Summer Restaurant Week: Restaurants on the 100 Very Best List (Menus)

Dine at the best for less.

By: Anna Spiegel

Summer restaurant week starts Monday, August 19, with most restaurants serving three-course $20.13 lunches and $35.13 dinners through the 25th. (On the list below, an asterisk indicates an establishment extending the deals beyond that date.) Even if August is a slower time in Washington, it’s best to book as soon as possible. Not a fan of the official Restaurant Week, even at the best spots? Check out these 24 restaurants offering inexpensive tasting menus around town (note that some will suspend specials during Restaurant Week).

Al Dente

Chef Roberto Donna’s Foxhall eatery is one of many Washington restaurants to gain national accolades of late, and you can enjoy the Italian fare at a discount.

Available: Lunch and dinner


*Ardeo + Bardeo

Ashok Bajaj’s Cleveland Park eatery offers a generous Restaurant Week deal: three courses from the regular menu and the offer of the $35.13 special for an extra week.

Available: Dinner (menu)


*Bibiana

Plenty of our favorites from Nick Stefanelli’s kitchen are represented on the two restaurant week menus, including tender braised meatballs, Bolognese, and semifreddo for dessert. The offer lasts through September 1.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


Birch & Barley

Look for a seasonal lineup from chef Kyle Bailey’s kitchen—and if it’s offered, don’t pass up Tiffany MacIsaac’s bread basket, even for an upcharge.

Available: Dinner


Bistro Bis

Expect old-school sophistication without the stuffiness at Jeffrey Buben’s Capitol Hill bistro, with many classic French dishes on offer, such as French onion soup, frisée salad with poached egg and lardons, and beef bourguignon. Brunch is also included in the promotion.

Available: Brunch, lunch, and dinner (menus)


BlackSalt

It’s like Restaurant Week almost every afternoon at this Palisades seafood market/restaurant, which typically offers a three-course “lunch break” menu with a glass of wine for $19.

Available: Lunch


*Bombay Club

A meat-free thali (tasting of several dishes) makes this refined Indian restaurant a good spot for vegetarians, though there are also plenty of choices for meat and seafood lovers. Dine at Restaurant Week prices through September 1.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


Brasserie Beck

It may not feel like the most summery dish, but we’re fans of the beef carbonnade—on the regular and Restaurant Week menus—at Robert Wiedmaier’s Belgian spot.

Available: Lunch (menu)


Café du Parc

A picturesque patio only sweetens the Restaurant Week deal at this Pennsylvania Avenue French spot.

Available: Dinner


Charlie Palmer Steak

Chances are you’ll have to pay more for the likes of New York strip and lobster, but you don’t have to go over the top for a good meal here (we’re fans of the mini burgers).

Available: Lunch and dinner


DC Coast

Pick entrées from the regular lunch and dinner menus—with an upcharge for premium plates like lobster and crabcakes—to go with appetizers and desserts on the Restaurant Week menu at this airy seafood spot.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


DGS Delicatessen

The regular all-day menu is offered at this new-wave deli, with an option of appetizer, soup, or salad followed by breakfast plates, tasting boards, entrées, or sandwiches, and dessert. Another perk: The deal includes a glass of vino.

Available: Dinner (menu)


Et Voila!

Love Restaurant Week but hate the crowds? This Palisades spot is a little more out-of-the-way than many, making it a good candidate for hassle-free dining.

Available: Dinner


*Graffiato

The famous fried-calamari-topped Jersey Shore pie is among the many options on Mike Isabella’s special menus (extended through September 1).

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


Indique

Vegetarians, take note: This Cleveland Park Indian spot has a whole vegetarian Restaurant Week menu (though for omnivores, those tandoori lamb chops are pretty tasty).

Available: Dinner (menu)


Jackie’s

Looking for a funkier, livelier spot to enjoy your $35.13 meal? This Silver Spring favorite is a good choice.

Available: Dinner


Jaleo DC

While all three area Jaleos are participating in Restaurant Week, the District flagship has been the strongest of late, and the only location to land on our 100 Best list.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


Johnny’s Half Shell

We like the classic dishes at Ann Cashion’s Capitol Hill eatery, such as barbecue shrimp, oyster stew, and lemon chess pie.

Available: Lunch and dinner


Kaz Sushi Bistro

Sushi and rolls are the focus of both the lunch and dinner menus. Evening seafood appetizers include salmon carpaccio and ceviche.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


*Liberty Tavern

Diners get free rein of the regular menu during the extended Restaurant Week promo (until September 1), with your choice of any appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Available: Lunch and dinner


*Lyon Hall

As at sister restaurant Liberty Tavern (see above), you’ll pick from the normal menus through September 1 (even though it’s not particularly summery, that pork schnitzel is hard to pass up).

Available: Lunch and dinner


Mintwood Place

It’s hard to go wrong with chef Cedric Maupillier’s French-American menu—and even easier to go right if you start with the escargot hushpuppies.

Available: Dinner


Mio

The only Puerto Rican eatery to land on the 100 Best List is as interesting as it is welcoming. If you’ve never tried mofongo, a classic plantain dish, this could be the place.

Available: Lunch (menu) and dinner (menu)


PassionFish

As at sister restaurant DC Coast (see above), you can pick an entrée from the regular lunch and dinner menus (with an upcharge for the priciest items) to go with selected apps and desserts.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


Rasika/Rasika West End

Classic favorites such as the crispy spinach palak chaat and black cod join new dishes on the diverse lunch and dinner menus at these near-twin modern-Indian eateries.

Available: Lunch and dinner (Penn Quarter menus and West End menus)


Ris

Restaurant Week follows a summery theme at Ris Lacoste’s West End eatery, with locally sourced dishes like gazpacho, heirloom tomato salad, and basil tagliatelle with summer squash.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


701

Modern American cuisine dominates at this downtown restaurant, with Restaurant Week dishes like poached sweet-water shrimp and braised pork cheeks with cornbread gnocchi.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


The Source

Save room for the 15-layer carrot cake—one of our favorites—on chef Scott Drewno’s special menu.

Available: Lunch (menu)


Sushi Taro

The evening lineup includes an optional beverage pairing (for a total of $50) of sakes and beer with a mix of hot, cold, and raw dishes.

Available: Lunch (menu) and dinner (menu)


*Trummer’s on Main

In addition to the regular $35.13 three-course lineup, you can go in for a four-course tasting with dishes such as seared scallops with smoked oysters and a pork duo for $49.13. Dine at a discount through August 31.

Available: Dinner (menu)


Unum

Fans of cheese and charcuterie can pick two for a starter, plus your choice of two small plates or a double portion of dishes like boneless-short-rib pasta for an entrée-size serving.

Available: Dinner (menu)


Vermilion

The Obama-approved Alexandria restaurant dishes up locally sourced American dishes from newish chef William Morris.

Available: Lunch and dinner


Vidalia

One of the longest-standing regulars on our Best Restaurants list serves up refined Southern fare in a white-tablecloth setting. If you miss Restaurant Week, try the regular $19.90 lunch menu.

Available: Lunch (menu) and dinner (menu)


Westend Bistro

Chef Devin Bozkaya brought new life to the Ritz-Carlton bistro after the split between the hotel and chef-lebrity Eric Ripert (and all for the better).

Available: Lunch and dinner


*Zaytinya

The only restaurant in our Top 10 section participating in Restaurant Week extends its deal through September 2. Another perk: a discount wine list with 20 bottles for $35 and under.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


From this year’s 5 Places to Watch list:

Range

Like the diverse regular menu, options on Bryan Voltaggio’s Restaurant Week lineup vary from goat cheese ravioli to chimichurri-sauced steak and porky pizza.

Available: Lunch and dinner (menus)


Woodward Table

Unlike most spots, Jeffrey Buben’s newest restaurant extends the dining deal to brunch with dishes such as shrimp and grits and fried chicken and waffles.

Available: Brunch, lunch, and dinner (menus)


*Denotes Restaurant Week deals extending beyond August 25.