Are you looking to enjoy a romantic meal in Washington, DC 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. All fixed prices do not include tax and gratuity. Details are subject to change, please confirm pricing with the restaurant.
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC. (202) 393-0701. Three-course tasting menu $85, including Tuna Tartare with coconut-lime broth and avocado; Kumomoto Oyster Crudo with passion fruit brown butter vinaigrette; Maple Cured Foie Gras with BBQ lentils and honey peanuts; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with beef-chili, garlic, and parsley; Roasted Pheasant with sweet potato polenta, cipollini onions and bacon, as well as Sake-Miso Glazed Salmon with water chestnut, baby bok choy and soy oil. For dessert choose from Chocolate Cherry Dome, Passion Fruit Vacherin, and Champagne Cassis Terrine. Specials also available February 15-16, 2013.
2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA (703) 270-1500. Two special menus are available on Valentine’s Day including a 3-course Prix Fixe for $75 per person and a 3-course vegetarian Prix Fixe for $48 per person. Menu highlights include Wild Scottish Pheasant Ballotine, Pan Seared Foie Gras, Beef Duo, Mushroom Veloute, and a sharable Exotic Dessert includes Warm Chocolate-Passion Fruit Chiboust, and a Mango-Vanilla Frozen Parfait.
Adour in The St. Regis
923 16th St NW, Washington, DC (202) 509-8000. Three courses, $110, four courses, $130,
$15 fresh black truffle supplement on any dish. A Casarecce pasta appetizer is accompanied by crispy sweetbreads and wild mushrooms, and for a main course, the slowly baked Maine lobster garnished with salsify meunière and a tomato/basil sauce. Celebrate Valentines Day with a chocolate heart dessert.
1527 17th Street, NW, Washington DC. (202) 332-6767. Enjoy authentic Turkish and Greek cuisine this Valentine’s Day. Select dishes off the a la carte menu or enjoy a four-course, prix fixe offering priced at $55 per person. The menu begins with Seared Scallops with white truffle polenta and wild mushrooms followed by Poached Maine Lobster Salad with avocado, and baby Mache and orange blossom vinaigrette. Next guests can choose from Grilled Petite Filet with asparagus and pomegranate reduction, or the Pan Seared Turbot with Jerusalem artichokes, capers, tomato, scallion and olive oil. For dessert, lovers can choose from a Chocolate Fondant Cake served with vanilla ice cream, or the Kadayif with vanilla milk pudding topped with orange blossom honey and pistachios.
523 8th Street, SE, Washington DC. A three-course, prix fixe menu, at $35 per person, showcasing dishes from the Balkan Peninsula prepared with a modern twist this Valentine’s Day. Standout dishes include Roasted Squash Salad with mixed greens, panko-crusted mozzarella, crispy bacon and pomegranate dressing; Cheese Pie with phyllo, cucumber yogurt and red pepper spread; Roasted Mushroom Crepe with red pepper emulsion, béchamel and gouda; Slow Cooked Veal Stew with kajmak and sautéed onions and carrots, as well as Sesame Crusted Atlantic Salmon with spicy eggplant jam, sesame crust and horseradish sauce. A credit card is required to reserve a reservation for Valentine’s Day, and guests can cancel up to 72-hours in advance to avoid a $20 per person cancellation fee.
3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC (202) 244-6750. four-course prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person. Standout dishes not to be missed include Baby Red & Golden Beets with shaved candy cane beets, mint, smoked red onion and pistachio goat cheese; Rock Shrimp Risotto with lobster emulsion and sea beans; Salt Cured Foie Gras with fig mustard and toasted brioche; Pan Roast Duck Breast with rye spaetzle, cider braised cabbage with quince and walnuts, as well as Duo of Beef: Barrel Cut Ribeye with smoked potato mousseline and royal trumpets paired with Wagyu Beef Brisket with horseradish potato salad and “borscht”. Valet parking is available after 6 p.m. for $8.
1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA (703) 519-3776. For Valentines Day, enjoy a four-course $98 menu ($135 with wine pairings). The menu will also be available throughout the weekend along with Bastille’s standard menu. Only the prix fixe will be served on February 14th. The meal includes choices such as Chestnut veloute, crispy lardons, roasted chestnut and sage. Add seared Foie gras (Sup. $16) or choose White asparagus, black truffle coulis, 60-degre egg, brioche, mache and Champagne vinaigrette to start; followed by a second course selection of oven-roasted langoustines, shellfish reduction, caramelized salsify and oyster mushrooms or Filet of Daurade, blood orange & olive oil emulsion and fennel & piquillo compote with olives and almonds; third course of breast of White pheasant “a l’orange” with citrus braised endive, glazed turnips and shallots or rack of lamb “persillade” with bordelaise sauce, winter root gratin, Brussels sprouts and royal trumpet mushrooms; an optional cheese course of goat cheese Bavarois, glazed baby beets, Hazelnut sable, and petite frisee salad with citrus vinaigrette ($15 supp.); and for dessert, a tasting plate and bittersweet chocolate truffles.
1100 New York Ave, NW, Washington DC. A four-course, prix fixe “San Valentino” menu includes a choice of antipasti, primi, secondi and dessert tasting for two for $85 per person. The menu includes standouts such as Carciofi Artichoke Soup with crispy artichokes and poached Rappahannock River Oysters; Uovo, 45-minute hen egg with mushroom puree and wild mushrooms; Papardelle with duck ragu and parmigiano; Carnaroli Risotto with white chocolate, crispy sweetbread and chicory; Guancie di Vitello, braised veal cheeks with white polenta and roasted parsnips, as well as Branzino Poached Mediterranean Sea Bass with fennel, blood orange, and dill. A dessert tasting is designed to share and includes Tiramisu Gelato, Moscato D’Asti Sorbetto and Gorgonzola Dolce Artigianale with dried pears, honey, black walnuts and bread.
1394 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA. A la carte menu with Valentine’s Day specials bring the authentic flavors of traditional French cuisine to downtown McLean. Main dishes include Fillet of St Pierre with artichokes, cherry tomatoes, and black olives; Saffron-Butter Poached Lobster aux Potato Gratin with Wet Aged Hanger Steak aux Leeks Etouffee et Béarnaise, as well as Local Quail stuffed with foie gras et forest mushrooms, cauliflower gratin and blackberries-chocolate sauce. Decadent desserts include Tarte Tatin with Spring Valley Farm apples; Lover’s Chocolate Cake and an assortment of seasonal Dolcezza gelato. Prices range from $16 to $29 for appetizers, $26 to $32 for entrées and $12 for desserts.
Blue Duck Tavern
Park Hyatt Washington, 24 and M Streets, NW. Washington DC. (202) 419-6755. Four-course, prix fixe menu, $75 per person. The menu begins with Seared Foie Gras served with warm carrot cake, candied walnuts, and carrot juice reduction. Next, enjoy the Poached Lobster Open Ravioli with black trumpet mushrooms, leeks, celery leaves, and Coral Farm butter. For the main course, the Wood Oven Fired Dry-Aged Ribeye with crispy potatoes and glazed cippolini onions is a satisfying choice. Indulge in a decadent Chocolate Ganache Hazelnut Cake with Griottines cherries and cocoa sorbet. Regular a la carte menu also available.
The Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC. (202) 659-3727. A five-course, prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu. $85 per person. Appetizer standouts include Kokum Scallop with coconut and ginger; Venison Chop with yogurt, chili and garam masala, as well as Makki Badam Ki Seekh with roasted corn, almond and garlic chutney. Entrées not to be missed include Anjeeri Duck with onion, yogurt, fig, and cashew; Goat Ka Rarra with onion, tomato, coriander, and fennel; Meen Gassi with rockfish, coriander, chili, onion and coconut, as well as Shatavri Murg with chicken, asparagus, garlic, yogurt, and mace. A selection of decadent desserts including Raspberry Chocolate Cake and Honey Ginger Ice Cream complete the meal. Valet parking is available for $8.
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (202) 626-0015. Experience the soulful spirit of the bayou right thru Valentine’s Day, with the continuation of Chef Richard’s French Quarter menu with optional beer/wine pairing, cocktails to make you swoon, oyster selections & traditional bistro fare.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
801A 9th Street, NW Washington DC. (202) 408-1600. For Valentines Day, couples will receive six piqueos designed for sharing as well as their own individual entrée and duo of desserts for $84 per couple. Standout dishes include Ceviche de Hamachi: sliced yellowtail with heirloom tomato salad Thai basil vinaigrette; Pancita de Purcco: honey-soy glazed Berkshire pork belly pinchos with vigorón slaw and chicharrones; Bunuelos de Espinaca: spinach and Manchego cheese puffs with goat cheese-ranch sauce and organic olive oil, as well as Suntanned North Atlantic Salmon with honey-mango glaze, ginat yucca couscous, green squash, wilted greens and a star anise tomato sauce. For dessert, lovers can enjoy Tocino del Cielo: a traditional Cuban flan with citrus salad, and the Tres Leches de Caramelo: vanilla sponge cake soaked in three-dulce de leche flavored milks with mocha mousse.
3435 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington DC. Four course plus treats Menu di San Valentino for $59 per person. Your meal begins with a tomato soup made with our house summer tomato essence, followed by 3 courses giving you choices of meat, fish and veggie dishes. Highlights of the menu include a Gratin of Potato with Sbronzo and Ragusano cheeses plus wild mushrooms, Local Oysters "Tomales Bay Style" (2 w/garlic butter & 2 w/"BBQ" sauce,) Nantucket Bay Scallops on Fettuccine with cream & leek, Venison Steak with salsa verde, and Gelato Affogato Cioccolato (vanilla gelato drowned in hot chocolate) February 15-17: Valentine's Weekend "Sharable" Tasting Menu for Two, $99.
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