Black Restaurant Weeks to Support

Black Restaurant Weeks to Support

black restaurant weeks

Black Restaurant Weeks happen all throughout the year in different cities all across the U.S. for the last 25 years. A restaurant week provides the opportunity to experience cultural diversity and try new food while at the same time stimulating local economies and promoting awareness of minority-owned businesses.

Not only is it good for black-owned businesses but it also showcases community engagement and gives restaurant owners a chance to think outside the box with meal specials and deals that would not normally be on the menu or that are offered at a higher price.

Usually, customers who attend restaurant weeks wind up coming back; according to, 80% of diners who try a restaurant during restaurant week are likely to return.

Here’s our list of black restaurant weeks around the nation that you should support if you’re ever in one of these cities.


DMV Black Restaurant Week, Washington, D.C.

DMV Black Restaurant Week is designed not only to highlight the black-owned establishments in and around the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area but to also empower up-and-coming talent. And it’s not just about restaurants; it’s also inclusive of black-owned bars. Some events include bartender competition, mixology classes, and a conference about entrepreneurship and financing. It’s the first restaurant week of its kind to offer such a diverse array of programming that caters to patrons, entrepreneurs, and aspiring business owners.

Find out more information, here.

Nov. 4-11, 2018

Los Angeles Black Restaurant Week, Los Angeles, CA

Patrons can celebrate black restaurant week anytime during the day for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.  The event is sponsored by the LA South Chamber of Commerce and the University of West Los Angeles. Meals range between $15-25 for casual dining and $35-45 for fine dining.

Find out more information, here.

November 4-11, 2018

Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) Black Restaurant Week, Columbus, OH

The organizers of Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) Black Restaurant Week believe that supporting black restaurants plays a crucial role in empowering their community. The event, they say, is also a chance for the black-owned restaurants in the Columbus area to offer dining deals and raise awareness of their business.

Visitors can try some of the newer black-owned restaurants while also supporting the established ones.

Find out more information, here.

November 11-17, 2018


Chicago Black Restaurant Week, Chicago, IL

Chicago Black Restaurant Week, located in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs, was designed by PR guru Laura Smith with the intention of putting a spotlight on African American eateries. With growing support from local residents every year and over 20 restaurants participating, there is sure to be something for every patron to enjoy.

More information can be found here.

Feb 10-17, 2019

Black Restaurant Week, Dallas, TX

This event is the first of its kind in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Visitors can sample the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisines at participating restaurants like Wings World, Peace Love & Eatz Smoothie Bar, and OMG Soul Food.

Find out more information, here.

Oct. 13-27, 2019


Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, Richmond, VA

The Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is a celebratory week dedicated to supporting Richmond’s black-owned restaurants and promoting the Richmond regions growing culinary tourism scene. It aims to counter economic disparity within minority-owned businesses with fun and interactive solutions that engage, excite, and ignite a deeper understanding and love of Richmond food culture.

Find out more information, here.

Mar. 4-11, 2018

Memphis Black Restaurant Week, Memphis, TN

Created to help local minority-owned businesses gain exposure and support from the community, Memphis Black Restaurant Week was born. According to the website, its mission is to create an “opportunity for black-owned restaurants to offer dining deals to bring in new customers and raise awareness.”

Find out more information, here.

Mar. 5-11, 2018

Black Restaurant Week, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

This is Philly’s first black restaurant week, with the city of brotherly love showcasing African American, Caribbean, and African cuisine. In addition to diners being able to support businesses like Booker’s Restaurant and Bar and Rose Petals Cafe & Lounge, there is also a culinary panel and a cocktail competition.

More information can be found here.

June 10-17, 2018

Black Restaurant Week, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Since its inception in 2017, New Orleans Black Restaurant week has been a huge hit with locals. Nine different restaurants participate during the week. Restaurant goers can also see a culinary showcase from the best local chefs and a bartending competition, giving customers an interactive experience and not just a dining experience.

Find out more information, here.

July 1-8, 2018

Detroit Black Restaurant Week, Detroit, MI

Detroit Black Restaurant Week features casual dining and fine dining restaurants and offers several events that highlight and promote different aspects of the culinary scene in Detroit, particularly the black culinary scene.

It first kicked off in 2017 and is supported by Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, a Detroit-area resident who is passionate about showcasing black-owned Detroit businesses. His aim is to bring people of all backgrounds together for Detroit Black Restaurant Week and expose them to establishments and owners that they might otherwise not have encountered.

Find out more information, here.

Aug. 20-26, 2018

Atlanta Black Restaurant Week, Atlanta GA

For two weeks, Atlanta celebrates the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisines. Participating restaurants include Mangos Caribbean Restaurant, Café Songhai, a West African eatery, and The Spice House.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 2-16, 2018

Charlotte Black Restaurant Week, Charlotte, NC

More than 20 black-owned restaurants participate in Charlotte Black Restaurant Week and will offer special menu items and prices. The event also takes one night to honor the best black chef and it also includes black-owned food trucks. According to their website, the organizers and the black business owners of Charlotte realized the need to ramp up excitement about the black restaurants that have either planted roots in Charlotte or survived among closures.

Find out more information, here.

Oct.14-21, 2018

Taste of Soul L.A., Los Angeles, CA calls it L.A.’s biggest street food festival, and it features plenty of black-owned establishments. It has been going strong for 13 years with organizers claiming annual attendance of more than 350,000 people.

The annual, family-friendly festival, often held in October, features a variety of different food vendors all dishing up BBQ & soul food, Jamaican cuisine, as well as traditional African and American dishes. A beer garden is usually on deck along with live entertainment including music, comedy, and gospel singers.

Find out more information, here.

Oct. 20-21, 2018

Bay Area Black Restaurant Week, Bay Area, CA

Hosted in what is considered one of the best food cities in the country, this two-week Bay Area event has something for every restaurant-goer. Enjoy a dining experience with a variety of choices including barbecue, soul food, and even vegan options. A portion of the proceeds from this restaurant week will go back into the community and donations will be given to the Oakland Food Pantry and Farms to Grow in San Francisco. Patrons will be able to enjoy a great meal while also contributing to worthy causes.

More information can be found here.

Oct 21-28, 2018