DC Valentines

Trying to figure out how to spend Valentine’s Day in Washington DC this year?

The team at 425 Mass helped us to find the best places to be in the Mt. Vernon and Chinatown neighborhoods. Whether you are married, single or somewhere in the middle, we have the best spots for you to visit this Valentine’s Day.

For a one-on-one, romantic Valentine’s Day in the District, look for a vowel at the end of the restaurant’s name:

Graffiato – This Italian inspired restaurant  by celebrity chef Mike Isabella has great small plates,  perfect for sharing. The Valentine’s Day special is $65 per guest which includes a 5 course tasting
Fiola – This is an amazing upscale Italian restaurant which is ranked as one of DC’s Top Ten restaurants for 2012. Visit for their Valentine’s Day meal “inspired by the senses”.
Oya – American Asian fusion, including sushi that’s great for sharing. Oya has a $45 3 course prix fixe and a $95 4 course prix fixe on special for Valentine’s Day.
Zaytinya – Greek and Turkish Tapas restaurant which has a good drink menu and great food. It will be participating in Washington DC’s Restaurant Week during the week of Valentine’s Day and will have a 4 course prix fixe dinner menu.

You can also give Cupid the night off and grab your friends to paint the town red at one of these friendly spots:

Redline – Sports bar with table taps. Hot spot for pre- and post-gaming Caps and Wizards games at the Verizon Center
Zengo – Latin Asian fusion restaurant with dishes that are good for sharing. The entire month of February they are offering 2 for 1 mojitos!
La Tasca – Spanish tapas restaurant which will be celebrating Washington DC Restaurant Week during the week of Valentine’s Day with an unlimited tapas dinner offering.
Sixth Engine – Located directly across the street from 425 Mass. This has great food and offers good happy hour specials.


Can’t make it out on a weeknight to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Save the celebration for a fun weekend brunch! Whether with friends or your significant other, it’s always a good time to get together for brunch on the weekends at one of these neighborhood gems:

Acadiana – New Orleans style, big portions, great food, fantastic Jazz Brunch, $30-35 for three courses with $2.00 Bloody Marys or mimosas plus other tasty drinks.
Matchbox – Great wood fire grilled pizzas. Good for brunch, fun cocktails
Tel’ Veh – Located in the 401 tower of 425 Mass. Wine bar with great happy hour deals. They also have a “Bottomless Brunch” on Saturday and Sunday with all you can eat and drink specials for $29.95 per person.

Got your own local favorites? Share the word! What places do you think merit top mention in your area?