Click on the image to go to our Google Map that locates all of the restaurants participating in Alexandria's Inaugural Restaurant Week.

Click on the image to go to our Google Map that locates all of the restaurants participating in Alexandria's Inaugural Restaurant Week.

Even after all of the festivities surrounding today’s Presidential Inauguration finally draw to a close and the District’s bars and restaurants revert back to their standard operating hours, local foodies will have a reason to celebrate: in an effort to lure diners across the Potomac, 30 Alexandria restaurants have come together to offer Alexandria’s Inaugural Restaurant Week.  The best part: the deals run through Sunday, so you can still take the opportunity to enjoy Restaurant Week prices without having to compete with visitors for a reservation.

The participating restaurants have taken an interesting, two-tiered approach to their promotion.  Most restaurants are offering a traditional Restaurant Week-style special: a three course, prix fixe menu for $35 per person.  But some of the more casual options among the participants have opted for an even more budget-friendly deal: dinner for two for $35.

A run-down of participating restaurants and some tried-and-true advice for restaurant weeks after the jump.

Offering $35 dinners for two:

  • Dishes of India
  • Duke’s Bar and Grill at the Embassy Suites (actually offering dinner for two for only $30)
  • Fontaine Caffe & Creperie
  • King Street Blues
  • Overwood

Offering three courses for $35 per person:

  • Bastille
  • Bilbo Baggins
  • Cafe Salsa
  • Chadwick’s
  • Chevy’s Fresh Mex
  • Del Merei Grille
  • Farrah Olivia by Morou
  • Finn & Porter
  • Fish Market
  • Flying Fish Restaurant
  • Geranio Ristorante
  • Jamieson’s Grille
  • Joe Theismann’s Restaurant
  • La Bergerie
  • Las Tapas
  • Monroe’s an American Trattoria
  • O’Connell’s
  • Pat Troy’s
  • Raw Silk
  • Shooter McGee’s
  • Stardust
  • Tempo
  • Two Nineteen
  • Union Street Public House
  • Villa D’Este

Needless to say, some of these deals represent significantly better values than others, so do yourself a favor and do your research ahead of time.  To that end, the promotion’s website offers a terrific resource – links to the menus of each of the participating restaurants.  No need to hunt down restaurants’ websites and menus like there is with RAMW’s Restaurant Week promotion – Alexandria has done the work for you!

Each restaurant has been given leeway to shape their promotion as they see fit, so some are offering limited menus and others are going all out by giving diners the chance to sample a wide range of selections from their menu.

With all of the attention on today’s big event and its attendant festivities, many of the participating restaurants still have plenty of tables available for those of us who will still be in town by tomorrow evening.  As of my writing this, Farrah Olivia is the only participating restaurant – among those who accept reservations via OpenTable – with nothing available during peak dining hours on Friday or Saturday.

Consider this a chance to check out some of those hidden gems tucked away in Old Town and throughout Alexandria…or a good warm-up for DC Restaurant Week, which has been pushed back to February this year.