Choosing a place that’s pricey means you get the most fancy-bang for your promotion-priced-buck during Seattle Restaurant Week.

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It’s back, and now it’s the only game in town: Seattle Restaurant Week has officially eaten up Dine Around Seattle, with the two “unified into one premier promotion dining experience flying under the Seattle Restaurant Week banner.” It’s going for three weeks instead of two, and the price has gone up a dollar: $33 for three-course dinners, Sundays through Thursdays, from October 15 through November 2, with many of the 165-plus local restaurants offering $18 lunches as well. SRW is also promising seasonal happenings, starting with a local shellfish event this coming January. (The Seattle Times Company is a sponsor.)

But with so many choices, where do you dine? Our lists of best overall values, newcomers and best ambience can help. Pro tips: Preview your menu options at srw.seattletimes.com, be sure to make reservations (some restaurants get overrun), and remember to tip well (with all the bargain-hunters and overtaxed kitchens, SRW can be tough for servers).

12 best overall values

Choosing a higher-end place means you get the best deal during Seattle Restaurant Week. By our math, these picks strike the food/ambience/pricing balance especially well. Check out the options on their prix-fixe SRW menus here.