Restaurant Week is happening around the US -- here's where you can save big on gourmet meals right now

Larry French / Stringer / Getty ImagesRestaurant Week is cooking up great deals across the country.
  • Restaurant Week is happening in a bunch of cities right now, including New York and Los Angeles.
  • Restaurant Week offers a price fixed menu at participating restaurants, more than 1,000 across the country.
  • The promotion allows people to try new foods at the best restaurants without paying high prices.

Every city has its local cuisine and right now, you can try gourmet dishes at first-class restaurants for a set price during Restaurant Week.

While different cities hold the popular annual event at various points throughout the year, all of the country’s biggest cities – including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago – have Restaurant Week concurrently.

Some smaller locations throughout the country have followed suit. For example, Long Island and Hudson County, New Jersey, are holding the gourmand festivals at the same time as neighbouring New York.

New York City hosted its first restaurant week in 1992, but the movement didn’t catch widespread attention and followers for another decade.

Now, cities far and wide have picked up on the idea to attract local foodies. Many large cities have had such profound success with the program that they have made it semi-annual. New York now hosts Restaurant Week in the winter and the summer, providing urbanites with double the opportunity to dine at discounted prices.

The general concept is that participating restaurants offer price fixed menus so attendees can consume a three-course meal while knowing exactly how much they will pay ahead of time. Prices and dates vary by city and some restaurants may have their own rules, so check the listings before making a reservation.

Keep reading to see nine cities currently holding Restaurant Week, and what the prix fixe meal will cost you.


New York City

376 restaurants in all five boroughs are participating

Dates: January 22-February 9

Prices: $US29 for lunch; $US42 for dinner


Los Angeles

295 restaurants participating

Dates: January 12-January 26

Prices: $US15, 20, or $US25 for lunch; $US29, $US39, $US49, or $US95 for dinner


Chicago

Over 370 restaurants are participating

Dates: January 26-February 9

Prices: $US22 for brunch or lunch; $US33 or $US44 for dinner


San Francisco

Over 125 restaurants participating

Dates: January 22-January 31

Prices: $US15 or $US25 for lunch; $US40 or $US65 for dinner


Washington, DC

Courtesy Birch and Barley

243 restaurants participating

Dates: January 22-January 28

Prices: $US22 for brunch or lunch; $US35 for dinner


Philadelphia

52 restaurants participating

Dates: January 14-January 26

Prices: $US20 for lunch; $US35 for dinner


San Diego

Over 180 restaurants participating

Dates: January 21-January 28

Prices: $US10-$US50


Charlotte

Scott Olson/Getty

More than 100 restaurants participating

Dates: January 19-January 28

Prices: $US30 or $US35


Hudson County, New Jersey

Stringer/Getty

50 participants in Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, and other cities

Dates: January 22-February 2

Prices: $US12-$US20 for lunch; $US20-$US40 for dinner

NOW WATCH: Executive Life videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.