February 5, 2014 | by Jonathan Howard
Table for two
Aida Cavalic, Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, dining, Thai Tanic, Valentine's Day, gay news, Washington Blade

Married couple Aida Cavalic and Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan enjoy a romantic dinner together at Thai Tanic. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Editor’s note — all specials referred to are for Valentine’s Day (Friday, Feb. 14) except where noted.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re looking for the perfect place to dine with your loved one, you have more than a few options. Below are just a few of the possible locations and what they will be featuring for the special day.

If you want to celebrate the holiday in style and impress your loved one, I recommend taking him or her to Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th St. N.W.). Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Singhofen prepare many dishes in the wood-burning oven, a focal point of the inviting open kitchen and the heart of this restaurant. For Valentine’s Day, they will be preparing a decadent four course-tasting menu that is priced at $85 per person. The menu includes seared foie gras with house-made cocoa brioche, brandy vanilla butter poached lobster and wood oven fired wagyu. This special is available from 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. To make reservations call 202-419-6755.

Ambar (523 8th St. S.E.) will offer several options. For $45 per person, diners can enjoy a four course prix fixe menu; for $75, diners can select four courses from the premium menu, and for $20, diners can enjoy bottomless champagne. This Balkan-themed restaurant is sure to impress. For more information, visit www.ambarrestaurant.com.

Art and Soul  (415 New Jersey Ave N.W.) will offer a four-course menu including Maine Lobster Ravioli and Air-Chilled Rohan Duck. You can then end the night with your choice of desserts. This menu is priced at $60 per person. Make your reservation by calling 202-393-7777. If you want to spend the night in, you can order one of the Valentine’s dinners to go starting at $40.

Banana Café (500 8th St. S.E.) offers some great Valentine’s Day specials featuring their well-known Cuban, Puerto Rican and Tex-Mex flavors.

Café Berlin (322 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.) serves authentic German cuisine for you and your sweetheart. Two menus will be available for diners including a $42 tasting menu that includes Rollbraten (pork belly roast with red cabbage) and Wolfsbarsh (bronzini with apple, fennel and cucumber salad).

Café La Rouche (1039 31st St. N.W.) serves a delicious Parisian feast for you and your loved one.

Le Chat Noir (4907 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.) will serve a three-course menu including a cocktail and a rose for $47 per person. Diners will be able to enjoy dishes like the crab nest served with kiwi and cucumber, avocado mousse with shrimp, and caramelized slowly braised short ribs.

Rogue 24 (922 N St. N.W.) is a great option if your sweetheart is a foodie. Splurge for the 24-course Journey menu at RJ Cooper’s gem in Blagden Alley. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. N.W.) will serve three-course dinners for $50 each.

Table (903 N St., N.W.) will serve a romantic four-course tasting menu including oysters, steelhead trout and a Chocolate Cremeux at $64 per person. For more information, visit tabledc.com.

Thai Tanic (1326 14th St. N.W.) has been bringing Thai-inspired cuisine to the 14th Street corridor since 2001.

The Grill from Ipanema (1358 Columbia Road N.W.) is celebrating its 20 years of food, music and serving the community this year and offers a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $35.95 per person.

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