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Neighborhood Guide to Summer Restaurant Week in Washington, DC
Savor delicious deals as part of Summer Restaurant Week, Aug. 13-19
Summer in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Aug. 13-19, 2018. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch priced at $22 and dinner at $35. And good news, you can reserve your table now and sign up for the Diner Rewards Program!
With so many great participating restaurants to consider, we’ve broken down some popular options by neighborhood below.
Have you tried Balkan cuisine before? Ambar is the perfect place to dive in, with tasty breads to share and rakia (a Balkan fruit brandy) to sip. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, tuck into Southern-style favorites at Art and Soul or dive into Spanish fare at the intimate 70-seat Joselito Casa de Comidas.
Whaley’s is one of the District’s most-talked about seafood restaurants, so stop in for a brunch or dinner filled with catch-of-the-day perfection. SoHo import Osteria Morini serves up the flavors of northern Italy (think prosciutto, mortadella and parmigiana) in its DC outpost, which offers one of the neighborhood’s best riverfront views.
Get transported to Louisiana at Acadiana, where gumbo and seafood come together like a second line jazz band on Bourbon Street, or sample contemporary American fare at The Oval Room, Ashok Bajaj's sophisticated dining establishment. Savor the all-American flavor of The Hamilton, or dig into indulgent seafood and prime cuts of steak at Ocean Prime (dinner only). Politicos near the White House frequently dine at Old Ebbitt Grill, an historic DC restaurant that still packs plenty of modern flair and flavor on its menu. If bottomless is your thing, taste your way through South America with unlimited tapas from Toro Toro (you can even add unlimited drinks for $20).
Stop by Beacon Bar & Grill for a delicious meal with a dash of elegance. Discover Japanese cuisine inside the Michelin-starred Sushi Taro, which offers an authentic experience, from the service to the sake to the sushi. Continue your culinary travels down the street at Agora, which brings the flavors of Turkey, Lebanon and Greece to live in the form of warm, puffy pita and fragrant mezze dishes.
Rasika West End (lunch only) has been dazzling diners since 2005 – prepare your taste buds for award-winning, authentic Indian food in a gorgeous setting (we highly recommend the tandoori lamb chops). Nearby, District Commons features all of your favorite American dishes, including a dynamic burger and delicious crab cakes.
1789 Restaurant, one of the most historic and refined restaurants in the city, is ideal for a date night (jacket required, dinner deal only). For waterfront views and a menu packed with creativity and American favorites, check out Farmers Fishers Bakers. While far from new, Filomena Ristorante has been a Georgetown favorite for more than 30 years, with lovingly crafted Italian cuisine served right next to the scenic C&O Canal – you know you’ve found Filomena when you spot the Italian matriarch hand-making pastas in the front window.
B Too is a must-try Belgian eatery from chef Bart Vandaele of Top Chef, complete with waffles and a beer list that goes beyond 180 selections. On buzzworthy 14th Street, dine on must-try Latin-Asian small plates ranging from sushi to wings with a bottomless dinner at Masa 14.
Window shop through CityCenterDC before dining at Chef Amy Brandwein’s Centrolina, featuring a menu of regional Italian dishes that are always seasonal, prepared in the restaurant’s expansive open kitchen (deal offered at dinner only). Penn Commons, located next to the Capital One Arena, goes all-American with its sporting vibe, extensive beer list and flavor-packed offerings. For an authentic Italian dining experience, step inside RPM Italian's swanky, glass-enclosed building for a wide array of pastas made in-house.
DC diners revel in the Shaw food scene, one of the hottest dining neighborhoods in the District. For forward-thinking French-American creations sure to wow everyone in your party, head to Cedric Maupillier's Convivial (dinner deal only).