Local foodies are in for a treat this week, as some downtown Bethesda restaurants are offering special dishes or deals during Bethesda Row Restaurant Week.
During the annual event, which runs through Sunday, 16 Bethesda Row restaurants are offering three-course menus for $15 during lunch and $30 during dinner.
Cuisines run the gamut from traditional American fare to French, Spanish, Lebanese, Japanese and Italian.
David Kottler, manager of Mamma Lucia, said his restaurant tries to participate in Restaurant Week every year, although it missed last year.
“Any time there’s a chance to put our name out and give a good deal to the community, we always want to participate,” Kottler said. “Maybe it’ll bring new customers in, but it’s also a great way of showing our current customers that they can get a nice meal at a good price.”
Mila Surage, manager of Parker’s American Bistro, said people love Restaurant Week because they want to feel they’re getting good food for a good price.
“We’re hoping that we’re going to get some new people who have never been here before,” she said.
The restaurants participating are 100 Montaditos, American Tap Room, Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, Cafe Deluxe, Jaleo, Lebanese Taverna, Luke’s Lobster, Mamma Lucia, Mon Ami Gabi, Mussel Bar & Grille, Nando’s Peri Peri, Parker’s American Bistro, Raku, Redwood, Vapiano and Vino Volo.
Restaurant Week selections vary, and some restaurants are offering specials only during lunch or dinner, rather than during both mealtimes. The menus are available online at bethesdarow.com/events.