- - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Restaurant Week in Washington is back. This year, it will run Aug. 14-20. Lunch and brunch are priced at $22, and dinner is $35.

To find out which restaurants are participating and to view their menus, visit rwdmv.com. Participating locations will team up with the Capital Area Food Bank to raise funds for the organization’s nearly 500 food assistance partner agencies.

Drift on 7th (1819 Seventh St. NW) is bringing the beach to the Shaw neighborhood on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Chef Ferhat Yalcin will prepare beach fare such as calamari tots and tentacles, crab dip, burgers and fries, shrimp tacos, fish and chips, and funnel cake. A DJ will spin tunes, and games will be played.

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week takes place Aug. 18-27, with lunch and brunch prices at $15, $20 and $22; three-course dinners are $35. Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week runs Aug. 12-21, with two-course prix fixe lunches priced at $16 and three-course dinners at $36.

On Aug. 5, Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW) will hold its third annual open house, “Taste of Studio.” Admission is free; optional access passes and tickets for the beer garden and food tastings are on sale. Visual arts installations can be seen from noon to 8 p.m. The beer garden is open from noon to 7:30 p.m., and food and beverage tastings from 30 local restaurants will be held from 1-4 p.m.

On Aug. 6, Bastille (606 N. Fayette St., Alexandria) opens its family and pet-friendly “Paws on the Patio” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Bastille will welcome adoptable dogs from Operation Paws for Homes, which rescues dogs of all breeds and ages. A portion of the proceeds of “Paws on the Patio” will be donated to Operation Paws for Homes.

On Aug. 12, Red’s Table (11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston) will host a four-course tasting dinner featuring wines from New Zealand and Australia at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $85 per person. On Aug. 26, the restaurant will host a beer dinner featuring local craft brewery Port City Brewing Co. Five of the company’s brews will be paired with a five-course prix fixe dinner, priced at $75 per person.

Ambar Clarendon (2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) has introduced new summer cocktails, each made with a different variety of fresh fruit juice or seasonal ingredients. Three smashes and three tiki-inspired drinks are available for sipping in the restaurant and on the sidewalk terrace through Labor Day. Cocktails range in price from $9 to $18.

Aug. 16 is National Rum Day. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (801 Ninth St. NW) is celebrating by offering its collection of rums (including rum-based mixed drinks) during happy hour from 5-7 p.m. in the bar/lounge at half price. The restaurant is offering rum specials throughout August — the Rum Classic ($16) and the Tour of the Dark Side of Rum Flight ($19).

Sakerum (2204 14th St. NW) has two specials for August: A complimentary sake-rum punch will be offered to those who make dinner reservations throughout the month, except during Restaurant Week; and $5 rail cocktails will be available to all diners on Aug. 16 in honor of National Rum Day.

La Tomate (1701 Connecticut Ave. NW) will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Aug. 18 with a special Mediterranean menu priced at $30. The four-course menu includes an assortment of dips, salad, a choice of roasted leg of pork, assorted vegetable dishes, baked salmon or black seafood linguine, and a choice of dessert.

Espita Mezcaleria (1250 Ninth St. NW) is mixing eight summer cocktails inspired by the Spanish colonization of Mexico, such as introducing rum and sherry to mezcal and sotol (Mexico’s other spirit) cocktails. Cocktails are priced from $12 to $15 and are available through Labor Day.

Bibiana Osteria Enoteca (1100 New York Ave. NW) and 701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) are offering business lunch specials Monday through Friday. The prix-fixe, three-course lunch is priced at $28. An entree plus glass of wine is available at the bar in both restaurants for $17.

The next in its Author Series will take place at the Hay Adams Hotel (800 16th St. NW) Sept. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at Top of the Hay. David McCullough will discuss his latest work, “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For.” Tickets are priced at $90 and include a three-course, prix-fixe menu (themed to the book) with wine pairings. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book, which Mr. McCullough will sign after the luncheon. Tickets go on sale Aug. 11 and will be available online at hayadams.com/author-series/washington-dc-author-events or by calling 202/638-6600.

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