Full details on upcoming DFW Restaurant Week and their new Food & Wine Festival

launches its 19th annual season on August 15, but you’ll need to snag a reservation well in advance. A portion of the proceeds go to fund a number of local hunger-busting charities. Last year, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse raised the most money.

Which restaurants are participating this year? That list will be unveiled next Monday, July 18, which is also when you can begin booking lunch and dinner reservations. Though it’s called DFW Restaurant Week, the event usually spills out over three weeks.

Proceeds support the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County.

New this year is “DFW Restaurant Week Food & Wine Festival,” a two-evening event with wines, cocktails and food from local restaurants. Mark the dates: August 12 and August 13, in downtown Dallas’ Main Street Garden. General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale here.

Beginning July 18, diners will find the official list of DFW Restaurant Week participating restaurants, including menus and reservation links, at DFWRestaurantWeek.com. More than 125 top restaurants offering delicious three-course prix fixe dinners for either $35 or $45.  Many restaurants will also offer a two-course lunch for just $20. Twenty percent of each meal purchased will be donated to one of the charity partners, NTFB or Lena Pope.

Key offerings include:

  • Preview Weekend – Aug. 12-14 – Advance “Preview” dining at select restaurants
  • DFW Restaurant Week – Aug. 15-21 – Many restaurants will extend through Aug. 28 or Sept. 4
  • Central Market Fourth Course Certificates – Spend $25 at local Central Markets and request a certificate for a free additional dinner course at participating restaurants.  Shoppers earn double Central Market Fourth Course Certificates on July 18.