Guide | Virginia Restaurant Weeks, Winter + Spring 2018

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The post-holiday letdown doesn’t last long when Restaurant Week season rolls around each January.

In fact, across Virginia there are many Restaurant Weeks coming up; others will happen later in the year.

So what is Restaurant Week? It’s an effort to entice diners to come out during some of the historically slower seasons (not all are held in the winter) for restaurants and break bread.

Specially priced lunch and dinner menus offer incentives to try new restaurants and rediscover old favorites. Prix fixe packages usually including an appetizer or soup or salad, entrée and dessert.

Below the Jump: Tips + Tricks for making the most of Restaurant Week and a succinct list of upcoming events.


Restaurant Week isn’t limited to Virginia; the first one started in New York in 1992 and there are countless ones across the country.

But we think we’ve got the best selections, prices and – of course – restaurants, right here in the Commonwealth.

Here are a few Tips + Tricks  for making the most of Restaurant Week 

– Research ahead of time to find the restaurant menu that excites you most
– Try a new restaurant or two as well as a new dish or two at a favorite spot
– Make reservations well ahead of time
– Be sure to tip the server based on the value of the meal, not the discounted price
– Be sure to support the restaurant by ordering a little something extra, like a bottle of wine or an extra appetizer or dessert to share

Here are the upcoming Restaurants Weeks across the state for winter and spring; click on the city/date for more information. Also, check back with us later for an updated list for events during the summer and fall.

ALEXANDRIA
January 26 – February 4

CHARLOTTESVILLE
January 19 – January 28

FREDERICKSBURG
January 12 – 21

HAMPTON
M
arch 4 – 10

NEWPORT NEWS
January 20 – February 3

NORFOLK (DOWNTOWN)
January 14 – 21

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
March 19 – 26

ROANOKE
January 19 – 28

SMITHFIELD
January 26 – February 3

SUFFOLK
March 17 – 24

VIRGINIA BEACH
February 19 – 25

WILLIAMSBURG
January 21 – 31

WINCHESTER
February 19 – 24


DATES COMING SOON

CHESAPEAKE

HARRISONBURG

RICHMOND

STAUNTON


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