January and February are usually slow for retail shops and restaurants. In order for restaurants to bring in new business during the slower winter months, cities across the country offer restaurant weeks. These special events, lasting anywhere from a week to two weeks, allow diners to eat at restaurants they always wanted to try, but didn’t think they could afford. The Baltimore and Washington DC areas have a wide range of casual to five star restaurants that can satisfy any taste. During restaurant weeks, customers have a chance to taste some of the great seafood the Baltimore area is known for or the many culinary delights that are a part of Washington D.C. living. Reservations are recommended as the tables fill up quickly. Also, a good tip is to read the specials in advance, so you know your options.
Maryland Restaurant Weeks
Many Maryland locales have restaurant weeks including Annapolis, Baltimore, Bethesda, Columbia, Ellicott City, Prince Frederick, Timonium and Towson. Below we’ve listed a number of locations that are running restaurant week specials.
Restaurant Week in Baltimore County
Restaurant Week in Baltimore County started off on January 15th. The special event runs for two weeks until January 30th. There are over fifty restaurants participating in this year’s restaurant week, so you can spend the entire time tasting the food at different restaurants across the county! During Baltimore County Restaurant Week, restaurant goers can choose from a prix fixe (fixed price) three course lunch or dinner. Lunch prices starts at $15 and dinner prices go up to $35. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in the prix fixe rate. The three courses include a choice of an appetizer, entree, and a dessert. Chefs have designed their special menus in order to feature their restaurant’s specialties. Regular menu items and favorite dishes are also offered during the special event.
Howard County Restaurant Week
Howard County Restaurant Week runs from January 18th to February 1st. Over twenty five Howard County restaurants are participating in this special event and will feature locally grown products. The restaurants are offering fixed price special menus ranging from $15 to $45 depending on the time of day for your meal and the type of establishment. Make sure to make reservations early and confirm with the restaurant that they are participating in the special event.
Baltimore Restaurant Week
The city of Baltimore will spotlight its restaurants from January 22nd to 31st. Baltimore Restaurant Week is the oldest and biggest restaurant special event in the region. There are over fifty Baltimore area restaurants participating in the festivities this winter. The restaurants offer two-course lunches ranging from $15 to $20 and three-course dinners varying between $25 and $35. The prices do not include beverage, tax and gratuity.
Bethesda Restaurant Week
The Bethesda-Montgomery Restaurant Week will include restaurants in Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac and Silver Spring from January 22nd to 31st. Over 35 participating restaurants will offer an $18 fixed price lunch menu and a $36 three-course menu special during the nine day event.
Calvert County Restaurant Week
Over 40 Calvert County, Maryland restaurants will be participating in this year’s Calvert County Restaurant Week from February 19th to 28th. The restaurants will be offering special priced menus as well as their regularly priced items. It is important to confirm that your favorite restaurant is participating in the special event by asking them when you are making a reservation.
Annapolis Restaurant Week
The Annapolis Partnership presents the 2016 Annapolis Restaurant Week for 6 days from February 22nd to 28th. This great culinary event includes a two-course breakfast for $12.95, two-course lunch for $15.95 and three-course dinner for $34.95. Some restaurants are not participating in the breakfast or lunch specials, so it is important to check their websites for their event specials.
Washington D.C. Area Restaurant Weeks
Washington DC Restaurant Week
There will be over 200 of Washington DC’s finest restaurants participating in the 2016 Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week from January 25th to 31st. Restaurants will be offering fixed price menus for a three-course lunch starting at $22 and three course dinners starting at $35. Restaurant week is a very popular event every year, so it is important to make your reservations early. Go online to discover restaurants, check out menus, and see if there is seating available. If you will be a large group it is definitely recommended to make reservations early.
Alexandria Restaurant Week
January 29th to February 7th is the Alexandria, Virginia Restaurant Week. Sixty Alexandria restaurants, from all parts of the city, will be participating in this year’s event. The restaurants are spotlighting two specials: a three-course fixed price dinner (for one) for $35 or a $35 dinner special for two. Also, more than two dozen of these restaurants will also have lunch specials ranging from $10 to $20.
Restaurant week gives diners a perfect opportunity to try out different types of restaurants, new foods or just step outside their comfort zone without spending a lot of money.
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