Valentine's Day in DC
Hungry for love? These top Washington-area restaurants are serving up spectacular Valentine's Day specials to set the mood, including champagne cocktails, decadent tasting menus, culinary journeys and a raw bar.
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This Ballston wine bar sets the mood with a three-course prix fixe menu. Starters including roasted shrimp and butternut-squash flan, a carpaccio of prime beef with lobster, a crab “Reuben” and boudin blanc over caramelized apples in a port reduction. Entrees feature saffron-scented Grand Cru Bouillabaise, pepper-crusted ahi tuna, a double-cut pork chop and quail stuffed with foie gras. Finish the meal with a chocolate sampler for two.
Valentine's Day lasts through the weekend at this Dupont Circle sushi star. The restaurant will offer a special tasting menu ($100) Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Sushi Kaiseki 10-course tasting will including a champagne cocktail, sashimi, Kobe beef, nigiri, lobster miso and a special Belgian chocolate cake to finish.
Uncork a romantic five-course prix-fixe dinner ($75) at this wine-centric restaurant off U Street. There are three options for each courses, with highlights that include mahi mahi crudo, bison short ribs, squab, spot prawns and linguine with truffle pecorino. There are vegetarian selections for each course. Go for dessert a deux: shared spicy chocolate ice cream with strawberries.
Come alone or bring your sweetheart to Bar Pilar’s Valentine’s Whined and Dined extravaganza, with wine specials on both floors. The restaurant is splitting its space, opening its downstairs bar for singles “By the Glass” and the upstairs for couples “By the Bottle.” Upstairs, the kitchen will serve a three-course ($43) or four-course ($48) meal, featuring foie gras, baked oysters, seared scallops and tenderloin, with dessert of homemade Oreos and milk
For the loveless, there will be an Anti-Valentine’s cocktail special, with break-up fortune cookies — filled with messages like “It isn’t you, it’s me” — for the first 100 people to order a themed cocktail with names like The Whisper of Bitter Nothings or the (Wo)man on the Side.
The more, the merrier? There's plenty of space to mix and mingle at the communal table at Clarendon's Green Pig Bistro. The restaurant will serve a four-course prix-fixe menu ($50) featuring foie gras and lobster, with an optional wine pairing of American wines.
You can't have Cathal Armstrong cook for you at home this Valentine's Day, but you can bring one of his great meals home with a Valentine’s date-night take-home dinner from Society Fair. Crazy Without You ($100; click here to reserve) comes packed with excellent food for a cozy night at home, including heart-shaped Camembert with lemon curd, Coq au Vin, a baguette, frisée salad, chocolate cake for two, a bottle of sparkling wine and a bottle of red.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a three-course prix fixe menu, plus an amuse bouche ($45), at this ultra-romantic 9th Street bistro. As usual, the bar will be stocked with an exceptional array of absinthe, bourbon and wine to help set the mood.
Pesce takes to the sea for a three-course romantic prix-fixe dinner ($55). Start with an amuse of cucumber-mint oyster shooters, then choose between tuna tartare with crushed avocado and chile oil, or arugula salad to start. Entrée choices include sautéed shrimp pappardelle, braised turbot with chestnuts, or petit filet mignon with lobster beurre blanc. Finish with a chocolat tart or honey panna cotta.
Head to Dupont Circle for a three-course prix-fixe menu ($65) with a complimentary glass of sparkling or dessert wine to finish. There are several options for each course. Start with Wellfleet oysters, a tri-colored beet salad or a crab-and-lobster gratin. Mains include roasted rockfish, veal Osso Buco and a seared beef tenderloin with foie gras. Desserts include a Grand Marnier soufflé, a trio of crèmes brûlée and a chocolate truffle torte.