Love is in the air, and often the way to a (wo)man’s heart is through the stomach. If you’re looking to make your Valentine’s day, the DMV region is teeming with tempting dining options: flights of caviar, creative cocktails, decadent desserts. We also have a variety of venues (because ambience is paramount)! DMV restaurant choices include sleek city settings, picturesque countryside locales, and waterfront backdrops.
Check out these eight great places to celebrate! Many restaurants will have prix fixe (several courses served for one fixed price), and all recommend making reservations early.
2 E. Washington St.
The Red Fox Inn is a perfect destination restaurant to celebrate your love. Established in 1728, the historic romance of the tavern, combined with thoughtful seasonal culinary selections make for an unforgettable dining experience. Offered on February 13, 14, and 15, enjoy their Five Course Game & Seafood with optional wine pairings. Champagne pairings and Caviar Flights are also available.
311 William Street
A favorite in Fredericksburg, the Valentine’s Day menu at La Petite Auberge begins with an Amuse Bouche (an appetizer with a literal translation of “it amuses the mouth”) of Risotto Fritter with Saffron Aioli and ends with a selection of desserts that all sound delectable. In between you’ll get two more courses plus an entree. C’est délicieux!
7101 Brookville Rd
Chevy Chase, MD
Treat “ton amour” to fine French Cuisine in an elegant country farmhouse located in the heart of the Chevy Chase villages. Their Valentine’s Day menu features seafood (including a “Cassolette of Snails,” of course!), beef, lamb, and more. And perhaps the pièce de résistance: L’assiette des Amoureux (an assortment of bite-sized desserts), served with a glass of house champagne.
City Experiences by Hornblower
580 Water Street SW
Experience D.C.’s most stunning views while dining and dancing with your Valentine. This three-hour dinner cruise on the Potomac River features a premier plated dinner menu with options to upgrade your package to Silver, Gold or Platinum (a bottle of champagne, half-dozen roses, logoed flutes, and a guaranteed window seat).
581 Himes Avenue
The main level of Dutch’s Daughter’s has five refined dining rooms, each with a fireplace. But don’t be afraid of Dutch’s Dungeon, where you find a full bar with signature cocktails in a medieval decor setting (food is also available in the Dungeon).
L’Auberge Chez Francois
Valentine’s Day Musical Celebration Experience
332 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA
“Amour is in the Air” — and so is live music — at L’Auberge Chez François this Valentine’s Day. Considered one of OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, and County Living and Good Housekeeping’s most romantic restaurant in the state of Virginia, Chef Jacques and his team will prepare a seven-course Musical Celebration Experience Menu. Favorites will include Lobster Martini with Osetra Caviar, Classic Chateaubriand for two, delectable Beef Wellington, sumptuous Le Homard du Maine (Maine lobster, jumbo lump crabmeat), and more. Romantic Guitar Extraordinaire Jarrett Laskey will be strolling throughout the five beautiful dining rooms performing for guests. If you’d like to continue your romance at home, choose an optional bottle of chilled Cremant d’Alsace Rose, and half a pound of Chef Pascal’s beautifully boxed delectable Chocolate Truffles infused with Grand Marnier.
1401 Okie Street NE
This modern American restaurant showcases the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in its seasonal cooking and sourcing. The Conservatory at Ivy City, its rooftop bar and lounge, offers cocktails and light bites or a full dinner. Valentine’s Day at Gravitas includes a four-course dinner from Chef Matt Baker, with optional wine pairings from Sommelier Angelo Perez. Champagne and Caviar Supplemental Course available as add-ons.
7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Start your evening with a Love in Bloom Valentine’s Cocktail at Morton’s: a blend of Tito’s vodka, cointreau, hibiscus, and Prosecco. Follow up with the three-course Valentine’s Day menu featuring an amazing Chateaubriand Cut (with optional twin lobster tails or jumbo lump crab cakes) as the entree. Choose Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Sundae for Two to top off this fabulous feast. Don’t forget Morton’s downtown DC, Arlington, and Reston locations!