What is DRW?
Detroit Restaurant Week is an unforgettable 10-evening celebration of fine dining in the city. An impressive array of exciting dining destinations will showcase locally-sourced, specially-crafted three-course meals for just $39 per person, and several others are also offering exciting menu options for just $29 per person (please check with the restaurants directly for details). The 2017 edition of DRW starts Friday, February 3rd and runs through Sunday, February 12th. DRW is proudly brought to you by the Paxahau Event Productions. DRW was first held in the fall of 2009 and has delighted over 420,000 Metro Detroiters since then, helping deliver almost $8 million in sales for the participating restaurants. DRW delivers real economic impact to the city and is proud to be a part of its renaissance. DRW also partners with Forgotten Harvest each edition to help feed the area's hungry, delivering tens of thousands of meals to date.
Do I have to buy tickets?
No, tickets are not needed for DRW. It's very easy to participate- you simply make a reservation at a participating restaurant, and when seated during your reservation, request the special DRW menu. Many restaurants will serve both the DRW menu and their regular menu, so you'll have the opportunity to order extras items for the table, see the restaurant's regular prices and notice what a value DRW is AND that the restaurant's regular prices are more accessible than many think!
Do I have to make reservations?
Reservations are not required but are very strongly recommended. We also request that if you for any reason need to miss your reservation, that you let the restaurant know ahead of time so that they can give the opportunity to someone else who has been waiting for a spot.
What does DRW include?
DRW is a dinner-only campaign that includes three courses for $39, consisting of your choices of appetizers, entrees and dessert, or specially-priced $29 menus (please see restaurant directly for details). All restaurants are required to have vegetarian options; however, check with the restaurants directly regarding any food allergies, vegan preferences, etc. Please contact the restaurants directly as well to find all info about parking, dress code regulations, etc. Additionally, tax, gratuity and beverages are not included with the cost, but we still recommend asking your server if the restaurant has a wine pairing offering for DRW- many do, and it's a great way to enhance your dining experience! Reservations are not required, but are strongly suggested.
What is there to do before and after dinner downtown?
Plenty! Please visit our "After Dinner" page, coming soon!
Does DRW have a charitable partner?
Yes, we do! We're very proud to help support Forgotten Harvest. Each dollar we and our partner restaurants raise provides enough food for five meals, so we have definitely helped make a big impact in Southeastern Michigan, as we've helped provide tens of thousands of meals to date. You can help make a difference too by donating directly to Forgotten Harvest at http://www.forgottenharvest.org/
Why does it take so long for the menus to get posted?
The vast majority of our restaurants are locally owned and operated, unlike other restaurant weeks that are comprised of national chain restaurants. That means decisions get made at a local level, and our chefs get to select only the freshest ingredients for their specially-crafted menus for DRW. They aren't just putting their best sellers on the menu; they are taking the opportunity to celebrate the season's best offerings and it gives the chef and their team a platform to "color outside the lines" a bit and really showcase their skills.
Because of that, menus are oftentimes released very close to the dates for the campaign, and oftentimes after many of our diners have already made their reservations. If you feel you need to change a reservation, just let the restaurant know ahead of time, so someone else can take your spot. If you are eager to see what a particular restaurant is offering for DRW, and don't see their menu online yet, contact the restaurant directly and make sure they know you are excited for what they are crafting for you!