Dining Deals: Weekly specials, reward memberships and a secret password

Tips for making dining out a little more wallet-friendly.

old bust head brewing maple ave restaurant smokehouse live
Photos courtesy of Allison Michelli (Old Bust Head Brewing), Rey Lopez (Maple Ave Restaurant) and Mel Gold (Smokehouse Live)


Maple Ave Restaurant: Three courses for $35 // Vienna

Bastille: Select bottles of wine for $20 from 4-9 p.m. // Alexandria

Cava Mezze: four courses for $25 // Arlington

Meggrolls: Half-price Meggrolls with purchase of a drink // Alexandria

Sense of Thai St.: $5 pad Thai and half-priced wine bottles // Ashburn

Bastille / Photography by Louisa Butler

Cafe Pizzaiolo: Buy one pizza, get second free (dine-in only) // Arlington and Alexandria

Cocina on Market: Industry night with $2 tacos and beers, $3 rail drinks and $4 mini-margaritas // Leesburg

Copperwood Tavern: Half-price wine bottles // Arlington and Ashburn

CraftHouse: Two tacos for $6 // Arlington, Fairfax and Reston

Pizzeria Orso: Free item from the children’s menu with purchase of pizza // Falls Church

Grafton House: Buy one Irish entree (bangers and mash, fish and chips) and get a second entree half-off // Gainesville

Old Bust Head Brewing Co.: 10 percent off one growler fill, and another 10 percent off for each additional growler through 40 percent off for four growler fills. // Warrenton

Live Oak: Kids eat free at brunch with purchase of adult entree // Alexandria



Cava Grill: Spend $88 dollars through the house app and get $8, plus a $3 bonus for downloading.

Lei’d: With the Square app or Yombu (see Teas’n You), collect 10 stars (one star equals $10) and get $10 off the next visit.

Smokehouse Live: Download the Flok app for a free chips and dip appetizer, $20 off after five visits of spending $25 or more, free dessert all month long during birthday months.

Teas’n You: At check out, place a finger on Yombu, which tracks your print: For every $55 spent, customers get $5, plus $2 off the next purchase after sign-up.

Photo courtesy of Teas’n You

Passion Food Hospitality: Buy the $25 loyalty card, which automatically converts to points, and get one point from each dollar spent at PassionFish Reston, TenPenh Tysons and others from the restaurant group. Rewards start at a $75 gift card (1,000 points) and go up to a reception for 40 with sparkling wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert (25,000 points).


This family-friendly group with chapters across the country organizes meals at some of the best restaurants in the region and turns them into kid-safe zones. The group arranges for private rooms or buy-outs and sells tickets for multicourse menus—and kids eat for free.


It pays to keep tabs on the social media account of Sugar Shack: each day there’s a way to score a free house doughnut, whether it’s bringing in a drawing of a taco, wearing a baseball hat or singing a song from Hamilton.

Photo courtesy of Brabo


Brabo is offering a family-style (two to four people) duck a l’orange—whole duck served with black truffle mashed potatoes, braised grapes and orange confit—for $75. With the mention of the secret password, silver tower, the price drops $10.


At the end of the meal at TenPenh, crack open the fortune cookie to find a range of deals, like 20 percent off an entree or 50 percent off a bottle of wine ($100 or less).


Pick up a coffee sleeve at Agora Downtown Coffee Shop and use it for 10 percent off balsamics at Taste, 20 percent off at Monkee’s (clothing store), two-for-one books at Riverby Books and 25 percent off one item at Ladyburg Bath & Body Apothecary. When shopping is complete, drop the sleeve at River Rock Outfitter to be entered in a monthly raffle.


When searching for where to eat, check to see if restaurants offer in-app deals like free drinks or a $10-for-$15 type of coupon.To search for specials, use the filter function and check “offering a deal.”

(Dining Deals 2017December 2017)