San Diego Restaurant Week began over eight years ago as a way to highlight the city's great food, and to draw business to restaurants during a typically slow time. In the time since, it has become so successful that it's now held twice a year, and more restaurants are joining all the time.
Next week, from Sunday (Jan. 13) until Friday the 18th, restaurant week rides again. If you've never been before, the basic premise is this: a 3-course prix fixe meal--usually an appetizer or salad, main course, and dessert--are offered for either lunch or dinner, with some restaurants opting to do both meals with special menus and rates. Lunches are $10, $15 or $20 for two courses; dinner offers three courses for $20, $30, or $40.
The simplified menus and reduced prices allow people to try restaurants that might usually be outside their price window, and the variety of restaurants participating ensures that everybody can find something they'll enjoy. Most restaurants have their menus available on the site, so you can choose a table with plenty of knowledge on your side.
This restaurant week, over 190 area restaurants are participating--offering everything from pizza to 5-star fare--all over the county. While most of the restaurants will be found in San Diego, La Jolla is well represented also, and smaller suburban areas like Chula Vista, National City and others have at least a few options to choose from. To check out menus and prices, visit the website.
It can get busy, so if you're planning to go out at the end of the week, book as soon as possible. if you're just hearing about it now, a good tip to consider is going on Tuesday night. You should still book a reservation, but it's a notoriously slow night in restaurant land, so your chances of getting a good table at a popular restaurant are significantly increased.