It’s the time of year that foodies in DC cherish: Restaurant Week; August 16-22, 2010.
Don’t rob yourself of an opportunity to experience some of the greatest dining experiences in some of Washington’s most renowned restaurants. DC has made a reputation for fine dining and these tips will help you navigate Restaurant Week in DC.
Scout NOW – Had your eye on Oya, Cafe Milano, CoCo Sala or some other swanky spot, well, jump to it. Everyone else has been waiting for this week to come too.
Book early. Reservations are being accepted now on OpenTable.com Reservations are free and confirmed instantly. Some restaurants don’t use Open Table, you may need to call directly.
Don’t go in a large group. This is pretty self explanatory. You know how you go to dinner with 10 people and it takes 30 minutes to settle the bill. Well, no one wants to do that during Restaurant Week. The prices are fixed! Stick to a small party. And bring cash.
Lunch: $20.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Dinner: $35.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.
Stick to the menu. Usually, the restaurants put together a nice menu with multiple selections. But when you start to deviate from the menu, the prices do not remain the same. Also, remember, beverages and gratituity are NOT included. Be prepared. Oh, and know the difference between flat and sparkling water.
Enjoy yourself and your meal. I’d love to hear about what you ate and if these tips helped. Send me more tips at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply tweet me @OriginalNajeema use #RWDC and I’ll find them.