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12 New Destinations to Try for DC Winter Restaurant Week

The $25 lunch and $40 dinner deal is back—many with takeout, delivery, and heated outdoor options.

Japanese-Italian restaurant Tonari by the Daikaya Group. Pictured: pasta with XO sauce, Spam, shellfish ragu, and crispy crumbs. Photograph by Veronika Sabir-Idrissi

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is back January 17-23, with tons of participants in the DC region serving $25 brunch and lunch menus, and prix-fixe dinners ($40 to $55). Due to rising Covid cases, the promotion is also highlighting family-style meals to-go for two or four diners, and many participants are offering takeout, delivery, and heated outdoor seating in addition to indoor dining. Here are newcomers to put on your dining radar.

Bar Chinois
455 I St., NW
Looking for a chic date night spot? Mt. Vernon Triangle’s new French cocktail bar-meets-dim sum parlor should do the trick. Barwoman Margaux Donati is behind the cocktails tinged with Gallic spirits (RW menus include an optional pairing), while Lucky Danger chef Tim Ma’s menu dabbles in creative dumplings, bao buns, and crispy Singaporean fish. RW details: Brunch and dinner ($40 and $55 menus) available for dine-in, heated outdoor seating, and takeout/delivery. 

Bistro Du Jour 
99 District Sq., SW
The breezy all-day French cafe at the Wharf from Knead Hospitality (Mi Vida, Succotash) hits all the classics—French onion soup, steak frites—plus an approachable lineup of French wines. RW details: Lunch and dinner ($25 and $40 menus) available for dine-in or takeout. 

Dauphine’s 
1100 15th St., NW
Swanky seafood and other New Orleans delicacies shine at this Big Easy newcomer in downtown DC from the Salt Line team (some of our regular-menu favorites: creamy oyster pasta and gumbo). Sazeracs are worth the extra splurge. RW details: Dinner only ($40 and $55 menus) for dine-in or heated outdoor seating. 

Bundle up—Dauphine’s offers Restaurant Week on the heated patio. Photograph by Jennifer Chase

Destino 
1280 4th St., NE
The newly revamped modern Mexican spot at La Cosecha (formerly Las Gemelas Cocina) is a transportive destination for ceviches, braised beef-stuffed tamales, and winter vegetable enchiladas. Margaritas, too—but don’t miss creative sips like Mezcal negronis. RW details: Lunch, brunch ($25) and dinner  ($40) dine-in or heated outdoor seating, takeout, and delivery. 

El Secreto de Rosita 
1624 U St., NW
The U Street Corridor’s stylish new Peruvian lounge and restaurant is a fun place for pisco cocktails, generous ceviches, and classics like lomo saltado—good for a date or a group. RW details: Dinner only  ($40 and $55 menus available) for dine-in, heated outdoor seating, and takeout. 

Immigrant Food+
925 13th St., NW
Chef Enrique Limardo’s globetrotting venture in the Planet Word museum expands on the fast-casual Immigrant Food concept. Lunch brings a similar menu of eclectic bowls, while dinner goes more upscale with dim sum and both large and small share plates. RW details: Lunch ($25) and dinner ($40 and $55 menus available) for dine-in, takeout, and with optional cocktail/wine pairing. 

Pennyroyal Station 
3310 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier, MD
Chef Jesse Miller’s creative comfort food destination in Mt. Rainier opened in November last year, but this will be the first official Restaurant Week promo for the cozy American dining room. Look for treats like crab deviled eggs, smoky brisket Mac n’ cheese, and vegan pot pie. RW details: Lunch ($25) and dinner ($40) for dine-in, heated outdoor seating, takeout, and with optional cocktail/wine pairing. 

Pennyroyal Station, a cozy New American restaurant, opens in Mt. Rainier. Photography by Amanda Hoey
Pennyroyal specializes in comfort fare like pork biscuits. Photography by Amanda Hoey

Ruthie’s All-Day 
3411 Fifth St. South, Arlington 
The all-day Arlington hangout is as tasty for a casual lunch as it is for a meat-and-three platter from the wood-fired barbecue come dinner. It’s family-friendly, too. If you see the brisket on the RW menu, say yes. RW details: Lunch ($25) and dinner ($40) for dine-in, heated outdoor seating, takeout, and with optional cocktail/wine pairing. 

Shaleafa’s Kitchen 
2610 Georgia Ave., NW
The health-minded spot in Shaw—which isn’t currently operating for dine-in—gets creative with dishes like grilled Thai salmon or “jeryaki” chicken over fried rice in a pineapple bowl (yes, an actual pineapple). RW details: Brunch, lunch ($25) and dinner ($40 and $55) for takeout and delivery only. 

Spanish Diner 
7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda
José Andrés pays homage to American and Spanish comfort fare at the bright new Bethesda diner, specializing in all-day breakfasts, sandwiches, stews, and warming casseroles. If you like fried eggs, crispy potatoes, and meats, you’re in luck—there’s a whole menu section for it. RW details: Brunch, lunch ($25) and dinner ($40) for dine-in or heated outdoor dining, plus takeout. 

Spanish Diner breakfast all day? Yes, please! Photograph by Liz Clayman

The Mayflower Club
1223 Connecticut Ave., NW
The clubby new hangout in Dupont Circle is all about eye-catching items—think canapé towers and gold-crusted steaks—plus Prohibition-era cocktails. A covered rooftop bar provides the views. RW details: Brunch, lunch ($25) and dinner ($40) for dine-in or heated outdoor dining, plus optional wine/cocktail pairings. 

Tonari 
707 Sixth St., NW
The Daikaya Group’s wafu-style Italian-Japanese restaurant opened just before the pandemic—and remained closed until a few weeks ago. Look for fun dishes like spaghetti with Kurobuta sausage and shishitos, or pepperoni pizza with house shoyu pickles. RW details: Dinner ($55) for dine-in, plus optional wine/cocktail pairings. 

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.