Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with so many good restaurants in the D.C. area, it’s hard to know which one to choose for a great dinner. Here is a list of five great choices, all of which will be offering a special prix fixe menu for the holiday. Each one will offer you great food and wine, as well as a romantic atmosphere. Make a reservation soon, before these popular spots book up.
2941 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
Restaurant 2941 is a perfect venue for a romantic dinner, not only because of the delicious food but also because of the gorgeous setting of the restaurant. The glass-enclosed restaurant, overlooking an idyllic outdoor pond complete with fountains and waterfalls, is nothing short of dreamy and sublime. As for the special Valentine’s Day menu, the restaurant is offering a three-course menu for $75, or $48 for a vegetarian menu. Each course has a plethora of options, including a mushroom veloute, bibb lettuce salad, ricotta gnocchi and for dessert, “passion to share,” a platter of sinful treats like flour-less chocolate cake, passion fruit cream and chocolate-lime mousse.
425 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
If you are interested in trying something new, head to Alba Osteria, Roberto Donna’s newest venture in DC, which just opened on December 30, 2013. For Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will be offering an authentic Italian menu for $54 per person. Your meal will open with a roasted tomato soup, and will be followed by three courses, all of which have several options. Highlights include a festive heart-shaped beet ravioli and a chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert.
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The Oval Room
800 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
The Oval Room has long been a DC institution, so what better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than to head to one of the area’s most famed venues? The special three-course menu offered is $85, with an optional wine pairing for $45. Menu choices include seasonal apple soup, rich truffle pasta and hearty agnolotti. For dessert there is a decadent chocolate trifle, passion fruit beignet and even s’mores with a graham cracker ice cream.
Rasika West End
1190 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
For something less traditional, but still romantic and delicious, consider making a reservation at the ever-popular Rasika West End. This relatively new restaurant, sister to the original Rasika in Penn Quarter, is elegant and warm, with modern Indian cuisine as its specialty. For Valentine’s Day, enjoy a four-course meal for $85 per person. Each course will have several options, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, and your meal will begin with a complimentary amuse bouche. Options in the other courses include tikki, which are fried potato pancakes, an uttapam, which is a savory spiced lentil pancake, and a thali, a sampler plate with items such as creamy lentils, cubes of cheese in a rich gravy and mixed vegetables. Rice and different kinds of delicious breads will be served with your meal. For dessert, enjoy a tasting plate that will feature pastries, ice cream and mousse.
2132 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
This Dupont Circle staple has long been regarded as a one of DC’s most romantic restaurants. Cozy and warm, with low lighting and excellent service, it is the perfect place to have an intimate dinner for two. On Valentine’s Day, you can enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu, with choices for each course. There will be vegetarian options available as well. The food at this organic restaurant is always fresh and perfectly executed, so you know you are in for a good meal. Be sure to get Nora’s divine chocolate molten cake for dessert, nothing says romance like liquid chocolate!
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