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5 Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner Spots in D.C.

By Kate Oczypok | February 11, 2019 | Food & Drink

There are still plenty of options for a romantic Valentine’s Day in D.C. Here are five options for a cozy dinner for two.

Le Diplomate


If Paris is out of the question, Le Diplomate is the next best thing. The Logan Circle restaurant has been around for a few years now but hasn’t lost its charm. The atmosphere is delightfully French and if you’re a no-frills couple, their cheeseburger is one of the best in the city. Their beef bourguignon is tasty and the steak au poivre and duck a l’orange are also standouts. Share a milk chocolate pot de créme together for a romantic (and decadent) end to your Valentine’s Day. 1601 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-332-3333

Rose’s Luxury

The cozy former townhouse turned New American restaurant is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend long. There will be a special tasting menu, which is reservation only, offered February 14 through February 16. There are plans for three separate options—the dining room, chef’s counter, and bar seating. The rooftop will also be open. Rose’s Luxury offers small plates with fun names such as “Poor Man’s Tortellini,” made with butternut squash and goat cheese, and “South Carolina Brisket, As Done by a North Carolinian,” with mustard-que, dill chips, and white bread. 717 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C., 202-580-8889


The hip French-American restaurant will be serving their usual menu on Valentine’s Day. There are lots of options, including a roasted Parisian gnocchi and a mouthwatering bouillabaisse. If you’re looking to be ultra-romantic, there’s a poulet rouge for two—a deliciously crispy butterfly chicken with tarragon vinegar sauce. The extensive wine list from France, California and the Finger Lakes includes plenty of perfect pairings for your meal. 801 O St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-525-2870


Nothing says traditional romantic date night like a good Italian meal and Masseria doesn’t disappoint. For Valentine’s Day, they’ll be offering their five-course prix fixe and six-course tasting menus, as well as additional supplements like a lobster dish and a beef dish for two. Expect to see staples including the spot's linguine with Masseria’s spicy XO sauce and octopus with fennel, anchovies, and olives. 1340 4th St. NE, Washington, D.C., 202-608-1330

Iron Gate

The stylish small plates eatery is celebrating Valentine’s Day for two full weeks. Until February 14, Iron Gate is hosting a pop-up bar called “Tunnel of Love.” Their romantic Carriageway Bar has cocktails and dishes with fun takes on popular love songs. Cocktails are kicked up a notch, from the “We talk for hours and hours about the sweet and the sour,” named after Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” to the blood orange-infused aperol, proseccom and club soda beverage that comes with a house-made heart-shaped lollipop stirrer. The food is just as quirky and amusing; see the “A tender melody pulling me closer, closer to your arms,” inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes’ “I Hear a Symphony.” The dish includes beef short ribs with chili-pomegranate agrodolce. 1734 N St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-524-5202

Photography by: Photography courtesy Jason Varney