Howard County Restaurant & Craft Beverages Weeks: Frequently Asked Questions

August 12 - August 25, 2024

What is Restaurant Week?

Restaurant Week is an exciting celebration showcasing the exceptional culinary expertise of our local restaurants. This special event offers an array of thoughtfully crafted multi-course meals and exclusive selections for you to savor, whether you're dining with co-workers, family, or enjoying a solo outing.

Our dedicated chefs devote themselves to providing unforgettable dining experiences throughout the year. However, during Restaurant Weeks, they truly dazzle by showcasing their culinary mastery and presenting diverse menus that cater to every palate. The concept of Restaurant Week originated in New York City in the early nineties.

In 2008, Howard County introduced its own version of Restaurant Weeks to support and uplift our locally-owned and operated restaurants during their slower seasons, which typically occur after the winter holidays and around summer vacations. 

What are the special menu prices?

Howard County boasts a vibrant culinary scene, encompassing a diverse array of restaurants, ranging from upscale fine dining establishments to charming roadside diners and delectable barbecue stands. While the "traditional" Restaurant Weeks continue to offer enticing Prix Fixe Menu prices, such as starting from $15 (or even less) for a delightful two-course lunch and going up to $45 for an exquisite four-course dinner, we have expanded the options available to diners.

Now, participating restaurants have the freedom to create enticing bundles of favorite appetizers, delightful combos, and even family-style meal options as part of their offerings. This enhanced flexibility ensures that there is truly something to suit every budget and taste, allowing everyone to partake in the culinary festivities.

Are taxes and tips included in the price?

No, taxes and tips are not included in the price. We kindly ask that you remember to show appreciation for your bartender and server by leaving a generous tip. Just like our talented chefs, they are among the hardest-working individuals in the industry and greatly deserve your support.

Is every Howard County restaurant participating?

No, while every Howard County restaurant is invited to join the celebration, participation is voluntary. Restaurants can sign up here.

Is it necessary to make reservations?

It is always recommended to call ahead and inquire about the need for a reservation.

Should I contact the restaurant in advance regarding dietary concerns?

For the best possible dining experience, it is advisable to call ahead and discuss any specific dietary concerns with the restaurant.

Are hotels and inns offering special stay-and-dine packages?

For a comprehensive list of our exceptional hotels, we invite you to explore here.