My family loves Ann Arbor Restaurant Week. We take the opportunity to try new restaurants and return to some of our favorites. The Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Winter 2020 begins on Sunday, January 12 and runs through Friday, January 17.
Over the years, Restaurant Week has grown in popularity in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Restaurant Week started with restaurants in the Main Street Area Association. After gaining popularity, it has expanded beyond the Main Street Area. Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Winter 2020 includes restaurants throughout Ann Arbor.
How Restaurant Week Works
During Restaurant Week participating restaurants offer $18 lunches and $28 dinners. Some restaurants are offering a new $38 Chef’s Choice dinner option. Lunch is typically two courses while dinner is typically 3 courses. Some of the less expensive restaurants offer 2 for 1 pricing (i.e. 2/$18 at lunch and 2/$28 at dinner). If you have an odd number, some 2 for 1 restaurants will allow you to do lunch for $9 and dinner for $14. Others require an even number for participation. Of course this always causes issues for my family of 3 – especially now that my daughter has outgrown kids menus – by taste and at 14 by age.
The list of participating Restaurants is available online. The website includes menus for each restaurant. They also include hours and participating days. Some restaurants exclude Sunday lunch or are closed on Mondays. I suggest making reservations in advance when possible as Restaurant Week tends to be crowded. Some restaurants have expanded reservation options during Restaurant Week.
I do suggest checking the menus if you have food allergies. Not all restaurants will be able to accommodate them on the Restaurant Week menu. You will still be able to order from the regular menu, but won’t get the restaurant week pricing.
New for Restaurant Week 2020
Summer 2019 introduced the Chef’s Choice dinner at select restaurants. It makes it’s winter debut for 2020.
With a constantly changing restaurant scene, new restaurants are always making their Restaurant Week debut. New this season is Blue Llama Jazz Club.
Past Restaurant Week Experiences
Over the years we have dined at many of the Restaurant Week restaurants – both for Restaurant Week and other times. Check out our reviews of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week:
Our Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Winter 2020 Plans
We will be looking at our schedule and menus to make plans for this week. I wish Restaurant Week was still the week of Martin Luther King Jr Day so we could enjoy a weekday lunch as a family.