633 D Street, NW, Washington DC. (202) 637-1222. A four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $85 per person, or $130 with wine pairings. Standout dishes include Honey Chili Ahi Tuna with chili flakes and bell peppers; Lobster Bezule with mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilies and lemon juice; Asparagus Cones with bell peppers, black pepper and chili balsamic; Chicken Pista Korma with pistachios, mace, cardamom, as well as Lamb Chop Kaliya with caramelized onions, rose petal, and fennel powder. For dessert, enjoy a sampler of Chocolate Malpua, Strawberry Rasmalai, Vanilla Coffee Kulfi and Rose Crème Brûlée. Valet parking is available for $8
Rasika West End
1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington DC. (202) 466-2500. A four-course menu priced at $85 per person, or $130 with wine pairings. Enjoy the flavorful dishes such as the Non-Vegetarian Sampler Tuna Papdi Chaat with mango, cumin, and date and tamarind chutney; Lobster Balchao with peri-peri masala, malt vinegar, and pao; Bell Pepper and Cheese Uttapam with rice lentil pancake, cheddar cheese, and tomato chutney; Lamb Chop Nihari with caramelized onions, ginger, and nutmeg, as well as the Rasika Thali with kela kofta, miloni subzi, paneer ananas korma, and dal makhani. For a sweet dessert ending, a dessert sampler with Fig Ganache, Rose Champagne Mousse, Apple Jalebi and Basil Ice Cream will also be available. Valet parking is available for $8 per car.
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC (202) 637-6100. Five-course tasting menu $135 per person, wine pairing for an additional $65 per person.
All the courses are meant to be shared. The menu displays the range of Asian-inspired cuisine from sushi to dumplings to Korean style seafood: “Valentine’s Day” Maki Rolls,
Dim Sum (From the heart), Rockfish & Calamari, Pastry Chef’s Prelude, Sake Pound Cake, Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Chocolate “Four” Play.
Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC. Special a la Carte menu including several items that will be served “to share.” Menu highlights include Baked Rappahannock River Oysters and Sautéed Nantucket Bay Scallops appetizers, and entrees ranging from Roasted Duck Breast to shared items such as Lobster Pot Pie and Whole Roasted Truffled Chicken. Desserts include Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Almond “Love” Joy Sundae and Chocolate Ganache Tart. Additionally, Sou’Wester will offer a Prix-Fixe three-course Menu, $100 for two, which includes Endive-Tangerine Salad, and a Duo of Shucked & Baked Rappahannock River Oysters to share, followed by a Whole Roasted Truffled Chicken for the entrée, and the Almond “Love” Joy Sunday for dessert.
Spirit of Washington
February 14-16, 2013. Valentine's Dinner Cruises. $99.90 per person. Wine and dine your valentine and enjoy a deluxe buffet, live entertainment and beautiful views of the Potomac River.
Tel’Veh Café & Wine Bar
401 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC. (202) 758-2929. Enjoy a three-course, prix fixe menu priced at $55 per person, and $80 with wine pairings. Menu highlights include Diver Scallops served over polenta with micro cress and basil pesto; Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates wrapped with pastourma and served over baby spinach; Chilean Sea Bass with roasted mild mushrooms, baby asparagus, cipollini onions and cherry demi; Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with root vegetable puree, Brussels sprouts and mint demi, as well as Filet Mignon served with potato gratin and bordelaise sauce. For dessert, a decadent dessert platter ideal for sharing will be available and includes Baklava, Chocolate Espresso Pot de Crème, and Mixed Berries with vanilla crème.
Tony and Joe's
3000 K Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 944 4545. Valentines Day prix-fixe three course menu February 14-17, $50 per person. First Course: choice of Freshly Shucked Wellfleet Oysters, Mixed Greens or Shrimp and Crab Cocktail. Second Course: choice of Mushroom Risotto,
Sautéed Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Grilled Herb Crusted Lamb Chops, Broiled Split Maine Lobster or Grilled Filet Mignon, Dessert: White Chocolate Mousse
Or Chocolate Ice Cream Pie.
2080 Jamieson Ave. Alexandria, VA. (703)253-8640. Special Aphrodisiac-inspired menu available February 14-16. Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu ($45) featuring starters like the Fennel & Potato Soup with crispy gnocci "croutons" and vanilla salt, or the Beet & Carmalized Fig Salad with arugula, radicchio, beets, prosciutto crisp in a honeyed raspberry vinaigrette, and mains like the 7 oz. Filet Mignon with bacon hash, broccolini, mustard and cremini mushroom cream, and Cacciucco-Style Seafood Stew with rockfish, shrimp, scallops, lobster, clams and mussels in a tomato broth with a hint of chili pepper, served with a grilled garlic baguette.
Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro
Westin Reston Heights, 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA. (703) 234-3550. Special prix-fixe menu, $95.00 per person features dishes like Braised Veal Sweetbreads Madeira on arugula and fennel Salad; She Crab Bisque with crème fraÎche; Lobster Ravioli with mornay sauce and shaved fresh truffle; Baby Winter Greens with monacacy ash goat cheese, Roast Antelope Strip Loin Steak with pasilla pepper sauce, purple potatoes and cauliflower puree; Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast with toasted sweet potato gnocchi, roasted baby vegetables and port wine sauce; Vin Glace Poached Apricot with champagne sorbet; Chocolate Opus One Cake with Dark Chocolate “Sinplicity” Ice Cream; and much more.
1940 11th St. NW. Washington DC (202)332-9463. A special 5-course Valentine's Day tasting menu. $75 per person. Dishes will range from Beef Tartare with Beet, Gooseberry, Lobster with Winter Squash, Saffron, Jamón Ibérico, Pork Belly with Strawberry, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Cilantro, Handmade Linguine with Black Pepper, Truffle Pecorino, and Bison Short Ribs with Pumpernickel, Mushroom, Rutabaga.
701 9th St. NW Washington DC. (202) 638-0800. A four-course tasting menu, $65 per person includes Pharoah’s Foie Gras with Egyptian spiced honey croquant; Lobster Tzatziki with granny smith apples and Greek yogurt; Caviar Salata Airbreads inspired by the classic taramosalata served with California caviar, as well as Grilled Lamb Chop Moussaka for Two with potato puree, roasted eggplant, tomato braised lamb shoulder and kefalograviera cheese. Regular a la carte menu will also be available with Valentine’s Day specials priced between $13 and $22 each.
781 7th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 393-2929. Zengo will be serving their Valentine’s Day dinner February 14-16, 2013. Choose any three plates off the pre-selected menu for $65 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Menu highlights include Angry Zengo Roll with spicy Yellowfin tuna, cucumber, avocado, wasabi tobiko, and sesame chipotle aioli; Chipotle-Miso Black Cod for Two with daikon, asparagus, kabayaki, and lemon-sake aioli; Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with honey plantain bread, passion fruit-orange marmalade and spicy Oaxacan-style peanut; Thai Chicken Empanadas with Oaxaxa cheese, rajas, and red curry-mango salsa, as well as Kobe Beef New York Strip Carpaccio with olive & yellow pepper escabeche, mache, chive and taro ships. For a sweet finish, desserts lovers will enjoy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake with yuzu macerated strawberry, pistachio, and rose water ice cream.