The first days of the new year are prime dieting-and-deprivation season, but you'll be ready for a treat in a few weeks -- and many Bay Area restaurants will be happy to help. Several cities are hosting "restaurant weeks" with dining deals and special prix fixe menus. Here's the scoop:
San Francisco: Sup in style during the city's big Dine About Town festivities from Jan. 15 through 31. Enjoy a two- or three-course prix-fixe lunch for $18.95 or a three-course dinner for $36.95 at more than 80 restaurants ranging from the Burritt Room and Tavern to Luella, Spruce and Waterbar. Get details and the full list of restaurants at www.sanfrancisco.travel/dine.
Berkeley: Twenty restaurants -- including Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen, Cafe Rouge, Revival Bar+Kitchen and Comal -- are offering dining discounts during Berkeley Restaurant Week, which runs Jan. 13 to 20. Details: http://visitberkeley.com/berkeley-restaurant-week.
Oakland: Rumbo al Sur, Camino, Flora and more than 40 other restaurants are doing prix-fixe menus, priced at $20, $30 and $40, during the city's 10-day "restaurant week" Jan. 18 to 27. Details: http://visitoakland.org/restaurantweek.cfm.
San Mateo County and Silicon Valley: Enjoy dining discounts, complimentary items