With so many restaurants in Northern Virginia, how do you choose a spot for Valentine's Day dinner? Here are seven of the best options for a romantic night out.

From Italian classics to gourmet wine bars, we have your dinner plans covered. Whatever you pick, don't forget to make reservations!

Seasonal Cuisine

When a chef takes the time to create seasonal menus, you know you're in for a treat. The offerings will change frequently to make the best use of the products available. You will pay more for this type of creativity, but it also means you're in for a unique dining experience.

The Majestic | 911 King Street | Alexandria, VA

With its intimate dining space and historic Old Town Alexandria address, The Majestic is the perfect option for a romantic dinner for two. Enjoy simple classics like roast chicken or steak and potatoes, prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients. View some sample menus here.

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2941 | 2941 Fairview Park Drive | Falls Church, VA

For $85 per person, you can work your way through a sumptuous three-course Valentine's Day dinner. Enjoy such specialties as Sea Trout with Black Truffles and Maine Lobster Velouté. Make your reservations soon; this local favorite fills up fast!

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Waterfront

If a walk along the water after dinner is in your plan, here are restaurants that will fit the bill.

Bottle Stop Wine Bar | 311 Mill Street | Occoquan, VA

Just a stone's throw from the Occoquan River, this is a very quaint option if you're into good food and wine. Their prix fixe Valentine's Day menu for $45 per person features dishes like a velvety lobster bisque or a miso-glazed salmon. I would finish off the meal with their Red Velvet cake -- yum! 

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Vola's Dockside Grill | 101 North Union Street | Alexandria, VA

You really can't beat the view from this Old Town favorite. The extensive menu offers seafood in all its incarnations: fish tacos, lobster rolls, steamers, and more. Best part? It's family-friendly and on the casual side, so bring the kids along!

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Italian Restaurants

A gorgeous dish of pasta is always a good idea, even more so on Valentine's Day. Don't forget to save room for dessert!

Trattoria Villagio | 7145 Main Street | Clifton, VA

Trattoria Villagio will have a special dinner menu featuring some of their bestselling dishes. One of the coolest aspects of this restaurant is their heated outdoor space. Cuddle up by the fire and have some s'mores or cocktails after your meal.

Courtesy of Trattoria Villagio

Ciao Osteria | 14115 St. Germain Drive | Centreville, VA

This classic Italian Osteria serves up authentic dishes in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. They are best known for their gourmet pizzas and extensive pasta selection. It's no surprise they're a NoVA favorite!

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Off the Beaten Path

Taiko Sushi | 6715D Backlick Rd. | Springfield, VA 22150

This unassuming sushi restaurant is located on the edge of Springfield in a nondescript strip mall. Their food, however, is consistently stellar, both in taste and variety. You can indulge in a classic omakase or tasting platter of sushi or sashimi. It's not all about fish here; you can also get ramen, udon, donburi, and a whole page of appetizers.

Courtesy of Yelp for Taiko Sushi

Clearly, this is just the tip of the restaurant iceberg. Wherever you end up, with whomever you share a meal, have a great Valentine's Day dinner out on the town!

Are you heading out for a Valentine's Day this year? Let us know where in the comments below.

 

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