Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week 2021 slated for January

Special culinary experiences begin January 25 in DMV

Update: Winter Restaurant Week now has several exciting and high-profile restaurants joining the promotion, reflecting the diversity of the restaurant scene in the DC area. As the start of restaurant week was moved to January 25 due to the fluid security preparations for the inauguration, DC Restaurant Week’s website was updated with participating restaurants.

At the Red Hen, starters include a Ricotta Toast with balsamic gastrique, basil and pickled kumquat as a starter of its $55 meal. Additional appetizer choices include Pig Ears and Scallion Pancake. For the second choice, customers can opt for a Braised Short Rib, with butternut squash, sweet potato and pearl onion, or a Roasted Cornish Hen, with miso spaetzle, pecan and gravy. Buttermilk Grit Cake and Fennel Pappardelle round out the choices.

As part of a $35 Restaurant Week dinner, Tabla will offer a four-course meal for $35. For starters, diners can select one of the following: Fresh Cucumber-Yogurt Dip, Carrot Pkhali, Butternut Squash Satsivi, or Pickled Cabbage Salad. For the second course, the restaurant is offering Khinkali (Georgian soup dumplings): six pieces either cooked, or (for takeout/delivery) frozen.

An additional choice of one Khachapuri, will also be part of the dinner experience. Finish off the meal with pelamushi, which is a sweet concord grape pudding or Matsoni Yogurt & Granola with Fruit. Diners can add a bottle of wine for $25.


Organized by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), Winter Restaurant Week returns this Monday, January 25 to Sunday, February 7, 2021. For much of this year as business restrictions surfaced, local communities have rallied to support restaurants as best they can. So, it’s good news that the 2021 Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week will feature eateries providing attractive to-go and delivery programs, and to-go cocktail and wine pairings, creating the ultimate dining flexibility.

This article has been updated with new dates provided by RAMW.

Local DMV diners await participating restaurant list with anticipation

This newest iteration of restaurant week will help local DMV diners patronize top local eateries in the way that feels most comfortable, taking advantage of the promotion for two entire weeks. With local indoor dining restricted, the takeout options will come in handy, continuing to offer diners new restaurant-prepared culinary experiences.

Top restaurants are sure to join. We’ll be updating this post as RAMW releases its list of participating restaurants.


DC Winter Restaurant Week offers multiple price points

Restaurants participating in the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week can dine for $35 and $55, in addition to group discount packages. For one person, two people and four, meals are priced at $35, $60 and $130, respectively, as part of the $35-meal set. Under the $55-meal set, prices are as follows; $55, $100 and $210 for one person, two people and four, respectively.

Wine pairings and to-go cocktails, where allowed, will make the celebration even more attractive. Many participating restaurants will also offer $22 lunch and brunch specials.

Restaurants will strive to provide meals for these prices but can provide upgraded packages that are seasonally-priced. Plus, many restaurants will strive to provide appealing to-go meals, and offer curbside pickup and delivery whenever they can.

“The Winter 2021 promotion dates were chosen thoughtfully and purposefully to support restaurants early in January and as an opportunity to welcome guests who are traveling to the area during the Inaugural week, as well as, giving our local diners who continue to support the industry one their most widely anticipated dining promotions.” says Kathy E. Hollinger, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.


Visit for more information to make reservations and see real-time updates.

With precautions being take in the nation’s capital, Swizzle Chill will be updating this post with any new information that impacts Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week.

Photo credit: Louis Hansel (featured preview image)

This post was last updated on January 15, 2021 to include new menu information and the new start and end dates of Restaurant Week.

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