Eat, Play, Love: How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

by Catherine Douglas Moran

Spoil the ones you love. From jewelry to hotel escapes, we’ve got you covered.


Shop the Roslyn Collection of engagement rings, named after founder Roz Rosenheim, at Tiny Jewel Box. (Photo courtesy Tiny Jewel Box.)

Tiny Jewel Box

Looking for a present for that special someone? Check out Tiny Jewel Box’s Valentine Designer Event. The special collections will include designers Penny Preville, Marco Bicego and Ippolita.

When: Feb. 9-10, 10 a.m – 5:30 p.m.

Where: 1155 Connecticut Ave. NW

The Paper Bag Flower Company

Head to CityCenterDC for The Paper Bag Flower Company to take flower orders. Each stunning bouquet will contain American Rescue Roses, and a portion of each purchase will go toward the Humane Rescue Alliance.

When: Feb. 13-14

Where: 825 10th St. NW


Chef Luigi Diotaiuti hosts an intimate couples cooking class ($140). Pairs will enjoy champagne and cook a romantic dinner. The menu includes a Sweet Heart Salad with fennel, celery, romaine hearts, black truffle slices, pears and passion fruit-honey vinaigrette; Ravioli Hearts made with Caciocavallo cheese filling, fresh tomato and basil salsa; and My Heart Says Chocolate – a decadent Italian-style chocolate mousse.

When: Feb. 11, 6 p.m.

Where: 2013 I St. NW

KARMA by Erwin Gomez

Receive a free eyebrow design session from eyebrow pro Lyra with a complimentary glass of champagne and a red rose with every service booked on Valentine’s Day.

When: Feb. 14, noon – 6 p.m.

Where: 1104 24th St. NW


Fill the night with music from Dutch DJ and producer Don Diablo. Known for his electronic style of production and vocalizing in many of his songs, Don Diablo’s track and accompanying video the “Batman Arkham Origins” game became an instant viral hit. Tickets start at $25.

When: Feb. 17, 9 p.m.

Where:  2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE


Photo Courtesy of honeygrow

Iron Gate Restaurant

The “Tunnel of Love” returns with concoctions by Spirits Manager Nick Farrell and Chef Tony Chittum, drawing on the darkness and romance of Edgar Allen Poe. The food and cocktail menus have two options: heart vs. heartbreak. Carriageway bar decor complete with red, black and burgundy flowers, feathers and lights create an atmosphere that complements how your heart feels. Drink highlights include the Galentine’s Day, a tray of rye, amaro truffles and sparkling wine for two or more, ($20 per person) and the Telltale Heart, tequila, blood orange cello, habanero shrub, club soda and black heart ice cubes ($13). For food, follow your heart’s desire with grilled tangier oysters served with goat’s milk butter, Calabrian chili and pickled shallot ($15) or eat your heart out with squid ink gnocchetti sardi with yellow fin tuna crudo, bird chilies and garlic breadcrumbs ($15).

When: Feb. 1-14

Where: 1734 N St. NW

Tunnel of Love (Photo Courtesy of Neighborhood Restaurant Group)


Blue Duck Tavern

Celebrate Cupid’s Day with a four-course prix fixe menu ($125 per person) by Executive Chef Troy Knapp and Chef de Cuisine Daniel Hoefler. Starter options include pan-seared foie gras with red currant and berry tea jelly, pistachio brioche powder, berries and almond tuille. For the entree, choose between New York prime rib, day boat scallops, farro risotto and pan-seared monkfish. Finish off the dinner with decadent dessert options: passion fruit custard, chocolate ganache or warm cherry cobbler.

When: Feb. 14, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Where: 1201 24th St. NW

Truffle Festival

Enjoy special Valentine’s Day menus at José Andrés’s China Chilcano, Oyamel. Zaytinya and Jaleo ($55 to $95 per person) and pair the meal with truffle specials. Check out the Palta Trufada with avocado, chicken salad, truffle vinaigrette and shaved truffles ($15 at China Chilcano) and the Truffleable made with Milagro tequila, El Silencio mezcal, granny smith apple water, truffle honey, lemon and apple cider vinegar ($14 at Oyamel).

When: until Feb. 18

Where: Various locations

Karma Modern Indian

Get all hot from the new contemporary Indian eatery’s four-course dinner for $78 per person. The feast includes Tandoori-style entrees like a grilled vegetable platter, sesame scallops and Chilean sea bass. For drinks, try the one-night only “Valentine Gin Fizz” or enjoy bottles of wine for 15 percent off.

When: Feb. 14

Where: 611 St. NW


On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant concept will give out a free honeybar voucher good from Feb. 15 to March 15 with a purchase.

When: Feb. 14

Where: 716 7th St. NW

Taberna del Alabardero

Enjoy an $85 per person five-course Valentine’s Day dinner by Chef Javier Cuesta at the traditional Spanish restaurant. The dinner includes mushrooms and olorosa cream with scallops, goat cheese and serrano ham; donostiarra style hake with purrusalda and piquillo hollandaise gratin; mojito sorbet; beef tenderloin and sweet potato gratin with vegetables and truffle demi-glace; and finally, chocolate coulant with berries and Tahitian vanilla ice cream.

When: Feb. 14

Where: 1776 I St. NW

RARE Steak and Seafood interior (Photo Courtesy of Linda Roth Associates)

RARE Steak and Seafood

Specials from Executive Chef Marc Hennessy range from casual to fancy. A $50 three-course prix fixe menu in the Tavern lets couples choose between Autumn Olive Farms Pork Country Pate with kumquat mostardo and brioche with spicy greens or a Chesapeake Greenhouse greens salad with fresh hearts of palm and Goot Essa Felsa Yehr cheese. The main course options include a dry-aged bottleneck steak with bleu potato croquettes and Nameko mushroom ragout or a grilled black bass with black truffle risotto and Meyer lemon preserves. To top it off, choose either a walnut brownie with bourbon caramel and vanilla ice cream or the Almond “Joy” Sundae with Marcona almonds, coconut gelato, and chocolate fudge sauce round out the meal. For a fancier affair, the a la carte specials at the steakhouse level include Royal Ossetra Caviar and Kennebec Potato chips with “Ranch” Crema for $90 and more even more specials.

When: Feb. 14

Where: 1595 I St. NW


Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown

Gift loved ones or yourself a custom-tailored spa and room package complete with chocolate-infused facials, body treatments and massages. The Lovers Reconnect Package ($850 for two) provides a 100-minute spa escape with a stress relief massage, custom facial and glass of champagne per person after a three-course lunch for two in the Degrees Bistro. The All Day Romance Package ($475) has an 80-minute tailored massage with a 50-minute chocolate decadence facial with garden fresh roses and hydrating chocolate, followed by a three-course lunch in Degrees Bistro. You can also get the chocolate facial ($40) and the chocolate back or foot reviver ($170 for 50 minutes, $265 for 80 minutes) separately. Getaway with the Lovers Reconnect room package (starts at $599 per night), which includes a full American breakfast for two, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, a rose petal turndown and complimentary valet parking.

When: entire month of February

Where: 3100 South St. NW


Thinking about popping the question? Get engaged while staying or dining at the Fairmont during its Valentine’s Engagement Week to enter to be one of the five newly betrothed couples to win an overnight stay on Cupid’s day. One winning couple will be randomly chosen each day. Out of the five chosen, one couple will enjoy an upgrade to a luxurious suite. Cocktail specials for the lovebirds include the Kissed from a Rose made with Grey Goose Citron, Malibu rum, peach essence and cranberry juice and All the Single Ladies, with Juve Y Camps Rosé, Tito’s vodka, fresh lemon, lavender and hibiscus syrup

When: Feb. 9 – 13

Where: 2401 M St. NW

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