Oct 19, 2016

Ann Arbor is a destination that food lovers have revered for decades with its countless independent restaurants that span throughout the downtown area and beyond. Ann Arbor’s Restaurant Week (January 15–20) provides a perfect opportunity to try something new — whether it’s the latest hot spot or a specialty seasonal menu item at one of your favorite stops.

With nearly 60 participating locations and prices ranging from $15 to $28, here are some recommendations for how to get the most out of your visit.

  1. Menu Reconnaissance
    Restaurant Week features prix fixe menus, often highlighting signature dishes and seasonal specialties. When planning your Restaurant Week experience, it’s worth taking a deep dive into the menu to know what to expect, especially if you have any dietary restrictions. Most participating restaurants offer a variety of options within the prix fixe menu, so there’s plenty of variety including vegan and vegetarian options.
  2. Terrific for Twosomes
    Nearly half of the participating restaurants offer two-for-one pricing — that means two can dine on $15 for lunch or $28 for dinner! The Restaurant Week website provides a quick and easy filter to identify which restaurants are providing this especially special pricing.
  3. Make a Day of It
    Restaurant Week begins on Sunday, January 15 and coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. Since most participating restaurants are open for lunch as well as dinner, you could plan an extended visit to Ann Arbor, sandwiching museum tours, shopping, and more between two amazing meals.
  4. Make a Weekend of It
    Restaurant Week concludes on Friday, January 20, making it a perfect start to your weekend. Book a room at an area hotel or B&B for a post-holiday mini getaway and enjoy downtown’s vibrant nightlife. Stay up-to-date with area events here.
  5. Yes, Reservations
    Once you’ve road mapped your Restaurant Week adventure, it pays to call the restaurant and make a reservation. If the restaurant doesn’t accept reservations, ask what the average wait time is during restaurant week so you can plan accordingly.
  6. The Biggest Tip of All
    Please remember that the special pricing during Restaurant Week doesn’t diminish the amount of effort exerted by your servers. Gratuity is never included in the prix fixe menu and the staff work very hard this week. Please tip generously — it’s good karma!
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