Above: Chef Wade Truong of Kybecca. Photo: Kybecca

Mark your calendars for Jan. 15 – 25, when Fredericksburg’s 10th annual Restaurant Week will bring diners out for special menus at 23 different restaurants.

In the 10 years that this winter tradition has been running, Fredericksburg’s culinary scene has evolved in big ways, gaining the city notice for the work of its growing community of creative and talented chefs.

Restaurant Week allows diners at participating restaurants to enjoy three-course dinner menus for $20.16 per person, and 2-course lunch menus for $10.16 per person. A full list of participating restaurants and sample menus is available here.

“This is a perfect time to try new restaurants, as well as visit your longtime favorites,” Fredericksburg Visitor Center Manager Julie Perry said. “We just really want to encourage people to come downtown and be a part of this tradition.”

In addition to the special pricing, Restaurant Week is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of Fredericksburg’s restaurant community, which, over the 10 years that Restaurant Week has existed, has racked up some impressive accolades.

Bistro Bethem

The art of the plate at Bistro Bethem. Photo: Bistro Bethem

Bistro Bethem and La Rosetta—both Restaurant Week participants—have both been named to Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants list in the past five years.

Poppy Hill Tuscan Kitchen was named one of Epicurious.com’s top 10 farm-to-table restaurants in the nation.

This past summer, Spencer Devon Brewing’s Bittersweet IPA was named a National Grand Champion beer at the U.S. Beer Tasting Championship in Portland, Maine.

Foode’s Chef Joy Crump brought the national spotlight to Fredericksburg last year as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, then followed that up by winning the title of Best Dish in Virginia for Foode’s chicken and waffles in the Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Madness competition.

During this year’s Restaurant Week, you can try Foode’s new sister restaurant, Mercantile.

That’s not the only new addition. Fahrenheit 132—named for the temperature of a medium-rare steak—brings a modern steak-and-seafood menu to William Street, located between family favorites Castiglia’s and Vivify.

Kybecca has recently redecorated its dining room, and Chef Wade Truong and the restaurant’s expert mixologists ensure there’s always something new to experience here.

Cork & Table is a relative newcomer to the Caroline Street restaurant scene, and owner James Fallon puts years of training as a sommelier to work here in expertly pairing wine with his dishes. (Below, watch him make the restaurant’s popular dark chocolate pots de creme.) 

Deutschland Downtown and the Bavarian Chef provide two options for German cuisine. The Happy Clam serves up fresh seafood and homemade desserts and Sunken Well Tavern’s menu continues to evolve in creative and delicious directions.

Venture out on Princess Anne Street to visit Mason-Dixon Café, which serves comfort food amped up a notch.

Don’t forget about old favorites like Brock’s Riverside Grill, where you can dine overlooking the Rappahannock River, and La Petite Auberge, which has been serving top-notch French cuisine since 1981, with a wait staff that makes an evening here feel like a VIP experience.

There is so much variety to be had within the relatively small geographical confines of downtown Fredericksburg, and Restaurant Week is your invitation to explore a little, to sit down at one of those restaurants that’s been on your bucket list, or simply to enjoy the work of a chef you’ve admired for years.

Last Updated:
December 14, 2018