The Best Spots for a Date this Valentine's Day

David Hatef

Valentine’s Day only comes once a year so there’s no doubt you want to make it extra special and truly memorable. The District’s picturesque setting adds the perfect backdrop for an idyllic date night. From its world-class dining scene and romantic restaurants to its renowned hotels and majestic monuments, there’s no better place to spend the evening with the one you love.

While you could stay at home, why not woo your sweetheart with this list of top Valentine’s Day spots. You’ll be glad you did! 

Take an Odyssey Cruise and discover romance on the rive

Inspired by the famous dinner boats sailing the Seine, enjoy a lovely dinner in style with your loved one upon an Odyssey Dinner Cruise. You’ll sail down the Potomac and glide through the District in style as you pass the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington Monument. It’s also great way to see communities in the Nation’s Capital with an entirely new perspective.

1789 Restaurant
1226 36th NW
Located in the Georgetown community, a fireside table in the John Carroll room is sure to win over your date’s heart. This classic spot is housed in a Federal-style townhouse with 16th century charm. The cozy tables, stunning antiques, and delicious tasting menu are all part of a dazzling evening.

The Red Hen
1822 1st St NW
Near the Shaw neighborhood, treat your date to a menu filled with Italian entrees such as fennel sausage ragu, delicious mezze rigatoni, and grilled swordfish. The wood-powered kitchen and rustic décor make this date spot a local favorite 

St. Gregory Hotel

2033 M St NW
Just because dinner is over doesn’t mean the evening has to stop. Reserve a room at the historic St. Gregory Hotel in Dupont Circle, and enjoy the romantic vibe with fireplaces in every suite. Newly renovated, this luxury spot is a great place to enjoy a glass of wine with your sweetheart.

Visit Union Market’s Heart Wall
309 5th St NE
With nearly 40 vendors, Union Market is one of the most buzzworthy spots in DC. As the epicenter of culinary creativity in the District, this is a great spot to grab a bite to eat before checking out the famous Heart Wall. This mural was created by Mr. Brainwash, a Los Angeles-based graffiti artist. The mural was originally place in the market in 2015 for International Women’s Day. Set the timer on your camera and hug your date tight for an Instagram-worthy shot. 

​​​​​​​Go Ice Skating over The Wharf

970 Wharf St SW
If you and your date are more of the type to get active, head over to the Southwest Waterfront. The energy and entertainment here is sure to break the ice (no pun intended!) as you enjoy
skating on Transit Pier. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of hot cocoa afterwards at one of the venues nearby.

Make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet by trying out one or more of our top date destinations. Have a favorite of your own to add? Let us know in the comments! 


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