Summer Restaurant Week Reservations Start Now

Yona in Ballston is one of the new spots to check out during Summer Restaurant Week (pictured: tuna poke). Photograph by Scott Suchman

It’s time to start booking tables at Washington’s top eateries for Summer Restaurant Week, which runs Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 21. The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) just revealed 250-plus participants, and reservations are open game. The three-course model holds true for $22 lunches and $35 dinners, though some eateries offer additional promotions and extensions.

As in past years, finer-dining restaurants like Rasika, Central, Sushi Taro, and Fiola are among the most popular—and also the kind of places where you’ll find the best deals. A number of new eateries have also joined the promo, including Ashlar, Kyirisan, Requin, the Sovereign, and Yona.

Summer Restaurant Week can be a great opportunity to try a new or bucket-list restaurant for less, though beware the pitfalls—insiders don’t call it ‘free dessert week’ for nothing. Here, our tips for making the most of it.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.