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Boston Restaurant Week is now Dine Out Boston

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During Boston Restaurant Week, diners have an opportunity to sample intriguing dishes, such as this gnocchi entree offered at 33 Restaurant & Lounge during 2004's Summer Restaurant Week.

© 2004 Kim Knox Beckius, licensed to About.com.

What is Boston Restaurant Week?:

Boston Restaurant Week, held twice each year in the winter and summer, is an opportunity for Boston residents and visitors to sample prix-fixe menus at some of the city's best restaurants at a price that usually represents a significant savings. In 2014, the annual Restaurant Week has been rebranded: Dine Out Boston.

When is Boston Restaurant Week?:

The next Restaurant Week in Boston is actually two weeks: March 16-21 and March 23-28, 2014.

Why is Boston Restaurant Week a Bargain?:

During Dine Out Boston Restaurant Week, participating restaurants serve prix-fixe meals for $15, $20 or $25 at lunch and $28, $33 or $38 at dinner. These prices represent quite a value in a city where dining out can be very expensive, and most of Boston's top restaurants participate in the twice-annual promotion. The price per person does not include beverages, tax or a gratuity.

Which Restaurants Participate in Boston Restaurant Week?:

For Winter 2014, hundreds of restaurants throughout Boston, Cambridge and other outlying towns are participating. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau offers a detailed list of participating restaurants and their menus on the Dine Out Boston Web site. The list helps diners find restaurants by neighborhood, cuisine, price or name.

Are Reservations Necessary During Dine Out Boston?:

There is extraordinary competition to score a seat at many of Boston's best restaurants during the promotion, so yes: Do make reservations in advance. Reservations for many participating restaurants can be made online via OpenTable.com. You may also call participating restaurants directly. Because the menu offerings are quite limited during Dine Out Boston Restaurant Week, you may also want to call ahead to inquire about the prix-fixe menu that will be available if you have food allergies or preferences.

American Express Cardmembers: Register your card, and receive a $5 statement credit when you spend $21 or more on your American Express Card at a participating restaurant during Dine Out Boston.

Are There Any Getaway Packages for Boston Restaurant Week?:

Yes! Several Boston-area hotels offer Dine Out Boston hotel packages. Stonehedge Inn & Spa in Tyngsboro has one of the best deals: overnight lodging, two 50-minute private spa treatments and a three-course Restaurant Week dinner at the inn's Left Bank restaurant for $389.14 for two people on weeknights or $409.14 Friday and Saturday nights.

The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau has information on a variety of other winter hotel packages in the city that may save you money or include extra amenities during your Restaurant Week stay.

You may also find special rates at Boston hotels when you book direct at Expedia.

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