Your Guide to San Diego Restaurant Week
Raise your glasses to the 15th annual San Diego Restaurant Week, taking place on January 20th and running until January 27th. These eight days will be packed with unbeatable deals that come to San Diego only twice a year. From fine dining to casual and from Argentinian to Hawaiian, you’ll find a restaurant for any occasion and craving.
Here is your guide to San Diego Restaurant Week plus how to eat out in a healthy way!
What You Need to Know for SDRW:
There are 180 restaurants participating
If you have a restaurant you have been waiting to try, now is the time to take advantage of great deals! The options are nearly endless. With 180 restaurants participating throughout San Diego County and food from every country, you are bound to find a restaurant that satisfies your cravings. Check out San Diego Restaurant Week’s complete list for more information!
When planning your outing, consider making reservations. During SDRW, many of the restaurants will get crowded and wait times will be long. Not all restaurants allow reservations, so you may want to take that into consideration when planning your lunch or dinner.
Pick expensive restaurants
Restaurant week can be a great time to hit pricey seafood or steakhouse that you wouldn’t normally go to. These restaurants will offer an appetizer or salad, main entree, and a dessert of your choice, all for a fraction of the cost!
Check the menu beforehand
You can view each participating restaurant’s lunch and/or dinner menu before you dine. Restaurants will offer two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15, or $20 per person and three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40, or $50 per person. We recommend comparing the prix-fixe menu to the regular menu by simply adding. If the prix-fixe menu is more expensive, you are probably not getting a good deal.
Portion your food
Many restaurants serve large portions, sometimes enough for two people. When you receive your entree, we recommend dividing your meal in half and boxing it to take it home for another meal.
Avoid fried, smothered, creamy foods
While fried, smothered and creamy foods are almost irresistible, these foods are packed with ingredients that are unhealthy, especially if you are on a strict diet. Instead, order items that are grilled or baked.
Start your meal off with a salad or veggie dish
Many restaurants will offer either an appetizer or dinner salad with your entree. Consider ordering either a veggie dish or a garden salad for an appetizer. Ask for dressings on the side and cut the calories in half by only lightly dressing your salad. If you start your meals with some sort of vegetable dish, this will decrease your chances of over-indulging in your main entree.
Drink lots of water with your meals
Stay hydrated throughout your meal! We recommend avoiding sugary drinks as your main beverage as the added sugars can quickly add up. It’s also important to drink water during your meal because then you are less likely to overindulge.