It’s almost that time again -- Valentine’s Day. You want to take your significant other to dinner somewhere that will put them in the romantic mood.

While there are plenty of amazing restaurants in Washington D.C., these three dinner spots are especially nice for the big night.


1520 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20005 Spanish food -- and more specifically tapas (small shared plates) -- are romantic in their own right, but Estadio elevates date night to the next level with its dim lighting and sultry vibe and décor. The restaurant tends to be quite busy and loud at nights, and you do have to sit extra close to hear everything your partner is saying. That being said, if you’re the “it” couple, you’ll love the urban, trendy ambience. Make sure to order a bottle of red wine and get a good mix of vegetarian, fish, and meat tapas to share. If you’re feeling something a bit bigger, go for one of the paellas. Favorites on the menu include the seared scallops, sautéed shrimp, hanger steak, and the roasted wild mushrooms. You can view the full menu here. [caption id="attachment_6847" align="aligncenter" width="600"]dinner Courtesy of[/caption]

Lupo Verde

1401 T St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009 Lupo Verde is the classic go-to for a cozy, charming, and romantic Italian dinner. Everything from the twinkling lights, to the small amount of seating, to the exposed brick décor create a beautiful ambience for Valentine’s Day dinner. This is probably one of the best restaurants in the city for date night. There’s really nothing like getting closer to someone over a bottle of wine, and Lupo Verde has an extensive wine list. Start with that, and add a cheese and salumi plate to nibble on. Popular items off the entrée menu include Gnocci Verde, Scialatielli al Nero, and Pizza Genovese. [caption id="attachment_6848" align="aligncenter" width="300"]dinner Courtesy of[/caption]

Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., 20003 This is the perfect spot for wine lovers. And if you’re looking to impress your date on Valentine’s Day, you should brush up on your wines before coming here, as they have quite the selection. All Valentine’s Day week, Sonoma will feature a special, three-course pre-fixe menu for $49 per person. You’ll start with an appetizer of carpaccio, pork belly, or octopus salad, then choose between three entrée options -- truffle spaghetti, pan-seared Pacific skate (which is a type of white fish), and braised Colorado lamb shank. You’ll finish off with dessert. You can also order a la carte from the regular menu if you’re not feeling the pre-fixe options. [caption id="attachment_6846" align="aligncenter" width="300"]dinner Courtesy of[/caption] It’s important to note that all of these restaurants are incredibly popular for Valentine’s Day dinner, so you should make your reservation well in advance (like right now!). What are your plans for Valentine’s Day dinner? Let us know in the comments below!

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