Every Bay Area Restaurant Week in 2019
Restaurant week continues to grow… In fact, it’s now “California Restaurant Month” with cities all over the state trying to get people out and dining during a traditionally slow month of January.
Here’s all of the Bay Area’s restaurant weeks for 2019; most are in January and a few are spread out throughout the rest of the year to give your waistband time to get back to normal.
San Francisco Restaurant Week
January 23-31, 2019
During SF Restaurant Week nearly 130 dining spots will serve specially priced lunch ($15 or $25) and dinner ($40 or $65) menus. Try what Infatuation calls “the best pasta in San Francisco” with Flour + Water’s six-course menu, featuring saffron & lamb ravioli and chestnut porcini cappelletti. Eat at four or more participating restaurants and you’ll be entered to win a $1,200 dining credit to enjoy all year
- $15 Lunches – Starbelly (Castro), ICHI Sushi (Bernal Heights), Oola (SoMa), Matador (Nob Hill) and more…
- $25 Lunches – Absinthe (Hayes Valley), Cafe Claude (FiDi), Il Fornaio (FiDi), One Market (FiDi), Spruce (Presidio Heights), Waterbar (Embarcadero) and more.
Oakland Restaurant Week
January 11-20, 2019
More than 100 restaurants are getting in on the action during Oakland Restaurant Week, spanning two weekends. No matter what your budget, you can get a taste of what Oakland has to offer. Prix fixe lunch and dinner menus start at just $10.
Restaurants include Dragon Gate Bar and Grill, Chop Bar, Itani Ramen, Bacheesos, Reem’s California, Mua, Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar and more.
Berkeley Restaurant Week
January 17-27, 2019
At the 7th Annual Berkeley Restaurant Week restaurants across Berkeley will offer special-value prix fixe menus for $20, $25 or $35. Discover new places, or revisit favorites from more than 45 restaurants that share Berkeley’s Cali-cuisine legacy. Restaurants offer specially priced three-course menus along with complimentary amuse-bouche, wine pairings, and more
Napa Valley Restaurant Week
January 20-27, 2019
From Michelin-rated restaurants to mom-and-pop farmhouse favorites, the Napa Valley food scene is the stuff of gourmet dreams. Eat (and drink) in luxury for a fraction of the normal cost. Limited-time-only experiences include a three-course dinner plus wine pairings at Brasswood Bar + Kitchen for $46 per person.
Concord Comfort Food Week
January 18-27, 2019
Concord boasts a diverse array of delicious restaurants, serving more than 37 different cuisines. Participating eateries put their unique spin on the concept of “comfort.” Think free chocolate lava cake with dinner at Bambino’s Italian Restaurant or a complimentary cookie dough truffle at Out the Dough.
Alameda Restaurant Week
January 17-27, 2019
During Alameda’s second annual Restaurant Week, participating eateries such as Italian gem C’era Una Volta and tiki spot Forbidden Island will offer special deals, ranging from prix-fixe menus, free dessert or cocktail to a two-for-one special.
Other Greater Bay Area Restaurant Weeks
Monterey “Get Hooked” Restaurant Week
January 14–21, 2019 – Seafood Watch and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, helps conscientious eaters all over the world choose dishes that are delicious, healthy, and better for our oceans. Monterey is bringing this mission to the dinner table with the first Get Hooked week. Head to the seaside city to try specialty dishes featuring local, sustainably sourced seafood. New for 2019
Vacaville Restaurant Week
January 18–27, 2019 – You can’t drive through Vacaville without spotting farm stands selling the season’s best produce. Consider that a good sign for any meal you’ll enjoy in the little Bay Area city. During Vacaville Restaurant Week restaurants will offer special pricing and festive menu options for foodies and families alike.
Suisun Restaurant Week
January 18–27, 2019 – Suisun City combines the charm of a quaint coastal community with the rich wine-making tradition of the French countryside—all nestled between the urban hubs of San Francisco and Sacramento. Experience some of Solano County’s best wine, beer, and food at once-a-year prices. After dinner, let your meal settle with a walk along the marina as you watch the sunset behind the lovely Suisun City Harbor Lighthouse.
Benicia Restaurant Week
January 19-26 2019 – A dining passport offers a 15% – 20% discount at participating eateries (conditions may apply). Discount cards will be available at Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street. Bonus: Dining at participating restaurants will earn you entries into a drawing to win $100 Downtown Dollars.
Calistoga Restaurant Week
January 20–27, 2019 – If hot springs and haute cuisine sound like a match made in heaven, get yourself to Calistoga from Jan. 20 to 27. Restaurant Week in the laidback Napa Valley town allows guests to enjoy fixed-price lunch ($20) and dinner ($36-46) deals without the pomp and circumstance. Try exceptional food like the French-bistro-meets-Creole-fare at Evangeline, named Zagat’s 10 Hottest in Napa Valley.
Sonoma Valley Delicious
January 1-30, 2019 – During the entire month of January, Sonoma Valley Delicious will celebrate it all with restaurants, wineries, farmers, cheese makers, brewers, distillers, and culinary artisans getting in on the fun. Explore its website for gastronomic adventures (prix fixe menus, and special food and wine pairings), as well as epicurean experiences, unique enough to build an entire vacation around.
Gilroy’s “Fit & Sip” Restaurant Month
January 1-30, 2019 – During the month of January, pick up a bottle of heart-healthy wine from a Gilroy-area vineyard and take it with you to participating restaurants to pair your vino with special nutrient-dense dishes. Gilroy is one of the country’s top producers of garlic, so anything with the herb is always a good bet. New for 2019
Sonoma County Restaurant Week
March 1-10, 2019 – Sonoma County chefs prepare unique, prix-fixe menus only available during Restaurant Week 2019. Prices for 2018 were Two-course Lunch: $10/$15. Three-course Dinner: $19/$29/$39 – Visit sonomacounty.com/restaurant-week for 2019 prices and list of restaurants
Dine Downtown San Jose
Summer 2019 – Tentative – Last year the was SanJoseEats in January and DineDowntown in July, but we have no information about any 2019 dates yet
Santa Cruz Restaurant Week
October 2019 – Exact date and details coming soon
Other Northern California Restaurant Weeks
(Gold County) Placer Celebrates Mandarins
January 4-13, 2019 – Placer Celebrates Mandarins highlights Placer County’s signature citrus crop, the Mountain Mandarin, with special mandarin-inspired menu items from January 4-13, 2019 as part of California Restaurant Month. Fun fact: The Satsuma Mountain Mandarin provides natural decongestion relief for cold and allergy symptoms. New for 2019
January 11-20, 2019 – This adorable little town in northern Sonoma County is hosting its first annual restaurant month experience over the course of 10 days. Thanks to a deep agricultural tradition, Geyserville’s restaurants keep it super fresh, like the renowned Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria. On the grounds of Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic winery, the full-service RUSTIC, Francis’s Favorites, serves family-style Italian dishes—often with ingredients sourced from the on-site garden. New for 2019
Dine Downtown Sacramento
January 11-21, 2019 – Thrillist named Sacramento our country’s “best up-and-coming food city.” See what all the hype’s about during Dine Downtown where you can enjoy three-course dinners for just $35 at more than 30 downtown restaurants. Known as the country’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Sacramento is home to more than 8,000 acres of farmland and world-class chefs.
Elk Grove Restaurant Week
January 18-27, 2019 – Just south of the state capital, the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove has a robust dining, beer, and wine scene all its own. Explore international flavors that include Korean, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, and more. Whatever cuisine you choose, wash your dinner down with some exceptional local brews at Tilted Mash Brewery or Dreaming Dog Brewery, where K9-named beers are paired with live music and family-friendly games.
Stockton Restaurant Week
January 18-27, 2019 – For the 10th year in a row, Stockton restaurants will deliver special fixed-priced menus and deals. Head to Market Tavern to try fresh-from-the-farm flavors like smoked escarole pizza, or head to BellaVista Cucina Italiana for classic Italian-American dishes from chef Rima Barkett.
Mendocino Winter Feast
January 18–27, 2019 – Mendocino may be most known for its stunning coastline, but ask anyone who has partaken of the area’s culinary offerings, and they’ll tell you the real treasures lie beneath the surface of the sea. At the annual Winter Feast Mendocino (formerly the Crab, Beer & Wine Festival), for 10 days starting in mid-January you can sample a smorgasbord of local sea-harvested specialties and wash it all down with a glass or two of the good local stuff.
Butte County Restuarant Week – “Perfect Pairings”
January 18-27, 2019 – The bountiful region, which is 75 miles north of Sacramento, is serving up special epicurean experiences. Local restaurants will create conceptual dishes and treats that encompass the idea of the perfect pair. This will include plenty of beer and bites, as well as unexpected dishes and delicious one-of-a-kind duos. New for 2019
South Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week
January 21-27, 2019 – In case you needed another reason to head Tahoe during the winter, now you can score dining deals throughout the week of Jan. 21–27. Grab a beer after a day on the slopes at South Lake Brewing Company or Cold Water Brewery & Grill, or look to one of three restaurants at Edgewood Tahoe for a more refined meal with wine pairings.
Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week
January 22-28, 2019 – Just outside of Sacramento, Yolo County is filled with farms, ranches, wineries, and breweries—and the region never misses an opportunity to celebrate its bounty. Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week showcases the region’s best drinks and dishes over a week span. With the slogan “eat where it grows,” the focus is on fresh, locally sourced signature dishes.
El Dorado Restaurant Month – “Fork in the Road”
January 1-31, 2019 – One of the state’s original counties, El Dorado served as the epicenter of the California Gold Rush. Today, Highway 50 serves as a corridor for some culinary hidden gems, many of which can be found right off the freeway. Throughout January, El Dorado visitors are invited to explore seasonal bites and special offers during the monthlong Fork in the Road celebration.
Rancho Cordova Restaurant Month
January 1-31, 2019 – Just east of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova is a popular destination for outdoor adventurers. Head to this lovely city to take part in Rancho Cordova Restaurant Month during the whole month of January. Must-stop spots include one of National Geographic’s 10 Best Burgers (at the aptly named Famous Burger).
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