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60-Plus Places to Avoid Winter Restaurant Week Insanity

The twice-yearly promotion is here, but this guide is for diners who’d rather steer clear

Scott Circle newcomer Siren is participating in winter restaurant week.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Winter Restaurant Week is back, which means dozens of restaurants across the area are offering special prix fixe menus ($22 for lunch/brunch; $35 for dinner) for at least the next seven days (extensions have become the norm).

But what about diners who wish to skip the pre-set meals, whether they’re more interested in ducking crowds, prefer charting their own course, or have other concerns about the biannual dining event?

Here’s a list of more than five dozen new, interesting or reliable restaurants not participating in the official Restaurant Week (though some may have competing deals of their own), conveniently organized by neighborhood.

Adams Morgan

  • Meze Restaurant
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Rosario
  • Southern Hospitality
  • Tail Up Goat

Atlas District

  • Copycat
  • DC Harvest
  • Ethiopic
  • Sticky Rice
  • Toki Underground


  • Crisp Kitchen + Bar
  • El Camino
  • Red Hen

Capitol Hill

  • Garrison
  • Rose’s Luxury
  • Santa Rosa Taqueria
  • Sushi Hachi

Chevy Chase

  • Macon Bistro & Larder
  • Sushiko

Downtown/Foggy Bottom

  • BLT Steak
  • Boqueria
  • Joe’s Seafood
  • Soi 38

Dupont Circle

  • DGS Delicatessen
  • Gryphon
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Little Serow


  • Bourbon Steak
  • Chaia
  • Chez BIlly Sud

Logan Circle/14th Street Corridor

  • Bresca
  • Compass Rose
  • Etto
  • Hawthorne
  • Izakaya Seki
  • Le Diplomate
  • Lupo Verde
  • Siren

Navy Yard

  • Due South
  • Salt Line


  • Indigo
  • Masseria

Penn Quarter

  • Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza
  • Minibar
  • Sixth Engine

Petworth/Columbia Heights

  • Bad Saint
  • Himitsu
  • Thip Khao
  • Timber Pizza Co.


  • All-Purpose
  • Kinship
  • Dabney
  • Royal

Woodley Park/Cleveland Park

  • Duke’s Counter


  • Modern Market
  • Q by Peter Chang
  • Succotash


  • Bayou Bakery
  • Brine
  • Clarity
  • Marble & Rye
  • Peter Chang Arlington
  • Takumi
  • Texas Jack’s
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe