San Diego Restaurant Week 2021 returns soon for the second round, hoping to give local restaurants a boost as the pandemic continues to pose challenges for the industry.
The 18e The annual installment of the local culinary event – which is presented by the California Restaurant Association – runs from September 26 to October 3.
This tour will feature just over 90 restaurants and will have a familiar layout: each participating SDRW restaurant will have fixed-price lunch and dinner deals. As always, it’s a way for locals to try out this new restaurant they’ve heard about without spending too much – and a way for restaurants to attract new customers.
According to SDRW organizers, the prix fixe lunch menus consist of two courses and range from $ 10, $ 15, $ 20 or $ 25 per person. The dinner menus will consist of three courses and the range will cost $ 20, $ 30, $ 40, $ 50 or $ 60 per person.
As San Diego is at orange level, Restaurant Week returns with up to 100 restaurants participating. NBC’s Amber Frias Reports 7.
Participating restaurants cover all areas of San Diego County, South Bay and Downtown San Diego to La Jolla, Carlsbad, Oceanside and many communities in between. Here is the full list of SDRW 2021 restaurants.
Diners do not need special tickets to participate in SDRW, but reservations are recommended. Once you arrive at the location of your choice, ask to order from the restaurant’s menu of the week and voila. It’s pie.
This fall installment of SDRW is the event’s second round in 2021. Like most events in San Diego County, the pandemic has changed its plans.
The first round traditionally takes place in January, but this year the SDRW was postponed to April 2021 as restrictions on pandemic-era restaurants eased in San Diego County. At that time, our region was still under the state’s color-coded COVID-19 tier system, so now was not a good time for the local event to shine.
During this first SDRW of 2021, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria noted the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local restaurants and small businesses. Some local business owners have also reflected on the pandemic’s devastating toll on their restaurants.
San Diego Restaurant Week returns in 2021 a little later than normal.
Around the same time last year, in September 2020, SDRW had to shift gears to accommodate the COVID-19 restrictions of the time. Instead of hosting Restaurant Week in its traditional format, an event called “Dine Diego” has temporarily taken over the fall edition of Foodies Affair. This cycle focused on showcasing local restaurants with outdoor dining and take-out options, as that was what was allowed for restaurants at the time.
An extremely important event each year for the San Diego restaurant industry kicks off this week and it could be more valuable than ever to local restaurants. NBC 7 photojournalist Calvin Pierce spoke to Chef Ken Irvine about the importance of this support.
To learn more about the September 26 to October 3, 2021 release of SDRW, click here.
Good dinner, San Diego.