Valentine's Day Dining in Washington, DC

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It may be chilly in Washington, D.C., on Valentine's Day, but there are plenty of places to cozy up and have a romantic meal with your loved one. Various restaurants offer special meals and desserts to impress your sweetheart. There are even local holiday cruises with lovely views of the U.S. capital's skyline, live music, and champagne toasts. Make your reservations in advance to be sure to get a nice table. It is a good idea to confirm the details (which are subject to change) with the individual restaurant of your choice.

The Alex at the Graham Georgetown Hotel

A special three-course prix fixe dinner will be available for Valentine's Day on February 14 and 15, 2020, in the Graham Georgetown Hotel's intimate Alex Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, a venue for those 21 and above. The menu features appetizers like scallops tiradito and firecracker shrimp. The main courses are duck confit and steak frites, followed by chocolate dessert options. Reservations are required.

Blue Duck Tavern

Inside the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C., the award-winning Michelin restaurant Blue Duck Tavern will have a special 2020 meal from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Valentine's Day, featuring a three-course, fixed-price menu at $125 per person. The feast will showcase standout dishes such as wood-roasted lobster with forbidden black rice and heirloom carrot or handmade vegetable pot pie with burgundy black truffles. For dessert, try some wild bergamot and grapefruit or hazelnut espresso cake.

The Bombay Club

Enjoy a Valentine's Day with Indian cuisine at the Bombay Club in Washington, D.C. A four-course, prix fixe menu costing $85 per person will be served on February 14, 2020, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Guests will be able to hear live jazz played on the piano throughout the evening. The dinner features vegetarian and non-vegetarian options—some of which are some spicy dishes—and for dessert, choices include a delicious chocolate raspberry mousse and a rosewater pistachio treat, among others.

Bresca

The Michelin-starred Bresca—with a focus on fresh ingredients and a mix between casual and fine dining—is having a special six-course Valentine's Day meal February 14 through 16, 2020, for $145 per person (plus optional wine pairing for $70 each). While the holiday meal isn't ideal for vegetarians, carnivores will enjoy the choices such as Hokkaido scallops and beef tenderloin.

Café du Parc

Café du Parc, a contemporary French restaurant that makes use of fresh, locally-grown produce, serves a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day. At the casual eatery located inside the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in the capital, guests can enjoy the chef’s special holiday three-course menu at $75 per person or an a la carte menu.

Central Michel Richard

A French-influenced American bistro, Central Michel Richard offers a three-course, prix fixe menu for $75 per person (choose from a variety of wines for an extra cost) on February 14, 2020. Begin with a green goddess salad or ahi tuna carpaccio and enjoy an entree like seared halibut. End the evening on a sweet note with a heart-shaped dark chocolate celebration cake and tawny port.

City Perch Kitchen + Bar

Experience a holiday menu from February 14 to 16, 2020, priced at $90 per pair at City Perch Kitchen + Bar in North Bethesda, MD, about a 35-minute drive from Washington, D.C. Dishes include appetizers like crispy Brussels sprouts, and the main course options vary from filet mignon to herb-roasted chicken. You'll dig into one dessert such as a chocolate sweetheart cake or lemon icebox cake and enjoy a champagne toast with your love.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Spend a sexy Valentine’s Day with a Cuban twist in Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C. Those dining on February 14, 2020, will receive a blindfold and chocolate truffles. An a la carte menu and Valentine’s weekend specials will be available during dinner from February 14 to 16. Holiday-inspired appetizers include the mahimahi tiradito with coconut leche de tigre, infused cilantro oil, toasted sesame seeds, and herb and flowers salad. Two different entrees and chocolate desserts are available for the Valentine's Day meal. Reserve your spot online.

Gravitas

Lovebirds may enjoy a prix-fixe fondue dinner at the rooftop lounge and bar of Gravitas, a modern American restaurant focusing on seasonal and regional cooking. The $100 per person dinner includes caviar and two glasses of champagne. Another option for your 2020 Valentine's Day is to dine in the main restaurant with a prix-fixe meal starting at $98.

Iron Gate

Iron Gate, housed in a former private mansion, is a charming place to spend with your Valentine. On February 14, 2020, look for a five-course modern Mediterranean-influenced tasting menu costing $145 per person, with an option for a $95 wine pairing. Also, from February 1 through 13, the Forget-Me-Not family table menu is another option, providing three courses for $49 per person and the popular Jill’s conversation heart truffles for dessert.

Kingbird

From February 14 to 16, 2020, Kingbird in The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., offers a prix-fixe meal for $139 (price does not include drinks, tax, tip, or wine pairing). You'll enjoy appetizers and four-courses (vegetarian options available). No alterations can be made to this menu and diners select one course from each section. For starters, try some eggplant caviar. The first and main entree options include saffron risotto, confit cauliflower, and prime filet, among others.

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades is serving a four-course authentic Italian feast priced at $160 per couple (add a wine pairing for $25) on February 14 and 15, 2020. Dinner usually includes various small plates, antipasti, homemade charcuteries and pasta, bread, cheeses, and entrées like whole roasted fish and a selection of meats. You can treat your date to some imported Italian products in the market, from fresh-baked bread to olive oils, jam, and more. Make your reservation in advance and confirm menu details with the restaurant. The dress code is business casual.

Modena

Italian restaurant Modena, which focuses on seasonal and local foods, is offering a four-course Valentine's dinner in 2020 for $85 per person. The first course features tasty options like the puntarella roman salad and a citrus-cured salmon raviolo, and guests can dig into second courses from butter-poached lobster to a beet salad for the vegetarians. Try some gianduja mousse or a pear and lemon tart to finish the meal.

Occidental Grill & Seafood

Indulge in a special Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14 and 15, 2020, at $95 per person. Choices include curried butternut squash, pan-seared yellowfin tuna, and air-dried Pennsylvania duck breast. The desserts range from passionfruit semifreddo to a chocolate sorbet with seasonal berries, and more.

Oval Room

Oval Room is serving a three-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person on February 14, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. With wine pairings, the meal is available for $125 per person. The menu features dishes such as Maine lobster, black sea bass, and salted caramel custard. Reserve online or by calling.

Rasika West End and Rasika Penn Quarter

Expect a four-course modern Indian Valentine’s Day 2020 dinner menu for $85 per person—or $125 with wine pairings—at Rasika West End or Rasika in Penn Quarter. Dining is from 5 to 11 p.m. You'll have vegetarian choices like asparagus uttapam (red lentil pancakes and coconut chutney) and mushroom kofta dumplings. Meat-eaters can dine on everything from duck vindaloo to chicken pista korma flavored with cashews, pistachio, and cardamom. Desserts such as chocolate fig pudding and strawberry tiramisu are sure to delight you and your date. Make your reservation with the Rasika restaurant of your choice in advance. The dress code is smart casual, and while men's jackets are not required, the restaurants ask that no shorts, sandals, sleeveless shirts, baseball caps, athletic clothing, or torn clothing be worn.

The Salt Line

Go for seafood at Salt Line: Oysters will be half-priced on the evening of February 14, 2020, for guests who buy a bottle of champagne or wine at the bar. Two menus are available as well. For $50, a duo can delve into an oyster-tasting menu including two spiked oyster shooters, six raw oysters with special garnishes, and a plate of fried, baked, and grilled bites from the sea. Or try the seafood paella, which costs $60 for two. You'll receive prawns, half of a lobster tail, bay scallops, bomba rice, fennel, radishes, and additional sauces and garnishes. Reserve your table online.

Spirit of Washington

For something with an extra touch of romance, you might enjoy a Spirit of Washington Valentine's Dinner Cruise. On February 14, 2020, a cruise from 7 to 10 p.m. features a buffet menu, beautiful views of the Washington, D.C., skyline, music played by a DJ, a champagne toast, and a rose for each couple. There are also daytime Valentine's cruises on February 14 and 15 which include the same perks, minus the champagne.

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