Where to eat in Washington – NBC4 Washington
Restaurant week is a summer dining tradition almost on par with heaps of blue crab.
An assortment of restaurants will offer deals for brunches and multi-course lunches ($25) or dinners ($40-55). Some have menus with wine pairings, specialty cocktails, and takeout options.
It’s back Monday August 15th through Sunday August 21st – and it’s never too early to make a reservation for this popular dining event.
With dozens of restaurants offering deals, there’s one big question: where should a hungry Washingtonian eat?
News4’s resident foodie Eun Yang says she’s always looking for high-end places that offer good value, or restaurants she hasn’t tried in her neighborhood.
The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington has the full list of participating restaurants, and we have some specific recommendations below.
Also on our radar: Alexandria Restaurant Week runs from August 19-28.
Eun Yang’s picks for Summer Restaurant Week 2022
Eun is considering four go-to cuts for restaurant week (ICYMI: She’s already shared them on TikTok).
At Dauphine: Go for New Orleans-inspired cuisine in a space that would fit right in with the French Quarter. Eun says don’t miss the oysters. Here is the menu.
mandu: Eat a full Korean meal with meat or fish, soup and bench (small side dishes). Mandu is all about homemade Korean food. Eun says it’s her favorite way to eat. Here is their information.
mint square: We know how much DC loves brunch, and Mintwood Places has great classics and fun dishes. Their restaurant menu of the week has many options, check it out here.
Pennyroyal Station: This popular Mount Rainier restaurant offers plenty of delicious comfort food with a twist. Here is an overview of their menu.
Michelin-starred restaurants to try during restaurant week
Bresca: Taste modern French cuisine in a bistro-style restaurant that has earned a coveted Michelin star. For $55, you can enjoy a semi-cooked coho (salmon), chicken stuffed with brioche and a strawberry ambrosia dessert — that’s a bargain since the regular tasting menu of three services would cost you $84. Here is the menu.
Cranes: This elegant restaurant in Penn Quarter serves Japanese kaiseki inspired by Spanish cuisine. The Michelin-starred cuisine will offer dinner for $55 with an optional drink deal for $35. Consult the menu.
michelin Gourmet Bib Restaurants to try during restaurant week
The restaurants below have been named Bib Gourmands in the Michelin Guide – good food at good value.
ChinaChilcano: This José Andrés restaurant brings Peruvian, Chinese and Japanese styles together to create plates that include pork dumplings with shrimp and quinoa and potato salads. Consult the menu.
Ivy City Smokehouse: Known for smoking its own seafood, Ivy City Smokehouse relies on its famous grills on the $40 menu. But you can also opt for a lobster dinner for $55 per person.
Jaleo: José Andrés’ fun tapas restaurant in the Penn Quarter is open for lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week. Find the menus here.
Kaliwa: Filipino, Korean and Thai are all on the menu at this spacious restaurant along The Wharf. Here are the lunch and dinner menus.
Laos in town: If you are ready to deepen your knowledge of Southeast Asian dishes, go to Lao in Town. The restaurant’s weekly menu includes flavorful appetizers, tangy noodle and fried rice dishes and a sticky rice dessert. Here is the menu.
Ottoman tavern: You could have Turkish food for brunch, lunch and dinner and still have mezes remains to be tried. Here are the menus.
Oyamel: Sample ceviche, quesadillas, tamales and tacos at this “Cocina Mexicana” in Penn Quarter. Here is the menu.
Sababa: You can’t go wrong with the small plates or the big proteins that come out of Sababa’s Israeli kitchen in Cleveland Park. Here is their restaurant week page.
Sfoglina: Fabio Trabocchi’s charming Italian pasta houses in downtown and Rosslyn are showcasing their handmade noodles on restaurant menus this week. Find out what’s available in Virginia and DC
Unconventional dinner: Comfort food including chicken tinga, double cheeseburger and falafel gyro are refined into something very special at this modern eatery. Starters and desserts look equally appetizing. Here is the menu.
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