Denver foodies can rejoice! The menus for the 9th Annual Denver Restaurant Week (DRW) will go live on at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16.


The dining event of the year will run from February 23 to March 8, 2013 with more than 300 metro Denver restaurants offering tantalizing, multi-course dinners for the “mile high” price of $52.80 for two (or $26.40 for one, tax and tip not included). 


In 2012, some 339 restaurants participated in the two-week culinary affair, making it the largest restaurant week in the nation.


“The great fun of restaurant week is gathering together friends, exploring the hundreds of menus on the website, and then experimenting and trying new restaurants or revisiting old favorites,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, the owner and organizer of the event.


More than 300 restaurants have already signed up to participate in 2013 with more coming on board every day. “We will continue to post menus on the site as we get them from the restaurants, so it pays to check the site frequently,” Scharf said.


Restaurants and their menus are listed on the website by cuisine and by neighborhood. “Planning is an important part of restaurant week,” Scharf said. “Certainly, some restaurants will fill up early at prime dining times, but there are many off-peak dining times in the two week period that remain available, and of course, we encourage diners to experiment and try new restaurants.”


Make plans with friends during Denver Restaurant Week 2013. A new feature on the website allows diners to share their “Must-Dine” lists with their friends on Facebook, giving them yet another way to make their plans. 


Based on surveys, a record 404,400 meals were served during DRW 2012, up 12 percent over the 360,480 total meals served in 2011. Website traffic at the DRW site saw 7 million page views in 2012.


Scharf encouraged diners to get on the website and make reservations early. “But please honor your reservations,” he said. “One of the most frustrating things about the event is when people make a reservation, and don’t show up, denying other diners that time slot. Don’t be a no-show! Please notify the restaurant if your plans change so they can fill that table,” Scharf said.


This year, VISIT DENVER is pleased to announce the inclusion of Lexus, joining Denver Restaurant Week as the presenting sponsor. Throughout the this year’s event, diners will be encouraged to participate in a special “Take a Test Drive, Have Dinner On Us” promotion that will award hundreds of $52.80 gift certificates to qualified drivers who take a Lexus test drive at any of their three metro Denver area locations. Details of the contest can be found on the Denver Restaurant Week website.


Denver Restaurant Week 2013 would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors including: Alamos Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, Mirassou Winery, Louis M. Martini Winery, William Hill Winery, US Foods, Frontier Airlines, Johnsons & Wales University, The Denver Post5280 Magazine9NewsWestword, Open Table, RTD, the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Downtown Denver Partnership Business Improvement District.