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Where to Avoid Summer Restaurant Week Insanity

This guide is for diners wanting to steer clear of the twice-yearly promotion

St. Anselm is not a Summer Restaurant Week participant.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Summer Restaurant Week returned on Monday, August 12, with a huge list of restaurants across the area offering special prix fixe menus ($22 for lunch/brunch; $35 for dinner) for at least the next seven days (extensions have become the norm). Estuary and Punjab Grill (for lunch only) and W Hotel’s Cherry are among the newcomers participating.

But what about diners who wish to skip the pre-set meals because they prefer to escape crowds or chart their own course selections?

Here’s a diverse list of new, interesting, or reliable restaurants that are not participating. Some venues, however, are running competing specials.

Adams Morgan

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Lapis
  • Lucky Buns
  • Tail Up Goat

H Street NE

  • Copycat
  • DC Harvest
  • Ethiopic
  • Thamee
  • Fancy Radish
  • Sticky Rice
  • Toki Underground


  • Boundary Stone
  • Tyber Creek
  • Red Hen

Capitol Hill

  • Barrel, The Eastern
  • Rose’s Luxury
  • Bombay Street Food

Chevy Chase

  • I’m Eddie Cano
  • Little Beast
  • Macon Bistro & Larder

Downtown/Foggy Bottom

  • BLT Steak
  • Boqueria
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
  • Plume

Dupont Circle

  • Duke’s Grocery
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Little Serow
  • Pembroke
  • Pizzeria Paradiso


  • Bourbon Steak
  • Chaia
  • Chez Billy Sud
  • Fiola Mare
  • High Street Cafe
  • Reverie

Logan Circle/14th Street Corridor

  • Compass Rose/Maydan
  • Etto
  • Hawthorne
  • Izakaya Seki
  • Le Diplomate
  • Lupo Verde
  • Pearl Dive Oyster Bar
  • Seven Reasons

Navy Yard

  • Chloe
  • Salt Line


  • Indigo
  • Laos In Town
  • Masseria
  • O-Ku
  • St. Anselm
  • Stellina Pizzeria

Chinatown/Penn Quarter

  • Boqueria
  • Hill Country Barbecue
  • Minibar
  • Poca Madre/Taco Bamba
  • Present Company

Petworth/Columbia Heights

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

Shaw/LeDroit Park

  • The Dabney
  • Kinship
  • Royal
  • San Lorenzo

The Wharf

  • Del Mar
  • Lupo Marino

Woodley Park/Cleveland Park

  • Duke’s Counter


  • Modern Market
  • Q by Peter Chang
  • Succotash (National Harbor)


  • Ahso
  • Bayou Bakery
  • Brine
  • Clarity
  • Detour Coffee
  • Gyu-Kaku
  • Oak Steakhouse
  • Peter Chang Arlington
  • Takumi
  • Texas Jack’s
  • True Food Kitchen
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe