Saving Your Sweetheart Precious Time: Valentine’s Day Menus and Special Promotions Round-up

Love is in the air this time of year. Many DC Restaurants offer special menus and promotions to sweethearts (and singles) dining out to celebrate Valentine’s Day. January is coming to a close and February 14 is just around the corner, so don’t wait to make your plans. To help, I’ve taken the liberty of providing a few recommendations for every kind of Valentine’s meal. Whether you’re on a budget (look for the green dollar sign for a great-value for under $50 a person), are serious foodies (like me) or even just friends looking for anti–Valentine’s Day celebrations, there is something for everyone.

Valentine’s Day Round-Up 2011

A few rules for the reservee:

  • Even if using Opentable.com to make the reservation, call the restaurant to confirm the restaurant’s address, service times, menus, and availability.
  • Ask if a reservation is required (on some holidays, such as Valentine’s Day, a credit card may be needed to reserve a table.)
  • Prices quoted are per person, unless specified that it is for “two” (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity, unless noted.) Beverage pairings are an additional cost, per person. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Budget Friendly Lovers … Under $50 a person

Birch and Barley The talented team in the back of the house has created a few super special one-night-only dishes available as three or five courses. Special Tasting Menu available Monday, February 14 only and as either three courses for $40 or five courses for $55. 1337 14th Street, NW202.567.2576

Casa Nonna – No one knows the meaning of love more than Nonna, so why not spend this Valentine’s Day in the care of Executive Chef Amy Brandwein who has prepared a luscious four-course menu in true Italian fashion¦ a feast for the senses. Highlights include Foie Gras Crème Brulee with Moscato Poached Pear, Taglierini and Maine Lobster with Meyer Lemon and Chives, Braised Beef Short Rib, and warm Gianduja Crepes with Caramel Gelato ¦ now that’s amore! The cost is $50.00 per person, and the menu will be served Saturday through Monday. 1250 Connecticut Ave., NW. 202.629.2505

Cuba Libre – Unlimited Everlasting Lovers’ Brunch with Cuban flair. Standouts include Cuban Chocolate Waffles; Omelets with chorizo, potatoes, sour cream and cheese; and Truffle and Citrus Marinated Grilled Baby Octopus. On Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 3 pm in February. Only available when ordered by entire table. $30 per person. 801A 9th Street NW, 202.408.1600.

Dino – From February 11-14, Dino, the Cleveland Park neighborhood Italian eatery, in addition to their regular menu, will feature a special 4-course menu which each dish will be served on a single plate for the lovers to share for $89 (for two). An optional flight of sparkling wines are offered for $25 per person. On the 14th, the special 4 course menu will run $59 and will feature our house summer tomato essence soup followed by choice of starter, entree and dolce. Dino will open early at 5:00pm and take reservations until the last seating at 10:00 pm. 3435 Connecticut Ave., NW. 202.686-2966

iCi Urban Bistro: Learn the Art of Flirting on February 13 during a fun-filled cocktail reception in this downtown trendy candlelit lounge. It will be followed by a seated five-course dinner at 7:30 PM designed to arouse the senses with aromas, textures, flavors and sensuous music. On the 14th, try the $45-per-person prix-fixe from 5–7:30 PM and a $60 version from 7:30–10 PM (202-730-8700).

Nando’s Peri-Peri’s – Are you and your partner ready to spice things up? For the entire month of February, the popular DC area restaurant, Nando’s Peri-Peri’s, is offering ‘Peri-Peri for Lovers‘. For just $34.95 will get you a Full Platter (whole chicken spiced with Peri-Peri sauce to your desired heat level + two large sides), a bottle of Cara Viva wine, and a Chocolate Spoon Cake to share. Peri-Peri is for Lovers is available at all four DC/MD restaurant locations . The package must be ordered by name, and is not applicable to catering or carryout orders.

Perrys – At this eclectic New American restaurant in Adams Morgan (with an amazing rooftop view of the city), a four-course prix fixe created by Mark Furstenberg includes a complimentary glass of bubbly for just $45. The deal runs from February 11–15, and will be the only option on February 14 (5:30–11:30 PM; 202-234-6218).

Pienza Italian Market – They say the way to a lover’s heart is through their stomach¦so a bountiful Sunday Brunch might just be a perfect way to indulge them. Every weekend, couples can enjoy an impressive selection of brunch specialties and a complimentary glass of champagne, paired with elegant live musical entertainment and a picturesque setting amidst the beautiful gardens of our indoor atrium. They’ll savor favorite brunch items like made-to-order waffles and omelets, fresh-baked pastries, slow-cooked meats, seafood salads, baked pasta and risotto, handmade desserts and much more! Pienza Italian Market’s Champagne Sunday Brunch is priced at $36* for adults (ages 13+) and $18* for kids (ages 4-12), and is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday during the month of February. 201 Waterfront Street Oxon Hill, MD 301.965.4000

Roof Terrace Restaurant – Located atop the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, enjoy a couples’ Valentine’s Day celebration with a three-course dinner full of spice. Executive Chef Joe Gurner has invigorated the restaurant’s classic bistro fare with dishes designed to awaken the senses while Executive Pastry Chef Ben McCormick will offer a mix of decadent treats. Diners can bring home the flavor with pre-packaged spices available for sale in the restaurant. The prix-fixe menu is available Monday, February 14 and priced at $50 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seatings are available between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and reservations are required. Located in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 2700 F Street NW. 202.416.8555

Best Bets for Lovers (or lovers to-be) …

701 Restaurant Executive Chef Ed Witt will offer a scrumptious three-course menu February 12-13 for $55 per person. Expanded $85 three-course menu February 14th, to include Shenandoah Lamb with trumpet royal mushrooms; Black Bass with oyster risotto, Champagne and caviar; Garganelli with ricotta and black truffles. For dessert, Milk Chocolate Chestnut Bar or Chocolate Truffle Cake. 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. 202.393.0701.

Art and Soul – One of my favorites, Art & Soul will offer a 5-course prix-fixe dinner menu featuring the Beef Duet, Surf & Turf, Chocolate Two Ways for dessert and their signature Red Velvet Babycakes to take home. $70 per person. Seven-deadly sin inspired cocktails, and brunch and dinner specials starting Friday, February 11. Located in Affinia Hotel Capitol Hill: 415 New Jersey Ave., NW. 202.393.7777.

Belga Cafe – Barracks Row will turn into lovers’ lane on Valentine’s Day as Belga Cafe heats things up with their four-course “Red, Hot & Naughty Lovers Tasting Menu.” Chef Vandaele is offering a few hot and heavy menu items, to include: Beef Tartare, Jenever Marinated Gravlax Salmon, and Venison Filet. Guests will also be given the option to pair the menu with Belga Cafe’s decadent champagne specials. The cost is $69.69 per person and seatings begin at 5:00pm. 514 8th Street SE. 202.544.0100

Black Market Bistro – Four-course menu February 14th begins with an amuse bouche of lobster canapes, Oyster Stew with Chesapeake oysters and caviar, Braised Pork Belly with roasted beets, Monkfish Osso Buco with cockles, herb clam broth, BBQ Braised Short Rib with coleslaw, and truffle potato salad. Price is $85 per person, with optional wine pairings for $25 (per person). 4600 Waverly Ave., Rockville, MD. 301.933.3000.

BLT Steak Washington’s French-inspired steakhouse is delighting palates over the course of three days (Saturday – Monday) with a select Valentine’s Day list of sexy cocktail specials such as the Cherub’s Cup and Love Potion #9 ($14) accompanied by their signature Blackboard Menu. Seductive cuisine by Chef Victor Albisu includes options such as Diver Scallop Crudo, Braised Kobe Beef Cheek, Red Wine Risotto, and dessert ends in classic fashion with a BLT version of the traditional Red Velvet Cake. 1625 Eye Street NW. 202.689.8999

Bond 45 National Harbor – A la carte menu offered with special dishes that Chef Enzo recommends to make certain you have a delicious night with your sweetie. Bond 45 recommends the Prosciutto Flight Platter, Fravioli Grande, Mozzarella Mista Platter, Steamed Clams, Shrimp & Mussels for two; Prime Porterhouse for two, and Maine Lobster Cracked and Stuffed with Jumbo Lump Crab & Shrimp to get couples in the Valentine’s Day spirit. Dine while enjoying stunning views of the Potomac River, it’s perfect for intimate dinners. 149 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD. 301.839.1445

Bourbon Steak – Valentine’s Day five-course menu February 14th, featuring Maine lobster risotto, Chateaubriand for two, with option to purchase a gift from the new Georgetown, boutique, M29, such as lace tanks and bottoms, heart-shaped necklaces, candles and perfume. $199 per couple, optional wine pairing $65. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202.944.2026.

Carmine’s Lover’s Punch.

Cafe Promenade – Offering guests a prix-fixe menu on Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14. Whether newly matched, celebrating an anniversary or rekindling an old flame, all couples dining in the restaurant this Valentine’s Day weekend can enjoy a romantic, four-course meal priced at $72 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) specially prepared by Executive Chef Abdellah Aguenaou. Seatings are available between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and reservations are required. Located in the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel at 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW. 20036. 202.347.2233

Carmine’s DC – The new Carmine’s in DC will offer a special love potion, from Feb 12-14, the Carmine’s Lover’s Punch – a beautiful drink-for-two in a 23 ounce glass which incorporates Run, Elderflower, Absolute Raspberry, pineapple and cranberry juice – and is topped with Prosecco. Pair that with dessert for two – Carmine’s chocolate tart cut in a heart shape sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with strawberries and whipped cream, all for just $15. 425 7th Street NW 202.737.7770

SWEET LIPS BOX $45 pomegranate chocolate lips / rose white chocolate lips / praline hearts

Co Co. Sala – Chocolate has been seen as the nectar of the gods for centuries, represented as a symbol of love. Where better to spend your Valentine’s Day than at Co Co. Sala, where chocolate is embraced in all aspects of the menu. A special five-course “Aphrodisiac Allure” Valentine’s Day Menu, created by Chef Santosh Tiptur, includes tempting options such as: Blue Cheese and Pear Tart, Creamy Sage and Parmesan Gnocchi, and Warm Linzer Chocolate Souffle. Also included is a glass of Sex Brut Rose with dessert. The menu will be served Monday only and is $75.00 per person. Reservations begin at 5:00pm. The special prix-fixe menu along with a limited a la carte menu will be available at the bar, which is first come first serve. 929 F Street, NW. 202.347.4265

Cafe Saint-Ex Accepting reservations only on Valentine’s Day. Four-course menu includes Saffron Tea Oyster Shooter; Humboldt Fog with smoked mushrooms; Slow Roasted Lamb with tagliatelle; Pan Roasted Lobster with coconut risotto; and Milk Chocolate Banana Bomb. $55 per person, $20 for optional beverage pairing. 1847 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. Reservations only at Ashley@saint-ex.com.

Equinox – Chef Todd Gray will offer a three-course special menu for $70 (per person), wine pairing for an additional $25 or five courses for $90 with optional wine pairing for $35 on Valentine’s Day. Standouts include West Coast Dungeness crab salad; black sesame crusted Arctic Char; bacon-wrapped medallions of Cervena venison; Broken Rose rose mascarpone ice cream, broken raspberry macaroon. 818 Connecticut Ave., NW. 202.331.8118.

Farmers & Fishers – Three-course tasting menu for $58 per person. Enjoy two Flirty Farmer’s Fizz Cocktails for $14. Available February 12-14. 3000 K Street, NW. 202.298.0003.

Georgia Brown’s – Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac Menu February 14 from 5 pm. Enjoy Lobster Mashed Potatoes with brandied lobster Nage; and Banana Pudding Trifle with whipped cream. Wine and champagne pairings available, or sip a decadent Crushed Red Velvet Martini with Crème de Cocoa, vanilla infused vodka, and cake crumbs. $55 per person. 950 15th Street, NW. 202.393.4499.

I Ricchi: Offering a 3-course menu for two at this Golden Triangle Tuscan gem which includes a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates. The cost is $150 per couple on February 12–14, and is offered alongside the usual à la carte selections (202-835-0459).

J&G Steakhouse – Five-course tasting menu for $85 per person, $40 for optional wine pairing. Specialty drinks also available. Available February 11-14. 515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.661.2440.

Masa 14 – Five-course Latin-Asian Valentine’s Day menu includes a bottle of Gruet. Specials include Grilled Lobster with mushroom tempura; Charred Bison Tataki with plantain croutons; Grilled Smoked Beef Brisket with red miso guajillo chile broth. Priced Sunday, February 13 at $105 per couple; Monday, February 14 at $120 per couple. 1825 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.328.1414.

Michel – Valentine’s Day menu February 14, 5:30-10:30pm, that features Oysters on the Half Shell with Raspberry Aspic; Filet Mignon with Red Bell Pepper Sauce; and Chocolate Heart with Rose Flavored Mousse and Fresh Rose Petals, among other offerings that will make you want to kiss the Chef. $95 per person. A la carte menu also available. 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA. 703.744.3999.

Neyla – Gayot’s Most Romantic Restaurant offers Aphrodisiac Cocktails through Valentine’s weekend. Delicious cocktails include The Figo with fresh fig, dark rum and lime juice; The Fraise with fresh muddled strawberries, sage and cherry vodka; and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle with Valrhona chocolate fondue, raspberry infused vodka and Frangelico. 3206 N Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.333.6353.

Nora: This pioneering, organic New American above Dupont Circle will be offering tasting menus on February 11–12 ($95; $85 for vegetarian) in addition to the regular menu, and on the 14th, a special, multicourse menu with meat, fish and vegetarian options for $125. Celebrants on the 12th and 14th will receive a long-stemmed rose and housemade truffles (202-462-5143).

Occidental Grill & Seafood – Enjoy Chef Rodney Scruggs’ one-of-a-kind Regional American Classic cuisine. Guests at this DC treasure have the option to choose from a select a la carte or three-course tasting menu, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine. Saturday through Monday, seatings are 5:00 to 7:00pm and 8:00 to 10:30pm. Guests dining at the later seating will be offered the tasting menu only. The cost is $85.00 per person/ $70.00 exclusive of alcohol. 1475 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 202.783.1475

Old Hickory Steakhouse – Enjoy a special couple’s prix-fixe dinner menu at an award-winning fine dining restaurant with magnificent water views. Enjoy a sumptuous 3-course dinner paired with a bottle of seductive Rosa Regale sparkling red wine. Dinner begins with a choice of either soup or salad, followed by the main course – a perfectly seared premium Black Angus Filet Mignon or sauteed Florida Red Grouper – accompanied by a choice of one of our signature side dishes. The perfect ending is a sinful Chocolate Ganache Torte topped with a White Chocolate Strawberry. This three-course dinner with wine is priced at $159* per couple. Available Monday, Feb. 14, and every Friday, Saturday, Sunday during the month of February. 201 Waterfront Street Oxon Hill, MD 301.965.4000

Oval Room – Three-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu with unique dishes like Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna with wasabi ice and ginger jelly; Celery Root Custard with caramelized white chocolate; Kazu Marinated Duck with confit tator tots; Spinach-Ricotta Dumplings with shaved black truffle; and Mango Custard with burnt sugar. $85 per person. 800 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.463.8700.

Redwood – Three-course menu from 5:30-11:00 pm includes Sea Scallops with oxtail risotto, harissa and salsa verde; Terrine of Game and Foie Gras with quince relish, coffee, pepper and toasts; Lobster Hot Pot with a Maine lobster broth, egg noodles; Filet Mignon with sauteed foie gras and truffle sauce. $59 per person, optional wine pairing $29. Live Jazz music. 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD. 301.656.5515.

Smith Commons –From Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14 Smith Commons will offer a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dining experience with an optional wine pairing. For $70 per person, enjoy a four-course dining experience, including some of our most popular entrees like the Marcho Farm Veal Porterhouse or the ½ Grilled Maine Lobster. Add the wine pairing for $25 to indulge in palate pleasers like Thibaut-Janisson ’Fizz’ Blanc de Chardonnay and Horton Vineyards ’Xoco’ Chocolate Dessert Wine. 1245 H St. NE 202.396.0038

Tallula – Whether you want a romantic, quiet meal for you and your main squeeze this February 14 or a silver screen reminder that love isn’t always a walk in the park – well, we’ve fortunately, got a little of both queued up for next month. Reservations are now open at Tallula for Valentine’s Day and Chef Barry Koslow has worked up a superb tasting menu culled from only the finest seasonal ingredients provided by his local, trusted purveyors. Portions for two are available, as well as our full a la carte menu. Don’t risk ticking off the Mrs. by leaving it to the last minute. 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. 703.778.5051

Trummer’s On Main – Located just outside of Washington D.C., for a romantic getaway that will make you feel as though you’ve traveled to a romantic countryside. In 2010, Bon Appetit named Trummer’s On Main one of the country’s most romantic restaurants. Food & Wine 2010 Best New Chef Clay Miller and Pastry Chef Chris Ford have prepared a menu that everyone is sure to fall in love with. Menu items range from Creamy Mussel Soup to the classic Rib-Eye of Beef, and desserts include the “Chocolate Bar” made with cocoa genoise with soft ganache and caramelized vanilla sherbet made in-house. In addition to the menu, Mixologist and Co-Owner Stefan Trummer has concocted a special Valentine libation, “The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mojito” as the ideal cocktail to indulge in with your significant other ($28 serves two). 134 Main Street, Clifton, VA 703.266.1623

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro – Executive Chef Bo Palker will serve a dinner full of aphrodisiacs from Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14. Upon arrival, guests will receive a fresh-cut, long-stem red rose and amuse-bouche, followed by an indulgent four course meal. The special prix-fixe menu starts at $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For an additional $40 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, diners can have each course paired with wine flights specially chosen by Sommelier Jason Meringolo. Reservations are available from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and strongly recommended. Located in the Westin Reston Heights at 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA. 703.234.3550.

Coquilles St. Jacques’ (Scallops). Photo courtesy of Willow.

Willow – Join Sommelier Kevin Pruett, along with Chefs Tracy O’Grady and Kate Jansen, on Sunday February 13th at 6pm for a decadent five course tasting menu. Enjoy a romance inspired menu paired with some of the finest sparkling wines currently offered from the independent Grower/Producers of the Champagne region of France. Price is $120 a person, gratuity and tax excluded. 4301 N. Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA. 703.465.8800

Anti-Valentine’s Day Fetes

Againn – Anti-Valentine’s Day menu with three courses from the British Isles. On February 11-17 from 6-9 pm, enjoy House-made Black Pudding; Pan Seared Loch Duart Salmon; Mixed Grill of Tamworth Pork; Spotted Dick; and Stout Ice Cream. $40 per person. On Saturday, February 13th, AGAINN will feature an anti-Valentine’s Day menu for singles with a three-course menu inspired by the cuisine of the British Isles, priced at $39 per person. Prepared by Executive Chef Wesley Morton, the menu begins with a choice of Celery Root Soup served with Stilton Mousse and Grated Apples or House-made Black Pudding served with a Fried Egg, Petite Mustard Greens and Toast followed by a choice of Grilled Salmon Served with King Richard Leeks, Olive Oil Crusted Butterball Potatoes and Watercress Broth or Mixed Grill of Tamworth Pork with 10-Hour Roast Shoulder, Crispy Belly, House-Made Sausage and Sage Dumplings Served with Brussels Sprouts and Heirloom Apple Sauce. For the perfect ending, guests will dine on Spotted Dick Served with Maple Rum Custard. On February 14, watch movies like The Break Up and He’s Just Not That Into You. 1099 New York Avenue NW. 202.639.9830.

Bar Pilar – Anti-Valentine’s Day Party where you can drown your sorrows in The Bitter End ($10) with Jim Beam, Amaro Herbal Liqueur, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, and fresh lime juice; and The Hater ($9) with Segura Viudas Aria Cava and Campari. Nibble on homemade Lemon Curd Tart or Buttermilk Panna Cotta with sour cherry compote. 1833 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.265.1751

Restaurant 3 meet-and-greet napkins.

PassionFish in Reston is holding a Singles Mixer on Saturday for an evening of delicious cocktails, hors d’oeurves, and endless possibilities. $70 per person.

What woman doesn’t like roses? With that in mind, Poste Modern Brasserie is offering everyone roses. Rose wine, that is. A weekend of roses, in fact, starting Friday. Poste is offering a choice of ½ dozen or dozen roses. The 1/2 dozen rose option ($20) will include 2 oz pours of 3 different sparkling roses (to be paired with dinner). The one dozen option ($35) will offer 4 oz pours of the 3 different sparkling wines. Chef will also do a special of Randall Lineback Rose Veal Schnitzel with winter black truffle risotto.

PS7′s – D.C. International Wine & Food Festival hosts Cupid’s Not Stupid: Cocktails To Fall For on February 11th from 8-10 pm. Special cocktails will be created just for this event by five of D.C. top mixologists. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from PS7′s chef Peter Smith for an evening of fun. $45 per person. 777 I Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.742.8550.

At Restaurant 3, throughout the week of Valentine’s Day, guests at 3 in Arlington won’t have to enter any more names like girl from bar. With the help of fill-in-the-blank napkins, your path to love is clear. These handy napkins come already printed with space for a name, phone number, twitter feed and Facebook page, and tell you exactly where the encounter happened. So no matter how fuzzy your memories of the night before, it’s all right there for you. The Fill-in-the-Blank napkins will be available at 3 throughout the week of Valentine’s Day.

Heart Shaped Z-Burgers for Valentine's Day.

Z-Burger is celebrating the big V-day by cooking up festive heart shaped burgers, veggie burgers and turkey burgers from February 13th to 14th. Not only can you get some fun-shaped food but you can get it for free! Everyone who orders a regular burger and brings in their Valentine to kiss at the register will receive a complimentary heart shaped burger. And we’re not joking you really have to pucker up for the deal so get you lip gloss ready. The deal is buy one get one free, one per customer and while supplies last. Sunday, February 13 open-close; Monday, February 14, until 4 p.m. Z-Burger’s Tenleytown location: 4321 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Do Your Own Meal in the privacy of your own home (hint hint) ¦

BlackSalt – Valentine’s Day feast to go! Three-courses for two with appetizer, entree and dessert for $95. Select dishes like Roasted Squash Bisque; Hickory Grilled Salmon; Stuffed Maine Lobster; Wood Grilled Boneless Ribeye. A la carte items include oysters, clams, live Maine lobsters and caviar. Order through February 11, pick up February 14. 4883 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC. 202.342.9101.

HIS & HERS HEART BOXES $60 per box

Co Co. Sala. – Come experience a chocolate and champagne class at Co Co. Sala. Guests will mix and mingle in the lounge and learn about tasting chocolate in its purest form, while sipping paired flights of Champagne and sparkling wines. Classes will take place Saturday, February 12th, 2:30-4:00pm ($35 per person) and Sunday, February 13th, 2:30-4:30pm ($50 per person). For reservations please contact events@coco-dc.com.

Cookology – Offering cooking classes, food and wine tastings, and two chef table dinners in February. Classes include Just Desserts: Champagne & Sweet Wine; Date Night: Aphrodisiac Dinner; Couples Food & Wine Pairing; Champagne Lunch for Lovers; Sugar & Sparkling Brunch; Love in the Afternoon. From $39 to $85. 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling, VA. 703.433.1909.

Lover’s Dessert for Two

Searching for the perfect way to satisfy your lover’s sweet tooth?

Forget the flowers! Red Velvet Cupcakery offers two delicious options to bring your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Between the bakery’s gourmet cupcakes and new muffin line (launching Tuesday, February 1 and available at the Penn Quarter location only), you can serve your Valentine breakfast in bed and/or an after-dinner delight. Choose from three signature muffin flavors and 12 different kinds of cupcakes, including the featured recipe for the week – Hidden Desires, a rich chocolate cake filled with braised cherries and topped with creamy white chocolate buttercream frosting (available Friday, February 11 through Thursday, February 17). To place an order, please call Penn Quarter at 202-347-7895; Reston Town Center at 703-464-7075; or visit www.redvelvetcupcakery.com. Red Velvet Cupcakery is located in Penn Quarter at 505 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004 and Reston Town Center at 11939 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190.

Cupcakes Actually – Tell someone “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day with the sweetest treat… cupcakes! Cupcakes Actually knows exactly how to make hearts flutter with themed toppers and flavors. “Red Lips” featuring the signature Dipped Chocolate cupcake, “Valentine Sprinkles” is the traditional vanilla bean cupcake, and unorthodox take on Chocolate Dipped Strawberry made in the signature Dipped form. 11944 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax, VA 571.522.6315

At Moon Bay Coastal Cuisine, located at the National Harbor, every weekend in February, you and your sweetheart can enjoy a special “Lover’s Dessert for Two” created exclusively by our pastry chef. Featuring a Hazelnut Chocolate Bar and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, it’s sure to send your sweet tooth into ecstasy. Pair it perfectly with a glass of Rosa Regale sparkling red wine for the ultimate seductive indulgence. $10.00, Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in February (and on Monday, Feb. 14). Reservations strongly recommended. 301.965.4000.

A Getaway Just Outside of DC:

Nestled in a natural wooded setting on the south side of George Mason University campus, is The Mason Inn at 4352 Mason Pond Drive. This lovely oasis is offering lovers a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day with the Sweetheart Package for Two as well as a special dinner. The overnight package is priced at $290 per couple (excluding taxes) and includes hotel accommodations; complimentary parking; a pre-fixed Valentine’s Day dinner at the Inn’s restaurant Boxwoods; chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne in the guestroom, as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet the next morning. The package is available Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th, and may be reserved by calling The Mason Inn at (703) 865-5705.

Those wishing to sleep at home can also take pleasure in a romantic feast this Valentine’s Day by enjoying the pre-fixed dinner option at Boxwoods for only $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) from February 11th-14th. Dinner reservations can also be booked through Opentable.com. The menu begin with a choice of Butternut Squash Puree topped with duck confit and granny smith apple chutney or Petite Spinach Salad with gorgonzola crumbles, caramelized pecans and Asian pears dressed with wild berry vinaigrette followed by a choice of Seared Maryland Rockfish with melted leeks and roasted garlic chili oil or Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin Au Poivre with celery root puree and mushrooms finished with a foie gras scented jus. For the perfect ending, guests will savor a Roasted Bartlett Pear Tartlet with cinnamon-ginger ice cream along with a complimentary Champagne cocktail for toasting.

For those in search of a longer getaway this Valentine’s Day, The Westin Reston Heights is offering a Romantic Rejuvenation package from Friday, February 11 – Sunday, February 13. The offer starts at $299 per couple, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and includes an overnight stay in one of the Westin’s most luxurious suites, a complimentary bottle of champagne, $20 gift certificate for any spa treatment at Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa in Reston and transportation to and from the spa. In addition, guests will receive dinner for two at Vinifera, an All-American breakfast for two in the hotel’s restaurant the next morning and 4 p.m. late check out to ensure a stress-free weekend. To book the Valentine’s Day Romance Rejuvenation package, please call 888-627-8344 or visit www.westinreston.com. The Westin Reston Heights is located at 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191.

Sources: Many many many Press releases, Zagat.com, & Girl Meets Food, WeLoveDC.com

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