Hank's Oyster Bar in Old Town will donate 25 percent of dinner proceeds from Dining Out for Life to Food & Friends. (Hank’s Oyster Bar)

On that day, you can eat lunch or dinner at one of the more than 130 Washington-area restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life, and the restaurants will donate some of the proceeds to Food & Friends, which provides meals to Washingtonians living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. Last year, the event raised more than $240,000 for the group, which serves 2,800 Washingtonians in need. So go on, get dessert.

The participating restaurants include Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant in Crystal City, which is kicking in 110 percent of the day’s earnings; Posto, Annie's Paramount Steak House and Ristorante Tosca are other big contributors. Also on the lengthy list are Petworth eatery and bar DC Reynolds and the ubiquitous BGR: The Burger Joint locations. You can even hit the salad bar at some Whole Foods locations and help. But if you’re looking for something fancy, make reservations now for one of the much-buzzed-about restaurants below.

The District

Buck’s Fishing and Camping

This charmingly lodge-like restaurant in upper Northwest Washington netted a three-star rating from The Post’s Tom Sietsema. It will contribute 35 percent of dinner proceeds.

Mintwood Place

This Adams Morgan restaurant is quietly generating a foodie fan base thanks to its high-end fare (think homey American food with a French accent). If you haven’t tried it, no better time than now: It’s donating 25 percent of dinner bills.


Black’s Bar & Kitchen

Can’t bear the whopping wait for a table at Pearl Dive Oyster Bar in the District? An easy alternative can be found at restaurateur Jeff Black’s Black’s Bar & Kitchen, the handsome offering in downtown Bethesda. It will donate 25 percent.

Ray’s The Classics

The utterly deco steakhouse in downtown Silver Spring should be on your list of must-try restaurants. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from your dinners will be donated.


Delhi Club

This higher-end Indian restaurant in Arlington offers both evening diners and the lunch crowd a chance to contribute; 35 percent of the day’s tabs will be donated.

Hank’s Oyster Bar

What better way to take advantage of the warm weather than to chow down on summery oysters? Head to the Old Town location of this hip seafood restaurant, and 25 percent of the proceeds from your dinner will be donated to Food & Friends.

For the full list of participants (and what they’re chipping in), visit Food & Friends’ Dining Out for Life site.

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