Are you looking to enjoy a romantic meal in Washington, D.C. this Valentine's Day? Here are some restaurants that offer specials to impress your sweetheart. Make your reservation now to be sure to get a nice table. Details are subject to change, please confirm with the restaurant.
14 K Restaurant - Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 14th & K St NW Washington, D.C. (202) 218-7575. Three Course Valentine’s Day Menu. Main courses include Vanilla Scented Lobster Tail, Chilean Sea Bass, Grilled 10oz Lamb T-Bone or 7oz Bone-In Filet. The restaurant is also offering a Champagne Bar and a Mini Martini Flight as part of the menu.
701 Restaurant - 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 393-0701. Three-course tasting menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert this Valentine’s Day. The menu includes dishes such as Twice Cooked Beets, foie gras mousse, black olive soil and pomegranate meringue; Short Rib Agnolotti with blue cheese, charred kale and cranberry; Big Eye Tuna Tartar with sushi rice ice cream, wasabi and ponzu jelly; Maine Lobster with popcorn purée, persimmons and royal trumpet mushrooms; Roasted Rack of Lamb with lamb sausage stuffed dates, sunchoke two ways and lamb jus, as well as Smoked Venison with collard greens, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts and mole jus.
The Alex - The Graham Georgetown - 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW Washington, D.C. (202) 337-0900. A special 3-course dinner will be available for Valentines Day in the hotel's intimate craft cocktail cellar and restaurant. A complimentary glass of Prosecco upon arrival is included. The menu features the very best of locally sourced produce, butchery and dairy items including Chesapeake Bay oysters, Virginia cured meats and pasta from Georgetown.
Ardeo+Bardeo - 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 244-6750. Three-course prix fixe menu. Choose from romantic inspired dishes such as Lump Crab Beignets with Old Bay remoulade and pickled vegetables; Poached Pear Salad with apple yogurt dressing, candied pecans and blue cheese; Harissa Crusted Halibut with red pepper coulis and spätzle; Braised Beef Short Rib with gochujang, bok choy and noodles,as well as Crispy Duck Breast with herbed polenta and pomegranate citrus glaze.
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca - 1100 New York Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 216 9550. Four-course prix fixe menu. Menu includes standouts such as Ostriche, Montauk pearl oysters, pickled cherry granite, tangerine pressed olive oil; Polipo, pan-seared octopus, roasted escarole & ‘nduja, and crispy chickpeas; Gnocchi Neri, squid ink gnocchi, Maine lobster, saffron, pickled chilies and chive butter; Bombolini, black truffled potato “arancini”, parmigiano fonduta and cauliflower confit; Agnello, lardo-crusted Colorado lamb chops, spiced roasted celery root and lemon thyme butter,as well as Trota, stuffed and baked ruby read trout with currents, Cara Cara orange, pignoli and breadcrumbs.
Blue Duck Tavern - Park Hyatt, 24th and M Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. Showcasing farm-fresh favorites this Valentine's Day, the Tavern will feature a four-course, prix fixe menu for two. The feast will showcase standout dishes such as White Truffle Pasta and Oven-Roasted Duck.
The Bombay Club - 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 659-3727. Five-course, prix fixe menu. Begin with an amuse bouche of Asparagus Shorba with pistachio and rose followed by a Chaat Course and then a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Appetizers include Ghee Roast Mutton with goat, cinnamon, clove and cumin; Zafrani Shrimp with saffron and cardamom, as well as Banana Galouti with plantain and pineapple murabba. Entrées not to be missed include Lamb Xaccuti with coconut, garlic and roasted spices; Guchhi Murg with morels, tomato, mace and nutmeg; Fish Tikka Angara with chili, garlic and tomato, as well as Coorgi Wild Boar with mustard, black pepper, cumin and coriander.
A dessert of Dark Chocolate Fondant with pistachio kulfi will complete the meal.
Bourbon - 2321 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. The restaurant is coupling up with the Whiskey Library for an evening for aimed at lovers -- of whiskey. Choose from such selections as our smoked meatballs in harissa, warm goat cheese salad or our fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, paired with Bernheim Original Wheat Bourbon. Then, move on to a second course with options as fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and bacon-braised collards, Bourbon bistro steak or barley and bean vegan meatloaf, paired with Pikesville 110-proof rye.
Pick between a bittersweet chocolate torte, classic bread pudding with bourbon caramel and creme brulee,
Café du Parc - The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. (202) 942-7000. The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu features three courses followed by a decadent dessert. Entree options include green pea-crusted halibut filet, served on passionfruit sauce and baby vegetable shavings, as well as grilled beef tenderloin with parsnip puree and yellow beans with foraged wild mushroom ragout. Finish the meal with a white chocolate “Romance Sphere” with strawberry rhubarb compote, angel food cake, and chocolate ice cream with chocolate rosewater ganache.
Café Dupont - Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, D.C. (202) 797-0169. Aphrodisiac-inspired prix fixe menu, three-courses. The menu will begin with a raw bar platter featuring Hamachi crudo, oysters prepared three ways with tarragon emulsion, Jonah crab claw with lobster bisque aioli, and beet-cured gravlax with fennel ceviche. For the main course, roasted bone-in veal rib, buttery wild sea bass filet, or savory house made ravioli. Finish with a rich trio of chocolate marquise featuring white, milk, and dark Valrhona chocolates and passionfruit emulsion.
Central Michel Richard - 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. (202) 626-0015. Central’s special five-course, prix fixe menu with an optional wine pairing. Indulge in classic and innovative dishes such as foie gras opera cake, beef tenderloin with bordelaise sauce, and seared scallops with leek-truffle risotto, expertly paired with champagnes and wines from France, California and Italy. End the evening on a sweet note with a melted chocolate-raspberry “heart” for two.
City Perch - 11830 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD. Enjoy a special six-course Lovers’ Senses Menu. Start off with amuse bouche – potato aligot popovers with shaved black truffles, and coconut-curry lobster bisque. Beet-cured smoked salmon with red watercress, horseradish crème fraiche and pumpernickel “soil” paired with a complimentary glass of Piper-Heidsieck champagne follows. The main course; choose from either herb-roasted lamb chops with roasted fingerlings, cucumber-mint tzatziki and garlic-soy glaze, or pistachio-crusted seabass with pommerey mustard buerre blanc and grilled asparagus.
City Tap House DC - 901 9th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 733-5333. “Cupid is Stupid” menu on February 14 with foods you wouldn’t normally order on a first date. There’s no shame in digging into delicious plates like waffle fry short rib poutine, a fried banana split with a gelato assortment and elderflower strawberries, and their popular chicken and waffles with honey thyme butter and red pepper jam.
Claudia’s Steakhouse - 1501 K Street NW Washington, D.C. (202) 783-8212. Three-course menu, $75 per person. For each course, guests will have an option of gourmet dishes including Lobster Bisque, Grilled Branzino and Rack of Lamb.
Columbia Room - 124 Blagden Alley NW Washington, D.C. (202) 316-9396. Treat the special lady in your life at the James Beard Award-nominated cocktail bar Columbia Room, which will offer its new Women Rule-themed winter menu, paying tribute to iconic female bartenders and chefs who have shaped the culinary world. The three- and five-course tasting menus will be made even more special with a trio of Valentine’s Day extras: caviar, champagne, and canelés.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - 801A 9th Street, NW Washington, D.C. (202) 408-1600. A special Valentine’s Day a la carte menu with a Cuban twist. Standout dishes include Ceviche de Pescado, hamachi-yellowtail, organic grape tomato salad, leche de tigre and Thai basil vinaigrette. Tamal Cubano, fresh corn masa filled with chicken, bell peppers and Cachucha chiles, served with a roasted corn sauce. Beef Jibaro, a 16oz. salmuera-rubbed center prime cut rib eye steak with boniato asado and grilled broccolini, served with Cuba Libre steak sauce.
Del Frisco’s Grille - 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. (202) 450-4686. Start with the featured cocktail, “Flirting with Ginger,” which boasts a base of vodka, hints of ginger, cranberry and lemon. Choose between a savory dry aged bone-in ribeye complimented by fried oysters and a bacon horseradish Hollandaise or the jumbo lump crab stuffed Maine lobster tail served with garlic grits, roasted red pepper & basil cream with a taste of charred lemon for the main course. Finally, finish the meal with the decadently delicious raspberry chocolate ganache tart served with fresh raspberries, sea salt and topped with whipped cream.
Jaleo - Three locations: Downtown Washington, D.C. (Penn Quarter), Bethesda, MD and Crystal City, VA. Special Valentine's Day à la carte menu in the spirit of José's native Spain. The menu includes tapas such as Ostras con caviar Rappahannock oysters with caviar, Chilled lobster salad with cauliflower purée, blood oranges and pomegranate, Grilled lamb t-bones with rosemary sauce, and Wild red berry soup with Idiazábal cheese ice cream.
Lupo Verde - 1401 T Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 827-4752. Four-courses. To begin, enjoy Ora King Salmon Petals with smoked salmon caviar, candied lemon, pomegranate sorbet, red watercress and micro salad, followed by Tonnarelli “Cacio & Pepe” with sea urchin, sea asparagus and shaved pork skin. For entrées, couples can select between the Grilled Dover Sole with charred pear onion and pickled mushroom, or the Pan Seared Venison Loin with carrot purée, baby artichoke, purple potato chip and chocolate sauce.
Occidental Grill & Seafood -1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. (202) 783-1475. $95 four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Choices include first courses like Jamison Farms lamb belly with crushed sunchokes and passionfruit gel; a second “By the Sea” course with options like roasted black bass served with white eggplant, beet foam, and preserved lemon; and a third “From the Land” course including grilled filet with lobster sweet potato hash and foie gras truffle sauce. Cap it off with indulgent desserts like red velvet cake with maraschino syrup and white chocolate ice cream, espresso chocolate torte with chocolate streusel, or a gourmet cheese board.
Oval Room - 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 202) 463-8700. Three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings. The menu features dishes such as Oysters and Caviar with 38° North oysters, sturgeon caviar and Champagne sabayon; Oxtail Ravioli with foie gras purée, celery root, enoki mushroom and five spice bone broth; Pan Seared Branzino with poached mussels, roasted sunchokes, baby leeks, piquillo peppers and yuzu nage; Butter Poached Lobster with “crispy tete de cochon,” heirloom baby carrots and a coriander vinaigrette, as well as Braised Lamb Shank with white bean purée, root vegetable ragu and vadouvan gremolata.
Rasika - 633 D Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 637-1222. Four-course, prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Menu begins with an amuse bouche followed by a choice of First Course, Second Course, Entrée and Dessert. Standout dishes include Truffle Shammi Kebab with lamb, lentils and truffle oil; Tandoor Scallops with honey, chili flakes and mustard chutney; Duck Narangi, duck breast with cashew nuts and orange, as well as the Lobster Adraki, lobster tail with ginger and caramelized onions. For dessert, couples will enjoy a sweet dessert sampler of White Chocolate Rasmalai, Basil Kulfi, Rose Lavender Kheer and Mango Halwa.
Rasika West End - 1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. (202) 466-2500. Four-course Valentine’s Day menu with wine pairings. Begin with an amuse bouche of Quinoa Chaat, Chili Chocolate Samosa and Badami Shorba followed by a choice of First Course, Second Course, Entrée and Dessert. Flavorful dishes include Beetroot Pumpkin Tikki with ginger, green chili and cilantro chutney; Tandoori Lasooni Shrimp with black garlic, hung yogurt and mint chutney; Black Cod with fresh dill, honey, cheddar and star anise, as well as Lamb Chop Salli, grilled lamb chops with apricots and straw potatoes.
A dessert sampler with White Chocolate Rasmalai, Basil Kulfi, Rose Lavender Kheer and Mango Halwa will also be included.
Ripple at Cleveland Park - 3417 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, D.C. (202) 244-7995. To begin your night, choose between oysters served with sea bean mignonette, roe, or urchin, beet salad with yogurt, curry, fennel and gooseberry, or king crab paired with caviar, truffle, cauliflower and brioche. Main courses include aged pheasant for two with a five grain risotto, squash, and hazelnut), the Wagyu culotte steak with salsify, leek, and a touch of pomegranate, or savory Spanish turbot with brown butter, sunchoke and a finish of coffee.
Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center - 2700 F Street NW Washington, D.C. (202) 416-8555. Four course prix fixe dinner. Guests can expect a glass of Veuve Rose and a special amuse-bouche to start their evening. Guests can then choose an appetizer, entrée, and dessert from the main dinner menu. For dessert, a “Chocolate Romance” made with rich chocolate cake, strawberry cremeux, pistachio anglaise and champagne pâte de fruit.
Spirit of Washington - Valentine's Dinner Cruises. Wine and dine your valentine and enjoy a deluxe buffet, live entertainment and beautiful views of the Potomac River.
Station Kitchen & Cocktails - Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 265-1600. Three-course pre-fix menu. Start with a choice of appetizer from selections including Margherita Pizza, Tomato Bruschetta and a Blended Greens salad. Gourmet entrees include Mediterranean Seafood Pasta with scallops, shrimp and crabmeat; Chicken Cassoulet with Cannellini beans, lamb sausage and baby kale; Gnocchi Pomodoro; and New York Strip Loin with fingerling potatoes. For a sweet finish, dessert selections include Tiramisu, Crème Brule and Fruit Panna Cotta.
For more ideas for romance in the nation's capital, see Valentine's Day in Washington, D.C.