We've participated several years now, most recently as last night. We've used the week to explore upscale restaurants that we haven't been to before to see if we'd like to make them regulars in our rotation. But we always leave disappointed and underwhelmed and have begun to wonder whether this is a good idea at all?
Restaurants are zooey and loud, portions are small, food is fast but not great, and it's even downright bad at places known for consistently superb cuisine by all reports. I think both the price points and the overwhelming response (victim of success) have made quality control over the dining experience as well as what's on the plate less than it might otherwise be, and we end up soured on a restaurant that might impress us more favorably on a normal night.
I'm deliberately not naming the disappointing venues we recently visited because I'm beginning to think that restaurant week isn't a fair test. In fact, I doubt we'll ever bother participating again, to avoid any more loud, zooey evenings eating food that we don't love at places that probably do better ordinarily.
Am I alone in thinking they either have to raise the price $10 or give it up? Would the price increase help matters, or is the mobbing for a week the problem, or both?
Interested in others' thoughts about this.