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Jul 3, 2008 08:36 AM

DC RW Summer 2008

Does anyone know when they usually release the dates and restaurants? I always thought it was around a month out but maybe I'm wrong.

I feel like more restaurants (and possibly higher end) will be participating this year due to the current economic "issues" (I still don't know if it's ok to say the "r" word in this town :) ).

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  1. RW in Baltimore in 2008 begins Saturday, July 26th thru Sunday, August 3rd. FoiGras

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    1. re: FoiGras

      Sorry I should have been more clear---I'm looking for RW in DC. It's usually the first week in August, but I don't know if they moved it around or if anyone knows of restaurants participating yet.

      1. re: Elyssa

        The announcement will be here:, but it still shows the Winter event.

    2. Chef Geoff's newsletter this week encouraged people to mark their calendars for Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week July 28-August 3. Not a confirmation, necessarily, but I'd bet it's right.

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      1. re: JoeHoya

        B-CC restaurant week has always bothered me, because at 80-90% of the places that participate, you could assemble your own 3-course meal for $30 or less.

        1. re: DanielK

          Then you don't choose the right places ;) I book like the day they announce or before and I pick good places.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            Which do you consider the "good places"?

            Looking at the list from February, here are the places I consider worth going to:

            Athenian Plaka, Grapeseed, Bacchus, Passage to India, Raku, David Craig, Rock Creek, Faryab, New Orleans Bistro, Visions.

            Of those places, probably only Grapeseed and David Craig would you go more than $5 over $30 for a 3-course meal. And half of them would be well UNDER $30. I've been to Passage to India a dozen times, stuffed myself silly, and never paid $30/person.

            1. re: DanielK

              Places I think are good you can't fashion a menu for $20, $30 at least not with what I would eat:
              Farrah Olivia- well over 30 or 35 dollars.
              Corduroy- an entree and dessert or starter even for lunch normally over.
              Spezie had the whole menu last time when it first opened that was amazing.
              Mie N Yu
              Tosca!- this one will be the one of my top picks this year.

              1. re: ktmoomau

                none of those places are in bethesda/chevy chase...the post above mentions bethesda/chevy chase restaurant week. which is in fact largely a rip off IMO

                1. re: Jeserf

                  Yeah, what Jeserf said. I agree that there are some gems in the DC restaurant week (but Mie N Yu? ugh...), but the Bethesda-Chevy Chase version is largely useless.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    To each their own. I think Mie N Yu has some pretty good things and as of late there have been a growing number of good reviews, especially with their new menu items, so I must not be completely alone, but I could be in the minority still.

                2. re: ktmoomau

                  I heard that Corduroy is not participating. Too bad as I was looking forward to checking out their new space. Maybe we'll make it for another occasion.

                  1. re: takajin

                    They are not participating this summer but you should certainly check it out. The new space is very nice and the food is better then ever!

        2. According to the RAMW website (link below), they're going to announce the participating restaurants and dates on July 21. The price has gone up for dinner since January -- this time it's $35.08 (as opposed to $30.08) for dinner and still $20.08 for lunch.

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          1. re: cheesepowder

            Thanks Cheesepowder...this is exactly what I was looking for (and btw, I understand food prices have gone up and its just $5 but that's still a little annoying).

            1. re: cheesepowder

              Isn't this suppose to be happening today? I haven't been able to find a list at the RAMW or websites. Anyone else able to get their hands on a list of participating restaurants?

            2. from wapo.
              Washington, D.C.: Hi Gurus,

              I am trying to be patient, but I just can't contain myself any longer-- I had to write to the experts and inquire:

              Whate dates are the Washington, DC 2008 August Restaurant Week?


              Julia: Official word is: August 11 through 17. The list of participating restaurants isn't confirmed yet, but you know all the usual suspects....

              One other fact worth noting: Dinner prices are going up to $35.08. Lunch is still $20.08. Guess all those gas and grocery prices are affecting even beloved traditions like Restaurant Week.


              1. Some more news from Zagats on the Restaurant Week front:

                Food mavens started speed dialing for summer Restaurant Week reservations even before the August 11th–17th dates were official. Happily, there will be plenty of opportunities to savor top-flight, three-course dining at the bargain prices of $20.08 for lunch and $35.08 for dinner. In addition to an expected 170 participating eateries, many popular spots are extending the promotion, notably Mio and Nage (through the end of August), PS 7’s, Oval Room, 701 and Rasika (through August 24th). Later this month, go to for a full list of restaurants and menus.

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  I got the email from Dino today, and they will be offering RW for the entire month of August.

                  1. re: DanielK

                    Also re. Dino, due to the $5 increase, they are removing most of their upcharges (I think only one, albeit hefty, upcharge, for their steak) and including a digestif with the meal (choice of grappa, limoncello, or dessert wine). I've not yet made it to Dino, but their spirit of RW tipped the hat for me this time around. I'm really looking forward to finally trying Dino.

                    Also, Farrah Olivia is extending for the entire summer (until Sept. 22). No menu posted online yet, but I did confirm with the restaurant yesterday that they will also be offering their wine pairings for $15 with dinner. I think that's a nice touch and so we made a second reservation there.

                    1. re: takajin

                      Dino has a wonderful steak. I remember I had an appetizer pasta that was delicious (sorry-cannot remember which one.). The dessert chocolate paninni was also yummy. This was sometime ago, and perhaps the menu has changed.

                      1. re: takajin

                        The one upcharge is $10 for a 1 kilo+ Fiorentina steak.