Summer Restaurant Week doesn’t start until mid-August—more on that soon—but many eateries have already settled into the slower, more casual summer pace with dining deals and fun, wallet-friendly specials. Here are a few to try this week.
Arepas at Del Campo
777 Eye St., NW
Drop into the bar or hit the outdoor patio at chef Victor Albiso’s South American grill, where you can try a new lineup of arepas. The folded flatbreads are stuffed with fillings like lobster salad, Wagyu sirloin with chimichurri, or crispy pig feet banh mi ($5 to $9). The arepas are offered during lunch, dinner, and late-night happy hour (10 to midnight, Thursday through Saturday).
Family-style picnics at Fainting Goat
1330 U St., NW
Can’t get to the Bay for a crab feast? Try this gastropub’s Monday picnic series, when chef Nathan Beauchamp whips up family-style meals themed around classic summer dishes ($25 to $40 per person). Maryland crustaceans, peel-and-eat shrimp, and corn are on offer for August, while lobster boils begin in September ($25 to $40 per person; Mondays 5 to 9). Advanced reservations are required.
Garden lunch at Restaurant Eve
110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria
Chef Cathal Armstrong takes advantage of his restaurant garden’s bounty by offering a three-course “green garden lunch,” Monday through Friday ($28 per person). The meal includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert, all which highlight fresh herbs and produce.
Summer dinners at 1789
1226 36th St., NW
Georgetown’s stalwart fine dining restaurant invites guests to join them on summer evenings through September 11, and try a three-course menu for $48 (Saturdays excluded). Diners can pick between seasonal appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Given that mains regularly run near $40, the dinner is a deal.
Mediterranean feasts at Iron Gate
1734 N St., NW
Pretend you’re farm-hopping in the Mediterranean at Iron Gate, where chef Tony Chittum serves a European-style agrotourismo dinner on Sunday and Monday evenings in the carriage entrance and garden patio. The family-style menu ($50 for two; $25 each additional person) includes shared antipasti, a pasta like house-made ravioli, and entrees such as an oak-roasted young pig with vegetables. Bottles of Greek wine go for $25.
Sunday suppers at Quill
1200 16th St., NW
The Jefferson, one of the ritziest hotels in town, invites diners into their bar for a three-course Sunday meal that includes a glass of wine ($35 per person). The set menu includes dishes like a starter of linguine with crab and saffron, followed by poussin (young chicken), and white chocolate panna cotta.
Tuesday dinners for two at Policy
1904 14th St., NW
This 14th Street spot creates a Tuesday deal for duos: a dinner that includes a starter, two meats (Korean short ribs, butter chicken), a side, a dessert, and a bottle of wine. The deal runs on Tuesdays through the end of summer.
Three-course lunch at Republic
6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park
Three courses for $16 is a pretty sweet deal, not to mention the promise of getting in-and-out within an hour. Guest pick between apps and entrees like wood-grilled calamari, ancient grain salad, and Addie’s mussels, plus a dessert. A beer or glass of wine can be added for $5.