It’s Time for Restaurant Weeks Galore
Now is the perfect time to try some new restaurants or return to favorites because Restaurant Week is happening in full force in so many Bay Area cities.
You’ll find specially priced lunch and dinner menus at participating restaurants.
Here are some of the most popular Restaurant Week celebrations in local cities:
- Oakland Restaurant Week, now through Jan. 20: This city celebrates its 10th Restaurant Week in a big way. A host of restaurants are offering prixe fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus at price points ranging from $10 to $80, with many of them donating a percentage of proceeds to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Restaurants include alaMar’s three-course $30 menu that includes slow-roasted pork tostadas; Chop Bar’s $30 three-course menu that offers the option to add a glass of tap wine for $5; Grand Lake Kitchen’s $40 feast that includes a starter, entree, and a choice between a glass of rose or housemade donuts; and Duende’s $40 (2-person minimum required) dinner that includes a glass of cava, its famed ensalada de col, a choice of paella, and dessert.
But wait, there’s more: Forward your reservation confirmation to ORW@visitoakland.com to enter a drawing to win a $125 gift card for more Oakland Restaurant Week dining. Ten winners will be selected.
There are also a couple of extra special events, including “Just Call Me Chef Dinner Series,” 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar. Join me there, as I host a Q&A with its Chef-Owner Kanitha Matoury. Tickets are $50 each, and include a multi-course dinner at the restaurant afterward.
For a complete list of special events, click here.
- Alameda Restaurant Week, Jan. 16-26: Enjoy deals at more than 30 restaurants. They include a three-course meal at East End for $32, $35 or $50; a special $9 “Sage Idea” cocktail at The Hunter Public House that features charred sage; and a $34 prix fixe at Angela’s that includes braised short ribs.
- Berkeley Restaurant Week, Jan. 21-31: The 8th annual event includes $25, $30 and $40 dining deals at participating restaurants,. They include Gaumentkitzel’s 3-course prix fixe for $30 with an entree of vegetable strudel or $40 with an entree of winter goulash of wild boar; Gather’s $25 lunch or $40 dinner; and La Marcha Tapas Bar’s five-course feast for $40.
- San Francisco Restaurant Week, Jan. 22-31: More than 130 of the city’s best known restaurants will offer special lunch menus for $15.15 and $25.25, and dinner menus for $40.40 and $65.65. Restaurants include August 1 Five, In Situ, M.Y. China, Mochica Peruvian Kitchen & Bar, One Market, Parallel 37, Spruce, and Tacos Cala. To see detailed menus, click here.
- Concord Comfort Food Week, Jan. 17-26: Only in its third year, this Restaurant Week boasts more than 35 participating restaurants that are offering special menu items, prix fixe meals or special offers. For instance, enjoy a free mini ice cream sandwich with the purchase of a $3.98 or more item at Cream Concord; 50 percent off Cajun broiled shrimp at EMC Seafood & Raw Bar; and a free regular (or garlic) fries with the purchase of a meal at Super Duper Burgers.
- Napa Valley Restaurant Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1: Treat yourself to lunch ($20 or $30) or dinner ($38 or $48) at a roster of participating restaurants. They include Acacia House, Charlie Palmer Steak, Farmstead, Perry Lang’s, and the Charter Oak.