February 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, which are sure to impress you and your sweetheart. There are even local holiday cruises with lovely views of the U.S. capital's skyline, live music, and champagne toasts.
In 2021, cruises are not operating and restaurants may be temporarily closed or operating at a limited capacity.
Rasika West End and Rasika Penn Quarter
In 2021, Rasika's Valentine's Day menu is only available for pick-up and delivery and must be ordered online ahead of time. Expect a three-course modern Indian Valentine's Day dinner for $65 per person with vegetarian choices like asparagus dosa and more. Meanwhile, meat-eaters can choose from items like honey ginger scallops to dum ka lobster. Dessert options are sure to delight your delight with the strawberry Marscapone dome and the orange cardamom truffle on the menu.
Lovebirds may enjoy a prix-fixe four-course dinner from the rooftop lounge and bar of Gravitas, a modern American restaurant focusing on seasonal and regional cooking. The 2021 menu will be offered for pick-up or delivery for $130 for two people, as well as in-house for $125 per person. If you order the to-go menu as a date night package for $200, you'll also get to try the featured cocktail and wine pairings.
Italian restaurant Modena, which focuses on seasonal and local foods, is offering a four-course Valentine's dinner from February 12 to 14, 2021, for $85 per person. The first course features tasty options like burrata and foie gras mousse, and guests can dig into entrees like pan-seared venison or acquerello risotto. To finish the meal, try the spherical chocolate or maple-bourbon budino for dessert.
Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades
From February 12 to 14, 2021, Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades is serving a four-course authentic Italian feast priced at $89 per person. Dinner starts with salmon tartar and ends with an 18-ounce ribeye stake followed by chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet. You can also treat your date to some imported Italian products in the market, from fresh-baked bread to olive oils, jam, and more.
Blue Duck Tavern
Inside the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C., the award-winning Michelin restaurant Blue Duck Tavern will have a special fixed-price menu for Valentine's Day 2021, featuring a three-course meal that starts at $135 per person. The feast will showcase standout dishes such as wood-roasted lobster with rice porridge and heirloom carrots, and slow-roasted beef tenderloin. For dessert, try some pistachio-cardamom ganache or Sicilian olive oil cake.
The Salt Line
On Valentine's Day 2021, the Salt Line is offering a seafood lovers dinner for two to-go, plus specials throughout the holiday weekend. Available for pick-up on February 14 from 4 to 9 p.m., the menu includes a crayfish bisque, stuffed lobster, and a chocolate tart. On February 13, the restaurant will also be offering a virtual oyster shucking class if you're looking to surprise your sweetheart with something truly unconventional.
Iron Gate, housed in a former private mansion, is a charming place to spend with your Valentine. In 2021, the restaurant is offering a three-course modern Mediterranean-influenced tasting menu for the holiday, which starts at $125 per person. Check the website for the latest menu updates.
The Bombay Club
Enjoy Valentine's Day with Indian cuisine at the Bombay Club, where a four-course, prix fixe menu costing $85 per person will be served on February 14, 2021. The dinner will feature vegetarian and non-vegetarian options—some of which are some spicy dishes—and for dessert, choices include a delicious chocolate raspberry mousse and a fig ginger treat, among others.
The Michelin-starred Bresca—with a focus on fresh ingredients and a mix between casual and fine dining—is having a special five-course Valentine's Day meal on February 14, 2021, starting at $124 per person. While the holiday meal isn't ideal for vegetarians, carnivores will enjoy the choices such as grilled lobster and short rib.
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 $60 per person.
Central Michel Richard
A French-influenced American bistro, Central Michel Richard will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu for $75 per person (choose from a variety of wines for an extra cost) from February 11 to 13, 2021. Begin with glazed scallops or beets carpaccio and enjoy an entree like pomegranate-glazed salmon or Cornish hen. End the evening on a sweet note with a heart-shaped dark chocolate celebration cake and tawny port.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Past diners on February 14 at Cuba Libre in Penn Quarter received a blindfold and chocolate truffles with their meal. An a la carte menu and Valentine's weekend specials are usually available during dinner. Holiday-inspired appetizers in the past have included 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 usually available for the Valentine's Day meal.
The Alex at the Graham Georgetown Hotel
In the past, a special three-course prix fixe dinner has been available on Valentine's Day in the Graham Georgetown Hotel's intimate Alex Cocktail Cellar & Speakeasy, a venue for those 21 and above. The menu usually 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.
Occidental Grill & Seafood
Occidental Grill & Seafood temporarily closed in 2021.
You can usually indulge in a special Valentine’s Day dinner at $95 per person. Choices in the past have include curried butternut squash, pan-seared yellowfin tuna, and air-dried Pennsylvania duck breast. The desserts ranged from passionfruit semifreddo to a chocolate sorbet with seasonal berries and more.
Kingbird temporarily closed in 2021.
Usually, Kingbird in The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., offers a prix-fixe meal for $139. It's typically four courses with vegetarian options available. Menu items in the past included eggplant caviar, saffron risotto, confit cauliflower, and prime filet, among others.
In 2021, Hornblower stopped offering cruise itineraries in Washington, D.C., temporarily.
For something with an extra touch of romance, you might enjoy a Spirit of Washington Valentine's Dinner Cruise. In the past, you could book a cruise from 7 to 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day that comes with a buffet and beautiful views of the Washington, D.C., skyline, music played by a DJ, a champagne toast, and a rose for each couple. There were also daytime options that offered the same perks for a lower price but without the champagne.