Chicago Restaurant Week: Dine for $22-$44. Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 returns on January 26 – February 8 with some deals for dining at expensive restaurants at a discount. Honestly I don’t participate anymore except to purchase discounted gift cards. That deal is back. More details below. I just don’t find any of the dining deals compelling enough to battle the crowds. Also not everyone wants a three or four course meal, menus tend to be loaded with low cost options like chicken, cheap red meats, pasta, soups, and vege entrees. I just don’t see the value.
What is Restaurant Week
RW features three or four course prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch and lunch and $33 or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).
During RW many restaurants offer items that aren’t on their regular menu so you can’t easily compare “apples-to-apples” to determine if or what kind of deal you’re getting. You can still get an idea of what you’re saving. If an average three course meal at a restaurant is $60 and the Restaurant Week deal is $44, you may be saving over 20%.
All participating restaurants should provide you with their special Restaurant Week Menu; if not ask for it.
Save 20% on Restaurant Week and future dining with Amex. When and if this offer goes live I will re-post.
The better option is to take advantage of this Amex Offer during RW to get 20% off on future dining. And if you are going to do some RW dining, buy $25 gift cards, in separate purchases, with your registered Amex card (s) and get an additional 20% off.
How analyze the “deals”
- Review the regular menu to see what a non-RW meal might cost.
- The best deals are for an expensive cut of high quality beef at a discount.
- Try to avoid low cost items such as soups, vegetarian or pasta dishes which generally are not a good deal. If you want a lower cost dish you may save by ordering off the regular menu.
- Search for RW menu’s using the Restaurant Finder here (scroll down).
- Buy gift cards strategically to save 20% now or later.
My “analysis” is based on three things: Is the food good? Is a comparable meal from the regular menu more than the RW price? Do I like the restaurant and usually eat there as a treat?