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How to Ball On A Budget During D.C. Restaurant Week

It’s the 2nd most wonderful time a year in the District. Winter Restaurant Week is January 13-19, and as always, there’s something for every palette under the sun.

If I’m comparing summer restaurant week to winter restaurant week I feel like people are generally more apt to eat out in the summer. It doesn’t matter if you have to park multiple blocks over or hike from a metro stop (I mean, you might have pit stains by the time you get to your destination…but still) — plus in the early weeks of January, people are still on their New Years diets, and I feel like eating out on most diets is completely pointless. “Excuse me waiter, I’ll have your most boring salad without any cheese, croutons or anything that makes it edible.”

So while I feel like getting reservations for Winter Restaurant Week is slightly easier than it is for Summer Restaurant Week, it’s still a pretty big deal, and slots book up quick.

I’ve already explained Restaurant Week on my blog but if you’re unfamiliar with it, a bunch of restaurants offer discounts that vary based on how much their menu items usually cost. Most places offer $22 lunch specials and $35 dinner specials, so obviously, the more expensive the restaurant is, the more you’re saving.

While there are plenty of less expensive restaurants I’ve been itching to try, it makes the most sense from a financial perspective to use Restaurant Week discounts to eat at establishments that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to regularly justify.

So here are some especially bourgeoise picks to make the most of Winter Restaurant Week in DC, and eat like a lobbyist on a scheduler’s budget.

Nobu DC – Japanese


Ruth’s Chris Arlington – Steakhouse


The Prime Rib – Steakhouse


Ocean Prime – Seafood/Steakhouse



Morton’s the Steakhouse – Steakhouse/Seafood


Alhambra – Mediterranean


Mastro’s Steakhouse – Steakhouse


The Capital Grille – American



Bombay Club – Indian


La Chaumiere – French


Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar – French


La Côte d’Or – French


Kingbird @ Watergate – Mediterranean


The Occidental – American


I Ricchi – Italian


Taberno del Alabardero – Spanish


The Oval Room – American


RPM Italian – Italian


Zaytinya – Mediterranean


Central Michel Richard – American/French


DBGB – French



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