Food lovers of Boston, it's time to start prepping: Dine Out Boston, also known as Restaurant Week, begins Sunday. If you're hoping to make the most of the great restaurant deals, here's everything you'll need to know.

More than 150 restaurants will be participating this year, and that means options are available to please just about anyone's palate. The two-week event will run Aug. 16-21 and Aug. 23-28, and, as a customer, you'll be able to choose from multicourse, specially priced menu items at some of the city's finest restaurants.

Participating businesses include restaurants that serve everything from Asian fusion cuisine to traditional New England dishes. Due to a range of dining options, lunch can run $15, $20 or $25, and dinner, $28, $33 or $38. You can find a full list of participating businesses on this website, set up just for the event. 

Some restaurants are better at dealing with the rush of customers than others and offer more bang for your buck. Bostinno, a Boston community news site, has in the past recommended, among other restaurants, Bar Boulud and Bastille Kitchen, both French bistros; Koy, a Korean restaurant; The Blue Room, a Sunday buffet-brunch spot; Boston Chops, a steak house; and Commonwealth Restaurant & Market, which serves traditional New England fare.

Restaurant Week began as a New York City lunch-only event in 1992 and was initially a welcoming gesture for the 15,000 reporters visiting the city for the Democratic National Convention. It turned out to be a win-win for both struggling businesses and customers and has since spread nationwide. In recent years, food enthusiasts have grown more appreciative as more businesses have signed up to participate.

Now, all you need to do is make your reservations.

But if you're not able to participate this year, don't worry: Dine Out Boston happens twice a year. If you miss out this summer, there's always next March.