What to Eat During Restaurant Week

Make your reservations now for the week of Aug. 17-23 and save your appetite for these tasty summer specials.

August in the D.C. area has its perks if you stick around. Commutes are easier, the neighborhoods seem quieter and stores are less crowded. And then of course there’s Restaurant Week, sponsored by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, which offers the perfect excuse to go out and try some tasty dishes at bargain prices.

This summer’s Restaurant Week is Aug. 17-23, with nearly 25 participating restaurants in Arlington, Falls Church and McLean. For $22 (lunch) or $35 (dinner), most kitchens offer a prix-fixe menu that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Here’s a partial preview of what’s cooking:

Melon salad at Trio Grill. Photo by Amy Kurth.

ARLINGTON (click for a full list of participating restaurants)



4000 Campbell Ave. (The Village at Shirlington)


Try This: Lobster bisque or the New Orleans shrimp with creamy grits cake (lunch or dinner)

photo of SER by Rey Lopez.

Epic Smokehouse

1330 South Fern St. (Crystal City)


Try This: The Kahlua Pig Roll (slow-roasted Hawaiian pork in a wonton wrapper with pickled cabbage, grilled scallions, cheese and toasted sesame seeds) and pecan pie (lunch). Or the smoked duck breast (dinner).


Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

2800 Clarendon Blvd. (Clarendon)


Try This: Ceviche de pescado, pork carnitas and tres leches cake.


Fyve at Ritz-Carlton

1250 South Hayes St. (Pentagon City)


Try This: Spiced lamb kofta with pita bread, pickled onion and tahini dip (lunch). Or the fennel-crusted cod with corn and summer vegetable succotash and Meyer lemon sauce (dinner).


The Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon)


Try This: Choose any appetizer, entrée, and dessert from Chef Matt Hill’s seasonal menu, from lobster gazpacho to the fennel-crusted pork chop.


Lyon Hall

3100 North Washington Blvd. (Clarendon)


Try This: Choose any appetizer, entrée, and dessert from the seasonal menu. You can’t go wrong with yellowfin tuna tartare, a Bohemian sausage platter or a steaming bowl of mussels.



2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140 (Courthouse)


Try This: Salmon marinated in herbs and pesto (lunch), or sea bass over couscous with mushrooms and basil pesto (dinner).

photos of SER by Rey Lopez

photos of SER by Rey Lopez


1110 North Glebe Road (Ballston)


Try This: Navarra lamb stew with tomatoes and Rioja wine (lunch or dinner), followed by a dessert of puffed pastry with strawberries, toffee and fresh cream.

Photo courtesy of Water & Wall.

Photo courtesy of Water & Wall.

Water & Wall

3811 Fairfax Drive #105 (Virginia Square)


Try This: Arugula salad with strawberries, candied walnuts, chevre and pickled blueberries (lunch or dinner); Hudson valley duck confit with caramelized Brussels sprouts (dinner); Rarro risotto with herb chimichurri (dinner); Chocolate peanut-butter tart (lunch or dinner).

Note: Sneak peek of the Restaurant Week menu also available Aug. 10-16.


FALLS CHURCH (click for a full list of participating restaurants)



2941 Fairview Park Drive


Try This: Chilled coconut melon soup with kaffir lime, corn and Thai basil (lunch). Or pan-seared rack of lamb with summer squash, herb vinaigrette and spaetzle (dinner).

Heirloom tomato salad at Trio Grill. Photo by Amy Kurth.

Primavera dish at Trio Grill. Photo by Amy Kurth

Peanut pie from Trio Grill. Photo by Amy Kurth.

Trio Grill

8100 Lee Highway (Merrifield)


Try This: Summer melon salad with prosciutto, goat cheese, mint and dried olives; Pappardelle primavera with shrimp, roasted red pepper coulis, blistered cherry tomatoes, roasted corn and herbed ricotta; NC peanut pie with Concord grape drizzle, white bread ice cream and candied peanuts.



McLEAN (click for a full list of participating restaurants)


America Eats Tavern

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1700 Tysons Blvd. (Tysons Corner)


Try This: Summer corn soup with house-made hot sauce; watermelon salad with avocado, radish, goat cheese and peanuts (lunch or dinner); Jose’s lobster roll (dinner).


Capital Grille

1861 International Drive (Tysons Corner)


Try This: Cheeseburger with parmesan truffle fries (lunch), or porcini-rubbed sliced tenderloin (dinner).


Capri Ristorante Italiano

6825-K Redmond Drive  


Try This: Penne pasta with mussels, shrimp and tomato sauce (lunch); or beef-tenderloin medallions with artichokes and rosemary sauce (dinner).


Chef Geoff’s Tysons

8045 Leesburg Pike, Suite 246B (Tysons Corner)


Try This: BLT and avocado (lunch); or Madras curry chicken (dinner).


Ruth’s Chris Steak House

8521 Leesburg Pike (Tysons Corner)


Try This: The 6-ounce broiled Atlantic salmon with Thai-honey glaze. Or the mixed grill with a 4-ounce tenderloin filet, free-range chicken breast and a jumbo lump crab cake.



1714-U International Drive (Tysons Galleria)


Try This: Cheddar-stuffed “Juicy Lucy” burger (lunch); or the honey-mustard glazed St. Louis ribs (dinner).