Restaurant Week takes place in late January / early February in a number of cities across the U.S., giving diners the opportunity to eat a special offer prix fixe menu – up to three courses – at an impressively large number of participating venues.
In Los Angeles, Restaurant Week actually lasts for 12 days (Monday January 21st – Friday February 1st), and is said to showcase the diversity of culinary experiences available across the city.
It can certainly be a very good deal, with lunch menus available for $15-25 (plus tax and tip). And while dinner is generally more expensive, a price tag of $25-45 can be great motivation to try somewhere completely new, or the perfect incentive to venture into one of the (usually) more expensive Los Angeles venues – including restaurants associated with a celebrated chef (Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matshuisa…), or just with a reputation for celebrities.
You could try a new neighbourhood, choosing a location anywhere from Alhambra to Woodland Hills, via Beverley Hills, Downtown, Manhattan Beach or Sherman Oaks (for example). Or discover a new cuisine. If you’re already familiar with Brazilian, Moroccan or sushi, then you might fancy fondue, Latin fusion or vegan. It seems like another great way to explore the city. See the full list of participating restaurants here.
If you’re lucky enough to have some flexibility with your schedule then do check what’s being offered for both lunch and dinner – some places offer exactly the same menu, with a substantial increase in price for the latter. It’s also highly recommended that you make a reservation, and it’s important to note that some of the restaurants (not surprisingly) do get fully booked some time in advance. But apparently it happens again in the summer, so if you can’t get the reservation that you want this time, then start making a wish list for July…