Valentine’s Day Hot Spots Going Fast

By Rina Rapuano
January 14, 2014
By Rina Rapuano  |  January 14, 2014
Photo by: prana@neoprana.net

Ready or not, Valentine’s Day is just a month away - and it’s time to start planning. For those of you who have been putting it off, we decided to make a few phone calls to see who still has space for lovebirds.

Some - like the brand-new Iron Gate, which is one of the most romantic dining rooms in town - are already booked and compiling wait lists. But there are still plenty of places with tables available, especially if you’re willing to dine on the earlier or later sides of prime time.

As of last night, the following restaurants had space available. Hop to it if you plan to book, though - we guarantee these romantic Valentine’s Day hot spots won’t last long.

1. Cashion’s Eat Place: Offering a three-course menu for $75 per person in the dining room, $60 per solo diner at the bar. Wine pairings run $25 per person or $12 per glass (202-797-1819).

2. Co Co. Sala: Offering a five-course menu for $90 that includes Champagne and some “other little surprises” (202-347-4265).

3-4. Fiola: The restaurant only has two-tops left for 5 PM or 9 PM - even though the dishes and price for the five-course menu haven’t been set yet (202-628-2888). There is still space available at sister restaurant Casa Luca, too, which will offer a five-course menu in addition to the regular menu (202-628-1099).

5. L’Auberge Chez Francois: This romantic Great Falls spot offers its usual six-course tasting menu, which runs $70-$84 per person, and it still has a few tables left at 9:30 PM (703-759-3800).

6. Marcel’s: Offering a four-course set menu for $150 per person, with nothing but 6 PM or 9 PM slots still available (202-296-1166).

7-8. Rasika: Offering a four-course menu starting at $85, with tables available at 10:15 and later (202-637-1222). The larger Rasika West End has the same deal and still has spots available at 5:45 PM and 9:45 PM (202-466-2500).

9. Restaurant Eve: Offering a five-course tasting menu for $165 per person with optional wine pairings for $110. Diners must call the restaurant to reserve (703-706-0450).

10. Tabard Inn: Offering a four-course menu for $75, which includes champagne and a rose, plus live piano music (202-331-8528).

11. Vermilion: Offering a four-course tasting menu for $85, plus optional wine pairings for an additional $35 (703-684-9669).

Places Mentioned

Iron Gate Restaurant

Mediterranean • Dupont Circle

Food24 Decor25 Service22 Cost$51
Cashion's Eat Place

American • Adams Morgan

Food22 Decor19 Service20 Cost$50
Co Co. Sala

Dessert • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food25 Decor24 Service22 Cost$34

Italian • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$89
Casa Luca

Mount Vernon Square

Food26 Decor25 Service26 Cost$58
L'Auberge Chez Francois

French • Great Falls

Food27 Decor26 Service27 Cost$84

Indian • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food28 Decor25 Service25 Cost$52
Rasika West End

Indian • West End

Food28 Decor25 Service25 Cost$52
Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

Belgian • West End

Food27 Decor26 Service26 Cost$103
Restaurant Eve


Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$98
The Tabard Inn

Dupont Circle

Food25 Decor23 Service22 Cost$47
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