DENVER - If you enjoy eating out, you'll be happy to know the menus for the 9th Annual Denver Restaurant Week are now live.
The dining event of the year will run from Feb. 23 to March 8, 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, 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 and CEO of VISIT DENVER.
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."
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 in 2012, up 12 percent over the 360,480 total meals served in 2011.
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."