Traveling? Live There? Check Out Restaurant Week In A City Near You!

Restaurant Week & Restaurant Month. We “discovered” this joy of the the eating world several years back, since the area where we live has been running “Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month” since 2005. Essentially, a variety of restaurants offer special 2, 3, 4 or sometimes even 5 course prix-fixe menus for the asking, often times at prices much better than if you purchased items a la carte.

We enjoy Restaurant Month because it gives us an opportunity to try out a sampling from restaurants we normally wouldn’t have or just haven’t yet visited and, in the process, have developed a list of favorites we sometimes wind up going to during the year, even when it’s not Restaurant Month.

Orlando isn’t the only city that hosts such an event. In fact, there are MANY cities that do – and if you happen to be any of those cities in your travels, or even if you live there and are in a rut of going to the same restaurants over and over, it might be a great time to check out a place you might never have the opportunity to try otherwise.

Here are some of the cities, counties and states with their own versions of Restaurant Week (some links only have “last year’s” options but I’m sure those pages will be updated soon! Participating restaurants should be listed when the respective pages are updated):

JANUARY
Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week
Alexandria Restaurant Week (runs from late January to early February)
Amelia Island Restaurant Week
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week
Baltimore Restaurant Week
California Restaurant Month (37 cities and areas in California participate during various times of the month)
Chicago Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks from late January to early February)
Galveston Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks)
Hudson (County NJ) Restaurant Week (done twice per year, in January and July)
NYC Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks from late January to early February)
City Center District (Philadelphia) Restaurant Week (done twice per year, in January and September)
San Antonio Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks)

FEBRUARY
Joliet Area Restaurant Week
Minneapolis-St. Paul Restaurant Week
New Mexico Restaurant Week (3 cities in New Mexico participate for a week each during February and into March)
Virginia Beach Restaurant Week

MARCH
King of Prussia Restaurant Week
Lake County (IL) Restaurant Week
Mystic Restaurant Week
Newport Restaurant Week
Portland (OR) Dining Month
Sonoma County Restaurant Week

APRIL
Cheyenne Restaurant Week
Jersey Shore Restaurant Week
Long Island Restaurant Week
Seattle Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks)
Starkville (MS) Restaurant Week

MAY
Arizona Restaurant Week (done twice per year, May and September)
Restaurant Week Wailea (done twice per year, May and November)

JUNE
Cape May Restaurant Week
Tampa Bay Restaurant Week

JULY
Charlottesville Restaurant Week
Hudson (County NJ) Restaurant Week (done twice per year, in January and July)
(Atlanta used to run its Restaurant Week in July but 2017 appears to have been the final year)

AUGUST
Restaurant Week Boston (runs for 2 weeks)
Dallas-Ft. Worth Restaurant Week
Miami Spice (runs from early August to late September)
Coolinary New Orleans

SEPTEMBER
Arizona Restaurant Week (done twice per year, May and September)
Boca Restaurant Month
Jacksonville Restaurant Week (runs from late September to early October)
Visit Orlando Magical Dining Month (runs from late August to late September or early October)
Flavor Palm Beach Month
City Center District (Philadelphia) Restaurant Week (done twice per year, in January and September)
Vail & Beaver Creek Restaurant Week (runs from late September to early October)

OCTOBER
NY African Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks)
Aruba Restaurant Month
Connecticut Restaurant Week
Dine Out Boise Restaurant Week (runs from late October to early November)
Cape Cod Restaurant Week
Greenwich Restaurant Week
Jackson (MS) Restaurant Week
Tulsa Restaurant Week

NOVEMBER
First Bite Boulder Restaurant Week
Savor the Bronx Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks)
Cleveland Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks)
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (runs for 2 weeks)
Restaurant Week Wailea (done twice per year, May and November)

DECEMBER
It’s probably not surprising to report that I found no dining weeks or months listed in the month of December ;-).

This is, by far, not a complete list. To see if there is a Restaurant Week near you that I may not have listed, just do a Google search for RESTAURANT WEEK and the name of the city, county or state you’re interested in.

Here’s a tip – should you go to a participating Restaurant Week/Month eatery, make sure to ask for the Restaurant Week menu. I know there are several places in Orlando that don’t offer the special menu unless you ask for it.

Let us know if you try out any new places at Restaurant Week!

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