El Centro - 1819 14th Street, NW, and 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,Washington DC. Three-course Valentines Day menu for $45 per couple. Appetizers include Crispy Oysters with masa breading, truffle-avocado puree, napa and chili oil; Charred Asparagus Salad with frisee, Serrano ham, roasted red pepper and a chili lime-Champagne vinaigrette, or the Nopal Empanada with cactus, roasted corn, Oaxaca and scallions. Next, guests can choose their entrée with standouts such as Carnitas, slow-roasted pork shoulder, pickled onion, charro beans, Mexican rice and habanero salsa; Roasted Vegetable Cazuela with roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnip, Brussels sprouts, celeriac puree and mole rojo; Carne Asada, marinated hanger steak, corn tamal, rajas and salsa morita, as well as Seared Peanut Crusted Tuna Loin with mole negro, crispy yucca, mojo and kale. For delicious, lovebirds can choose the Banana Empanada with walnuts, Mexican chocolate, chipotle cajeta, cinnamon sugar dusting and vanilla ice cream, or the Passion Fruit Tart with chocolate shell, passion fruit curd and meringue. Valentine’s Day menu will be available a la carte on February 15th and 16th.
Firefly - 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC (202) 861-1310. Valentine’s Day Specials include a Pan-Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with a brioche huckleberry french toast, verjus gastrique ($19) Butter Poached Oysters with melted leeks, yukon gold potatoes, salmon roe caviar, tarragon emulsion ($17) and Roasted Lamb Loin with a horseradish parsnip gratin, braised cippolini onions, cabernet reduction ($42). Those craving dessert can enjoy a Baked Alaska Flambé ($14) or a specialty cocktail from Jon Harris, including the Wilted Bouquet Cocktail.
The Grille at Morrison House - 116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA (703) 838-8000. Six-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu, $95 per person with the option of beverage pairing for $45. Dishes including Terrine of Foie Gras with passion fruit, pumpkin bread, sauternes gelee and gold leaf, Black Buck Antelope Carpaccio with black winter truffle, smoked red chiogga beets and endive and Pan Seared Langoustine with Carolina gold rice grits, butternut squash, leeks and country ham broth.
Jackson 20 - 480 King St, Alexandria, VA (703) 842-2790. For Valentine’s Day, enjoy a bitter menu with dishes such as Crispy Pickle Brined Quail, Carolina gold rice and sorghum ($14) Coffee BBQ Smoked Brisket with warm potato salad, raddichio and white bread ($25) and Bitter Chocolate Lemon Meringue Pie ($9.)
Jaleo - 480 7th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 628-7949; 7271 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD (301) 913-0003 and 2250-A Crystal Dr. Crystal City, VA (703) 413-8181. Valentine’s Day inspired menu of Spanish tapas. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, specials include Esferas de Sangria de Cava y Rosas, sperified white sangria and rose petals; Ostras con Cava, Rappahannock Oysters with solid cava; Espuma de Patata con Pato Confitado y Caviar, potato foam with duck confit and caviar; Morcilla de Arroz con Piquillos Confitados, traditional fried blood sausage with rice and piquillo pepper confit, as well as Presa Ibérica de Bellota Cruda con Praline y Cebolla Confitada, acorn pork “presa” carpaccio with lemon dressing and pine nut praline. Prices range from $3 to $18 each. For the perfect ending, a romantically themed dessert: Sopa de Frutas Rojas con Helado de Queso, wild red berry soup with cheese ice cream.
The Mansion on O Street – 2020 O Street N.W., Washington, DC. Valentine's Day Dinner & Treasure Hunt, $69 per person. Online reservations required. Three course meal, chocolate fountain, spectacular dessert buffet and love treasure hunt throughout the Mansion. Dinner guests are invited to explore over 100 rooms, 70 secret doors, 14 kitchens and 2 wine cellars after their meal.
Marcel's - 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Washington, DC (202)296-1166. Five-course prix-fixe menu, $150 per person. First Course: Rappahannock Oyster with Crème Fraiche and Caviar, Second Course: Maine Lobster Tagliatelle, Cognac Lobster Essence or Braised Veal Cheek, Creamy polenta, Wild Mushrooms, Third Course: Cauliflower Soup with Bay Scallops and Red pepper Coulis, Main course: Martin Angus Filet Mignon Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Caramelized Onions, Roquefort Port Reduction or Filet of Turbot, Butternut Squash Puree, Beet Hearts, Vermouth thyme Cream, Dessert: Valrhona Chocolate Mousse, Spicy Maya Cremeaux, Strawberry Coulis or Raspberry Vacherin, Vanilla Gelato, Raspberry Thyme Coulis Friandise.
Masa 14 - 1825 14th Street, NW. Washington DC. (202) 328-1414 The menu features colorful Latin-Asian cuisine including three dinner plates, dessert for $55 per person or opt for dishes off the restaurant’s premium menu for $75 per person. Featured dishes include Winter Vegetable Chirashi with butternut squash, bok choy kimchi, shiso and shredded omelette; Lemongrass Shrimp Flatbread with Oaxaca cheese, pineapple sambal, jicama and toasted peanut oil; Spicy Lobster Temaki with cucumber, avocado, sriracha, yuzu marmalade and masago rice cracker; Heirloom Pumpkin Soup with lobster, achiote butter, coconut milk and pepitas, as well as Ancho Rubbed Beef Brisket with Oaxaca cheese potato puree, spinach and achiote truffle sauce. For dessert, guests can choose from Chocolate Terrine Masa 14 with triple-layered deep chocolate brownie cake with dark, milk and white chocolate and black plum sauce; Winter Citrus Tart with grapefruit custard, Champagne sorbet and caramel tuile, or the Coconut Panna Coconut with lime gelee and sweet ginger-corn anglaise. The Valentine’s Day menu will be available a la carte on February 15th and 16th.
nopa Kitchen + Bar - 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 347-4667. Three-course, prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day including an appetizer, entrée and dessert, $85 per person. The menu offers a selection of appetizing dishes prepared by Executive Chef Greg McCarty including starters such as Chicken Liver Toast with pecans and chives; Steak Tartar with Harissa mustard and parmesan toast, or the Parsnip Soup with hazelnuts and Muscat grapes. The main course selection offers something to please everyone including Butter Poached Lobster with mascarpone risotto, chestnuts and saffron; Roasted Duck with smoked maple syrup, grilled scallion and apple salad and soba crepes; Chilean Sea Bass with wasabi caramel and Japanese eggplant, as well as Soy Glazed Short Ribs with porcini puree, walnuts and sesame. For the perfect ending, guests will receive a trio of chocolate desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Jemil Gadea, which showcases Chocolate Pave with malted milk meringue; Chocolate Raspberry Parfait with cocoa nib nougatine, and a Walnut Gianduja Breton with mocha mousse. Valet parking is $10 per car.
Occidental Grill - 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC (202) 783-1475. Four-course menu, $85 per person, $125 with wine pairing, including Butter Poached Maine Lobster with soubise of fennel and artichoke, with a hint of vanilla and chervil; Grilled "American Style Kobe" New York Strip with potato mousseline, grilled king oyster mushrooms and black truffle jus; followed by a decadent Mealable Chocolate Ganache with milk chocolate chip, dark chocolate powder, sweet cream and a taste of passion fruit.
Odyssey Cruise - Enjoy the romance of a dinner/brunch cruise along the Potomac River with Odyssey this Valentine's Day and see spectacular views of Washington DC's monuments. From Washington, DC February 14-15, 2014. Includes fine dining, glass of champagne, live entertainment and dancing. Prices: Dinner: $139.90 on Friday, $129.90 on Saturday. Saturday Brunch Cruise $63.90.
Oval Room - 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC (202) 463-8700. Three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $85 per person or $130 with wine pairings. Valentine’s Day tasting menu of Chilled Maine Sea Scallops with rose gelee, beet granite and sorrel; Sweet Shrimp with roasted garlic butter, herbs and lime; Roasted Japanese Snapper with beech mushrooms, salsify and broth of bonito; Red Beet Agnolotti with spiced wine syrup, brown butter and black truffle; Ember Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop with passion potatoes and char siu glazed; Crispy Chatham Cod with fennel-pistachio, salad or clams, ginger and herbs, as well as Prime Beef with roasted carrots, crispy vegetable roll and black pepper jus. For dessert, the Milk Chocolate Trifle with raspberry white chocolate torte, raspberry ice cream and pistachio crunch is just one of the many options from which to choose.
Oyamel - 401 7th St. NW Washington DC. (202) 628-1005. Select one plate off the little bites menu, one antojitos frios, one antojitos calientes, one taco, one entrée and a dessert for sharing for $130 (excluding tax and gratuity) per couple. Highlights on this tempting menu include Bocolones de Higado de Pato, gorditas stuffed with foie gras torchon; Ensalada Noche Buena, traditional salad of beets, Jamaica celery and orange D’Aristi dressing; Camarones con Chile Seco, seared whole prawns with salsa Mexicana, salsa with ancho and mulato chiles and dried shrimp; Taco de Pulpo, braised baby octopus with sofrito and pomegranate pico de gallo, as well as Chamorro de Puerco en Cochinita, Shenandoah Valley pork shank braised with achiote and Mexican sour orange.
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace - 1612 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC (202) 986-8778. For Valentines day, special entrées and a dessert to complement the regular a la carte menu, including Sea scallops with wild mushroom risotto, sunchoke froth, and black truffle ($16), Prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, double stuffed fingerling potatoes with beef jus ($32) Red wine chocolate and goat cheese mousse cake ($9).
Plume at The Jefferson, DC - 1200 16th Street, NW Washington DC. (202) 448-2300 A 6-course Valentine’s Day menu, $145. Dishes include and amuse of Potato and Caviar “Napoleon” with Yukon Gold Potato, Osetra Caviar, Crème Fraiche, and Chives; a Rosette of Ahi Tuna Carpaccio with Micro Arugula, Shaved Parmesan, and Smoked Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Slow-Cooked Duck Egg, Chestnut, and Sauce Albuefera Aged Sherry Vinegar;Seared Diver Sea Scallop “Caponata” with Eggplant, Roasted Peppers, Golden Raisins, and Lobster Essence, a Filet of Prime Local Beef with Baby Artichoke Hearts, Tomato Confit, and Truffle Madeira Jus; and the Heat of Saint Valentine dessert with Cherry Compote, Tahitian Vanilla Mousse, and Rose Water Emulsion.
Policy - 1904 14th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 387-7654. Four courses $45 per person, Beverage Pairing with each course an additional $35 per person. Menu available February 13 and 14, 2014. Charbroiled Oyster, choice of Strawberry Salad or French Onion Soup, choice of Butter Poached Lobster & Pan Seared Scallop, Grilled Filet Mignon - Roasted Asparagus, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Red Wine Reduction or Wild Mushroom Ravioli, dessert Chocolate Love Boat, Zeppoles or Crème Brulee.
Poste Moderne Brasserie - 555 8th St NW, Washington, DC (202) 783-6060. Four-course Valentine’s Day menu for $85. With menu items such as Foie Gras with burnt marshmallow, spiced molasses, sauternes soaked citrus segments, beef braised carrots, watercress and melba toast and Cote de Boeuf for Two roasted marrow bone, creamed spinach gratin, potatoes dauphinoise, sauce bordelaise.