Celebrate Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, Jan. 15-21

Dine Out. Take Out. Eat Up. 

So begins the special offerings and discount listings for this winter’s Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week – a celebration of area restaurants and the “diversity of world-class cuisine” in the region – from Jan. 15-21. Sponsored by the Washington Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s (RAMW) – of Rammy Awards fame – this season’s celebration includes 18 participating Georgetown restaurants. 

“With some of the nation’s best-known chefs, restaurants and rising culinary stars helming eateries in our region, Metropolitan D.C. is known for its restaurants,” RAMW said. And Restaurant Week is “one of the most highly anticipated food-related programs in the region.” Area restaurants from downtown D.C. to as far as Clifton, Virginia and Bowie, Maryland are taking part in this winter’s festivities. 

Courtesy Filomena Ristorante. Instagram.

The week is designed to allow local diners the “opportunity to experience new flavors, explore restaurants in different neighborhoods or visit old favorites.” And, for visitors, it’s a chance to “experience many of the best of our regional restaurants without breaking the bank.”

Participating restaurants will be offering 3-course pre-fixe menus for either brunch or lunch at $25, and dinners at $55 and $65, with take-out options as well. To start the week, RAMW said, “You are invited to enjoy extended brunch offerings at select [restaurants] on Monday, Jan. 15, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Many participating restaurants will also be serving “cocktail, wine, and non-alcoholic pairings, giving diners… a variety of beverages to choose from.”

To reserve tables, customers can go to RAMW’s website, browse the listings under “restaurant name,” type of cuisine and choice of neighborhood. Many menus will include paired wine and cocktails. Promotionally, diners will be encouraged to post on social media about their meals and restaurants will be sharing posts on their sites.

Faith Broderick, economic development direct of the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) described the significance of this winter’s Restaurant Week. “Georgetown’s dining scene has gained so much momentum in the last two years, and restaurant week is a wonderful way to showcase the variety of our offerings,” she said. “Newcomer Kyojin was named 2023 DC Restaurant of the Year by Eater, and longtime favorites Filomena and Cafe Milano just celebrated 40 and 30 years in business, respectively, so this is a unique opportunity for diners to experience the evolution of Georgetown’s restaurants.”

Magret de Canard with wild rice and black currant sauce, paired with a Pinot Noir from Volnay. Courtesy La Chaumiere. Instagram.

Prepare your pallets. Washingtonian magazine highlighted four “must-try classic” restaurants in Georgetown participating in this winter’s celebration, including Filomena Ristorante at 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW (who’s special menu is “generous with hearty options like homemade meatballs in Sunday gravy, agnolotti carbonara, veal marsala, and turtle cheesecake.”), La Chaumière at 2813 M St. NW (with some “hard-to-find classics” on the menu such as “cassoulet, sautéed calf’s liver, dover sole meunière, and soufflés for dessert), Ris at 2275 L St. NW (with “Champagne-oyster stew, the ever-famous scallop margarita, leek and mustard-crusted salmon, and chicken Milanese” for dinner), and, 1789 and 1226 36th St. NW (with “fine-dining touches” such as “rabbit roulade, roasted duck with balsamic and black figs, and lemon-raspberry bavarian.”)

Courtesy Filomena Ristorante. Instagram.

Here’s a list of Georgetown’s participating Restaurant Week eateries:

1789: $65 Dinner with paired wine or cocktail

Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar: $40 Dinner

Brasserie Liberté: $25 Brunch; $25 Lunch; $40 Dinner

Cafe Milano: $35 Lunch

CUT By Wolfgang Puck: $65 Dinner with paired wine or cocktail

El Centro – Georgetown: $35 Brunch; $40 Dinner

Farmers Fishers Bakers: $25 Lunch; $40 Dinner

Filomena Ristorante: $35 Lunch; $65 Dinner

Fiola Marę: $35 Lunch

Fitzgerald’s: $40 Dinner with paired wine or cocktail

Flavio Italian Restaurant: $25 Lunch; $40 Dinner

Il Canale: $25 Lunch; $35 Lunch; $40 Dinner; $55 Dinner

Jardenea: $55 Dinner; $65 Dinner with paired wine or cocktail

Kyojin Sushi: $65 Dinner

La Chaumiere: $65 Dinner with paired wine or cocktail

RIS: $25 Lunch; $35 Lunch; $40 Dinner; $55 Dinner; $65 Dinner

The Sovereign: $40 Dinner

Tony and Joe’s Seafood: $25 Lunch; $40 Dinner; $65 Dinner

Bon appetit, Buon appetito, Buen provecho, and Guten appetit!…

For more information on this winter’s Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, go to ramw.org/restaurantweek.



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