The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (GDMCVB), Des Moines Business Record and dsm Magazine invite residents and visitors to attend Des Moines’ fifth annual Restaurant Week this Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 26.

More than 19,000 people dined with 2011 Restaurant Week participating restaurants which contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars to the Greater Des Moines economy in 2011; more than double than the year before.

“Greater Des Moines is becoming known for our fantastic local dining options,” said GDMCVB President and CEO Greg Edwards. “Restaurant Week provides locals and visitors yet another reason to get out and enjoy our area eateries.”

Chefs at 32 of the Metro’s top restaurants will prepare special fixed-price menus. Diners can sink their teeth into two lunches or one three-course dinner for $25. Patrons are invited to save at least four receipts from their dining experience with the participating restaurants and enter to win a trip for two to California’s Sonoma County. Receipts must be mailed or dropped off to dsm Magazine, 100 4th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309 by Noon on Monday, August 27. No purchase necessary. Visit for the official rules.

Participating restaurants include: Alba, Americana Restaurant & Lounge, Baratta’s, Baru 66, Bistro Montage, Bos, Café Di Scala, Centro, Chef’s Kitchen, Cosi Cucina, Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co., Christopher’s, Django, Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Gino’s West Glen, Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse – both locations, Latin King, Louie’s Wine Dive, Luna Bistro + Catering, Maxie’s Restaurant and Lounge, Mezzodi’s, Mojo’s on 86th, Proof, Raccoon River Brewing Co., Sbrocco, Splash Seafood Bar and Grill, Taki Japanese Steakhouse, Tally’s Restaurant, Bar & Catering and Two Rivers Grille

Menus are posted online at and Facebook users can find more information by searching “Des Moines Restaurant Week.” Facebook users can also upload photos and feedback on the event on the GDMCVB Fan Page, Twitter followers can keep up-to-date with event updates by following @SeeDesMoines and tagging #DMRW.

Sponsors include Doll Distributing, Hockenbergs Food Service, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Pearl Vodka, Sysco Food Services and Tassle Ridge Winery.