.  Download DC Coast Menus .

Dino (Dinner Only)
3 courses for $35.09 including a starter of crostini & toppings and a glass of grappa, "cello" or dessert wine. We will also have a selection of wines discounted to $35.09 as well. 

Just a note: there is no free corkage, happy hour or Menu della Sera during Restaurant Week and the following week.

Domaso (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Domaso Lunch and Download Domaso Dinner

El Manantial (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch: $20.09
Appetizer:
SOUP OF THE DAY (Please ask your server)
MESCLUM SALAD (Mixture of greens served with the house dressing)
SHRIMP IN GARLIC SAUCE (Sautéed shrimp in olive oil & garlic sauce)
Main Courses:
CHICKEN CAESAR (Grilled chicken breast served in slices over Caesar salad)
BLACKENED TILAPIA (Sautéed tilapia w/ blackened seasoning served w/ creamy cognac sauce)
BEEF STROGANOFF (Sautéed beef tips w/ onions & mushrooms, served w/ rice or pasta)
FROM OUR BRICK OVEN PIZZA (Any 8” Inches Pizza)
AVOCADO AND CRABMEAT SALAD (Stuffed avocado w/ crabmeat over lettuce)
Desserts:
TRES LECHES (Latin style cake [three milks cake])
CREAM CARAMEL
REGULAR OR DECAFFEINATED COFFEE INCLUDED 

Dinner: $35.09

Appetizer:

SOUP OF THE DAY (Please ask your server)

SPINACH SALAD (Fresh baby spinach served w/ heart of palms & feta cheese)

CALAMARI (Lightly flash- fried squids served w/ pink marinated onions & pink olio sauce)

Main Courses:

N.Y. STRIP LOIN (Certified Angus beef steak served creamy cognac sauce)

CHICKEN SCALOPPINI (Tenderize chicken breast served w/shallots creamy cognac sauce)

BLACKENED TILAPIA (Little bit spicy tilapia served w/ creamy cognac sauce)

PORK CHOP (Pan fried pork chop served w/ light mustard sauce)

SEAFOOD PAELLA (Steamed rice w/ seafood in saffron sauce)

Desserts:

TRES LECHES (Latin style cake [three milks cake])

FRESH BANANA & CHOCLATE MOUSSE TART

REGULAR OR DECAFFEINATED COFFEE INCLUDED

Farrah Olivia (Brunch, Lunch and Dinner)

Brunch: $20.09
Any three courses from the brunch menu

Lunch: $20.09
First Course:
Painted soup (smoky chestnut, gingery squash, beet cider)
Organic green salad
White grit cake (cinnamon cider squash, candied red cabbage)
Second Course:
Tarragon gnudi (with arugula salad)
Pan roasted chicken (pecan crusted with mushroom mac and cheese)
Arctic char (with yucca couscous)
Dessert:
Almond panna cotta
Chocolate espresso cheesecake
Vanilla crème brulee

FIRST COURSE
sourdough beignets | caramelized apples | candied red cabbage
shocked escolar | soy pearls | pickled zucchini| shiso powder
new england style chowder | crispy bacon | potato crunch
selected organic greens | crisp shallots | carrot vinaigrette
SECOND COURSE
pan roasted chicken breast | curry banana crust | soft black barley risotto
parmesan gnudi | white asparagus | butternut squash emulsion
cinnamon roasted pork loin |  sweet potato | african cabbage confit
braised beef short ribs |  cream of mushrooms | BBQ jus
wild caught haddock | lentil puree | essence of lime leaves | curry pearls
DESSERT COURSE
almond panna cotta | poached quince | mambrio linzer
chocolate espresso cheesecake | creme fraiche | apricot sauce
black current sorbet | champagne ice | lemon shortbread

Filomena Ristorante (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Dinner Only)

Appetizer: Caesar Salad or New England Clam Chowder

Entrée: Filet Mignon Vigneron, Olive Dijon butter & mushrooms forestiere; Spicy Grilled Shrimp, Tomato pesto cream sauce & crispy risotto cake; Cabernet Braised Lamb Shank, Pan jus & cannelloni beans

Side Dish: (Choice of one) Mashed Potatoes or Asparagus or creamed spinach

Dessert: Milk & Warm Cookies or Sorbet or Cheesecake

 

Firefly (Brunch, Lunch and Dinner) 

Download Firefly Brunch, Download Firefly Lunch and Download Firefly Dinner

 

Finemondo (Lunch and Dinner)

Lunch: $20.09 and $25.09

Guests will be able to choose off Finemondo’s regular menu. For $20.09, diners can select one appetizer, one pasta and one desert. For $25.09, diners can select one appetizer, one meat or fish dish and one dessert.

Dinner: $35.09

Guests will be able to choose one appetizer, one entrée and dessert off the regular menu.

(There may be some mark up on certain dinner entrees, but it would not exceed $40.09.)

 

Founding Farmers (Dinner Only)
Dinner Menu

 

Fyve (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch: $20.09
Appetizers:
Creamy Chick Pea Soup (Carrot, Cumin and Garlic, Grilled Bread)
Straight from Path Valley (Local Field Greens, Blue Cheese, Grapefruit, Aged Sherry Vinaigrette)
Mini Meatballs (Homemade Veal, Beef and Pork Meatballs, Parmesan Polenta)

Entrees:
Beef Short Ribs (Mustard Apple Brussels Sprouts, Celery Root Puree)
East Coast Halibut (Cauliflower Risotto, Sausage Leek Cream Sauce)
Maccheroni Quattro Formaggi (Mac n Cheese Four Cheeses, Garlic Bread Crumbs)
Desserts:
Panna Cotta Trio (Vanilla, Raspberry, Blackberry)
Valrhona Chocolate Cake (Winter Citrus Shot)

 

 Dinner: $35.09

Appetizers:
Creamy Chick Pea Soup (Carrot, Cumin and Garlic, Grilled Bread)
Straight from Path Valley (Local Field Greens, Blue Cheese, Grapefruit, Aged Sherry Vinaigrette)
Fig Fusion (Creamy Goat Cheese, Fig Marmalade, Fig Newton and Arugula)
Mini Meatballs (Homemade Veal, Beef and Pork Meatballs, Parmesan Polenta)
A Little Luxury (Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops, Grapefruit Caviar Sauce - $5 surcharge)
 

Entrees:

Beef Short Ribs (Mustard Apple Brussels Sprouts, Celery Root Puree)

Rabbit Stew (Pancetta, Onion, Tomato, Olives, Soft Polenta)

East Coast Halibut (Cauliflower Risotto, Sausage Leek Cream Sauce)

Cavatelli Al Curry (Homemade Ricotta Shells, Curried Shrimp Cream)

Fettuccine Al Burro (Homemade Fettuccine with Butter, Parmesan and Cracked Pepper)

Maccheroni Quattro Formaggi (Mac n Cheese Four Cheeses, Garlic Bread Crumbs) 

Desserts:

Panna Cotta Trio (Vanilla, Raspberry, Blackberry)

Valrhona Chocolate Cake (Winter Citrus Shot)

Geranio (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Geranio Lunch  and Download Geranio Dinner

 

Grille at the Morrison House (Dinner Only)
Appetizer: Curried Mussel Soup or Winter Green Salad
Entree: Pan-Roasted Rockfish with Parsnip Puree and Crispy Sea Beans or Braised Beef Cheeks with Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms
Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie or Apple Cake

 

Harry's Tap Room - Clarendon (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu

 

Harry's Tap Room - Pentagon City (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu

Ici Urban Bistro (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Ici Urban Bistro Lunch and Download Ici Urban Bistro Dinner

Il Mulino (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Il Mulino Menus

 

Indebleu (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch and Dinner Menus

Jackson 20 (Lunch and Dinner)
Guests may choose an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert from the existing menu. Lunch: $20.09, Dinner: $35.09

 

Juniper (Lunch and Dinner)

Lunch: $20.09
Organic Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio (Crisp Capers, White Truffle Oil, Sea Salt)

Roasted Virginia Quail (Creamed Celeriac, Seasonal Root Vegetables)

Juniper’s Soup du Jour 

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Chesapeake Bay

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (Maryland- Style Succotash, Tarragon Aioli, Organic Mache)

Pennsylvania

Amish Roasted Chicken ( Parsnip Cream, Braised

Savoy

Cabbage, Marsala Pan Jus)

Steak-Frites (Black

Mission

Fig, Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad) 

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Chef’s Miniature Dessert Sampler (Vanilla Crème Brulée, Strawberry Crumble with Ice-Cream, Milk Chocolate Lollipop)

Dinner: $35.09

Maryland

Crab Soup (Peppered Spoon Biscuit)                                    

Organic Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio (Crisp Capers, White Truffle Oil, Sea Salt)

Baby Arugula and Black

Mission

Fig Salad (Prosciutto, Crumbled Gorgonzola, Balsamic Vinaigrette)   

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Chesapeake Bay

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (Maryland- Style Succotash, Tarragon Aioli, Organic Mache)

Steak–Frites (Grass-Fed Rib-Eye steak, Fresh Herb Butter, House Cut French Fries)

Pan Seared Atlantic Rockfish (

Old

Bay

Shoestring Potatoes, Wilted Red Chard, Horseradish Soubise) 

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Chef’s Miniature Dessert Sampler (Vanilla Crème Brulée, Strawberry Crumble with Ice Cream, Milk Chocolate Lollipop)

 

KAZ Sushi Bistro (Lunch and Dinner)
Download KAZ_Sushi_Restaurant_Week_Menu

 

La Chaumiere (Lunch Only)
Download La Chaumiere 

 

La Tasca (Lunch and Dinner)
Download La Tasca Menu

 

La Tomate (Lunch and Dinner)
Download La Tomate Menu

 

Lavandou (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Lavandou Lunch and Download Lavandou Dinner

 

Le Chat Noir (Dinner Only)
"Customers will make their three course selections from our a la carte dinner menu and our daily specials."  Le Chat Noir usually sets their a la carte menu a day or two in advance, so check the website before you visit.

 

Le Mistral (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Le Mistral Lunch and Download Le Mistral Dinner

 

LIA's (Lunch and Dinner)
Chef Geoff's, Chef Geoff's Downtown and LIA'S are pleased to offer a choice of any starter, soup or salad, followed by any entree, followed by any dessert.  Full Menu Here.

 

Liberty Tavern (Dinner Only)
Liberty Tavern will be offering their entire menu for Restaurant Week, as they have in the past.  Any appetizer, any entree and any dessert for $35.09.  Full Menu Here.

 

Lima (Dinner Only)
Download Lima Menu

 

Melting Pot (Dinner Only)
Download Melting Pot Menu

 

Mie N Yu (Brunch, Lunch and Dinner)
Download Mie N Yu Lunch Brunch and Download Mie N Yu Dinner

 

Nage (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch and Dinner Menus

 

New Heights (Dinner Only)
First Courses

tuscan bean soup  house corned beef, celery

baby winter greens  goat cheese, hazelnuts, pomegranate vinaigrette

crispy chesapeake oysters  romesco sauce

smoked trout salad  arugula, grapefruit, almonds

 

Main Courses

pan roasted atlantic grouper  Jerusalem artichoke puree, preserved lemon, salsa verde

braised beef brisket  cocos beans cassoulet, crispy broccolini

black olive risotto  caramelized cippolini, roasted salsify

cornish game hen  rutabaga gratin, wheat berries, parsnip emulsion

grilled flat iron steak  celeriac puree, fried capers, dried olives ($10 upcharge)

 

Desserts

rose water crème brulee

malted chocolate torte  apricot cream, toasted coconut mousse

winter fruit crisp  vanilla ice cream

 

Overwood (Lunch & Dinner)
Download Overwood Lunch  and Download Overwood Dinner

 

PassionFish (Lunch & Dinner)
The Passion Food Hospitality restaurants will offer Restaurant Menus that allow you to choose any entree (some with upcharges) along with a selection of appetizers and desserts.  Download PassionFish Menus

 

Perry's (Dinner Only)
One small plate, one big plate and one dessert.  Download Perrys Menu

 

Petit Plats (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Petit Plats Menu

 

Poste (Brunch, Lunch and Dinner)
Download Poste Brunch, Download Poste Lunch and Download Poste Dinner

 

Sonoma Restaurant (Lunch and Dinner)
Sonoma will be offering their entire regular menus to Restaurant Week patrons.

Taberna del Alabardero (Lunch and Dinner)
Download Taberna del Alaberdero Menu

TenPenh (Lunch and Dinner)
The Passion Food Hospitality restaurants will offer Restaurant Menus that allow you to choose any entree (some with upcharges) along with a selection of appetizers and desserts.  Download TenPenh Menus .

Vermillion (Lunch and Dinner)
Lunch Menu:
First Course
Cornmeal hushpuppies with bread & butter pickles & 3 dipping sauces
Butternut squash soup with gala apple, amaretti cookies & pumpkin seed oil
Davon crest blend with local salad greens tossed with balsamic vinegar & imported olive oil

Second course
Coq au vin, pinot braised chicken thighs & legs with glazed vegetables & fried bread
"Monte Cristo," batter fried hazelnut butter & spiced pear jelly sammies with waffle chips
The "Cuban," braised pork, Va ham, Tallegio cheese & pickled jalapeno

Third course
Chocolate cream pie with bananas 2 ways & smoked caramel
Buttermilk chess pie with bergamot ice cream & kumquat marmalade

Dinner Menu:
First course
Butternut squash soup with gala apple, crushed amaretti cookies & pumpkin seed oil
Crispy VA oysters with shaved fennel, red onion and tangy slaw dressing
County pate with grilled oyster mushrooms, pickled egg, bacon & sherry vinaigrette

Second Course
Scottish salmon with baby bok choy, winter citrus & ginger carrot puree
Grilled bistro filet with caraway spaetzle, alsacian cabbage & red wine sauce
Handmade fettuccini with trumpet mushrooms, mascarpone cream & garlic breadcrumbs

Third course
Chocolate cream pie with bananas 2 ways & smoked caramel
Buttermilk chess pie with bergamot ice cream & kumquat marmalade

Vidalia (Lunch and Dinner)
Vidalia's menus are available on their website: Under "Menus" click on "Other Menus."  They are offering a unique take on dinner: create your own three-course tasting menu from four courses' worth of selections for $35.09, or splurge for a five-course menu for $50.09.  The entire table must choose the same menu if the five-course option is selected.

The Willard Room (Dinner Only)
The Willard Room will be offering several selections from their standard menu for Restaurant Week, though the final lineup has not yet been decided.

 

Willow (Dinner Only)
Restaurant Week Menu

Zola (Lunch and Dinner)
Zola will be offering their entire regular menus to Restaurant Week patrons.


DC Restaurant Week - Jan 2007

Click here to see the most recent details on the current DC Restaurant Week.

Wow, did the year fly by. I feel like it was just yesterday that I did the post for the last D.C. Restaurant Week and here we are with the New Year right upon us.

D.C. Restaurant Week will be Monday January 8 through Sunday January 14. I confirmed with Washington.org today and their web site should be updated by next week with the full list of participating restaurants, so stay tuned for updates.

I'm hoping to find the time to do my usual recommendations post soon after that comes out, but if you want to make a reservation sooner rather than later, refer to my post from the last D.C. Restaurant Week. Just make sure you check that they are participating again.

Update: The Washington.org site has updated the list of participating restaurants, which is really no different than previous Restaurant Weeks. New restaurants on the list this year include Farrah Olivia, Indigo Landing, Lia's, and PS 7's so you'll probably want to book them first as most people want to try them. Now that the list is up, I'll be updating this post with as many menus as I can track down. Stay tuned...

Update: Below are the restaurants that have their menus posted online or have sent me their menus. As usual, Dino is first on the draw and has sent me their menu.

Dino
Extending Restaurant Week for the entire month of January!

Dinner Only
1st Course: Any antipasto or Small plate or a 3 cheese plate
2nd Course: Any dish
Dessert Course: Any dessert

14K Restaurant
Lunch and Dinner
14K's Restaurant Week menu for Lunch and Dinner.

15Ria
Lunch and Dinner
15 Ria has their lunch and dinner menu on their web site.

701 Restaurant
Lunch and Dinner
701 usually posts their Restaurant Week menu on their web site in the events page.

Agua Ardiente
Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant Week menus available on their web site.

Aria Trattoria
Dinner Only
Aria Trattoria's Restaurant Week menu is available here.

Bistro Bis/Vidalia
Lunch and Dinner
Bistro Bis and Vidalia post sample menus here. Call the restaurant for their actual menu.

The Bombay Club
Lunch and Dinner
Bombay Club's web site has their menu posted. Click on events and then Restaurant Week.

Butterfield 9
Lunch and Dinner
Butterfield 9 has extended their Restaurant Week menu an extra week until the 21st. Lunch and Dinner menus are posted on their web site.

Cafe Saint Ex
Dinner Only
St. Ex has a similar deal to D.C. Restaurant Week daily at the restaurant. I imagine, they're just continuing this during Restaurant Week as well. For any three courses on the menu, $28 for before 7 PM, and $32 after. Go here for an example of their menu.

Ceiba. DC Coast, Acadiana, Ten Pehn
Lunch and Dinner
Ceiba, as well as the other restaurants that are part of the Passion Food restaurant group (Acadiana, DC Coast, Ten Pehn) always offer a good majority of their menu during restaurant week. A few things are held off, but the resulting menu usually gives a good feel for what the normal experience is at the restaurant.

Circle Bistro, Dish, Notti Bianche
Lunch and Dinner
Circle Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, and usually offers their full menu for DC Restaurant Week as do it's sister restaurants, Dish and Notti Bianche. The latest copy of their menus can be found here, here, and here.

Colvin Run Tavern
Lunch and Dinner
Colvin Run Tavern is offering the Restaurant Week special for the entire month of January. So if I were someone that wanted to try Colvin Run Tavern, I might skip Restaurant Week, and go later in the month...They usually offer a very significant portion of their regular menu.

Corduroy
Lunch and Dinner
Corduroy always offers their full menu for Restaurant Week with a couple upcharges for the more expensive items. This is definitely a must for the first time Restaurant Week diner. I've always had good experiences at Corduroy during restaurant week.

Farrah Olivia
Lunch and Dinner
Completely Booked on open table intil the 16th. This is where I (and everyone else) wanted to go, but OpenTable has them booked until Jan 16th...Perhaps try calling the restaurant to see if they have any cancellations.

Georgia Browns
Dinner Only
Georgia Browns always posts their Restaurant Week menu on their web site.

Inde Bleu
Lunch and Dinner
Inde Bleu's Restaurant Week menu can be found here.

Kaz Sushi Bistro
Lunch and Dinner
Their Restaurant Week menu is available on their site, fairly limited compared to their normal menu, but it might be worth a try?...

Mie n Yu
Lunch and Dinner
Mie n Yu has extended Restaurant Week until the 21st. Their menu is available here.

New Heights Restaurant
Dinner Only
New Heights has their menu posted on their web site.

Neyla
Dinner Only
Neyla's Restaurant Week Menu is available on their web site.

Obi Sushi
Dinner Only
Check out Obi Sushi's Restaurant Week menu on their web site.

Oya Restaurant & Lounge
Lunch and Dinner
Oya will be extending Restaurant Week throughout January but there's not info on their web site about what they're offering. My hope is it's their full menu because it looks and sounds soooo good.

Oval Room
Lunch and Dinner
Oval Room has their Restaurant Week menu posted on their web site. Click on "Events".

PS 7
Lunch and Dinner
PS 7's lunch and dinner DC Restaurant Week menu.  Their dinner has a bunch of upcharges, but man does it sound yummy! Update: PS 7s has extended DC Restaurant Week the entire month of January.

Restaurant Kolumbia
Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant Kolumbia now has their web site updated with their Restaurant Week menu for lunch and dinner.

Tabard Inn
Lunch and Dinner
I like Tabard in a lot. Their menu is great for taking visiting relatives since it has a wide variety of food to please everyone and it's adventurous at the same time. Tabard Inn usually offers a good portion of their menu for Restaurant Week and I highly recommend it.

Taberna del Alabardero
Lunch and Dinner
Taberna's Restaurant week menu can be found here.

Tosca
Dinner Only
In past Restaurant Weeks, Tosca has always had their full menu available. My suspicion is that they will be doing the same thing this year, but you should call and check.

Viridian
Dinner Only

Viridian usually offers their full menu for Restaurant Week and it's a pretty good deal. Plus, they have a new chef and I'm sure they'll be trying to make a good impression on the new diners. I was pretty surprised at how good the service was at Viridian during the last Restaurant Week.

Wasabi
Lunch and Dinner
Wasabi is offering their full menu for both lunch and dinner. Lunch includes any 5 plates, and dinner includes any 7 plates plus a sake cocktail.

Willow
Lunch and Dinner
Willow is extending Restaurant Week and additional week and offers a wine pairing for $15 additional. There menus are below.

Dinner:
Appetizers

  • Butternut Squash Bisque with Toasted Pepita Seeds and Sage Oil (V)
  • Pear and Walnut Salad with Endive and Blue Cheese (V)
  • Soup Du Jour
  • Miniature Continental Flat Bread with Broccoli Rabe and Imported Salami
  • Potato and Caramelized Onion Ravioli with Seared Shrimp, Bacon and Tomato Broth

Wine Pairing

  • Vanti Bianco, Vino de Tavola, Italy, 2005

Entrees

  • *Herb Crusted Flounder Filet -- Mushroom Agnolotti, Creamy Cauliflower Purée and Warm Truffle Vinaigrette
  • Marinated and Fried Tofu (V) --Potato, olive and Caper Tart, Braised Fennel and a Tomato Basil Broth
  • Willow's Fried Chicken -- Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Swiss Chard and a Spicy Rosemary Dipping  Sauce
  • *Tournedos of Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon -- Potato Tart, Red Wine Mushrooms, Crispy Onion Rings and Beef Jus

Wine Pairing

  • Cahors, Cedre "Heritage", France, 2003

Desserts

  • Pear and Hazelnut Crumble with Danish Cream Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Mouse Pie with a Three Nut Crust
  • Layer Cake of the Day

Wine Pairing

  • Ceron, Chateau L'Oree dr Bel Air, France, 2004 or Jonesy Rare Aged "Port", Australia, NV

Lunch:
Appetizers

  • Butternut Squash Bisque with Toasted Pepita Seeds and Sage Oil (V)
  • Baby Butter Lettuce "Wedge" Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese, Red Onion and Bacon
  • Soup Du Jour
  • Steamed Mussels in a Tomato & Sherry Broth with Picholine Olives, Orzo and Fennel

Wine Pairing

  • Vanti Bianco, Vino de Tavola, Italy, 2005

Entrees

  • Crispy Duck Confit --French Green Lentils and a Wilted Spinach and Apple Wood Smoked Bacon Salad
  • Chicken Milanese with Dijon Crust -- Arugula, Red Onion, Caper Salad with Lemon
  • Beef "Pot Pie" -- Pearl Onions, Potatoes, and Red Wine Sauce in Savory Puff Pastry
  • Toasted Barley and Herb Risotto with Goat's Cheese "Beggar's Purse" (V) --Butter Poached Artichokes, Broccoli Rabe and Basil Oil

Wine Pairing

  • Cahors, Cedre "Heritage", France, 2003

Desserts

  • Pear and Hazelnut Crumble with Danish Cream Ice Cream
  • Lemon Cream Tart with Warm Blackberry Sauce
  • Layer Cake of the Day

Wine Pairing

  • Ceron, Chateau L'Oree dr Bel Air, France, 2004 or Jonesy Rare Aged "Port", Australia, NV

Zengo
Lunch and Dinner
Zengo's Restaurant Week menu is available on their web site.


DC Restaurant Week - August 2006

Click for information on the latest D.C. Restaurant Week

OK. The list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week is up again and the usual restaurants are participating. 1789, which is usually one of the more popular choices for Restaurant Week, is NOT participating, although with a new chef and a regular pre-theater menu, I'm not surprised they bowed out.

I haven't received many responses to my inquiries yet, but when I do, I'll start posting what the restaurants are offering. If you can't wait to make your reservations, then I'd suggest that you go with one of these suggestions.

Corduroy
Corduroy is one of my favorite restaurants in the city due to their superior service, food, and wine. They always offer their full menu during Restaurant Week with a few upcharges, and with most entrees between $20 and $30, Restaurant Week makes Corduroy a very good deal.

Vidalia
Vidalia offers most of their regular menu for Restaurant Week. Their food is exceptional, and their wine list even better.

Ristorante Tosca
Tosca is probably one of the better and more expensive Italian restaurants in the city which makes it a great deal during Restaurant Week.

Kinkeads
Kinkeads doesn't normally offer dinner service as part of their Restaurant Week offering. Since this is likely not to occur again, I'd take advantage of this while you can.

Also, here are some rules/tips for Restaurant Week for you newbies out there.

  1. Make sure when you make the reservation, that you tell the person on the phone that you are going to order the Restaurant Week menu.
  2. Go somewhere new. Take advantage of this offer and try a restaurant that you wouldn't normally go to.
  3. Think about how much you are actually saving by dining during Restaurant Week. Places that offer small plate or tapas probably wont give you the best bang for your buck.
  4. Keep in mind that this is one of the busiest times of the year for restaurants and they make their money on volume, so please be sure to be courtious and call to cancel your reservation if you can't make it.
  5. Have fun!

This also could be a good time to go to one of those restaurants that ISN'T participating in Restaurant Week. Everyone is crowding into restaurants that ARE participating, which makes it easier to get a reservation at places like Komi or Palena. Just a thought.

Here is the information on menus for Restaurant Week that I have:

100 King
Offering their Restaurant Week Menu throughout August for dinner starting on August 7th

Starters (choice of):
Gazpacho
Hommos
Greek Salad
Zucchini Cakes
Moroccan Merguez Sausage
Fried Calamari

Entrees (choice of):
Sauteed Hybrid Bass with Garlic Broccolini, Fingerling Potatoes and Basil Sauce
or
Roasted Chicken Breast with Olive Oil Garlic Mashed Potatoes
or
Mixed Grill Kabob served with Basmati Rice and Yoghurt Mint Dip

Dessert (choice of):
Peach Tatin
or
Tiramisu

14K
Restaurant Week menu available here.

701 Restaurant
Restaurant Week menu available here.

Acadiana
Lunch And Dinner Menu
Appetizer (choice of):
Heirloom Tomato Goat Cheese Tart with a Creole Viniagrette and Arugula Salad
or
any of our delicious homemade soups-Smoked Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo, Sweet Corn and Crab soup or Turtle Soup
or
Trio of Deviled Eggs
or
Mixed Greens with a Creole Molasses Viniagrette
Entrees:
CHOICE OF ANY!!!

Desserts (choice of):
Cafe au Lait Creme Brulee, Lemon Panna Cotta with Vanilla stewed Blueberries, or Bittersweet Chocolate Bread Pudding with Brandy Stewed Cherries

Beacon Bar and Grill
Select from any Appetizer, Entree and Dessert on the menu. Full menu available here.

Bistro Bis
Offering it's entire menu for Restaurant Week. A "sample" menu is available here.

Bombay Club
Offering a special full menu for Restaurant Week. Their menu is available on their web site. Click "Events" and then "Restaurant Week".

Butterfield 9
Offering a pre-Restaurant week menu Aug. 7th through 13th. Click here for the menu.
Also extenting Restaurant Week Until the 27th. Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu available online.

Ceiba
Usually offers a wide selection of normal appetizers, entrees and desserts. Their menu isn't available online but double check the offering when you make a reservation.

Circle Bistro
Usually offers their full menu during Restaurant Week. Double check their offering when you make your reservation.

Corduroy
Corduroy always offers their full menu for Restaurant Week. Check their web site for the most recent menu.

Dino
Offering Restaurant Week option thru Thursday August 24.
Full menu available
First course: any small plate up to $12
Second course: any item up to $22
Dessert: Any dessert
Special 3 wine flight to go with restaurant for $10.
See the Dino Web Site for the most recent menu.

Equinox
Offering a special tasting menu for dinner during Restaurant Week. Click here to see the menu.

Finn and Porter
Full menu available for Restaurant Week diners. See their menus here.

Georgia Browns
Their full menu is now available on their web site.

Indeblue
Will be extending their Restaurant Week offering an additional week to the 27th. Their dinner menu  and lunch menu can be found here and here.

Mie N Yu
Offering the Restaurant Week menu through August 27th. Lunch and dinner, and brunch menus available on their web site.

New Heights Restaurant
Their full Restaurant Week dinner menu is available on their web site.

Neyla
Neyla's Restaurant Week menu can be found on their web site.

Oya Restaurant
Offering their Restaurant Week Menu from August 1 to September 9th.

Paolo's Ristorante
Full Restaurant Week menu is on their web site.

Perry's Restaurant
Perry's has an extensive dinner offering for Restaurant Week. You can find their complete menu here.

Restaurant Kolumbia
Offering a max of three choices for each course on their lunch and dinner menus, although the dishes sound pretty good. Full menus can be found here.

Taberna del Alabardero
Their lunch menu is here, and their dinner menu for Restaurant Week is here, but their web site doesn't work with Firefox.

Vegetate
Their Restaurant Week menu will be available here soon.

Vidalia
Sample Restaurant Week menu available here.

Viridian
Offering their full regular menu for Restaurant Week for lunch and dinner. Their menus can be found here. Update: Viridian is extending Restaurant Week through next week as well. Just an FYI.


DC Restaurant Week - Jan 2006

For info about the most recent DC Restaurant Week go here.

Update: The following restaurants have confirmed with me that they're extending the Restaurant Week special another week.

Sea Catch Restaurant - through the 21st
CABANAS - menu available at dcseafood.com
Nick's Riverside Grille - menu available at dcseafood.com
Tony and Joe's Seafood Place - menu available at dcseafood.com
Butterfield 9 - menu available at dcseafood.com
Sam & Harry's
The Caucus Room
Sorry, I added these two as a mistake. They are not extending.
Dino - Through the 19th
21P - Extending for Dinner only.

If anyone out there knows of other DC restaurants that are extending Restaurant Week, please leave a comment, and I will add it to the list. I am still getting responses from restaurants that I've emailed and I will add them as they come in as well.

DC Restaurant Week is scheduled for January 9th - 15th. As usual, lunch will be $20.06 and dinner is $30.06. I think this time, I'm not going to bother listing ALL of the participating restaurants here since you can see the complete list of restaurants at the washington.org web site.

I'm going to call or email as many of them as possible and as I get information from them I'll fill in the list below with their offerings. Usually, I'm not done until the week before, because many restaurants don't finalize their menus until then.

Some tips:
1) Make a reservation early.

2) Make sure you confirm with the restaurant when you make the reservation that they are participating in Restaurant Week. Some restaurants only participate for lunch or dinner so double check when you make a reservation for lunch of dinner.

3) Stick with restaurant that offers their regular, full or partial menu. Lot's of restaurants will only offer a "special" menu that isn't anything they normally serve, which completely defeats the purpose of Restaurant Week. This gets you in the door, and then you order off their real menu.

4) If OpenTable shows that a restaurant is completely booked, it doesn't mean that the restaurant doesn't have any reservations left. Call the restaurant directly to double check.

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1789
Dinner
Like in past Restaurant Weeks, 1789 is offering a three course menu from their full menu. There will be an upcharge for the lamb and steak. Jackets are required for men. No jumpsuits or jeans for ladies.
1226 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789

21P
Lunch and Dinner
21P will be offering their whole menu for Restaurant Week, as well as a special tasting menu. They also plan to extend their Restaurant Week offering to the following week.
2100 P Street, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 223-3824

701 Restaurant
Lunch and Dinner
701 offers a special menu for Restaurant Week. You can find there menu in the events section of their web site.
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 393-0701

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Acadiana
Lunch and Dinner
Acadiana belongs to the same group of restaurants as Ceiba, DC Coast and TenPehn. They will follow suit with the rest of that groups restaurants by offering an extensive menu. Acadiana's menu can be found here.
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 408-8848


Ardeo/Bardeo
Dinner
This Restaurant Week, Ardeo and Bardeo are offering their entire menu. I need to confirm if they're doing the same this time. You can read about my trips to Bardeo back in Sept 2004.
3309-3311 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-6750

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Bistro Bis
Lunch and Dinner
Hotel George
Bisto Bis and it's sister restaurant Vidalia offer a very extensive menu for Restaurant Week. You can find the menus for lunch and dinner here.Their menus  aren't posted on their web site yet, but when they are, they'll be
here.
15 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 661-2700

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Ceiba Restaurant
Lunch and Dinner
Ceiba, TenPehn and DC Coast always offer a good majority of their menu during Restaurant Week. My first time eating at Ceiba was during Restaurant Week in August 2004 and my wife and I had a very good meal there. Ceiba's web site can be found here.
701 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-3983

Chef Geoff's
Lunch and Dinner
Read about my experience at Chef Geoff's. Chef Geoff's, in the past, has offered their full menu. Check out their latest menu on their web site: www.chefgeoff.com.
3201 New Mexico Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 464-4461

Chef Geoff's Downtown
Lunch and Dinner
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 237-7800

Circle Bistro
Lunch and Dinner
Read about my trips to Circle Bistro here.
One Washington Circle Hotel
One Washington Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 293-5390

Clydes - Georgetown
Dinner
House or Caesar Salad, Crab Cake Dinner & and glass of Clyde's house wine
3236 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-9180

Clyde's of Gallery Place
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch:  House or Caesar Salad, Crab Cake Lunch Entree and glass of Clyde's wine
Dinner:  House or Caesar Salad, Crab Cake Dinner Entree and glass of Clyde's wine
707 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 (202) 349-3700

Corduroy
Lunch and Dinner

Corduroy is always a great choice for Restaurant Week since they offer their full menu and their food is some of the best in D.C.  
You can also expect a small surcharge for some of the more expensive items on the menu, like the Sunnyside Farms Strip Steak. You can read what I wrote about Corduroy In April. I also went to Corduroy last Restaurant Week in January, and now it's one of my favorite restaurants.
1201 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 589-0699

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DC Coast
Lunch and Dinner
DCCoast works very similar to Ceiba and Tenpehn. They all offer a very large subset of their menus. Check out their menu at DCCoast.com. If you can order the whole crispy striped bass, I'd recommend it. 1401 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-5988

Dino
Lunch and Dinner
Dean emailed me Dino's menu. Here's what Dino will be offering:
First course: Any dish up to $12.00. 
Cheese plate will be Dino's selection, not ala carte.
Second course: Any dish - no upcharges or restrictions
Dessert: Any dessert - no upcharges or restrictions
You'll also have your choice of two wine pairings for $10 and $15.
3435 Connecticut Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-2966

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Galileo
Lunch and Dinner
Last Restaurant Week, Galileo's full menu was available and you were able to design a 3-course menu from it. I haven't received confirmation on what they are offering this Restaurant Week. Honestly though, you should take advantage of the half-price dinner special that's going on right now. Check out the Galileo web site at www.galileodc.com.
1110 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-7191

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Hanks Oyster Bar
Dinner
Thanks to Jamie for providing this to me today.
Small Plates
Choose one   
Half Dozen Oysters on the half shell
Seafood Ceviche
New England Clam Chowder
Fried Oysters
Popcorn Shrimp & Calamari
Wild Salmon Cake with Romesco

Large Plates
Choose one
Oyster Po’ Boy
Seafood Pasta with Salad on top
Romesco Roasted White Tuna
Chili Crusted Rockfish
Garlic Steamed Johnnny Blue Mussels

Special Entrees
Monday -> Braised Short Ribs            
Tuesday -> Mom’s Meatloaf       
Wednesday -> Smothered Pork Chop       
Thursday -> Grilled Lamb Steak            
Friday -> Grilled Flatiron Steak       
Saturday -> Blue Cheese Crusted Sirloin
Sunday -> Citrus Roasted Chicken

Dessert
Warm Berry Crisp

1624 Q STREET, NW
Washington, DC
202.462.HANK (4265)

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IndeBlue
Lunch and Dinner
Menu's for IndeBlue's Restaurant Week offering can be found here.
707 G St, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 333-2538

Indique
Lunch and Dinner
Indique is a wonderful Indian restaurant by the Uptown theater in Clevelan Park. I've eaten there many times and I always enjoy it. They will be having their full menu available as well as a special addition.
3512-14 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC
(202) 244-6600


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Mie n Yu
Lunch and Dinner
The only thing I've ever had at Mie n Yu is a really bad martini, but I don't know anything about their food.
Lunch menu here. Dinner menu here.
3125 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-6122


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Notti Bianche - GWU Inn
Lunch and Dinner
Last Restaurant Week, Notti Bianche offered their full menu with some upcharges for certain items. They also offered a discounted wine pairing menu.
824 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 298-8085

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Old Ebbitt Grill
Dinner

House or Caesar Salad, Crab Cake Dinner & and glass of Ebbitt house wine
675 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 347-4800

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Red Sage
Lunch and Dinner
Red Sage usually offers their full menu for Restaurant Week. I've only eaten at the Red Sage Cafe and not the much nicer full restaurant downstairs. (You can read what I've written about Red Sage Cafe or check out the Red Sage web site at www.redsage.com for the latest menus.)
605 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 638-4444

Rasika
Lunch and Dinner
Rasika is offering a special selection from their menu for Restaurant Week. Both their lunch and dinner menu contain some of the less adventurous dishes from their regular menu. Read about my recent trip to Rasika. You can see what Rasika is offering on their web site's events section. Just buy some Dramamine before you visit it.
633 D Street NW
Washington, DC
(202) 637-1222

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Tosca Ristorante
Lunch and Dinner
Tosca is offering their full menu with upcharges for certain items like the foie gras and veal. It can be found here. I ate at Tosca before and had a great time.
1112 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 367-1990

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Vidalia
Lunch and Dinner
Vidalia usually offers their full menu for Restaurant Week. Their menus can me found at their web site. I tried Vidialia last Restaurant Week and it was pretty damn good.
1990 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-1990

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Zengo
Lunch and Dinner
Zengo has their menu for Restaurant Week online here.
781 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-2929

Zola
Lunch and Dinner
Zola's full menu was be available for lunch and dinner last Restaurant Week. For the latest menu, check out Zola's web site at www.zoladc.com.
800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 654-0999


Restaurant Week Update

I went to Circle Bistro tonight and everything was wonderful. I'd recommend NOT going with the wine pairing though, because the staff isn't used to doing wine pairings, and their timing of when they bring out the glasses of wine is way off. I started with the goat cheese fritter with marinated beets -- a pretty basic dish, but nonetheless very tasty. Amy didn't order the Restaurant Week menu, but instead opted for some gazpacho and salad. The gazpacho was a "Rockin" gazpacho with crab meat and heirloom tomatoes -- the cold soup had a a slightly acidic start and a nice spicy kick towards the end of each taste. The desserts on the Restaurant Week menu weren't anything to cry wolf about. While they tasted good, I felt myself wishing I'd ordered Circle Bistro's warm madelines off their regular menu.

Wed night, I went to Vidalia which was good but far from mind blowing. I mean, nothing we had there was bad, but I wondered if it would be worth paying their normal prices for. I'd have to try Vidalia some other time besides Restaurant Week to make a complete judgement.

Finally, Bombay Club was our destination Monday. I actually rather liked the dress code -- it gave me a chance to wear that sport coat that I hadn't taken out of the closet all year. I really liked my lamb saag (lamb with spinach curry).

From the comments on my main Restaurant Week post, it looks like pretty much everyone who's going to Corduroy is enjoying it, which I'm happy to hear. Anyone who couldn't get a reservation this week should keep in mind that they can go next week and get the same Restaurant Week deal.

Happy Restaurant Week dining everyone!


Bethesda Restaurant Week

Click for the most recent Bethesda Restaurant Week info.

OK, so I'll admit I'm a little behind on this one, but come on -- Why did Bethesda have to go an have their own Restaurant Week?! In case you haven't heard about it, it started TODAY and runs through July 24th. Participating restaurants will be offering a 2-course lunch for $10 or a 3-course dinner for $18 or $25. Below is the list of participating restaurants. Of the ones in the list, I'd try Passage to India, since Passage to India is one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the area. Faryab is also excellent Afghan food -- I visited Faryab back in March and had a wonderful time. Other than that, I had a pretty decent tasting of the Irish food at Ri-Ra Irish Restaurant and Pub back in October when I went to Taste of Bethesda, but I've never been to the restaurant in person.

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