Foodies drooling over Raleigh Restaurant Week

Steak dinner from Sullivan's

Dozens of restaurants around downtown Raleigh are offering deals on price-fixed lunch and dinner menus, starting Monday, for the eighth annual Raleigh Restaurant Week.

The deals include two-course lunch menus for $10 and three-course dinners for $20 or $30, and participating restaurants will still have their regular menu options available as well.

Restaurant Week deals differ from restaurant to restaurant, and the event lasts until August 21.

Check out a list of participating restaurants and their deals here.

It's organized by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Stacey Simeone, marketing director for the organization, said what each restaurant chooses to offer on their Restaurant Week menu may different from a restaurant's traditional menu.

"It really depends on the venue," Simeone said. "Some venues chose to offer their regular menu items at a discounted rate when you purchase the three-course pre-fixed meals. Other venues use it as a time to get creative and try something new."

In addition to restaurant deals, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance is adding food tours of various participating restaurants.

Local shops are also participating and many will keep their doors open late to offer discounts and deals. Some will even offer a free glass of wine when you show a receipt from a participating restaurant.

Food tour location and pricing information can be found here.

"Dine and Shop" retailers and deals can be found here.

Simeone said most of the restaurants and shops participating in the event are locally owned, and the event benefits vendors and patrons alike.

"We do it so that we can help the merchants during a traditionally slow week at the end of the summer," Simeone said. And we also want patrons to be able to try new places at a discounted price, and so it's a really great way for the restaurants to try different menu items and see how people like them. and just do something a little bit special during one week of the year."

The focus on local products is the event's main attraction, Simeone said.

"We really pride ourselves on having so many local options because many of these local restaurants source their food from local farms so you're really getting a North Carolina meal at a lot of these places," she shared.

Simeone said she suggests making reservations and calling restaurants ahead of time if you plan on participating in Raleigh Restaurant Week.

If you're hoping to snag an amazing picture of your restaurant week dish, a local food photographer shares some pro-tips here.

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Check out some of the participating restaurants, and their Raleigh Restaurant Week offerings below.

18 Seaboard



$30 Dinner Menu

$10 Lunch

Things to note:
Their grilled meatloaf dish is part of their $10 lunch menu which includes an appetizer. Normally the grilled meatloaf is $9 by itself on their regular menu.


Sullivan's



$30 Dinner Menu

Things to note: The Downtown Raleigh Alliance said their dinner menu is probably one of the best discounts of Raleigh Restaurant Week. Their 8 oz fillet mignon is $38 dollars by itself, and their 12 oz. NY Strip is $37.50 on their regular menu. Both are $30 on the Raleigh Restaurant week menu and that also includes an appetizer and dessert.


Sitti



$30 Dinner Menu

Things to note: Sitti has a bee hive on its roof where it sources their own local honey for their baklava, an item included in the $30 Restaurant Week menu.


More. Kitchen and Bar



$20 Dinner Menu

Things to note: Is a new downtown Raleigh tapas and small plates restaurant that opened last fall. The restaurant boast an extensive wine list on their website.


Buku



$30 Dinner Menu

$10 Lunch

Things to note: Their award winning "The G.O.A.T" grilled cheese sandwich is part of their $10 lunch menu. The sandwich has a very limited availability throughout the rest of the year.

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