While many local residents use the hot and humid weather as an excuse to leave the DMV area this time of year, August is arguably one of the most delicious times to be here. Whether you’re in the mood for a fancy night out, an elevated lunchtime experience or an epic brunch, two Restaurant Week events — in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia — have got you covered, with specially priced menus and deals at some of the region’s best restaurants. Here’s a look at this summer’s edition.
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week happens August 15–21, with $25 lunch and brunch deals and $40 or $55 prix fixe menus at the following restaurants:
District of Columbia: 1789 Restaurant & Bar, Agora, Al Dente, Ala, Alero Restaurant – U St., All-Purpose Pizzeria (Shaw and Capitol Riverfront), Alta Strada City Vista, Ambar, Angolo Ristorante Italiano, Annabelle, Baan Siam, Bar Chinois, Belga Cafe, Bindaas (Cleveland Park and Foggy Bottom), Bistro Bis, Bistro Cacao, Bistro Du Jour, Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar, Bodegon Spanish Tapas, Boqueria (Dupont and Penn Quarter), Brasserie Beck, Brasserie Liberté, Bresca, Cafe Berlin, Café Milano, Capa Tosta, Central Michel Richard, Chaplin’s, Charlie Palmer Steak, Cheff Geoff’s (Uptown and West End), Chiko Dupont, China Chilcano, Circa (Foggy Bottom and Navy Yard), City Winery DC, Convivial, Cork Wine & Market, Cranes, Cuba Libre DC, Daikaya Izakaya, Dauphine’s, Destino, Dirty Habit, District Winery, Dolce Vita, Donahue, Dovetail, Due South, Duke’s Counter (Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Woodley Park), El Central – Georgetown, El Secreto De Rosita, Equinox Restaurant, Farmers & Distillers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Fig & Olive, Filomena Ristorante, Firefly DC, Flavio Italian Restaurant, Floriana, Founding Farmers DC, Fred & Stilla, Gatsby, Gerrard Street Kitchen, Glassey, Gogi Yogi, The Grill from Ipanema, Grillfish DC, Gypsy Kitchen DC, Harvest Tide Steakhouse – Capitol Hill DC, Hatoba, i Ricchi, Il Canale, Il Piatto, Immigrant Food, Immigrant Food+, Iron Gate, Ivy City Smokehouse, Jaleo DC, Joselito, Kaliwa, Kaz Sushi Bistro, Kellari Taverna, La Bise, La Chaumiere, La Collina, Laos in Town, Le Chat Noir, Le DeSales, Lincoln DC, Lupo Verde Osteria, Lyle’s, MAIZ64, Mandu, Mastro’s Steakhouse, Matchbox (Capitol Hill, Cathedral Commons, Penn Quarter), McCormick & Schmick’s, Mi Casa Dupont, Mi Vida Restaurante Wharf DC, Michele’s, Milk & Honey at The Delegate, Mintwood Place, Modena, Moon Rabbit, Morton’s The Steakhouse – Downtown DC, MXDC, NAMA, Nick’s Riverside Grille, Nicoletta Italian Kitchen, North Italia, Ocean Prime, Oceanaire Seafood Room DC, Officina, Osteria Morini, Ottoman Taverna, Oyamel, Palm Restaurant – Washington DC, Pappe DC, Paraíso, Perry’s Restaurant, Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, Rania, Rasika (Penn Quarter and West End), RIS, Ristorante Piccolo, RPM Italian DC, Sababa, Scarlet Oak Restaurant & Bar, Sequoia, Sfoglina Downtown, Shaw’s Tavern, Shibuya Eatery / Shabu Plus / Death Punch, Shilling Canning Company, Slate Wine Bar, Sonoma Restaurant + Wine Bar, The Sovereign, Station 4, Succotash F Street, Supra, Susheria, Sushi Taro, Taberna del Alabardero, Taqueria Xochi, Teddy and the Bully Bar, The Bombay Club, The Grill, The Henri, The Mayflower Club, The Monocle on Capitol Hill, The Pig, The Point DC, The Salt Line, The Smith, Tonari, Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab, Unconventional Diner, Urban Roast, Via Sophia, Zaytinya, Zeppelin, ZOCA Mexican Restaurant – Capitol Hill DC.
Northern Virginia: 2941 Restaurant, Agora Tysons, Alta Strada Mosaic, Ambar Clarendon, American Prime, B Side, Bastille Brasserie & Bar, Bellissimo Restaurant, Big Buns Damn Good Burgers (Herndon, Ballston, Shirlington, Reston Station, Vienna), Blend 111, Buena Vida Clarendon, Celebration by Rupa Vira, Cheesetique (Del Ray and Shirlington), Circa at Clarendon, Epic Smokehouse, Evening Star Cafe, Founding Farmers (Tysons and Reston), Gaijin Ramen Shop, Hamrock’s Restaurant, Hen Quarter – Alexandria, La Cote d’Or Cafe, Laporta’s Restaurant, Lyon Hall, Makers Union, Matchbox (Merrifield, Loudoun, Pentagon City, Reston Station), McCormick & Schmick’s – Crystal City, Morton’s The Steakhouse (Arlington and Reston), Mussel Bar and Grill Arlington, North Italia, Osteria da Nino, Osteria Marzano, Pamplona, PassionFish, Rustico, Ruthie’s All-Day, Ser Restaurant, Sfoglina Rosslyn, Spice Kraft Indian Bistro, The Capital Grille (Fairfax and Tysons), The Freshman, The Liberty Tavern, The Melting Pot (Arlington and Reston), The Rub Chicken & Beer, Trip Grill, Wildfire – Tysons Galleria, Yume Sushi
Maryland: All Set Restaurant & Bar, Era Wine Bar, Founding Farmers – Montgomery County, J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse, Lia’s, Matchbox (Bathesda, Rockville, Silver Spring), Milk & Honey (Bowie and College Park), Owen’s Ordinary, Pennyroyal Station, Spanish Diner, The Capital Grille Chevy Chase, The Dish & Dram, The Melting Pot Gaithersburg
Alexandria Restaurant Week
Nearby, Alexandria, Virginia, is holding its own Restaurant Week festivities from August 19–28, with 10 days and two weekends full of deals at more than 60 area eateries. Special menu prices range from $25, $35 or $45 per person for in-person dining depending on the restaurant. Can’t decide? Try flipping through the virtual menu book for some inspiration.
Old Town: Sonoma Cellar, 219 Restaurant, Ada’s on the River, Augie’s Mussel House, Bastille Brasserie & Bar, Blackwall Hitch, Brabo Brasserie, Bugsy’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar, Cafe 44, Chadwicks, Chart House Restaurant, Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, Hard Times Cafe, Haute Dogs & Fries, Hummingbird, King & Rye, Kismet Modern Indian, Kisso Asian Bistro, Laporta’s Restaurant, Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Mason Social, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque, Oak Steakhouse, Redrocks Neapolitan Bistro, Royal Restaurant, Southside 815, Thai Signature, Urbano 116, Yunnan by Potomac–A Noodle House, Il Porto, The Light Horse, The Majestic, Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar, Vermilion, Village Brauhaus, The Study, The Warehouse, Union Street Public House
Del Ray and Arlandria: Piece Out, Cheesetique, Del Ray Cafe, Elo’s Italian, Evening Star Cafe, Hops N Shine, Market 2 Market, Northside 10, Pork Barrel BBQ, RT’s Restaurant, Spice Kraft Indian Bistro, Tiki Bar
Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley: Aldo’s Italian Kitchen, Pasara Thai Restaurant, Rus Uz Alexandria, Sweet Fire Donna’s, Tequila & Taco, Delia’s Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza, Whiskey & Oyster
West End and Greater Alexandria: Cafe Pizzaiolo, City Kitchen, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Taqueria Picoso, Ramparts Tavern & Grill, Clyde’s at Mark Center, Cedar Knoll, Dishes of India, Mount Vernon Inn