For my Los Angeles foodie friends, and those visiting our fair city soon (welcome! and please forgive the traffic), dineLA Restaurant Week is coming up.
And I’ll show you how to triple-dip on this offer!
If LA doesn’t fit your plans, just scroll down for similar events in other cities.
Los Angeles Restaurant Week
LA Restaurant “Week” (it’s actually 14 days long, from July 14 to 27 this year) is a great way to dine at some top restaurants at significant discounts.
Lunch menus range from $15 to $25, and dinner menus from $25 to $45.
For example, Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao is offering dinner for $45 per person. Since it is an all-you-can-eat joint (albeit a very nice one) and the menu doesn’t change for Restaurant Week, it’s easy to see value relative to the normal $62 price.
Unlike Fogo de Chao, most participating restaurants serve a special fixed menu for the event. I have found those to be great deals as well, with high-end establishments offering multi-course dinners for much less than their normal prices. (I know $45 is not a cheap dinner per se, but we are talking about value.)
Some interesting options:
- BOA Steakhouse has a 3-course lunch for $25. (The Sunset Blvd. location is particularly good for celebrity-watching if you’re into that. Despite living in LA, I’m very ignorant about celebrities and typically don’t even know who most of them are, but occasionally still manage to recognize one and get a kick out of it.)
- Chinois on Main has a 3-course lunch for $25 and 3-course dinner for $45. (Speaking of “celebrities,” last time I was here Wolfgang Puck came out and visited with each table in the dining room. Nice guy (based on our 20-second convo).)
- Cicada has dinner for $45. (Good food with a crowd comprised more of downtown business types than Hollywood types.)
- Mr. Chow Beverly Hills has lunch for $25 and dinner for $45. (Lots of paparazzi lurk outside…if that’s a sign of anything.)
- Patina has dinner for $45. (Primarily a business crowd, but this is one of my favorite LA restaurants.)
If you prefer lower-key restaurants there are plenty of those as well. There’s a search tool on the Restaurant Week website, with a variety of sort options, so take a look and make some plans. You can always hit the gym “tomorrow” to work off the food. 🙂
How to double dip
American Express is offering a $5 statement credit each time you spend $21 or more at a dineLA restaurant and pay with a valid, registered credit card. The registration page is here.
Now, since a credit is offered for each transaction of $21 or more, you know what to do if the bill is $42 or more, yes? (Split the payment into multiple transactions and/or multiple cards. Just make sure all cards are properly registered first.)
How to triple dip
Choose a restaurant that also participates in a travel provider’s affiliated dining program to earn miles or points at the same time. If you’re unfamiliar with dining programs, I explain in this post. (It’s too late to register for the particular offer discussed therein, but the post has a general explanation of dining programs.)
Many cities’ restaurant events have already taken place this year, but there are still upcoming ones in 2014. Here is a small sample:
Be sure to read above for suggestions on how to double – or even triple – dip. I have seen the Amex deal offered in several other cities. (I did not check for all cities, but a Google search should turn up the appropriate registration page for your city if there is one.)
If I missed your city please add it in a comment!