Valentine’s Day weekend is almost here, and while you can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants in DC, here are a few that put extra-romance in the equation.


340 Fourth St., NE

Chef Nick Stefanelli’s Italian tasting room may not look like much from the outside—the restaurant is housed amidst working warehouses near Union Market—but the inside is stunning, starting with the atmospheric courtyard, and the prix-fixe menus truly memorable. 

Bad Saint

3226 11th St., NW

You’ll have to get in line early for one of the 24 seats at this Columbia Heights gem, but you can grab a delicious cocktail at Room 11 nearby while you wait for space. Once you’re in, expect to get cozy with your date (the place is tiny) over modern Filipino fare.

The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley, NW

The wood-burning hearth at the center of this gorgeous Shaw restaurant already seals the deal in terms of romantic atmosphere. The menu changes near-nightly, but you can expect exciting interpretations of Mid-Atlantic and Southern dishes

Iron Gate

1734 N St., NW

This historic Dupont space offers a variety of chances for romance over Valentine’s weekend, from divine cocktails in the carriageway bar to dinner in the fire-lit dining room, and vino snuggled under heat lamps in the courtyard (weather permitting). Chef Tony Chittum’s stellar Mediterranean fare is served in various menus throughout.