Published on : Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Winter in the District would not be complete without Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 14-20, 2019. Throughout the promotion, over 100 restaurants across the DC area offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for brunch, lunch and dinner, with brunch and lunch priced at $22 and dinner at $35. And good news, you can reserve your table now and sign up for the Diner Rewards Program! And while you’re dining out, don’t forget to check out DC’s coziest restaurants.
With so many great Winter Restaurant Week participating restaurants to consider, we’ve broken down some popular options by neighborhood below.
While the neighborhood is known for its millennial-friendly scene featuring a diverse mix of bars and lounges and hip stores, a burgeoning restaurant scene adds another reason to visit this cultural hub. Check out Mintwood Place (dinner deal only), a French restaurant cooking up creative yet classic dishes that have the city’s gourmands clamoring for reservations. You can also enjoy a delicious restaurant week dinner at Roofers Union, which offers up a hearty menu with great views of bustling 18th Street.
Have you tried Balkan cuisine before? Ambar is the perfect place to dive in, with tasty breads to share and rakia to sip. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, tuck into a a dry-aged New York strip at Charlie Palmer Steak, dive into Spanish fare at the intimate 70-seat Joselito Casa de Comidas or authentic Florentine fare at Acqua Al 2.
Downtown / Golden Triangle
Enjoy the seasonal fare by chef Tim Ma at American Son, the flagship restaurant at the Eaton Washington DC, where a menu has been crafted out of Ma’s experience as the son of Chinese immigrants growing up in Arkansas. Sample contemporary American fare at The Oval Room, Ashok Bajaj’s sophisticated dining establishment, savor the all-American flavor of The Hamilton, or dig into indulgent seafood and prime cuts of steak at Ocean Prime .
Politicos near the White House frequently dine at Old Ebbitt Grill, an historic DC restaurant that still packs plenty of modern flair and flavor on its menu. Nearby, Opaline Bar and Brasserie blends French flair with American style inside the Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square. Diners also delight in the flavors of India at DC power-dining staple The Bombay Club, another Bajaj restaurant frequented by presidents and world leaders.
Get cozy by the fireplace for brunch, lunch or dinner at Iron Gate, a timeless, romantic restaurant starring delicately cooked Mediterranean fare. Discover Japanese cuisine inside the Michelin-starred Sushi Taro, which offers an authentic experience, from the service to the sake to the sushi. Continue your culinary travels down the street at Agora, which brings the flavors of Turkey, Lebanon and Greece to live in the form of warm, puffy pita and fragrant mezze dishes.
The Watergate Hotel is home to Kingbird, a modern American restaurant with a French twist, and its unique dining room by famous designer Ron Arad. Rasika West End has been dazzling diners since 2005 – prepare your taste buds for award-winning, authentic Indian food in a gorgeous setting .
1789 Restaurant, one of the most historic and refined restaurants in the city, is ideal for a date night (jacket required, dinner deal only). Savor the atmosphere of a French country inn at La Chaumière (dinner only), where a central stone fireplace makes it a must-visit for those who enjoy a rustic and romantic setting. While far from new, FilomenaRistorante has been a Georgetown favorite for more than 30 years, with lovingly crafted Italian cuisine served right next to the scenic C&O Canal – you know you’ve found Filomena when you spot the Italian matriarch hand-making pastas in the front window.
Head to the recently opened City Winery in this up-and-coming Northeast DC neighborhood for a guaranteed good time. You can sample locally sourced fare at this winery-full-service restaurant-concert venue combo for dinner only during restaurant week. At La Puerta Verde, you’ll be transported into a space that melds a warehouse-chic atmosphere with the vibrant colors of Mexico. Start your culinary adventure with grilled avocado guacamole and wash it down with cocktails refreshingly priced at $10 and under.