If it’s summer…

…it must be Summer Restaurant Week! Yes, from Monday, August 14 to Sunday, August 20, more than 250 restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia will serve up multi-course meals, with dinner menus available for $35, lunch menus for $22, and — returning this year — brunch for $22. In fact, over 50 restaurants will offer brunch menus, making August 19 and 20 the best weekend of the season to enjoy dishes like a duck confit eggroll at Slate Wine Bar in Washington’s Glover Park neighborhood, oven-roasted crab cakes Benedict at Wildfire in McLean, Va., or the deviled lamb rillettes at Requin in Fairfax, Va.

New restaurants participating in Restaurant Week include:
Alta Strada Mosiac District (Fairfax, VA)
Arroz (Mt Vernon Triangle, DC)
City Perch Kitchen + Bar (Bethesda, MD)
Espita Mezcaleria (Shaw, DC)
Haikan (Shaw, DC)
Sally’s Middle Name (H Street Corridor, DC)

Restaurant Week also provides the perfect opportunity for guests to visit many of the 2017 RAMMY Award winners and finalists, recognized by RAMW for their excellence in service and dining. Among the Restaurant Week participants, 40 are 2017 RAMMY winners and finalists, including Centrolina, Fiola Mare, Indique, and Whaley’s Restaurant & Raw Bar.

More than just good eating…
Over Summer Restaurant Week, RAMW also launches a new initiative designed to raise awareness about hunger and food accessibility in the capital region. Throughout the period, participating locations will team up with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to raise funds to help hundreds of thousands of people gain access to good, healthy food each day. Many restaurants have opted to donate a portion of proceeds earned during Restaurant Week to CAFB. Each dollar donated will provide more than two full meals for someone in need in the region. The participating locations are indicated with a round CAFB logo on

And if that’s not enough, there are prizes, too!
Back again is the Diner Rewards program, automatically entering anyone who opts in through to receive exclusive deals on meals and to win delicious prizes such as tickets to local food-related events, cookbooks, gift certificates, GLAMSQUAD makeovers and more.
Summer Restaurant Week sponsors include Events DC, OpenTable, Fine European Wines, 94.7 FRESH FM, LIFEWTR, and American Express. To share and explore Summer Restaurant Week meals and fun times, guest can use the hashtags #RWDMV and #DineOutGiveBack on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as tagging RAMW and CAFB. Follow RAMW at @ramwdc on Twitter as well as Instagram for the latest updates about Summer Restaurant Week, as well as CAFB at @foodbankmetrodc on Twitter and @capitalareafoodbank on Instagram.


KATHY HOLLINGER is the president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

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