The time to break any dietary New Year’s resolutions has arrived. Congratulations on almost making it a month, but it’s Charlottesville Restaurant Week.
With more restaurants participating than in recent years, foodies can enjoy three-course meals from 30 local eateries for a fixed price of $35 or $45. Through next Sunday, customers can try out some of the area’s more exclusive establishments such as the private Common House social club or sample some of the newest arrivals to the city’s culinary scene such as Bulpan Korean BBQ, Maple Pine Breakfast & Thai Kitchen and Birch & Bloom at the Forum Hotel.
“Birch and Bloom is delighted to be a part of such a great community event and to showcase the newest editions to our dinner menu,” its food and beverage director Opal Juneau told The Daily Progress. “We hope to see all our regulars as well as the neighbors we have yet to meet. Guests can expect Birch & Bloom classics like Roasted Bone Marrow, along with new dishes like Duck Ragu and Virginia Mountain Trout on this year’s menu.”
Restaurant-goers can simultaneously fill their bellies and fulfill a philanthropic mission, as $1 from each meal will be donated to a fund for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Several local charities dedicated to fighting hunger will be able to access the account to distribute more food to those in need.
“In addition to the charitable aspects of Restaurant Week, it is a rewarding experience for restaurant professionals,” Common House general manager Joe Scala told The Daily Progress. “Personally I’ve always looked forward to dinner service on Restaurant Week, because it is reminiscent of holidays like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s day. The occasion unifies everyone in the dining room, where typically each visit has a unique purpose. This is particularly noticeable at Common House, where guests enjoy the space in such a variety of ways.”
Though the popularity of the week can occasionally stress restaurant staff, Scala said his team is excited for the upcoming week.
“Our team adapts on a daily basis between classic table service and specialized programming and events,” Scala said. “The pressure from the consistent dining volume throughout the week is a welcomed opportunity for us. Experience with fundamental skills is accelerated and it is a great chance to refine our service and systems.”
Scala is also looking forward to welcoming the public into the club to taste new head chef Laura Fonner’s special Restaurant Week menu that includes braised pork cheek ragout and tuna carpaccio.
The prix fixe menus typically include an appetizer, entrée and dessert for diners, though drinks, gratuity and taxes are not included. It’s recommended to call ahead and mention your party is coming in for Restaurant Week to check availability, though all reservations are first come, first served.
The Daily Progress has assembled a list of participating restaurants, their hours, prices and addresses. Bon appétit!
Akira Level Sushi & Ramen
Enjoy hibachi and sushi for $35 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. except on Tuesday when the restaurant is closed. Akira Level Sushi & Ramen is located at 3912 Lenox Ave. at the Shops at Stonefield.
Ralph Sampson’s America Taproom
From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 am. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, diners can eat at the former professional basketballer’s restaurant for $35. Located at 973 Emmet St. N.
At 213 Second St. SW, Bang! is serving three dishes for $35 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Bavarian Chef
Escape the city for a $45 meal at the Bavarian Chef found at 5102 Seminole Trail. Closed on Monday and Tuesday, the German-style restaurant is open 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
One of late restaurateur Will Richey’s spots is offering an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $45. Located on the Downtown Mall at 225 W. Main St., The Bebedero’s kitchen is open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
At 407 Monticello Road, Belle is offering dinner for $35 with a wine pairing for an additional $30. The restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The kitchen reopens for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Birch & Bloom
For $45, Birch & Bloom is offering a four-course dinner. Reservations are recommended for the eatery found inside Kimpton’s Forum Hotel at 540 Massie Road. The restaurant’s hours for Restaurant Week are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sunday.
Another spot on the Downtown Mall, reservations can be made through Resy to dine at Bizou for $45. Located at 119 W. Main St., its hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Customers can eat at the vegan restaurant found at 421 East Main St. for $35. The restaurant does not typically take reservations but is requiring them for Restaurant Week during two reservation blocks starting at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Bulpan Korean BBQ
For $45, Bulpan Korean BBQ recommends reservations to eat from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Monday and is located at 2075 Bond St.
The Franco-Belgian café on the Downtown Mall at 317 E. Main St. is serving a three-course meal for $45 with optional wine pairings for an additional $25. Its aperitif hours are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
1790 at the Clifton
The 1799 Restaurant inside the boutique hotel is open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday for a $45 meal. Reservations are required, even for in-house guests. The Clifton is located at 1296 Clifton Inn Drive.
The social club’s three-course meal is available for $35 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The public is welcome to try new head chef Laura Fonner’s concoctions at 206 W. Market St.
The Conservatory at the Omni Hotel
Dinner at the Conservatory is $35 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The restaurant is inside the Omni Hotel at 212 Ridge McIntire Road.
The “Food Is Good” bistro is serving three courses for $35 with different drink specials each day of the week. Reservations are recommended to dine at the Corner eatery at 1331 W. Main St. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Inka Grill Peruvian Cuisine
Customers can enjoy the Peruvian restaurant also on the Corner at 365 Merchant Walk Square for $35. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Maple Pine Breakfast & Thai Kitchen
For $35, Maple Pine is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The restaurant reopens to serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day and is located at 630 Riverside Shops Way.
Maru Korean Restaurant & Bar
Maru’s three courses are available for $35 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The restaurant is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The morning hours from Friday to Sunday are the same: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The evening hours vary: Friday is 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday is 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday is 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Maru is located at 412 E. Main St.
The restaurant at 2055 Bond St. is open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The meal is $35.
The Melting Pot
The fondue restaurant is offering three courses for $35 with various drink specials: $8 specialty cocktails, 20% off bottles of wine and $35 sangria pitchers. The Melting Pot is located at 501 Water St. E and is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The Mockingbird Restaurant is serving up a three-course dinner for $35 at in Belmont 421 Monticello Road. Make a reservation to dine at the restaurant open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Mockingbird is closed Monday and Tuesday.
Mount Ida Reserve Tasting Room & Taphouse
The winery, brewery and restaurant has a four-course dinner available for $45 at 5931 Blenheim Road. The kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar
Reservations are required to dine at Orzo at Market Street Market at 416 W. Main St. The three courses are $35, and the restaurant is open daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Pink Grouse at the Quirk Hotel
Executive chef of the Quirk’s restaurant Chuck Adcock is preparing three courses for $45. The Pink Grouse is in the hotel at 499 W. Main St. and open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Prés de Prés
Reservations are required to enjoy the French restaurant’s $35 meal. Located at 113 South Main St., Prés des Prés’ reservation seatings are on the hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
The Ridley at the Draftsman Hotel
The Ridley is found within the Draftsman at 1106 W. Main St. The restaurant is offering three courses for $35 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
South and Central Latin Grill
The restaurant located in the Dairy Market at 946 Grady Ave. is serving a three course dinner for $45. It is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Tavern & Grocery
For $45, customers can dine at the Tavern & Grocery at 333 W. Main St. Reservations can be made over the phone or on Resy to eat at the restaurant Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. The last reservations can be made Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will be serving its regular brunch Saturday and Sunday, which is not a part of Restaurant Week.
Customers can enjoy a three-course meal for $45 at Tonic, which is located at 609 E. Market St. near the Ting Pavilion. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, the restaurant is open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The Whiskey Jar
Another Will Richey restaurant is participating in Restaurant Week with a $35 dinner. Located at 227 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall, the Whiskey Jar is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.