As Valentine’s Day approaches, what better way to celebrate with a spouse, child, partner or friend, than a special Valentine’s night on the town at a local restaurant. From lobster tail to chocolate soufflé, “sweetheart deals” and “say I love you” pairings abound. To help you choose your sweet spot, we’ve created a short list of five DC area favorite restaurants for Valentine's Day 2019.
Celebrate Spanish style with La Tasca’s Dia De Los Enamorados (special Valentine’s menu for two). Enjoy a bottle of wine or pitcher of sangria, a choice of six select tapas, mango tres leches or chocolate truffle cake, and a complimentary cava kiss cocktail.
Some favorite tapas include the avocado salad with shrimp, crispy eggplant, the octopus pintxo board and alcachofas con jamon (sautéed artichoke hearts, serrano ham, garlic, and evoo).
Begin with Kumamoto oysters, followed by roasted beet + burrata, and a main course choice of butter poached lobster tail or grilled lamb chops scottadito. Dessert is an infinity cake with raspberry sauce, fresh berries and crème fraiche. The vegetarian menu includes grilled haas avocado and black truffle risotto.
Available February 14-16; $65 or $75 per person depending on your member status and menu choice with a $35 wine pairing available. Reserve a table here. City Perch is located at 11830 Grand Park Ave.
If you’re still in the mood to celebrate after dinner, IPic Theaters at Pike & Rose is offering Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries available for $20 a la carte February 14-16.
Wildwood Kitchen (Wildwood Shopping Center, Bethesda)
Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Wildwood Kitchen is offering a special one-night-only Valentine’s Day menu. Two courses and dessert are featured at this Mediterranean bistro. Begin with a choice of foie gras, falafel-crusted tuna or roasted beet carpaccio followed by butter-poached lobster, lamb shank or wild mushroom tortellini. Dessert is a ricotta knafeh cheesecake. Available February 14 only, $65 per person with the option of a $35 wine pairing. Reservations taken in advance.
Wildwood Kitchen, 10223 Old Georgetown Road at the Shops at Wildwood.
Cesco Osteria (Downtown Bethesda)
Among the many restaurant choices in Downtown Bethesda is Chef Francesco Ricchi’s Cesco Osteria where the three-course, 2019 Valentine’s menu offers one of the widest choices among area restaurants.
The antipasti course features seven selections including a warm seafood salad, homemade buffalo mozzarella, and lemon zest risotto with shrimp and porcini mushroom sauce. Grilled halibut, rack of lamb and a veal chop are among nine piatti principali offerings. A shared dessert plate with melting chocolate tower soufflé and red wine-poached pear tops off the evening.
Offered February 14 & 15 at $70 per person. Reserve a table in advance. Trio Caliente performs in the CO2 Lounge on Feb. 15. Cesco Osteria, 7401 Woodmont, is just a half-block from the Bethesda red line metro station.
The three-course offering from Chef Jorge Chicas begins with a choice of grilled octopus, shrimp Louie, Maryland crab cake or salad followed by a choice among six entrees. Notable meal selections include the grilled whole bronzino, grilled tomahawk steak and the oven-roasted cauliflower puree. Dessert lovers can’t miss with a Hummingbird pineapple banana cake, triple chocolate cake or a warm pear tart. Don’t miss the “No Strings Attached” specialty cocktail created for the day.
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