As your stomach recovers from holiday overstuffing, you might not be too inclined to eat out. But restaurant associations in several major cities are doing their best to change your mind this January with a Restaurant Week. These “weeks,” which nowadays tend to last much longer (see New York’s eight-week “restaurant week” last summer), may be a great time to visit higher-end restaurants you’ve been meaning to check out – or to go to your local restaurant and trade in “the usual” for a 3- or 4-course meal. Participating restaurants offer fixed price meals for lunch and/or dinner, and more and more interesting restaurants have joined in on Restaurant Week throughout the years.
Below is a list of cities hosting Restaurant Week this January – with California and South Carolina both promoting state-wide events. All of these have their own dates and fixed prices, so check not only for your city but also to see whether your January travel plans match up with another Restaurant Week as well.
|City||Restaurant Week Dates||Lunch||Dinner|
|Alexandria (metro DC)||January 13-22||-||$35|
|Baltimore||January 20-29||$20.12 or 15.12 (3- or 2-course)||$30.12|
|Los Angeles||January 22-27
January 29-February 3
|New York||January 16-Feb 10 (M-F)||$24.07||$35|
January 29-February 3
|San Diego||January 15-20||$10-20*||$20-$40*|
|San Francisco||January 15-31||$17.95||$34.95|
|Toronto||January 27-February 9||C$15-25*||C$25-45*|
|Washington, DC||January 9-15||$20.12||$35.12|
|Vancouver||January 20-February 5||-||C$18-38*|
*pricing varies by restaurant
While most participating restaurants don’t require reservations, Restaurant Week tends to bring in a lot of customers, especially to the more upscale restaurants, so it’s worth making a reservation if you can. Besides, with OpenTable co-sponsoring several of these events, participating restaurants tend to also be members of the online reservations program.
To ease the guilt from dining out after a food-packed holiday, consider the OpenTable points you’ll earn from making your reservation online and how much you’ll save at that restaurant you’ve been meaning check out when you take advantage of its Restaurant Week fixed-price menu instead. Bon Appétit!
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