Bargain Basement Fine Dining

City restaurant weeks are gearing up, from San Francisco’s Dine About Town to New York City’s Restaurant Week. If you haven’t participated in one of these events before, it’s all about a bunch of restaurants (normally hundreds, and we’re not talking about the Chevys and Olive Garden variety) putting together special, fixed-price, (usually) three-course meals. It can be a good way to try fancy restaurants without spending a lot.

Below is a list of some of the restaurant weeks that are coming up in different cities, but first here are some things to keep in mind when you visit a restaurant:

• Compare the price of the restaurant week prix-fixe menus to a place’s regular menu to make sure you’re actually getting a deal. If the restaurant is just offering its cheapest apps, entrées, and desserts, it might not save you any money to do the prix fixe.

• Check OpenTable to make easy reservations. A lot of cities have their own OpenTable hubs dedicated to their restaurant weeks.

• Remember to ask your wait person to see the restaurant week menu.

• Prices don’t include tax, tip, or drinks.

dineLA Restaurant Week
When: January 25–30; February 1–6
Price: For three courses, priced by fanciness “level.” Deluxe dining: lunch $16, dinner $26; premier dining: lunch $22, dinner $34; fine dining: lunch $28, dinner $44.

NYC Restaurant Week
When: January 18–23; 25–30
Price: For three courses. Lunch $24.07, dinner $35

San Francisco Dine About Town
When: January 15–31
Price: For three courses. Lunch $21.95, dinner $34.95

Philadelphia Center City District Restaurant Week
When: January 25–30
Price: For three courses. Some may offer lunch; dinner, $35

Washington, DC Winter Restaurant Week
When: February, exact dates TBD
Price: For three courses. Lunch $20.09; dinner $35.09

Chicago Restaurant Week
When: February 20–27
Price: For three courses. Lunch $22; dinner $32

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week
When: January 23–February 1
Price: For three courses. Lunch $20.09; dinner $30.09

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