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Restaurant Week is one of Washington, D.C.,'s favorite times of year. What's not to love about eating some of the best food in D.C. without breaking the bank? Between Aug. 16-22, enjoy three-course lunches for $20.10 and three-course dinners for just $35.10 (excluding tax and tip) at participating Washington, D.C., restaurants. We've rounded up some of the best places to check out during Washington, D.C., Restaurant Week; just get your reservations now--tables go quickly! (Pictured: Bourbon Steak)
Updated: August 18, 2010
Main courses on the lunch menu at this British-style gastropub average out to $18 per person, so throw in a first course and dessert, and you'll get a great lunch deal during Restaurant Week. Choose from starters such as ham and lentil soup and smoked Loch Duart salmon and main courses such as corned beef, fish and chips, seared Scottish salmon and vegetable pie. Options such as sticky toffee pudding and homemade ice cream will make it hard to choose a dessert.
With main lunch courses normally averaging around $16, this restaurant at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel--overseen by "Top Chef" master Art Smith--offers a great deal during Restaurant Week, when you can add a first course such as pork ribs or the famous country Caesar salad and a dessert such as the caramel brownie bar for an additional $4. Main course options such as fried chicken, blackened catfish and the beef brisket sandwich are examples of Southern cooking at its best.
This restaurant at the Four Seasons already offers a great off-the-menu lunch deal (a gourmet hotdog and craft beer for just $7) but consider this your chance to sample the full monty for a fraction of the cost. Start with the roasted heirloom tomato soup; then try the Cuban-style pressed ham sandwich. For dessert? You can't go wrong with an all-American root beer float served with chocolate chip walnut cookies.
Consistently named as one of the best restaurants in D.C., this Penn Quarter Indian restaurant offers a great deal for Restaurant Week lunch. Find appetizers such as tandoori salmon, palak paneer and home-style chicken curry and authentic desserts such as banana black pepper ice cream and carrot halwa with cinnamon sabayon.
Chef Nicholas Stefanelli was named this year's rising culinary star at the Rammy's; check out this Italian fare during dinner, which offers a better deal than lunch--Bibiana already offers a great lunchtime deal for just $15 during the week. The Restaurant Week dinner includes a large selection: Choose from seven first course items (such as burrata salad, braised meatballs and rice fritters), eight main courses (such as risotto, calamari and angolotti) and then four different desserts.
This Logan Circle eatery is only open for dinner. Check out the fresh, market-driven dishes such as ricotta cavatelli, pan seared poussin and grilled pork tenderloin. For dessert, try the cookies from pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac or the chocolate coconut custard with Thai iced coffee sorbet.
At this 14th Street Latin-Asian tapas spot overseen by chef Richard Sandoval, choose one item from each section of the menu (excluding drinks) during Restaurant Week; select a cold item (such as spicy tuna or crunchy shrimp), something from the noodles, rice and breads section, a meat or seafood option (such as green curry chicken, beef tenderloin or grilled baby octopus) and then a dessert such as the molten chocolate cake with gingered strawberries.
Sous-chef Tamesha Warren gained notoriety as a contestant on ?Top Chef D.C.?--sample the goods in person during Restaurant Week, when you can choose from seafood-focused menu items such as Maryland crab cake, slow baked salmon and soft shell crabs. Goat cheese sorbet and almond brown butter cake make great dessert pairings.