Best Valentine’s Day 2013 Restaurant Specials In Washington DC

February 6, 2013 8:00 AM

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The ultimate day of romance, Valentine’s Day should be worry-free, and trying to find a restaurant in DC that offers good food and a sensual atmosphere without breaking the bank can be worry inducing. Worry not however, as all of the information needed to pick a great venue for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day is listed below. These options offer great food, excellent service and a romantic atmosphere for an equally pleasing price. 

I Ricchi
1220 19th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 835-0459

Price: $75
Hours: Feb. 14 – 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Nothing says romance quite like Italian food and wine and this is especially true at I Ricchi. On Valentine’s Day, guests at this popular venue can enjoy a decadent four course set meal. Each course will have two options to choose from. The dishes available include a roasted beet salad drizzled with a fig vinaigrette, sparkling wine risotto, shrimp that has been sautéed and tossed with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and, for dessert, spice cake or a tart made of meringue, served with mousse, gelato and fresh strawberries. Valet parking will be complimentary that evening, although the restaurant is also metro accessible.

Related: Best Italian Food In DC

781 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-2929

For an exotic Valentine’s Day experience, make a reservation at the trendy Latin-Asian fusion restaurant Zengo. The restaurant is featuring an extensive menu from which guests can select any three items for $65.00 per person. One of the most alluring options on the menu is the angry zengo roll, a sushi roll made with spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, wasabi and a sesame chipotle aioli. Another enticing item is the queso fundido, a pot of gooey melted cheese served with tortillas. Crispy tofu, empanadas, dumplings and Chinese chopped salad are available as well. Desserts include mango sorbet, a sweet and spicy Mexican chocolate tart and chocolate strawberry shortcake complete with ice cream flavored with rose water. Sounds like romance for your palate!

Co Co. Sala
929 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4265

Price: $80 / person; $120 / person with wine pairing

DC’s premier chocolate boutique and lounge is offering two exciting Valentine’s Day options. The first is an eight-course menu for $80.00 a head, and the second is the same menu with an artisanal soda or wine pairing for $120.00. The dark, cozy atmosphere at Co Co. Sala is enough to ensure a perfect Valentine’s Day, so the food is just icing on the cake. The elaborate menu created for the evening includes chocolate crostini, asparagus risotto, dover sole, a seasonal meyer lemon intermezzo and, of course, two dessert courses. Chocolate lovers will be in heaven, between the white chocolate cheesecake, the chocolate bar infused with raspberries and the dark chocolate bark sprinkled with sea salt. All of the dishes included in the menu feature ingredients historically regarded as aphrodisiacs, such as tomatoes, cheese, chilis, almonds and, of course, chocolate.

3321 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 966-3002

Candlelight, live music and French food and wine are all of the ingredients needed for the perfect Valentine’s Day, and you can find them all at the quaint and cozy Lavandou. Small and warm, this D.C. staple has many loyal followers, and after eating here, you will become one, too. Lavandou will serve a three-course menu of classic French cuisine for $65 for the special day, with selections that focus on fresh seafood, cream sauces, cheese and chocolate. Each course will offer at least four choices, and an extensive wine list will be available.

Related: Best Romantic Restaurants In DC

Masa 14
1825 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-1414

If you are looking for a great deal for Valentine’s Day, Masa 14 may be the best option. For $60.00 a person, guests will receive a glass of champagne, edamame, a choice of three small plates and dessert. The menu of small plates is lengthy, with three different kinds of hand rolls, hot and sour egg drop soup, three types of salad, and a whole array of hot dishes such as fried rice, kimchi brussel sprouts, cornmeal crusted oysters, kung pao tofu and black cod. The menu also includes several flatbreads, the most delicious being a wild mushroom and avocado. Desserts like strawberry ice cream, buttermilk panna cotta and Mexican opera cake are as irresistible as the savory dishes. Hip and trendy, Masa 14 is a great choice for a casual, fun Valentine’s Day evening.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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