By: Laura Catherine Hermoza

Valentine’s Day may be on Feb. 14, but making early reservations is key to assuring that you and your significant other will have the chance to dine somewhere romantic for the occasion. This is especially true for D.C. residents who have many romantic restaurants to contend with. From elegant intimate settings to relaxed pampering dinners, couples surely have their pick of how to dine this Valentine’s Day. Here are some of the best restaurants around for consideration.

Chez Billy Sud
31 St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-2606
www.chezbillysud.com

Indulge in the flavors of Southern France with your better half in a romantic dinner for two at this Georgetown date-night favorite. In fact, you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to pour on the romance here, as it comes included with every dining experience. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, French-focused wine and dinner pairings and an overall inviting atmosphere that is both elegant and comfortably casual. Along with its sister restaurant, the original Chez Billy, you can enjoy traditional French classics like steak frites, escargots and more, all at reasonable prices.

Masseria
1340 4th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 608-1330
www.masseria-dc.com

A romantic dinner at Masseria allows you experience the flavors of the Italian coast without ever leaving D.C. Located in the Union Market district, this modern yet cozy and classical fusion of both décor and food presentation makes the perfect place for Valentine’s Day dining. The menu features traditional Puglia-inspired cuisine with prix fixe specials nightly, ranging in three, four and five-course tasting options. Exclusive prix fixe menu specials will also be featured specifically for Valentine’s Day dining.

Beuchert’s Saloon
623 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 733-1384
www.beuchertssaloon.com

Beuchert’s Saloon announced that they will showcase their regular menu along with some “very special specials” this Valentine’s Day. Reserve a spot early to ensure that you and your significant other get to experience the plentiful offerings of traditional American fare. Beuchert’s farm-to-table initiative incorporates fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients from area farms and co-ops into delicious seasonal plates. The intimate atmosphere of the restaurant further sets the mood for a truly romantic experience.

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Fiola Mare
3100 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 628-0065
www.fiolamaredc.com

Many couples consider Fiola Mare to be the epitome of romantic dining. With breathtaking views of the Potomac River and a fresh, elegant delivery of the highest quality seafood, it’s no wonder this is the perfect pick for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy world-class wine and dine pairings at this charming Mediterranean/Italian themed spot, renowned for its hospitality and friendliness. Fiola Mare is owned by the Trabocchis, who also own D.C.’s Fiola and Casa Luca.

Iron Gate
1734 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5202
www.irongaterestaurantdc.com

Book early to take part in what may be one of the most romantic dining experiences around. Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, Iron Gate sets the mood for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner with its subtle lamplight, brick walls and old-fashioned furnishings. During warmer weather months, couples can also enjoy romantic outdoor dining in the serene courtyard garden setting surrounding the property. Focusing on Greek and Italian cuisine, and using the freshest ingredients from mid-Atlantic farms, you and your love can indulge in delicious dinner and wine pairings, offered at four-course and six-course options. There is even flexibility for customizing you’re personal preferences from the menu’s bountiful features.

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