Make your reservations for Restaurant Week 2011

7 Mar

Boston’s popular Winter Restaurant Week is back and starts tonight! Between March 6-11, 13-18, you have the chance of sampling the best of the city’s fine dining menus at a fraction of the original cost.

This year there are 226 participating restaurants, many offering a 3-course lunch ($22.11) or dinner ($33.11).  Some also offer a 2-course lunch for $15.11 – a great choice for an office lunch out on a week day.

“With so many restaurants to choose from, locals and visitors alike will enjoy the exceptional value, variety and hospitality of Restaurant Week Boston®. It’s a win-win for everyone, restaurant volume is up during a traditionally slow time of year, and dining guests save money and get to try new restaurants,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s also a time when local chefs get to shine and show off their restaurant’s unique atmosphere and service.”

Restaurant Week Boston® is sponsored and presented by founding partners, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express®. Additional sponsors include Greater Media Boston radio stations: MAGIC 106.7 (WMJX), Radio 92.9, 105.7 (WROR), Country 102.5 (WKLB), 96.9 Boston Talks (WTKK), and TV Diner.

Looking for a particular food or theme? Be it Vegan, French, Afghan, Tapas or sushi – you can take your pick. This is really a great way to try a new cuisine or a talked-about restaurant and make a fun but affordable night put with friends or your significant other.

Last year I had a wonderful experience with dinner at Sibling Rivalry and lunch the Artbar. This year I am eying some splendid menus like Tremont 647, Toro, Pigalle, Pazzo, Bambara, Da Vinci, Umbria and Amelia’s Trattoria.

I try to pick those that offer some variety in cuisine and more options on the menu (fish, meat, veggie) as I usually go in a big group.

I never pick those that offer a measly choice of two or three in each course (Sel de la Terre, Union Oyster House, Back Bay Social Club), those that don’t publish their menus online (Via Matta, The Hungry I, Sauciety) or those that charge extra for an entree or sides (Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse,  Avila, Bistro 5) – that beats the purpose of the event I feel.

Let me know which you picked and how it was. Bon Appetit!

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