For traveling foodies, sampling hot restaurants and regional cuisines can be just as essential to a fulfilling trip as stepping foot in a museum or visiting a landmark. To try Michelin-starred chefs and popular menus at a fraction of the usual cost, why not book a trip over a destination's restaurant week? We've found hotel deals coinciding with events nationwide for as much as half off.
Baltimore (Jan. 10-26): For two weeks this winter, Charm City's top restaurants offer prix-fixe meals starting at $10.14.
- Where to stay: During this time, stays at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, within walking distance of downtown's culinary hot spots, start at $79 per night (save up to $100).
Portland (March): For an entire month, sample the cuisine of the city that started the food truck craze and is ahead of the curve on organic menus. Three-course meals are $29 per person.
- Where to stay: Microbreweries and hip restaurants surround the Jupiter Hotel in the trendy Central Eastside. For $99 per night in March (30% off), receive complimentary coffee from a local cafe, Wi-Fi and bike rentals. Find more Portland hotels and flights from across the country discounted as much as 45% off.
New York City (Feb. 17 - March 7): This year's event has been shortened by a week when the city hosts the Super Bowl. Make up for lost time with prix-fixe, three-course menus, $25 for lunch and $28 for dinner, at 300 restaurants. This will be the first year all five boroughs participate.
- Where to stay: Check out the hippest borough when checking into King & Grove Williamsburg for as little as $185 per night including $100 dining credit, 35% off competing properties. The 4-star hotel is one subway stop from Manhattan.
San Francisco (Jan. 15-31): Started in 2001, Dine About Town has expanded to include over 100 restaurants offering 10%-25% discount off regular menu items as well as prix-fixe meals starting at $18.95.
Los Angeles (Jan. 20-31): dineLA showcases LA's award-winning chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Ricardo Zarate, named Food & Wine's Best New Chef in America, dishing out prix-fixe lunches and dinners for 12 days.
- Where to stay: Through January, rooms at the 4-star Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel are $199 per night (50% off). Valet parking is included, and the hotel is walking distance to theaters, museums and arenas.
Philadelphia (Jan. 19-24; 26-31): City Center District Restaurant Week features $35 dinners and $20 lunches at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Meritage, Brauhaus Schmitz and more.
- Where to stay: Book a culinary escape beginning at $119 per night (regularly $224) at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Travelers can get an up-close look at the Liberty Bell before feasting at nearby Market Street bistros and steakhouses.
Denver (Feb. 22-28): The 10th annual event has been split this year, giving diners just seven days to sample fare from popular restaurants for $30 per person.
- Where to stay: Rates at the Aloft Denver International Airport are halved for Restaurant Week. Parking, Internet and airport transportation are included in the $107-152 nightly rate (save 45%) at the hip hotel boasting an indoor pool and live music.
Chicago (Jan. 24 - Feb. 6): Take a two-week culinary tour of the Windy City when prix-fixe meals are $22-$44 per person at the best restaurants downtown and surrounding neighorbhoods.
- Where to Stay: The 4-star Hotel Lincoln is available for $89 per night (35% off) during the promotion. The boutique hotel is in posh Lincoln Park and attached to Perennial Vibrant, a Michelin-starred chef's farm-to-table restaurant participating in Restaurant Week. Discounted flights on Virgin America to Chicago start at $159 each way.
Seattle (April): More than 160 restaurants will serve up three-course lunches for $15 and dinners for $28 over 10 days. Dates and a full list of restaurants will be announced in early 2014.
- Where to stay: The Seattle Marriott Waterfront is near Pike Place Market and offers views of Mount Rainier and Elliott Bay. In April, stays at the downtown property are $189 per night on weekends and $219 per night midweek (30% off).
Atlanta - Buckhead (March 17-25): Brunch, lunch and dinner at the trendy neighborhood's best restaurants starts at $15 per person for a prix-fixe menu.
- Where to stay: Book a weekend at the AAA 4-Diamond JW Marriott Buckhead for $145 per night during Restaurant Week (regularly $269). The luxury hotel is connected to the upscale Lenox Square Mall and across the street from a MARTA station in the dining heart of Atlanta's nightlife scene.
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--Elisabeth Barker is an editorial associate based in New York City. Travelzoo has over 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.