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Downtown Raleigh restaurant week is a summer highlight for foodies

Downtown Raleigh restaurant week will be held Aug. 18-24, 2014.
Leigh Powell Hines

Next week marks the week that foodie lovers look forward to all summer. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) will host Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, Monday, Aug. 18-Sunday, Aug.24, 2014 featuring over 35 downtown culinary hotspots to experience.

Downtown Raleigh's favorite dining event, held every August, invites patrons to delve into their inner foodie and take advantage of the special offerings at the participating restaurants during their normal dinner hours. To elevate the fine-dining component, DRA has added a new and exclusive “$65 Elite Experience” offering for diners seeking a first-class experience.

Restaurant Week offers a unique experience for downtown residents because of the tremendous density of walkable dining in downtown,” said Tracey Barnes, a resident in Glenwood South. “The event allows us to explore downtown’s creative culinary scene and enjoy fine dining options at a lower price-point.”

The treasured culinary event will offer tantalizing, three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person, depending on the venue (tax, tip, and beverages not included). Select venues will offer three-course beer or wine pairings for an additional $10 per person. This year, select venues will also offer a new and exciting “Elite Experience” option, an exclusive multi-course culinary dinner including drink pairings, an appetizer, and dessert for $65 along with premier service.

Last year’s event drew participation from 35 restaurants and over 10,400 diners took advantage of the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week menu—generating over $260,000 in total restaurant revenue. With its highest level of participation yet, this year’s Restaurant Week seeks to build on downtown’s positive momentum.

By showcasing downtown Raleigh’s appealing dining options, Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week will spur both locals and out of town diners to revisit old favorites and, best of all, try new places.

Although no tickets are required, reservations are strongly recommended. Reservation links powered by Open Table (when applicable) are now available on the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week website. To plan your delicious itinerary, please visit www.DineDowntownRaleigh.com.