A Guide to 'Dine Out Boston' Restaurant Week Winter 2019 (March 3-8 & 10-15)
Boston, MA– Boston's restaurant week 'Dine Out Boston' will run March 3rd-8th and March 10th-15th. Restaurant weeks typically present several fundamental dilemmas. Diners would like to take advantage of reduced prices at establishments they normally would only occasionally frequent. At the same time, that also means contending with tens of thousands of other hungry customers, all vying for a seat amid crowded lines and dawdling tables. Restaurants typically showcase both house specialties and “restaurant week only” deals to lure indecisive customers. But those offerings are frequently limited and increasingly of low quality. Owners and chefs potentially benefit from increased traffic, but they also battle the increased stress of trying to accommodate tens of thousands of customers who tip below 15 percent and threaten one star Yelp reviews if their Peking Duck in Garlic Sauce isn’t delivered in 10 minutes or less.
And then there’s the weather.
Boston’s looking to face an average temperature of approximately 27°F throughout much of next week. Which may seem positively balmy compared to the previous weekend’s high velocity winds, but doesn’t exactly make for the most comfortable restaurant hopping experience.
But if your mind’s made up and you’ve decided to take part in what 'Dine Out Boston' has to offer (it’s actually a biannual event, with the second restaurant week occurring in August), here’s a few selections for the festivities starting Sunday, March 3rd.
City Table 65 Exeter St, Boston (617) 933-4800
Located in the Lenox Hotel, City Table is part of the casual American fare the Briar Group (which also runs Ned Devine’s, MJ O’Connor’s, and the Green Briar) has become known for. During restaurant week, a three course dinner is $33 and includes items such as roasted game hen, pan seared cauliflower steak, and steak frites.
Mooncusser Fish House 304 Stuart St, Boston (617) 917-5193
Among Boston magazine’s top 25 new restaurants in 2017, Mooncusser has been offering an inventive twist on seafood that’s a far cry from your standard fish and chips. During restaurant week, a three course lunch starts at $20, while a three course dinner is $33 and includes items such as celeriac and scallop soup, pan roasted hake, and stuffed skate.
Koy 16 North St, Boston (857) 991-1483
It’s not only the outré violet colored walls that draws diners to Koy; it’s the eclectic take on Korean fusion. During restaurant week, a three course lunch starts at $20, while a four course dinner is $38 and includes items such as ahi tuna crudo, Korean spicy beef, and wok fried Korean glass noodles.
Les Zygomates 129 South St, Boston (617) 542-5108
Les Zygomates has been a Boston institution for both French food, wine and live jazz since opening in 1994. During restaurant week, a three course dinner is $38 and includes items such as onion soup gratinée, mushroom ravioli, and steak frites.
Q Restaurant 660 Washington St, Boston (857) 350-3968
One of the few Chinatown restaurants to join in on Dine Out Boston, Q’s become just as renown for their sushi as well as their Mongolian-influenced hot pot. During restaurant week, a two course lunch starts at $15, while a three course dinner is $33 and includes items such as Takoyaki and the Angus Rib Eye Hot Pot.
Sportello 348 Congress St, Boston (617) 737-1234
Sportello likes to bill itself as a “modern interpretation on the classic diner.” But it’s actually Barbara Lynch’s twist on mid-scale Italian. During restaurant week, a two course lunch starts at $25, while a three course dinner is $38 and includes items such as tagliatelle, braised rabbit, and rainbow trout over Swiss chard.
Quattro Ristorante 266 Hanover St, Boston (617) 720-0444
One of the more casual Italian grilles in the North End, the menu at Quattro has always been extensive, and their specials for restaurant week are no different. A two course lunch starts at $20, while a three course dinner is $33 and includes items such as fettucini Bolognese, brick oven pizzas, and grilled Atlantic salmon.
The Elephant Walk 1415 Washington St, Boston (617) 247-1500
Even if there were hundreds of choices for French-Cambodian cuisine in Boston, the Elephant Walk would still maintain its rightful place as both an innovator and an institution. During restaurant week, a three course dinner is $33 and includes items such as lemongrass and shrimp crevettes, beef Bourguignon, and Cambodian spring rolls.
Dine Out Boston Winter 2019 will take place between March 3 - 8th and 10th - 15th at over a hundred different restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and select surrounding suburbs. For more information, please visit Dine Out Boston