Foodies now have more reasons than ever to travel thanks to the spread of restaurant weeks across the country. From coast to coast there are now weeks devoted to introducing food lovers to new restaurants at an affordable price. While restaurant weeks can take place at any time, many take place in summer, winter, or both. Places like New York City will have two restaurant weeks a year, while others have limited the event to just one a year. Keep reading to discover a Winter Restaurant Week near you, or in a destination you've wanted to visit.
1. New York City
Each year New York City
offers restaurant week twice per year. To make things even more convenient for travelers, restaurant week in winter is often extended beyond just a single week. This event usually takes place in late January to early February
and reservations can be made in advance. With hundreds of restaurants participating, it is one of the best and broadest restaurant weeks in the country.
Another great culinary city is Boston
. During winter restaurant week in mid to late March
, foodies will have the opportunity to sample what Boston chefs from across the city have up their sleeves. Every restaurant week has prix fixe menus both for lunch and dinner. Diners can choose between two-course and three-course options. Reservations are taken quickly, so be sure to try and plan in advance.
Another fun restaurant week in winter takes place at the end of January
. This event follows a similar format as the others, offering prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Three course menus are available across Baltimore. If you want to be informed about what restaurants are participating and when reservations are accepted, sign up online to receive alerts by email.
4. Washington, D.C.
More than 100 restaurants participate in restaurant week in Washington, D.C.
, taking place at the end of January
. Three course lunches and three course dinners are available for set prices at favorite restaurants and newcomers throughout the city. One strategy for getting the most out of restaurant week is to try and snag reservations at the fancier restaurants. These restaurants offer the most value compared to restaurants that might offer value menus throughout the year.
over 100 restaurants participate in restaurant week, held every fall and every winter
. Throughout Philly restaurants offer affordable three course lunches and three course dinners. This restaurant week also has its own Twitter handle that you can follow to receive up to date information on restaurants, reservations, and pricing. This restaurant week is an opportunity to visit old favorites and try new restaurants, both for visitors and locals alike.
6. Providence, Rhode Island
In 2011, Providence
launched its first ever winter restaurant week with over 65 participating restaurants. Taking place at the end of January
, this event is called "Take a Bite Out of Winter." Three course set menus are available both for lunch and dinner. This excellent value is available at a variety of restaurants from fine dining to Providence's favorite gastro-pubs. Keep your eye on the Providence restaurant week website for up-to-date details.
7. San Francisco San Francisco's
restaurant week in winter is called Dine About Town. Taking place over the course of the final two weeks in January
, this event provides plenty of time to make reservations at several restaurants. A complete list of participating restaurants is released one month prior to the event, on December 15. This restaurant week has been thriving for over 10 years and offers great value on some of San Francisco's most beloved restaurants.
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