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Elyssa Jul 3, 2008 08:36 AM

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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    Elyssa Jul 23, 2008 07:35 AM

    Can folks post menus as they see them? That would be very helpful as we wait out DCFoodies guide.

    So far I have reservations at PS7 (dinner) and Charlie Palmer Steak House (lunch). I'm thinking about waiting to add one more lunch, but want to wait to see the menus.

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      Indy 67 Jul 23, 2008 09:03 AM

      If you go to the Rasika and The Oval Room web sites, you'll be able to see the Restaurant Week menus. Since the two restaurants are under the same ownership, I would have assumed I could access the RW menu the same way. Not so.

      At Raskia's site, click on "events." This will bring up a list that includes the link to RW.

      At The Oval Room's site, click on "Menu." This will bring up a list that includes the link to RW.

      I have a question about Rasika's menu. Since I'm relatively unfamiliar with Indian food in general and Rasika specifically, I'd love to hear explanations of any of the dishes listed including recommendations. Thanks!

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      juliedc Jul 22, 2008 07:05 PM

      The list is up now. http://www.washington.org/restaurantwk/

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        deangold Jul 23, 2008 05:30 AM

        There appears to be at least one error on the RAMW site.... Tosca. SO cross check with Open Table if you know a restaurant is on OT and isn't on the RAMW list, just to be sure.

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          Elyssa Jul 23, 2008 06:49 AM

          Tosca is on the list....just under "R" (I missed it the first 5 times as well :) ) for Ristorante Tosca.

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        Elyssa Jul 16, 2008 04:38 PM

        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 www.washington.org for a full list of restaurants and menus.

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          DanielK Jul 16, 2008 07:50 PM

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

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            takajin Jul 17, 2008 12:09 PM

            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.

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              chicken kabob Jul 17, 2008 12:19 PM

              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.

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                deangold Jul 17, 2008 05:25 PM

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

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            xpatticakesx Jul 5, 2008 11:42 AM

            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?

            Thanks

            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.

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

            1. cheesepowder Jul 3, 2008 04:54 PM

              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.

              http://www.ramw.org/index.php?option=...

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                Elyssa Jul 4, 2008 07:07 AM

                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).

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                  Elyssa Jul 21, 2008 09:44 AM

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

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                  JoeHoya Jul 3, 2008 10:06 AM

                  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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                    DanielK Jul 3, 2008 11:10 AM

                    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.

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                      ktmoomau Jul 3, 2008 06:13 PM

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

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                        DanielK Jul 3, 2008 09:55 PM

                        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.

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                          ktmoomau Jul 4, 2008 07:33 PM

                          Places I think are good you can't fashion a menu for $20, $30 at least not with what I would eat:
                          Mio
                          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.
                          Tenpenh
                          1789
                          Ceiba

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                            Jeserf Jul 4, 2008 09:15 PM

                            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

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                              DanielK Jul 5, 2008 08:55 AM

                              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.

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                                ktmoomau Jul 7, 2008 09:12 AM

                                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.

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                              takajin Jul 17, 2008 12:10 PM

                              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.

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                                Elyssa Jul 17, 2008 12:13 PM

                                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!

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                      FoiGras Jul 3, 2008 08:42 AM

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

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                        Elyssa Jul 3, 2008 09:10 AM

                        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.

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                          DanielK Jul 3, 2008 09:37 AM

                          The announcement will be here: http://www.washington.org/restaurantwk/, but it still shows the Winter event.

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