Bay Area foodies are marking their calendars for Oakland Restaurant Week, presented by Visit Oakland and American Express. From Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 29, 2017, 100 Oakland Restaurants will celebrate the largest and most diverse restaurant week in the region.
Now in its 7th year, the popular program runs over two weekends for foodies to take full advantage of dining deals. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $20, $30, $40 and $50 price points. The promotional prices reflect up to 25% off regular a la carte items.
To celebrate the 7th anniversary, Visit Oakland has launched the all new “Lucky 7” sweepstakes with three ways to win:
- Starting January 16, take a spin on the slot machine game at oaklandrestaurantweek.org. Daily winners will win $25 gift certificates to participating Oakland restaurants.
- All participants in the slot machine game will be entered to win the grand prize of a Foodie Weekend in Oakland featuring a 2 night stay at the Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel.
- Finally, at 7PM on each night of restaurant week diners will be chosen at random to receive $25 gift cards at participating restaurants.
The Oakland restaurant scene is making national headlines. USA Today welcomed Oakland’s back to back listing as one of the “Top 10 Local Food Scenes” in the country, the only West Coast city with that distinction. Realty site Estately named Oakland as the best city in the nation for best food selection and options per capita.
“Oakland is hot a culinary destination and diners look forward to Oakland Restaurant Week every year,” says Mark Everton, President & CEO of Visit Oakland. “The best of the best showcase their unique menu pairings and hungry visitors can taste their way through each of Oakland’s unique neighborhoods.”
Complete restaurant lists, menus, and reservations are available on www.oaklandrestaurantweek.org. The list can be searched by neighborhood, cuisine, lunch or dinner offerings. Through a partnership with Open Table, reservations (strongly recommended) can be made directly from the Oakland Restaurant Week page.
Oakland restaurants are part of a thriving hospitality industry in Oakland. In 2015, Oakland visitors spent $152 million on food and beverage alone. Restaurants generated a record $8 million in sales tax revenue, up 5% from the year before. At the end of 2014, Oakland had 900 restaurants, employing about 13,500 people.
Oakland Restaurant Week is a part of California Restaurant Month, created by Visit California. The statewide event is a promotional initiative encouraging post-holiday travel to California during the month of January, which is typically a slow dining month after the holidays.
Dates and times of participation vary by restaurant. A la carte menus will also be available. Visit Oakland and American Express are presenting sponsors.