We just got an update from the folks at RAMW with a list of fourteen sixteen restaurants that have announced their participation in DC Winter Restaurant Week 2011, and we’ve wasted no time adding them to our map.

The list includes a few of the area’s recent openings as well as several long-time participants who would have been sorely missed.  What does it mean for you?  If you move quickly, you may be able to snag a coveted Friday or Saturday night reservation before everyone realizes these places have signed on.  Quick – head to OpenTable and lock it in!

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in DC's Winter Restaurant Week 2011.

You can see the full list of participants at the official site, and we’ll continue to keep an eye out for additions as they come up between now and the 17th.  The newest participants are:

Asian Spice – Lunch and Dinner
Charlie Palmer Steak – Lunch and Dinner
Circle Bistro – Lunch and Dinner
Cityhouse – Lunch and Dinner
Columbia Firehouse – Lunch and Dinner

Current Sushi & Lounge – Dinner Only

Floriana Restaurant – Dinner Only
Fire and Sage – Lunch and Dinner

Kushi Izakaya & Sushi – Lunch and Dinner

The Landmark at the Melrose Hotel – Lunch and Dinner
MASA 14 – Dinner Only
Notti Bianche – Lunch and Dinner
Sea Catch Restaurant and Raw Bar – Lunch and Dinner
Siroc Restaurant – Lunch and Dinner
Tabaq Bistro – Dinner Only
Vento Restaurant – Dinner Only


Twice a year, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) <<EDIT: and the folks over at Destination DC – sorry for the omission!>> give DC diners a good incentive to head out and try one of those places they’ve been meaning to check out: Restaurant Week.  Whether you love these discount dining days or hate them, it’s a safe bet you’re just as quick to check out who’s participating as soon as you hear the next round is public.

Well it’s time.  Just a few minutes ago, RAMW posted the announcement of the dates and participants for DC Winter Restaurant Week 2011 to the official Restaurant Week site.  This year the foodfest will run from Monday, January 17th through Sunday, January 23rd and more than 210 restaurants have already signed on.  OpenTable may have spilled the beans on the dates a bit early, having updated the header on the Restaurant Week page last week before it was officially supposed to talk about 2011, but otherwise RAMW has done an admirable job of keeping the details of Restaurant Week under wraps.

As we’ve done in the past, we wanted to help you visualize just what 210+ restaurants look like – not to mention map out your plan of attack.  Click on the image below to go to our semi-annual, color-coded Google map to figure out where you’ll be lunching and dining from the 17th through the 23rd.  And be on the lookout for some of our fellow bloggers’ usual contributions, like DC Foodies’ and Dining in DC’s menu roundups and lists of restaurants that will be extending their deals even further into the new year.

If you’ve got additional questions – like “Why isn’t that restaurant I’ve been dying to try on the list?” – visit the official site and ask the folks at RAMW.  They anticipate additional participants between now and Restaurant Week, so be on the lookout for updates.

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in DC's Winter Restaurant Week 2011.

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in Alexandria's Second Annual Restaurant Week.

By now, you’re probably enjoying the fruits of your diligent preparation – passing by the lesser Restaurant Week participants with a self-satisfied smile as you settle in for some of the best $35.10 meals Washington has to offer.  If only it didn’t have to end, right?

Good news – it doesn’t.  At least not for another week or so!  As they did last year, Alexandria restaurants have joined forces to put on their very own version of Restaurant Week.  From this Friday until the following Sunday, more than 50 Alexandria establishments will be offering one of three deals:

  • $35 prix-fixe dinners
  • $35 dinners for two
  • $3.50 sweet treats

We’ve put together a map that lists all of the participants, like we do for DC Restaurant Week.  After the jump, a few thoughts about taking full advantage. (more…)

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in DC's Winter Restaurant Week 2010.

Last week, we gave you the heads up as soon as Washington’s Winter Restaurant Week listings went up.  The announcement caught us off-guard…the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington did a nice job keeping the dates of this year’s event under wraps until they were ready to let everyone know.

We took advantage of some unexpected downtime during Saturday’s Snowpocalypse to do our usual trick of putting all of the participating restaurants onto a Google map.  You can use it to see if your favorites are participating, or check out a neighborhood and see how many Restaurant Week deals you can score in a six block radius.  It’s yours to do with as you please.

As you look at the map, you’ll notice that there are some real treats participating.  Of course, some continue to confound us with their Lunch Only participation – it’s just SO hard to get away for a decent three-course lunch when your full-time job expects you to be working.  Even so, we’ve seen a few newcomers and some old favorites on the list that are going to make this another good time for DC diners.

These days, you’ve got plenty of us food bloggers working to gather the participating restaurants’ menus.  DC Foodies are the originals when it comes to this, but you’ll probably see some reporting from Brightest Young Things and Dining in DC among others.  We’ll stick to the map-making.

Check back as Restaurant Week approaches early next year – while some of the menus are already getting out, most won’t be finalized until the week or so beforehand.  But don’t wait to book your reservations; you’re going to have to gamble if you want to score a reservation at any of the more sought-after participants.

We’ve already given you some tips to make your choices, and we definitely encourage you to make use of OpenTable (hence the links on our map) for reservations and UrbanSpoon for aggregated reviews.  We’ve already got a couple of blue chip reservations locked in.

<<UPDATE 5:00 PM 8/24/09: Restaurant Week has officially begun, and we received an update today from the folks at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.  As of today’s count, there are almost 210 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, and we’ve got them all up-to-date on our Google map.  Check it out!>>

By now you’ve probably seen countless other sources announce the participants in the upcoming Summer Restaurant Week that will take place from August 24 through August 30.  But we here at Capital Spice like to give you one more piece of information to keep in mind as you’re making up your mind on where to spend your Restaurant Week dollars: location.

As we have in the past, we’ve included all of the participating Restaurant Week establishments on one handy-dandy Google map.  So take a look and figure out what’s closest to your office for a $20.09 lunch.  Or scout out the spot closest to your favorite hotspot and grab a $35.09 dinner before going out.  Then head over to OpenTable and make your reservation!

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in DC's Summer Restaurant Week 2009.

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in DC's Summer Restaurant Week 2009.

Don’t forget to check out DC Foodies – they’ve been collecting Restaurant Week menus for years and will likely be doing so again for this round.

And if you’ve got questions about specific restaurants, feel free to ask!  We’ve done our share of Restaurant Weeks, so we may have some insight.

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in DC's Winter Restaurant Week 2009.

Click on the image to go to our Google map that locates every restaurant participating in DC's Winter Restaurant Week 2009.

As you may have seen or read recently, we here at Capital Spice have gotten into the habit of putting together Google maps whenever we hear about something that involves large numbers of restaurants throughout DC.  Our first?  Last summer’s version of Restaurant Week.  I guess that makes this some kind of anniversary for us…

If you’ve been nursing an inaugural celebration-induced hangover for the past two days and haven’t had a chance to check in with, well, any of our fellow DC food bloggers or the Going Out Gurus: THE LIST FOR WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK 2009 IS NOW UP!

As they have twice a year for almost a decade now, the good folks at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and Destination DC have teamed up to present a week in which almost 180 local restaurants offer $20.09 lunch deals and $35.09 dinner deals.  It will run from Monday, February 16th to Sunday, February 22nd.

This time, we’re off to a slightly later start due to the inaugural festivities…and it was definitely smooth of the powers that be to post the list the day after the inauguration, giving the truly dedicated among us a head start on those who only passively await this twice-yearly food fest.

A refresher course in Capital Spice’s recommendations for the ways to maximize your chances of having a great Restaurant Week experience after the jump. (more…)

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. (more…)

stimulus08_490x170Finally, a bailout we can all get behind!  OpenTable has turned the Restaurant Week concept into a nationwide event with its “Appetite Stimulus Plan” promotion.  From Monday, November 17th until Friday, November 22nd, you can enjoy three course lunches and dinners at participating restaurants for $24 and $35, respectively.

As if you needed more incentive to take advantage, OpenTable has further sweetened the deal by offering double points  on any reservations made through this promotion.  You’ll get your usual 100 points when you make and keep a reservation, and then they’ll credit you an additional 100 points as “Appetite Stimulus Plan Bonus Points” 72 hours after your reservation.  Just remember to make your reservation through the Stimulus Plan landing page at OpenTable to be sure you get the proper credit.

Because this event is being organized by OpenTable instead of a single local tourism organization, it is occurring simultaneously in thirteen cities across the country.  If you happen to be heading to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, or Seattle, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the deals!  Or you could just tell your friends in other cities and score some points for being in the know.

With almost 150 restaurants to choose from (including some in places as far-flung as Leesburg, Sterling, National Harbor and the Plains – yeah, the site of Gold Cup), you’re going to want to approach this as though it were Restaurant Week – pick and choose a few key places, keeping in mind that some of the participating restaurants regularly offer deals that are as good as this or better.

A few suggestions, some new and notable participants and our signature map of all participating restaurants after the jump. (more…)

Click on the image to go to our Google Map that locates every restaurant participating in next month's DC Restaurant Week.

To our knowledge, this is the only place to find all of this year’s participating restaurants on one convenient map. Check each placemark for addresses, phone numbers, and OpenTable links (when available). Blue marks are lunch and dinner, red marks are dinner only, and green marks are lunch only.

And if you’re having a hard time accessing it through the image, you can simply click here to go right to the map.

We hope you’ll find this map useful as you plan out your dining destinations – please let us know if you notice any errors or if anything needs to be updated!