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DC Area’s Best Valentine’s Day Dining Options

Cafe Dupont's Chef David making one of his signature pasta dishes.

Looking for great Valentine’s Day dining options around the DC area? LRA put together this great list:

Bastille
606 North Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Chef Christophe Poteaux will offer an exceptional four-course dîner de la Saint Valentin at the brand new location of Bastille this Valentine’s Day. Menu highlights include velouté of chestnut and foie gras; tartare of moullard duck with 60 degree duck egg, brioche toast radicchio and Belgian endive salad; and slow roasted double chop of lamb with gratin dauphinois, brussel sprouts, shallots and royal trumpet mushrooms. Pastry chef Michelle Poteaux will offer a selection of desserts including walnut cake with port poached pear and honey Roquefort ice cream and her to-die-for chocolate truffles. $85/person or $125 with wine pairings, exclusive of taxes and gratuities.

For reservations, call 703-519-3776 or via OpenTable here.

Bistrot Royal
1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux will also offer a three-course dîner de la Saint Valentin at their new classic French bistrot in Old Town for couples seeking a romantic evening. Menu highlights include classic Maine lobster bisque with poached oysters; beef filet-mignon with Madeira truffle sauce and potato gratin; and almond butter cake with red wine poached pear and crème Anglaise. $55/person, exclusive of taxes and gratuities.

For reservations, call 703-519-9110 or via OpenTable here.

Boss Shepherd’s
513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Executive Chef Jeremy Waybright has prepared a special three-course menu for couples to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Choose from starters such as the baked east coast oysters with country ham, cornbread crumbs and creamed collard greens; and Riesling gulf shrimp with pumpernickel, chervil, dukes and charred pepper. Main dish offerings include the lamb duo with grilled lamb chops, confit belly, smoked apricot puree and grilled mokum carrots; and halibut with house pappardelle, winter herbs, kale, tomato broth, Maine lobster and roe. $59 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. The regular dinner menu will also be available.

For reservations, please call 202-347-2677.

Café Dupont
The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036

Sparks will fly this Valentine’s Day with Executive Chef David Fritsche’s aphrodisiac-inspired prix fixe menu. Decadent dishes includecompressed watermelon with bruleed goat cheese, arugula pesto, and candied almond; house made angel hair pasta topped with Cognac lobster sauce, tarragon, and mussels; and Manjari chocolate ganache with waffle-fried and caramelized bananas, banana sorbet, and chocolate nib tuile. Couples have the option of choosing between three courses or five courses.

For reservations, call 202-797-0169 or visit www.opentable.com.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle
950 I St NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20001

Impress your Valentine with one of DC’s best fine dining experiences at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. Choose from a limited menu with highlights like oysters on the half shell; Shanghai-style fried calamari; broiled lobster tail; and potatoes au gratin. The special feature for the evening offers the best of both worlds with an 8 oz. filet mignon and an 8 oz. lobster tail for $79. Complement this luxurious dinner with wine from the Double Eagle’s extensive award-winning wine list for a truly exceptional Valentine’s dinner.

For reservations, call 909-289-0201 or online here.

Del Frisco’s Grille North Bethesda
1800 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20853

Love is in the fare this Valentine’s Day at Del Frisco’s Grille North Bethesda. All weekend long, guests can enjoy a romantic spin on a brunch favorite with the red velvet waffle ice cream sandwich served with chocolate dipping sauce. The dessert special is available for $10 and is perfect for sharing with a sweetheart.

For reservations, call 301-881-0308 or online here.

härth
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22102

This Valentine’s Day, cozy up with your sweetheart while dining fireside at härth. Executive Chef Luc Dendievel inspires romance with a surprise amuse bouche and champagne toast followed by a decadent five-course dinner. Highlights include Hudson Valley Foie Gras torchon; mosaic of Maine lobster and smoked salmon; farmed poached egg with white sturgeon caviar; and hot bittersweet chocolate cake made with chocolate from Chef Luc’s native Belgium. The prix fixe menu is available for $80/person plus wine pairings for an additional $40/person. Limited menu items are also available a la carte.  For a truly memorable evening, pair dinner with an overnight stay at the Hilton McLean with one of their special Valentine’s Day packages.

For reservations, call 703-761-5131 or book through OpenTable.

Ripple
3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley will prepare a delicious four-course menu filled with local seasonal treats for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.  Highlights include house made ricotta with smoked fingerling and sweet potato puree; black winter truffle risotto with parmesan, truffle butter and shaved black truffles ($20 supplement); crispy skin branzino with panisse, blood orange and fennel; and greek yogurt panna cotta with rose water and pistachios. Dinner is $85/person exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity.

For reservations, call 202-244-7995 or email info@rippledc.com.

Roof Terrace Restaurant at The Kennedy Center
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Roof Terrace Restaurant offers the perfect romantic evening complete with dining, skyline views and a show this Valentine’s Day. Couples can indulge in Executive Chef Joe Gurner’s a la carte menu of decadent dishes including starters such as butternut squash soupwith nutmeg, crème fraiche and maple; apple cider braised pork cheeks served with collard greens and stone ground grits; and anartisanal cheese board. Main plates feature grilled branzino with fennel, orange and potatoes; goat milk ricotta gnocchi with lamb ragout and grana padano; and porter braised beef short rib, sweet potato puree, cippolini onions and watercress pesto. Pastry Chef Kendra Stephens has created a medley of indulgent confections, including pumpkin mousse with brown butter, caramelized pumpkin seed and cranberry shortbread;  flourless valrhona chocolate cake with pistachio glaze; and chocolate vanilla bean sponge cake with roasted white chocolate-ginger crémeux.

For a one-of-a-kind evening, couples can follow up dinner with NSO Pops: Valentine’s Day with Seth McFarlane, a special, one-night-only concert at The Kennedy Center.

Call 202-416-8555 or visit www.roofterracerestaurant.com to make your reservation.

Roofers Union
2446 18th St NW Washington DC 20009

For those looking for a non-traditional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Roofers Union is hosting a masquerade party. In addition to live music by Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, there will be an open bar with better than rail cocktails and a selection of craft brews and wine from 10pm until 1am. Party-goers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

For more information, call 202-232-7663. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro
The Westin Reston Heights, 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191

Treat your valentine to a five-course prix fix dinner at Vinifera, on either February 13 or 14. Chef John-Michael Hamlet’s menu will feature distinctive dishes such as parsnip soup with crabmeat and pomegranate drizzle; seared foie gras with bacon jam; seared halibutwith mini cornbread & shrimp pot pie; and veal chateaubriand with butternut squash, basil gnocchi and grilled figs. Last but not least, satisfy your sweet tooth with raspberry three ways, semifreddo, sorbet, and soup; or with dark chocolate & grapefruit torte. Vegetarian courses are available upon request. Enjoy this special meal for $90/person, or $135/person with wine pairings.

Reservations can be made by calling 703-234-3550 or visiting www.viniferabistro.com or www.opentable.com.

PHOTO: Chef David, of Cafe Dupont, making one of his signature pasta dishes.

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