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
16,942 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Made a reservation for my anniversary based on a recommendation from a friend and couldn’t be happier. Everything from the service, cocktails, food, and experience was amazing. We Read more
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
487 people mentioned the Mezze

The Hamilton

$$$$·American·
Downtown
9,291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
The Hamilton French 14 was a delightful cocktail and we thoroughly enjoyed the Spiced Garlic Shrimp, Crab Soup, and Rosemary Truffle Fries. Our server was wonderful - attentive butRead more
71 people mentioned the Milkshake

Founding Farmers - DC

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
30,389 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Everything was great Our server was amazing.
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
657 people mentioned the Beignets

Filomena Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
13,838 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Great menu and offerings for Resturant Week, 2022. Food and service were excellent. A wonderful location for lunch. Entre portion sizes were large - needed to take home leftoverRead more
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
190 people mentioned the Calamari
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Tower Oaks Lodge

$$$$·American·
Rockville
9,033 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
Delicious food! Great service!
Best Ambiance in Maryland - DC Suburbs
120 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Chart House Restaurant - Alexandria

$$$$·Seafood·
Alexandria
9,989 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Nick was a great server. The food was amazing!
Scenic View in Virginia - DC Suburbs
227 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Ashburn

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Ashburn
3,797 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Great for Lunch
Great birthday dinner for my husband! Our server was phenomenal and the food and wine was just as great!
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
37 people mentioned the Calamari

Clyde's Willow Creek Farm

$$$$·American·
Leesburg
5,758 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
We did a post holiday family get-together. The service and setting were outstanding. People were nicely spread out. The staff was helpful and highly professional, and the Coq au viRead more
75 people mentioned the Calamari

Founding Farmers - Tysons

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
10,166 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Brunch buffet- great potential but most of the (supposed to be hot) dishes were lukewarm or cold. Biscuits were hard as a rock. This is one of my favorite restaurants but the bruncRead more
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
174 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Wildfire - Tysons

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
7,964 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for 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
6,593 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
This has always been on my list of favorites, but I hadn't been in McLean/Tysons for dinner in quite a while. So coming back to J Gilbert after a several-year gap, I wasn't sure whRead more
77 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Fogo de Chao - Washington DC

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Downtown
4,122 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
Amazing as always
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
301 people mentioned the Chao

Il Canale

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,221 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
George (our waiter) was the best!
70 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Stanford Grill - Rockville

$$$$·American·
Rockville
2,621 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
Food and service were wonderful. We enjoyed our time there!!
Outdoor Dining in Maryland - DC Suburbs
65 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Reston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Reston
3,475 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Great for Lunch
They have extremely good gluten free offerings. I took the waiter up on his offer to bring some gluten free bread and it was warm and delicious. It's the only place I've been to thRead more
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
26 people mentioned the Calamari

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,839 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Brunch
Great food
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
159 people mentioned the Crab Dip

Mastro's Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steak·
Penn Quarter
3,800 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Birthday dinner was awesome, service was awesome, and Emily was a awesome server!!! I always have great service when I come!
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
134 people mentioned the Butter Cake

Old Ebbitt Grill

$$$$·American·
Downtown
24,579 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Great historic place to take business guests. Thanks!
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
203 people mentioned the Raw Bar

The Majestic

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Alexandria
1,598 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Yummy brunch with attentive service and warm ambiance on a very cold day!
26 people mentioned the Coconut Cake

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,460 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
Fast service….excellent tasting food. Would highly recommend.
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
99 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,803 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
The food is always fantastic and staff is great. This restaurant never disappoints!
90 people mentioned the Flat Bread

2941 Restaurant

$$$$·French American·
Falls Church
6,828 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
I took my mom for her birthday. This was my third time to 2941, and it was her first experience! I am grateful to the chef for being able to accommodate to our food allergies, and Read more
Notable Wine List in Virginia - DC Suburbs
66 people mentioned the Calamari
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Matchbox - Rockville

$$$$·American·
Rockville
3,078 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Food was good. Atmosphere was nice. Kids drinks were amazing.
Great for Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
34 people mentioned the Crab Soup

Copper Canyon Grill - Glenarden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lanham
2,432 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Lunch
Nice food. Nice service
61 people mentioned the Bread Pudding

Nostos Restaurant

$$$$·Greek·
Tysons Corner / McLean
3,650 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Going to Nostos is like a quick visit to Greece. The food is fresh, authentic and delicious. Gerry takes fabulous care of us. His wonderful service and delightful food culminatesRead more
108 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

CIRCA at Foggy Bottom

$$$$·American·
Foggy Bottom
2,028 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood 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
2,724 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups
Wait staff was amazing. Great date night atmosphere.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
25 people mentioned the Calamari

Tupelo Honey - Arlington

$$$$·Southern·
Arlington
2,499 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
Food was amazing! Great service. The host and waitress were so friendly. She came back multiple times to check on us and gave us great recommendations. The Old school breakfast bowRead more
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area
49 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Ashburn

$$$$·Steak·
Ashburn
1,413 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Service was outstanding - Carlos was attentive and professional and personable! Food was delicious as always. Short rib pot roast was pricey at $42.
Steak in Virginia - DC Suburbs
12 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,560 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas
Outstanding service, lovely ambience and wonderful food.
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
494 people mentioned the Sangria

Texas de Brazil - Fairfax

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fairfax
2,701 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Servers were very attentive. The salad bar was great, and the assortment of Meats was great as well.
21 people mentioned the Flank Steak

Ambar Capitol Hill

$$$$·Balkan style·
Capitol Hill
3,617 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Ambar is amazing. The price is reasonable and the food is fantastic. It's perfect for 2 or 3 people since they are small plates. But since it is all you can eat, you can order thinRead more
Best Value in District of Columbia
85 people mentioned the Mushroom Crepe

Clyde's at Mark Center

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
3,656 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
We needed to leave early, server was excellent making sure we could make it to our appt
77 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Cuba de Ayer

$$$$·Latin / Spanish·
Silver Spring
1,017 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Great food & service, even during this pandemic!
Kid Friendly in Maryland - DC Suburbs
25 people mentioned the Black Beans

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Herndon
1,470 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Food was phenomenal! Very disappointed to have waitress tell us she loved Trump when we were not asking for her political views. I would go there again but leave if she was assignRead more
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
197 people mentioned the Veal Chop

Eddie V's - Tysons Corner

$$$$·Seafood·
Tysons Corner / McLean
3,647 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Ideal location for a special occasion. Food, service, and experience are all top notch and absolutely perfect. Pricey as you'd expect, but worth every penny.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
53 people mentioned the Banana Foster

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

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,950 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
What a beautiful dining experience. Celebrated my birthday and was happy we found this gem!
24 people mentioned the Flounder

Bistro Cacao

$$$$·French·
Capitol Hill
3,447 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
SO many delicious choices on the restaurant week fixed menu. Most of my party had the steaks (and loved them)-- I had the large starter salad garnished with walnuts and goat cheesRead more
French in District of Columbia
58 people mentioned the Rack Lamb

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Gainesville

$$$$·American·
Gainesville
1,509 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Great customer service and high quality food. Very nice dining experience.
31 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Woodbridge

$$$$·American·
Woodbridge
1,159 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
Our favorite local restaurant—great entrees, service and atmosphere. The soup options are always excellent and I love the salads. My bride always goes for the salmon.
15 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Sequoia

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
6,055 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
The food was absolutely AMAZING. best brunch I've ever been to in DC. the server was on point with keeping my Bellini filled to the brim, and also made sure we ordered our food befRead more
47 people mentioned the Raw Bar
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Clyde's of Reston

$$$$·American·
Reston
3,945 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
The restaurant and service was pleased but nothing thrilling or memorable unfortunately.
Great for Lunch in Washington, D.C. Area
53 people mentioned the Lobster Specials

Bravo Italian Kitchen - Spotsylvania

$$$$·Italian·
Fredericksburg
564 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
Food was great as well as service. Great that they are reopened
3 people mentioned the Brulee

Succotash PRIME

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,270 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Everything was amazing.. food, service, etc. We will be back!
42 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Seasons 52 - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,718 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Another fine meal at Season 52. The service was prompt and professional. We were able to take our time and enjoy our meal without feeling rushed.
Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs
96 people mentioned the Flat Bread

Tico DC & Nama 14 Sushi

$$$$·Latin American·
U Street Corridor
1,461 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
The nachos were wonderful!
Great for Brunch in District of Columbia
45 people mentioned the Hibiscus Margarita
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Spanish Diner – Bethesda

$$$$·Spanish·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,655 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Very enjoyable to be back at the Spanish Diner. The food is excellent!
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
176 people mentioned the Sangria

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - DC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
3,262 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Our waiter took nearly 30 minutes to bring our cocktails to the table and it also it was the first day of DC Restaurant Week and he still only gave us the actual normal menu and I Read more
85 people mentioned the Butter Cake
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Copper Canyon Grill - Gaithersburg

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gaithersburg
1,385 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Wonderful venue to talk business
49 people mentioned the Mezze

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Fairfax

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Fairfax
2,354 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
Anniversary. Thanks for the details. Decorated table and service
Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. Area
25 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

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

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
7,212 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab is excellent. Service was good, and celebrated a birthday. Good kids menu too for 12U.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
532 people mentioned the Stone Crab

Matchbox - One Loudoun

$$$$·American·
Ashburn
517 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
We had Ray as our waiter. He was great! Always great food no matter which location!
4 people mentioned the Calamari

Bistro L'Hermitage

$$$$·French·
Woodbridge
5,063 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Outstanding!!!!
Best Overall in Washington, D.C. Area
52 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Founding Farmers - Montgomery County

$$$$·American·
Rockville
10,658 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
The egg scrambles were delicious and adding cheese to the grits made them extra tasty.
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
271 people mentioned the Beignets

Chez Billy Sud

$$$$·French·
Georgetown
2,253 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Great Dinner! Service was delicious and the service was fantastic!
French in District of Columbia
21 people mentioned the Soft Shelled Crab
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Gaithersburg

$$$$·American·
Gaithersburg
1,326 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
For my birthday lunch I had the Wood Fired Salmon with parmesan mashed potatoes, and the creme brulee cheesecake. It was one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Jaleel Read more
29 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Clyde's of Gallery Place

$$$$·American·
Downtown
6,718 reviews
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Service and food were excellent! They got us in and out in a very timely fashion before our capitals game. Our server was excellent and attentive and the food was great!
74 people mentioned the Calamari

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,224 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Came for a special occasion. Staff was super accommodating and allowed us to try the chefs tasting menu even though they have stopped serving it during Covid. Awesome table side seRead more
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Bond 45 - National Harbor

$$$$·Italian·
National Harbor
3,106 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Birthday Dinner for a dear friend. Great meal that ended with Cake!
Great for Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
53 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
632 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
Great dinner! Made a reservation and the table wasn't ready when I arrived with my party so we sat at the bar for about 15 minutes. Bartenders very friendly. Waiter wasn't the bestRead more
14 people mentioned the Calamari

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Leesburg

$$$$·American·
Leesburg
771 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Date night
16 people mentioned the Prime Rib

The Warehouse

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
3,417 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Always a great Sunday brunch at the Warehouse!!! We appreciate the exceptional food and efficient service, especially with special requests!
145 people mentioned the Crab Soup

Bastille

$$$$·French·
Alexandria
2,252 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
We loved the Bastille experience! Everything was perfect and the service could not be better. We enjoyed the French onion soup which was the cheesiest and best we ever had. TheRead more
French in Washington, D.C. Area
53 people mentioned the Beignets

Alta Strada Mosaic

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
878 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Our entire dining experience was amazing! Our waitress Zoey was so sweet and super helpful throughout the entire night. It was a beautiful environment, they had it nice and cozy inRead more
8 people mentioned the Chicken Parm
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Copper Canyon Grill - Silver Spring

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Silver Spring
1,545 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Food was excellent! K'dia (spelling?) was a great server!
29 people mentioned the Rotisserie Chicken

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,239 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Amazing food and fast service. Hidden gem. A little pricey but worth it.
Best Service in Maryland - DC Suburbs
104 people mentioned the White Pizza

Gadsby's Tavern

$$$$·American·
Alexandria
2,379 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Delish food and rum punch! Would highly recommend
116 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Oceanaire Seafood Room - DC

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
6,167 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Anniversaries
Quiet evening on MLK Day after the snow & ice. Sat in bar and had a very nice dinner. Nelson was superb at taking care of us! Food & wine was exceptional. Looking forward to ouRead more
Special Occasion in District of Columbia
140 people mentioned the Baked Alaska

PassionFish - Reston VA

$$$$·Seafood·
Reston
6,074 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
It was delicious as always. My scallops were perfectly cooked.
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
153 people mentioned the Flounder