With 165-plus restaurants taking part in this April's Seattle Restaurant Week, how do you choose? One strategy is to hit a new — or new to SRW — place that you've been meaning to try anyway.

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Seattle Restaurant Week is back — Sundays through Thursdays from April 2-19, tons of local places will serve up $33 three-course dinners, with many making $18 two-course lunches as well. (The Seattle Times Company is a sponsor.) But with 165-plus restaurants taking part, how do you choose?

Our lists of newcomers, best overall values, best ambience and neighborhood favorites can help. Pro tips: Preview your menu options at srw.seattletimes.com, be sure to make reservations (many of these restaurants get mobbed for SRW), and remember to tip well (SRW can be hellish for servers).

28 newcomers

Here are the brand-new restaurants — as well as the ones joining the promotion for the first time — on this spring’s Seattle Restaurant Week list. Check out their special menus here.

  • Adana
  • All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar
  • Araya’s Place
  • Bai Tong
  • Baron’s Xi’an Kitchen & Bar
  • Basil’s
  • Beachhouse Bar and Grill
  • BOCA Restobar & Grill
  • Bodrum Bistro
  • Buenos Aires Grill
  • Chinook’s at Salmon Bay
  • Crawfish King
  • Gather Kitchen and Bar
  • Le Messe
  • Marine Hardware
  • Montalcino
  • Phinney Market Pub and Eatery
  • Quinn’s Pub
  • Saint Helens Cafe
  • Soi
  • Tankard & Tun
  • The Crab Pot Restaurant and Bar Lake Bellevue
  • The Fig & The Judge
  • The Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar
  • The London Plane
  • Ti22
  • Tribeca
  • Wild Ginger Bellevue