It’s baaaack. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week returns, running from Monday through Aug. 20. As usual, a multicourse lunch will cost $22 and dinner will cost $35. Also available: brunch ($22) at more than 50 participating restaurants.
With over 250 options to choose from, this year’s list can be overwhelming to slog through. We saved you the trouble by putting together a list of the most promising menus, which feature the best deals in terms of variety and quality.
Not only is it Espita Mezcaleria’s first Restaurant Week, but there’s also a new chef on board, so dishes are likely to be slightly different. If you’re torn between lunch and dinner, choose lunch. It’s the same number of courses (three) and $13 less. Pro tip: The restaurant claims to be offering a special brunch menu for Restaurant Week, but it’s actually a long-standing $22 deal that includes guacamole, salsa and your choice of salad and main course. 1250 Ninth St. NW. 202-621-9695.
This is Arroz’s inaugural Restaurant Week, and the newbie from Mike Isabella is offering special brunch, lunch and dinner menus. There’s quite a lot of overlap among them, so take advantage of the brunch option, which costs $13 less than dinner and offers many of the same dishes (with the exception of a dessert course), including a tempting Moroccan shakshuka with merguez sausage, charred corn, potato and leek stew. 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-869-3300.
Of all the Restaurant Week menus, you’re likely to leave the most sated from Daikaya’s. The upstairs izakaya is offering a six-course dinner that includes items you won’t normally find on the menu, such as cauliflower karaage and ham and cheese onigiri. Diners choose one dish from each category: little bites (skip the delicious-but-measly fried garlic, which normally only costs $4, and opt for the more hefty Filipino poutine), greens, fish and meat, their lauded skewers, rice and dessert. We’re full just looking at the menu. 705 Sixth St. NW. 202-589-1600.
Boston-based, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow has built a wide D.C. restaurant empire, which includes Alta Strada (Italian) and Tico (inventive Mexican). All of his spots are offering dinner deals, but we’ve got our eye on the Riggsby’s dinner. The first and second courses present diners with five options, including chorizo arancini, grilled salmon and a boneless Duroc pork chop. Don’t miss the amazing crème brûlée for dessert. 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-787-1500.
Chef Fabio Trabocchi is known for his rich Italian food — and even richer menu prices. This pearl of a seafood restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront is participating in lunch and brunch, though it’s the exact same menu and price. We’re happy to cough up a Jackson and some change for Trabocchi’s ricotta cavatelli and tiramisu. 3050 K St. NW, suite 101. 202-628-0065.
For those who think dessert is overrated, the Cambodian-meets-Taiwanese restaurant Maketto has put together a three-course dinner menu for $35 that’s strictly savory. Start with the braised pork steamed bao, continue with the Cambodian pork curry and wrap up with the beloved fried chicken. If you really want something sweet, swing by the cafe on your way out and grab a cookie. 1351 H St. NE. 202-838-9972.