Let’s face it, there’s not much to look forward to during the post-holiday lull in January, when most of us would like to stay under a cozy throw or next to a fire. There is a good reason, though, to gather friends or loved ones and hit the town dining. The Washington Metropolitan area Restaurant Week began as a way to fill seats during times of the year that are historically slow for business. Now, it is an eagerly anticipated twice-yearly event.
Reservations at many places fill up in advance, so be sure to secure a spot as early as possible. Many participating restaurants are also teaming up with Capital Area Food Bank and donating a portion of their proceeds to help provide meals for those in need.
Whether you’d like to visit that place you’ve been dying to go to, or just looking for an occasion to head back to a favorite spot, here are a few of our favorite picks that are sure to offer a deal:
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Fiola (Trabocchi’s Fiola) is the only Michelin Star rated restaurant in the D.C. area that we could identify participating in this restaurant week. They are only offering lunch specials, but if you can make it, you are in for a top-class treat. Otherwise, check out popular seafood-centric sister restaurant along the Georgetown waterfront, Fiola Mare.
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An established area favorite, has contemporary American cuisine with bold French and Mediterranean flavors created by Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel. Nestled amidst unique landscaping, waterfalls, and koi ponds, you’ll have a wonderful visual experience as well. Can’t catch them on an official Restaurant Weekday? They are offering extended restaurant week from Monday, January 29th through Friday, February 2nd with limited a la carte options.
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If you’re looking for a truly well-crafted experience, head to this Alexandria favorite. With a focus on harmony, they take care of all the details for you– from the herbs and fruits grown in their own garden, to fresh baked bread daily, to supremely crafted cocktails. This is a must-visit, and restaurant week makes checking it off your bucket list a no brainer.
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A top new addition to the D.C. dining scene; only open since March, 2016, it has already earned several accolades, including 2 Michelin Bib Gourmand nods. Chef Tim Ma aims to blend common dishes with a quirky flair, and the result is delicious and adventurous. Choose two savory and one sweet item off of their dinner menu, or stop by for what also promises to be a tasty brunch!
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This Mike Isabella favorite combines the best of class and flavor. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this area staple, what better time than now? You’ll have a selection of all the classic highlights, which is to say, a tasty Mediterranean-inspired feast. We love the dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and the spit-roasted lamb.
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Throwing it back to the oyster bars that have been a staple of the D.C. dining mix since the early 1800s, Whaley’s aims to offer guests down-home oyster, raw bar, and seafood favorites. With a focus on sustainability and local-sourcing (down to the local brews), and a menu that usually evolves with fresh catches, the Restaurant Week menu looks to have an excellent offering.
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Offers two locations, but only their Mosaic District spot in Fairfax offers a Restaurant Week selection. A collaboration between Chef Jennifer Carroll and Mike Isabella, the atmosphere exudes warmth and comfort and the menu and the food has a mouth-watering French Mediterranean flair. With main dishes alone usually ranging from $18 to $46, visiting for a three-course $35 option is a steal!
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Virginia class and charm combine with superb service at this small-town spot opened by big city restaurateurs. Offering high-quality American foods, and the most comprehensive wine program in Virginia, this historic spot is worth the visit. They also offer a four-course tasting menu for $49 per person, and, like many other restaurants, they will offer an extended Restaurant Week through February 3rd.