100 Washington, D.C. Area Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

Whether your idea of a good time is a fancy, festive dinner out or cold sesame noodles and binge-watching on the couch, we're here to help you find it—since the greatest love of all is the love of food. Dig in.

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Restaurants:Zaytinya, The Hamilton, Founding Farmers - DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Penn Quarter, Downtown, Foggy Bottom
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Zaytinya

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Penn Quarter
16,956 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
Great customer service! The food was delicious and good-sized portions. I also appreciated the ability to sit outside (with heat lamps) and keep social distance from other diners.
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
487 people mentioned the Mezze

The Hamilton

$$$$·American·
Downtown
9,300 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
The date sucked but the food and drinks were great!
71 people mentioned the Milkshake

Founding Farmers - DC

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
30,382 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Everything was wonderful. Our waitress was so great. The Bartenders made me a dealers choice drink which was delicious. All of the food was excellent. We had a great corner table. Read more
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
657 people mentioned the Beignets

Filomena Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
13,855 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Absolutely delicious! Our server and all staff were personable and outstanding!
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
190 people mentioned the Calamari

Tower Oaks Lodge

$$$$·American·
Rockville
9,026 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
Love the decor just puts you in a different place. Early Saturday evening maybe 30% capacity, great food & service.
Best Ambience in Maryland - DC Suburbs
120 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

$$$$·Seafood·
Alexandria
9,971 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
The food was good but the service was amazing!!
Scenic View in Virginia - DC Suburbs
227 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Ashburn

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Ashburn
3,802 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Group Bookings
As always great food and service. Never rushed, great night out with friends
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
37 people mentioned the Calamari

Clyde's Willow Creek Farm

$$$$·American·
Leesburg
5,750 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
This was the second time returning to the Willow Creek location and it will not be my last- the atmosphere and ambience is second to none. The quality of the food, the selection ofRead more
75 people mentioned the Calamari

Founding Farmers - Tysons

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
10,192 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Group Bookings
Wonderful meal and amazing service! Everything I’ve come to expect from the Farmers Group of restaurants!
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
174 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Wildfire - Tysons

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
7,961 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
another excellent meal. excellent service and friendly staff. one of our go-to places
193 people mentioned the Prime Rib

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean

$$$$·Steak·
McLean
6,606 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Almost flawless. Restaurant Week menu offered plenty of options, and we were pleased with our choices —steak frites for the guys, with a potato soup starter, and salmon for me withRead more
77 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
4,130 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays
excellent restaurant. The restaurant represents the culture of southern Brazil well.
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
301 people mentioned the Chao

Il Canale

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,221 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Great selection of standard Italian fare. Lovely staff too.
70 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Stanford Grill - Rockville

$$$$·American·
Rockville
2,629 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
Stanford Grill is solidly dependable. The service, as with most places, varies from server to server, but the food comes out on-time, sometimes even quickly. A tip: If you are ordeRead more
Outdoor Eating in Maryland - DC Suburbs
65 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Reston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Reston
3,484 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Lunch
Fabulous place to have dinner with friends/family.
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
26 people mentioned the Calamari

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,852 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Brunch
Food was great. Wings were awesome. Ambience was excellent. Had a window seat to watch the ice skaters
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
159 people mentioned the Crab Dip

Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steak·
Penn Quarter
3,817 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Live Music
Rice Moss, our server is the Best. He always make sure we have a great experience.
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
134 people mentioned the Butter Cake

Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,543 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Matt was great
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
203 people mentioned the Raw Bar

The Majestic

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Alexandria
1,607 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Great place to enjoy a night out in Old Town Alexandria with great staff.
26 people mentioned the Coconut Cake

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,453 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
Everything was delicious! We simply wished for more brunch menu options.
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
99 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,806 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
As always, our meal was delicious! The shrimp and grits were incredible, as was the filet.
90 people mentioned the Flat Bread

2941 Restaurant

$$$$·French American·
Falls Church
6,833 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
We keep coming back for the amazing menus and superlative service and ambiance.
Notable Wine List in Virginia - DC Suburbs
66 people mentioned the Calamari
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Matchbox - Rockville

$$$$·American·
Rockville
3,080 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Outdoor Eating
Great food and service!
Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
34 people mentioned the Crab Soup

Copper Canyon Grill - Glenarden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lanham
2,435 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cosy
Nice food. Nice service
61 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Nostos Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Tysons Corner / McLean
3,654 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
One of our favorite Greek restaurants in the area! Always a great experience!!
108 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
2,030 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Absolutely stellar food. Brussels sprout salad, Parmesan kale salad, pumpkin ravioli… best I’ve ever had!
American in District of Columbia
22 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Ocean Prime - Washington D.C.

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,731 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Group Bookings
My second time at Ocean Prime was for my mother’s birthday and the service was just as amazing as I had remembered it. The food was exceptional delicious, and if I were to give anyRead more
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
25 people mentioned the Calamari

Tupelo Honey - Arlington

$$$$·Southern·
Arlington
2,511 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
Interesting menu with southern twist
Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area
49 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Ashburn

$$$$·Steak·
Ashburn
1,419 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Service was one of the best! We left the restaurant very pleased We will recommend to family and friends!
Steak in Virginia - DC Suburbs
12 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,567 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Tapas
As always food was delicious. All items brought out timely & fresh. Server did an excellent job with service & timing of dishes.
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
494 people mentioned the Sangria

Texas de Brazil - Fairfax

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fairfax
2,709 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Fit for Foodies
Outstanding place! Service is awesome! The food was also extremely good
21 people mentioned the Flank Steak

Ambar Capitol Hill

$$$$·Balkan style·
Capitol Hill
3,635 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Group Bookings
Food variety was extensive and each dish was delicious. Our server was helpful, professional and very courteous. She helped us choose items on the menu as it was our first time andRead more
Best Value in District of Columbia
85 people mentioned the Mushroom Crepe

Clyde's at Mark Center

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
3,655 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
We were exceptionally pleased by the service we received. Our server was friendly, attentive and professional.
77 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Cuba de Ayer

$$$$·Latin / Spanish·
Silver Spring
1,020 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Child Friendly
Excellent Cuban food! I loved the ambience and the interior decorations.
Child Friendly in Maryland - DC Suburbs
25 people mentioned the Black Beans

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Herndon
1,474 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
From the moment we walk in the restaurant the host guide us to the right table . We were expected and it feels good to be welcome in a place . Food is amazing and service as well Read more
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
197 people mentioned the Veal Chop

Eddie V's - Tysons Corner

$$$$·Seafood·
Tysons Corner / McLean
3,661 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Best restaurant in town for sure! Best known for seafood but I like their steak!!
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
53 people mentioned the Banana Foster

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Washington DC (K Street)

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,944 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Had a wonderful family get together at McCormick & Schmick’s. It was Restaurant Week and most dined off the special menu. It was very good. Would definitely dine there again!
24 people mentioned the Flounder

Bistro Cacao

$$$$·French·
Capitol Hill
3,454 reviews
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
Wonderful care from the manager and our server. I will be back
French in District of Columbia
58 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Gainesville

$$$$·American·
Gainesville
1,514 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
Great server, very pleasant. Pretty long wait for our food (salads). Food was very good, as always. We love Firebirds. Only a slight issue:The wall ledge between us and the kitchenRead more
31 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Woodbridge

$$$$·American·
Woodbridge
1,168 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
Food was great. Server was very friendly
15 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Sequoia

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
6,052 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Great food, amazing services!! the first time will be back.
47 people mentioned the Raw Bar
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Clyde's of Reston

$$$$·American·
Reston
3,941 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
The waitress was excellent and professional. The hostesses were very loud and they’re laughter was very annoying. I love to laugh like anyone but this hostess was braying and verRead more
Lunch in Washington, D.C. Area
53 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Bravo Italian Kitchen - Spotsylvania

$$$$·Italian·
Fredericksburg
565 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
Great food Great location
3 people mentioned the Brulee

Succotash PRIME

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,283 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Let's start with the service I received when I needed to increase my reservation from 6 to 8. The hostess quickly accommodated my request and informed me of the menu options necesRead more
42 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,722 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Great place, food is always amazing and they even gave us a free champagne for everyone.
Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs
96 people mentioned the Flat Bread

Tico DC & Nama 14 Sushi

$$$$·Latin American·
U Street Corridor
1,465 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
Margs pitcher was a little less then expected.. for the $50 cost.
Brunch in District of Columbia
45 people mentioned the Hibiscus Margarita
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Spanish Diner – Bethesda

$$$$·Spanish·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,660 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
We enjoyed very dish that we tried, from the gazpacho to croquettes to Cuban rice and the excellent postres.
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
176 people mentioned the Sangria

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,276 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
The WOW factor was in abundance Friday night. The greeting was warm and welcoming; the other guests were lovely; the service was EXCELLENT; and the food was amazing. Our party haRead more
85 people mentioned the Butter Cake
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Copper Canyon Grill - Gaithersburg

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gaithersburg
1,386 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
Love this place, delicious food. I love BBQ ribs!
Scenic View in Maryland - DC Suburbs
19 people mentioned the Prime Rib

MeJana

$$$$·Lebanese·
Arlington
1,623 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
The food was delicious. We tried most of the appetizers and shared some of the main entrees. It was a great dining experience!
49 people mentioned the Mezze

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Fairfax

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fairfax
2,353 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List
Chris, our server was the best we have had since our first time 30+ years ago.
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
25 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Washington DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
7,226 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Birthday wonderful service and wonderful food
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
532 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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Matchbox - One Loudoun

$$$$·American·
Ashburn
520 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
We were very surprised when we were served the apps we chose from the menu for restaurant week. The apps were fabulous and huge. Our main dishes were all delicious. The flourleRead more
4 people mentioned the Calamari

Bistro L'Hermitage

$$$$·French·
Woodbridge
5,078 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
This s one of the best restaurants in the state. Our favorite place.
Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area
52 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

$$$$·American·
Rockville
10,667 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
Great service and food. The plank salmon was amazing
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
271 people mentioned the Beignets

Chez Billy Sud

$$$$·French·
Georgetown
2,255 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
Excellent food and service. Do not miss a meal here on a trip to DC. The best.
French in District of Columbia
21 people mentioned the Soft Shelled Crab
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Gaithersburg

$$$$·American·
Gaithersburg
1,332 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
This was my first time dining here and I truly enjoyed it and will definitely be back. The food was tasty and affordable, the atmosphere was nice and we had an excellent server!
29 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Clyde's of Gallery Place

$$$$·American·
Downtown
6,710 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
My server was fantastic and the fish tacos were great!
74 people mentioned the Calamari

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,212 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Love that place also my family love oysters. Which is the best place for us to enjoy seafoods. Perfection is relative but overall the experience was great.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Bond 45 - National Harbor

$$$$·Italian·
National Harbor
3,100 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
Birthday Dinner for a dear friend. Great meal that ended with Cake!
Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
53 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
635 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
Overall a good dining experience for restaurant week. However, the restaurant was very cold.
14 people mentioned the Calamari

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Leesburg

$$$$·American·
Leesburg
778 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The food was excellent! If you want steak, then eat here.
16 people mentioned the Prime Rib

The Warehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
3,421 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Took my daughter for her 28th birthday. Personable, attentive service. Fantastic drinks. Exquisite New Orleans fare. Small, intimate establishment. Pricey but worth every penny!
145 people mentioned the Crab Soup

Bastille

$$$$·French·
Alexandria
2,262 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
We had a very tasty 3 course brunch. The food was delightful. Parsnip and mushroom soup to start was like velvet and so delicious. Salmon eggs Benedict also really good, followedRead more
French in Washington, D.C. Area
53 people mentioned the Beignets
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Alta Strada Mosaic

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
882 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Excellent service by Gino, personable and charismatic. The buratta app was one of the best flavor combos ive experienced recently. The sweet tang of the vinegarette and pomegranettRead more
8 people mentioned the Chicken Parm
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Copper Canyon Grill - Silver Spring

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Silver Spring
1,545 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasions
First time dining at this restaurant. My friend and I enjoyed the ambiance, food and service. Our waiter did a nice job being intuitive to our needs. Great experience! Will be backRead more
29 people mentioned the Rotisserie Chicken

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,241 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
FABULOUS FABULOUS. Cannot wait to go back very soon
Best Service in Maryland - DC Suburbs
104 people mentioned the White Pizza
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Gadsby's Tavern

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,378 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
It was a delight to our tastebuds! What a great that there were Restaurant Week specials as well! Everything was fantastic! I’d go again in a heartbeat.
116 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
6,167 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Group Bookings
Me and my friend attend restaurant week in DC who had a good experience over all
Special Occasions in District of Columbia
140 people mentioned the Baked Alaska

PassionFish - Reston VA

$$$$·Seafood·
Reston
6,086 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The setting is conducive to a romantic dinner. The food was absolutely unique and superb. The engaging service made for a complete package and a most enjoyable experience that weRead more
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
153 people mentioned the Flounder