Dine out in the DMV this Valentine’s Day

Looking for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Be it with loved ones, friends or your own lonely hearts club, let metropolitan Washington hotels and restaurants make it a special occasion to remember.

Café du Parc
The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Perfect for those dreaming of spending Valentine’s Day in Paris, Café du Parc is serving up French classics with a modern twist. The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu, priced at $72, features three tantalizing courses followed by a decadent dessert. Can’t celebrate on the actual day? Café Du Parc will offer its special menu from Saturday, February 11, through Tuesday, February 14. Diners will have the choice of seared scallops on red beet mousseline and watercress coulis or a savory Maine lobster mango and avocado timbale with citrus cilantro vinaigrette to start. Next, guests will choose from compressed watermelon with farm-fresh goat cheese and winter greens or crimson lentils in cumin coconut broth with smoked salmon quenelle. 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. Visit them online or call 202-942-7000 for reservations.

Café Dupont
1500 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Get ready to indulge in a magical night of fine dining at one of Dupont’s trendiest restaurants, Café Dupont. Enjoy their prix fixe menu for $60 as well as a three course wine pairing for $30 on February 10, 11, 14, 17, or 18. Their 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. Also offered is the wild mushroom and foie gras terrine with dried fruit chutney and toasted brioche, or the black truffle and goat cheese terrine with shaved black truffle and honey. Next comes a choice between Café Dupont’s decadent 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. Visit them online or call 202-797-0169 for reservations.

City Tap Penn Quarter
901 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
City Tap Penn Quarter is ‘swiping left’ on Valentine’s Day, offering a “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. The “Cupid is Stupid” items will be available a la carte starting at 5pm on Valentine’s Day. For a beer pairing, try one of the many dark or tart choices City Tap Penn Quarter will be spotlighting like Founder’s Fruitwood or Lizard of Koz. Visit them online or call 202-644-9433 for reservations.

Del Frisco’s Grille
1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Del Frisco’s Grille wants guests to spend Valentine’s weekend with their true loves … steak, lobster, chocolate. Start your night of 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. Visit them onlineor call 202-450-4686 for reservations.

Hyatt Place Washington, DC/National Mall
400 E Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
Plan a romantic trip or staycation to Hyatt Place Washington, DC/ National Mall. The hotel is offering a Valentines’ Day Romance package valid from February 11 until February 18. Book between those dates and receive a special daily rate of $239, which includes an in-room romantic dinner for two. The menu for the evening is a Surf & Turf (crab cake and steak) dinner, a bottle of bubbly, and chocolate covered strawberries to end the night. Visit them online or call 202-803-6110 to book.

Occidental Grill & Seafood
1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Reservations for romance are available at Occidental Grill & Seafood, with a $95 four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Executive Chef Rodney Scruggs pulls out all the stops with a menu that showcases luxury ingredients and timeless flavors. 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 filetwith 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. An optional Valentine’s wine pairing is available for $40 per person to complete a romantic dinner on Pennsylvania Avenue. Visit them online or call 202-783-1475 for reservations.

Ripple at Cleveland Park
3417 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Looking to try some local, organic, and delicious plates for your date night? Then you will love what Ripple has to offer this Valentine’s Day. For one night only, treat yourself to the fresh tastes of their $90 per person prix fixe menu. 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 ($20 supplement). Next comes an offering of either mortadella tortellini with Iberico ham, parmesan, and truffle, or hen egg tortellini with preserved asparagus, potato, and cured yolk. The star of the show is your choice between an equally delicious aged pheasant for two with a five grain risotto, squash, and hazelnut ($20 supplement), 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. To accommodate your sweet tooth, a variety of desserts will be offered including chocolate mousse with banana, hazelnut and vanilla, citrus ambrosia with tapioca, sherbet, meringue, and mango, and delightfully creamy Kunik cheese with black walnut, Asian pear and sourdough. Visit them online or call 202-244-7995 for reservations.

Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20566
Roof Terrace Restaurant is partnering with Veuve Clicquot to bring diners an exciting four course prix fixe dinner for $80. 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 the special occasion, Roof Terrace Restaurant is featuring a “Chocolate Romance” dessert made with rich chocolate cake, strawberry cremeux, pistachio anglaise and champagne pâte de fruit. Visit them online or call 202-416-8555 for reservations.

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro
11750 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, V.A. 20191
Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro is featuring a delightful $50 tasting menu with a wine pairing for you and your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. The meal begins with an offering of a savory baby red Russian kale salad with burrata cheese, crispy crumbs, and a finish of lemon. Next on the menu is a fresh house-cured Wester Ross organic salmon served with pickled onion, quail egg, creole mustard butter, and bitter greens. Then, prepare yourself for the perfectly cooked grilled rack of lamb with Jacob’s cattle beans, stone ground white grits, rosemary reduction and charred turnips. Finish on a sweeter note with a light but rich layered dessert of pomegranate mousse and dark chocolate ganache topped with hibiscus, pomegranate reduction and fresh pomegranate seeds. Visit them online or call 703-234-3550 for reservations.