Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week Returns This Month

This post is courtesy of Stacey Simeone, Marketing Director – Downtown Raleigh Alliance

“The food scene in downtown Raleigh is on fire,” noted 18 Seaboard Chef-Proprietor Jason Smith. “It is so alive.”

Sullivan's Steak - Photography by Flyboy Aerial Photography

Sullivan’s Steak – Photography by Flyboy Aerial Photography

It’s true. There’s something for everyone in downtown, and for one week each year, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance partners with downtown Raleigh restaurants to encourage all of us to indulge in our adventurous side and try something new.

This year’s Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week falls from Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 21. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of great deals that let you chow down on some amazing food at a favorite venue or experience one of the many new establishments Raleigh has welcomed in the past year.

The general idea of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week remains the same, but this year the Downtown Raleigh Alliance added a few things to the “menu” to bring us a more complete dining experience.

Let’s start with the basics:

  1. $20 or $30 three-course prix fixe dinners, depending on the venue

Example42nd Street Oyster Bar is offering an appetizer of Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Fried Green Tomatoes, or Mini Crab Cakes.

You can enjoy Baja Fish Tacos, Shrimp Parmesan Risotto, or Cornmeal Crusted Trout for a main course.

Finish it all off with Key Lime Pie, French Silk Pie, or Peanut Butter Silk Pie for dessert.

All of that costs just $30.

  1. $5 and $10 lunch specials

Example18 Seaboard is serving Roasted Corn and Yellow Pepper Gazpacho, Snead’s ferry She-Crab Soup, or Local Lettuces for a first course.

Entree options include Quinoa Succotash Stuffed Tomato, House-made Pastrami Sandwich, Smoked Atlantic Salmon Cake over Spinach Salad, or their famous Wood-fire Grilled Moore Brother’s meatloaf for just 10 bucks.

  1. The guided food tours option is great if you can’t choose just one place you want to grab a bite to eat. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance partnered with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours to bring you both afternoon and evening tours daily.

The afternoon tour visits two out of the following restaurants: Centro, Gravy, Joule, and Garland for savory tasting plates. You’ll also visit Raleigh Raw and Treat for the low price of $50.

Evening tours include four stops. Visit two of the following restaurants for savory tasting plates with drink pairings: Centro, Gravy, Garland, Gallo Pelon, and Beasley’s Chicken + Honey followed by a visit to one of the following cocktail bars: Bittersweet, Greenlight, or Haymaker. Enjoy a delectable dessert at either lucettegrace or Bittersweet (or both) for $65.

  1. The last component is a new program during Downtown Restaurant Week that adds retailers to the equation. Local shops will extend their hours for a one-night-only Dine + Shop promotion. On Friday, August 19, shops will stay open late until 9 pm and offer deals and specials, ranging from free drinks to deep store discounts. Say your reservation isn’t until 8 pm, but you hit downtown by 7 pm. Rather than wait around for an hour, why not check out the specials during Dine + Shop? For instance, Dogwood Collective is offering 50% off all summer fashions, and Retro Modern Furnishings is offering free wine for their guests. Visit for a full list of participating retailers and specials.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get online, check out the menus and make a reservation to indulge your palate. Try something new, or visit an old favorite at a discounted price. If you can’t decide where you want to eat, try out one of the food tours. As you’re exploring downtown Raleigh’s culinary scene, pay a visit to one of their many locally owned retailers where you can find unique Raleigh merchandise you won’t find anywhere else.

PS: Don’t miss the story over on about how Downtown Raleigh retailers are getting to join in on the fun this year, too!

[Image Credit: Sullivan’s Steak, Flyboy Aerial Photography]


Lisa Jeffries

A good old-fashioned Southern girl - at home in the modern world.