Restaurant Month 2020 deals: Oakland, San Jose, Concord, Cupertino and more – The Mercury News

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If you haven’t had a chance to try Meso Modern Mediterranean, a new restaurant at Santana Row, then Restaurant Week is a good time to check out the menu. Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

December is a month of gastronomic excess, with restaurants packed for family dinners, holiday parties and year-end banquets. And then comes the quiet month in the culinary calendar. So January has been decreed California Restaurant Month, with destinations from Mendocino to San Diego offering dining promotions.

It’s the proverbial win-win: You get deals; restaurants fill tables.

In the Bay Area, these dining weeks have become so popular that reservations are strongly recommended. Here’s a sampling of offerings, listed in chronological order. (To find promotions elsewhere in the state, go to

Oakland, Jan. 9-20: This 10th annual Oakland promotion is bigger than ever, with 110-plus restaurants from the waterfront to uptown to the hills taking part this year. With prix fixe menus for $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $60, $70 or $80, you can expect brunch/lunch bargains at fast-casual eateries and dinnertime deals at classic restaurants. Again this year, your dining dollars will pay dividends as many restaurants have pledged to donate a portion of proceeds to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. New events include a female chef series, neighborhood food tours and a scavenger hunt.

San Jose, Jan. 16-26: The citywide Restaurant Week is back this year, with more than 30 restaurants already planning to offer prix fixe lunches and dinners for $10, $20, $30, $40 or $50. You’ll find newcomers like Santana Row’s Meso Modern Mediterranean joining such local faves as Adega and Luna Mexican Kitchen for this 11-day promotion. Find the full list of participants and their special menus at

Alameda, Jan. 16-26: The island city’s Restaurant Week is back for a third year. More than 30 restaurants are participating, and it’s a real United Nations of cuisines, including Lithuanian, Korean, German, Italian, Japanese, New American and more. Find the lineup at

Concord, Jan. 17-26: This city’s clever cold-weather promotion, Comfort Food Week, is now in its third year. More than 35 restaurants and purveyors will offer special dishes, deals or freebies. Participants include Abas Hamidi Afghan Cuisine, Brasas do Brazil, EMC Seafood, Loard’s, Residual Sugar Wine Bar and 30 others. Find the full list and a schedule of pop-up events at

Vacaville, Jan. 17-26: Almost two dozen Vacaville restaurants will offer special menus or promotions — double the number of participants from last year. Deals range from an Italian family feast at Pietro’s No. 1 to prix fixe meals at Los Reyes and Clay Oven to discounts at Okashi and Virtue Juice Bar. Find more at

Benicia, Jan. 18-25: Pick up a dining discount card at Benicia Main Street, 90 First St., and you’ll receive a 15 percent to 20 percent discount at participating restaurants, from Char’s Hot Dogs to Venticellos Ristorante Italiano. The full list of options will be posted at

Berkeley, Jan. 21-31: During the city’s eighth annual promotion, nearly 40 Berkeley restaurants will celebrate California cuisine — along with Creole, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Thai, Venezuelan, Mediterranean cuisine and more — with prix fixe menus for $25, $30 or $40.

San Francisco, Jan. 22-31: This one is a biggie. Nearly 130 restaurants across the city will offer prix fixe deals during this annual promotion. You’ll pay $15.15 or $25.25 at lunch for two or more courses and $40.40 or $65.65 at dinner for three or more courses. Participants include some of the city’s top newer draws as well as perennial favorites. Find a map and menus at

Cupertino, Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Cupertino is launching its first-ever restaurant week, with promotions at a diverse array of restaurants. Already part of the promotion are Enzo’s Italian, Parkview Kitchen inside the Juniper Hotel, Oren’s Hummus, Pacific Catch, Eureka! and Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ; more restaurants will be added as the Jan. 29 date nears. Find the list and menus at

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