February 8, 2013 | by Jonathan Howard
Valentine’s Day delicacies
Valentine's Day, romantic, dining, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Valentine’s Day is almost here and a good table at your favorite restaurant may be hard to find. But don’t worry, on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), dozens of restaurants will be offering special prix fix menus full of romantic courses for lovebirds of all kinds. Below is a list of what some of these restaurants will be offering:

701 Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
202-393-0701

701 Restaurant is offering a three-course tasting menu for $85 for Valentine’s Day including Tuna Tartare with coconut lime broth and avacado and Kumomoto Oyster Crudo with passion fruit brown butter vinaigrette. For dessert, lovebirds can choose from a Chocolate Cherry Dome, Passion Fruit Vacherin or the Champagne Cassis Terrine. The Valentine’s Day specials will be available until Feb. 16.

Ambar
523 8th Street SE
202-813-3039

This new restaurant is serving diners a three-course prix fix menu at $35 per person this Valentine’s Day showcasing dishes from the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist. Dishes include the Roasted Squash Salad and Slow Cooked Veal Stew.

Ardeo + Bardeo Restaurant
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
202-244-6750

Executive Chef Nate Garyantes is offering diners the opportunity to try his spin on modern American cuisine from 5-10:30 p.m. This Valentine’s Day guests can enjoy a delicious four-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person including dishes such as the Rock Shrimp Risotto and the Pan Roast Duck Breast with rye spaetzle and cider braised cabbage.

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca
1100 New York Ave NW
202-216-9550

Dubbed one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Esquire magazine in 2010, this establishment is serving up some tempting Italian fare for lovers this Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef Stefanelli has prepared a four-course, prix fixe “San Valentini” menu for $85 per person; the feast will be available on Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m.

Blue Duck Tavern
24th & M Streets NW (Inside the Park Hyatt Washington)
202-419-6755

Blue Duck Tavern is considered by many one of the best restaurants in D.C. so why not spend a special night out with your partner at this exquisite restaurant?
Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and Chef de Cuisine John Melfi are preparing a four-course prix fixe menu available on top of the regular a la carte options. At $75 per person dining begins with Seared Foie Gras served with warm carrot cake. Next the Poached Lobster Open Ravioli with black trumpet mushrooms and the main course is a Fired Dry-Aged Ribeye with crispy potatoes and glazed cippolini onions. For dessert, lovers can share the decadent Chocolate Ganache Hazelnut Cake, a perfect ending to a romantic evening.

Co Co. Sala
929 F Street NW
202-347-4265

Co Co Sala is D.C.’s chocolate lounge and boutique and for Valentines Day they are offering a special prix fixe menu at $80 per person or $120 with drink pairings. The recipes of romance being served up on Valentine’s Day include ingredients known throughout history to be aphrodisiacs such as cheese, almonds, chilies strawberries, goji berries and, of course, chocolate.

Firefly
1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
202-861-1310

Lovers can enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu prepared by Chef Daniel Bortnick for a Valentine’s Day Dinner priced at $79 per person. The menu featuring grilled red-wine poached octopus, butter poached Maine lobster, and pork cheek stroganoff also includes a glass of sparkling wine with the first course.

Graffiato
707 6th Street NW
202-289-3600

Mike Isabella, and his team at Graffiato are dishing up a special five-course chef tasting menu for lovebirds on Valentine’s Day. For $65 per person, guests will be able to enjoy these five distinctive courses and will also receive a glass of Prosecco for toasting.

Jaleo DC
480 7th Street NW
202-628-7949

The staff at Jaleo DC will be offering a variety of specials perfect for sharing with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Spanish tapas like the Diver Scallop Carpaccio, Crab Cannelones and Lobster Rice will all be available from $12-$18 each. All three Jaleo’s will also be serving romantically themed cocktails like Love at First Sip, La Rosita and Charlie my Darling.

Mari Vanna DC
1141 Connecticut Ave NW
202-783-7777

This Tolstoy-meets-tea-house eatery is the perfect atmosphere for romantic couples. Couples can choose from a trio of romantic packages available at Mari Vanna this Valentine’s Day. The romantic package is $125 a couple and includes an appetizer, an entrée per person and a bottle or Perrier-Jouet Campagne and a strawberry tart to share. The Russian Romance Package is $195 a couple, adds a serving of blinis and caviar and Veuve Clicquot Rose. The Imperial Romance Package includes everything the Russian Romance package contains plus a bottle of Cristal.

Masa 14
125 14th Street NW
202-328-1414

For just $60 per person lovers will be able to dine on a menu prepared by Executive Chef Adam Goldman. From 5-11 p.m. guests will receive edamame, a choice of three dinner plates and a glass of champagne for toasting, as well as a choice of desserts. The salted Caramel Chocolate Flan with house mande s’mores or the Buttermilk Pana Cotta with raspberry confit.

Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D Street NW
202-637-1222

Guests will enjoy specially crafted Valentine’s Day fare from Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam and Chef de Cusine Niraj Govil. The four-course prix fixe menu is $85 per person or $130 with wine pairings is available from 5:30-10:30. Lovers will begin with an amuse bouch of Badam Ka Shorba and then will be able to choose from a First Course, Second Course, Entrée and dessert.

Ripple
3417 Connecticut Ave NW
202-244-7995

Lovebirds can enjoy a special Valentine’s Day tasting menu at this Cleveland Park restaurant for $75 per person. Carmelized pork belly, roasted scallops and a frozen chocolate parfait with roasted white chocolate and hazelnut streusel highlight the menu.

Tel’Veh Café & Wine Bar
401 Massachusetts Ave NW
202-758-2929

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a three course, prix fixe menu priced at $55 ($80 with wine pairings). Each diner will start with three complimentary oysters from the raw bar, and then diners can choose any appetizer and entrée of the menu including the Diver Scallops, the Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates, the Chilean Sea Bass or the Herb Crusted Lamb Chop.

Zengo
781 7th Street NW
202-393-2929

Owner Richard Sandoval and Chef de Cuisine Graham Bartlett are blending together the Latin-Asian styles into perfectly balanced dishes to share with that special someone. On Valentine’s Day, sweethearts can select three plates off the pre-selected menu for $65 per person. Some highlights include the Angry Zengo Roll with Spicy Yellowfin tuna, the Seared Hudson Valley Foie Grai with honey plaintain bread or the Kobe Beef New York Strip Carpaccio. Valentine’s Day dinner service will be available thru Feb. 16.

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