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Every Bay Area Restaurant Week in 2020

SF, Oakland, Berkeley and beyond, get ready to dine local on the cheap
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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 2020; most are in January and a few are spread out throughout the rest of the year to give your waistline time to get back to normal.

San Francisco Restaurant Week
January 22-31, 2020

During SF Restaurant Week, restaurants thoughtfully create prix-fixe menus that highlight their best known dishes, or feature a new menu item they are testing, or just showcase a sample of the food they love to cook. Many menus feature a discount or special offer.

SF Restaurant Week will feature two-course lunch and three or more course dinner menus at different prices:

  • Lunch (2+ Course) $15.15 & $25.25 menus
  • Dinner (3+ course): $40.40 & $65.65 menus

Oakland Restaurant Week
January 9-20, 2020

In 2020, Oakland Restaurant Week celebrates 10 years. 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 Chop Bar, Grand Lake Kitchen, Bacheesos, Brotzeit Lokal, Mua, Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar and more.

Berkeley Restaurant Week
January 21-31, 2020

The 8th Annual Berkeley Restaurant Week is right around the corner. Starting Tuesday, January 21 and running through Friday, January 31 2020, restaurants across Berkeley will offer special-value prix fixe menus for $25, $30 or $40. Discover new places, or revisit favorites that share Berkeley’s Cali-cuisine legacy.

Napa Valley Restaurant Week
January 26 – February 1, 2020

Napa Valley Restaurant Week allows locals and visitors to dine and delight throughout the valley and experience our legendary food and wine culture on January 26 – February 1, 2020. Through multi-course prix-fixe menus for lunch ($20 or $30) and dinner ($38 or $48), guests can try out the latest culinary hot-spots or revisit old favorites all week long. Napa’s farm-to-table practices and Michelin-Star rated restaurants make the Napa Valley an epicurean’s destination, and there’s no better time to enjoy it all than during Restaurant Week.

Alameda Restaurant Week
January 16-26, 2020

Now in its 3rd year, Alameda Restaurant Week is returning to the island, January 16-26, with more than 35 participating restaurants.

New this year, kick-off Alameda Restaurant Week with a celebration of local food and drink, and a competition to crown Alameda’s 2020 Master Mixologist.

Concord Comfort Food Week
January 17-26, 2020

Concord boasts a diverse array of delicious restaurants, serving more than 25 different cuisines. Participating eateries put their unique spin on the concept of “comfort” with special menus items, prix fixe menus, or special offers.

Other Greater Bay Area Restaurant Weeks

Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week
New for 2020 – January 19-26, 2020 – In 2020, Carmel celebrates its first annual Culinary Week. Experience the Art of the Plate in Carmel-by-the-Sea through immersive food experiences, special prix fixe menus, and fun events. Sign up for your free Culinary Week passport to receive complimentary offerings and access special prix fixe menus.

Monterey “Get Hooked” Restaurant Week
January 20–27, 2020 – 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.

Vacaville Restaurant Week
January 17–26, 2020 – 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. View 2020 participating restaurants and their specials for the week.

Suisun Restaurant Week
2020 Dates TBA (Last year, Restaurant Week was 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.

Calistoga Restaurant Week
January 26 – February 1, 2020 – If hot springs and haute cuisine sound like a match made in heaven, get yourself to Calistoga from Jan. 20 to 27, 2020. Restaurant Week in the laidback Napa Valley town allows guests to enjoy fixed-price lunch ($20 or $30) and dinner ($38 or $48) deals without the pomp and circumstance.

Sonoma County Restaurant Week
February 21 – March 1, 2020 – Sonoma County chefs prepare unique, prix-fixe menus only available during Restaurant Week 2020. 2020 Restaurant week deals include: Lunch for $10 or $15; Dinner for $19, $29, or $39; and Pastry Perk for $5. Browse 2020 participating restaurants and their special Restaurant Week menus.

Benicia Restaurant Week
January 18-25 2020 – A dining passport offers a 15% – 20% discount at participating eateries (conditions may apply).

Santa Cruz Restaurant Week
October 2020 – Exact date and details coming soon

Dine Downtown San Jose
Summer 2020Exact date and details coming soon – Last year there was SanJoseEats in January and DineDowntown in July, but we have no information about any 2020 dates yet.

Other Northern California Restaurant Weeks

(Gold County) Placer Celebrates Mandarins
January 4-13, 2020 – Placer Citrus Restaurant Week highlights Placer County’s signature citrus crop, the Mountain Mandarin, with special mandarin-inspired menu items and other citrus specialties from January 3-12, 2020 as part of California Restaurant Month.

Taste Geyserville
January 3-12, 2020 – This adorable little town in northern Sonoma County highlights Placer County’s signature citrus crop, the Mountain Mandarin, with special mandarin-inspired menu items and other citrus specialties from January 3-12, 2020 as part of California Restaurant Month.

Dine Downtown Sacramento
January 11-20, 2020The 15th annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week presented by Kaiser Permanente will return January 10-20, 2020. For 11 days, Downtown restaurants will offer a special 3-course dining experiences for $40* with one dollar from every meal donated to social services and food literacy programs.

Elk Grove Restaurant Week
January 20-26, 2020 – For one week only, enjoy exclusive discounts on delectable meals from restaurants throughout Elk Grove.

Stockton Restaurant Week
January 17-26, 2020 – Celebrating the 11th anniversary of Stockton Restaurant Week (SRW), the highly anticipated annual culinary event will return January 17-26, 2020 for a 10-day dining extravaganza that gives restaurants from around Stockton, California the chance to show off some of their most popular dishes from their kitchens at a unique fixed-price.

Mendocino Winter Feast
January 24 – February 2, 2020 – 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 Crab Feast Mendocino (formerly the Crab, Beer & Wine Festival), for 10 days indulge in fine seafood, wine, beer and more at family-style crab and cioppino feeds, gourmet crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, whale watching and crab fishing adventures, a Wine Competition showcasing our sparkling liquid assets, and the ever-popular Crab Cake Cook-off that highlights the talents of our county’s chefs.

Butte County Restaurant Week – “Perfect Pairings”
January 17-26, 2020 – The bountiful region, which is 75 miles north of Sacramento, is serving up special epicurean experiences. From farm-to-fork meals to delicious food and drink pairings, enjoy 10 days of special meals and other related events. In 2020, Butte County will continue with the “Perfect Pairings” theme, and participating restaurants will offer drink and food pairings not normally on the menu at special prices.

South Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week
January 10-17, 2020 – In case you needed another reason to head to ski destination South Lake Tahoe during the winter, now you can score dining deals throughout the week of Jan. 10–17 at some of the best local eateries that belong to the South Tahoe Restaurant Association. 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.

El Dorado Restaurant Month – “Fork in the Road”
January 2020 – 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 month long Fork in the Road celebration.

Rancho Cordova Restaurant Month
January 24-31, 2020 – Just east of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova is a popular destination for outdoor adventurers. But after a day spent cycling on the American River Parkway Trail, you’ll want to refuel at one of the city’s excellent dining options. Head to this lovely city to take part in Rancho Cordova Restaurant Week from Jan. 24–31. Must-stop spots include a restaurant highlighted on National Geographic’s 10 Best Burgers (the aptly named Famous Burger), JJ Pfister Distilling Co. for craft spirits, and Formaggio Restaurant & Taverna, where seasonal Italian fare is served at the area’s only four-diamond hotel (snag a seat on the patio during warmer months).