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Bitch Guide: Valentine’s Day 2013

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Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

Yes, ladies and gents, it’s the time of year again where the price of chocolate increases but the calories diminish (in my mind at least), and bouquets upon bouquets of gorgeous red roses are in full bloom just waiting to be delivered to sweet honey love muffins everywhere.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and if all the Facebook engagement notifications I’ve been getting are any indicator, 2013 is the year of love. Panicking about making the perfect Valentine’s Day plans? No need to fret, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for the perfect romantic places to wine and dine.

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Blue Duck Tavern
From the minute you walk through the doors, you’re treated like a celebrity at Blue Duck Tavern. The well-dressed hostess will greet you with a smile, escort you to your table where you’ll have a waiter for your drink order, a waiter for your food order, a busboy for your table, and a stool for your handbag. Not only is the service impeccable, but the quality of the cuisine is impressive. This Valentine’s Day they have a special four course prix fixe menu. It is available from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. and is $75 a person. Show your lover they’re the star of the show by wining and dining them at Blue Duck Tavern. Read the Blue Duck Tavern Bitching to find out more.

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 419-6755

Cashion’s
The Adams Morgan staple is serving up a three-course farm-to-table tasting menu for $75 per person (optional wine pairings $25 per person). The menu, by Chef John Manolatos, will feature some of our favorite, local purveyors. Solo on Valentine’s Day? Not to worry! Join us at the bar and enjoy some witty banter amongst fellow singles with George playing host. Read the Cashion’s Bitching to find out more.

Cashion’s Eat Place
1819 Columbia Road N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 797-1819

The Chart House
I know ze Bitches haven’t brunched at The Chart House, but I’m going off personal experience here, and trust me, you will thank me later. The Chart House is the perfect date spot, especially for Valentine’s Day. The large glass windows give way to a view of the harbor in Alexandria where you can watch the boats drift dreamily on the water reflecting the light from the lampposts. The food is to die for, as in if I had my choice of picking my last meal, it would most likely be here. The service is impeccable, the view is stunning, and the food is fabulous.

The Chart House
1 Cameron St,
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-5080

CoCo Sala
They say that chocolate is better than sex, and considering chocolate is CoCo Sala’s specialty, you’re in for a treat. They’re offering a prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day for $80 a person, or $120 a person with wine or artisanal soda pairing. Not only will dining at CoCo Sala seduce your lover, but the rich dishes will romance your taste buds. Honestly, this might also be the perfect place to celebrate being single as well, I mean think about it, you don’t have to impress anyone and no one is going to judge you for eating a meal consisting of nothing but gourmet chocolate, a win win in my book. Want to find out more? Read the CoCo Sala Bitching.

Co Co Sala
929 F St. N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 347-4265

Estadio
Every time I mosey down 14th street I can’t help but walk by Estadio. It’s like that exotic stranger with intense eyes that catches your eye from across the room (I’ve obviously been reading far too many romance novels). There is something about Estadio that is just sexy. Maybe it’s the dim lighting, or perhaps it’s the dark wood and iron detailing, something about it is utterly seductive. Not only is the atmosphere electric, but the food is packed with intense flavor. If you decide to dine here, don’t mind me, the blonde girl with her nose pressed to the glass, salivating over your meal. Nothing’s more romantic than that view right? Read the Estadio Bitching to see how the eatery can seduce you into making Valentine’s Day plans.

Estadio
1520 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 319-1404

Floriana
Perhaps you did the whole wine and rose petals thing last year, and this year you’re still madly in love but want to make Valentine’s Day a little cozier. Floriana, built into a charming Dupont Circle Rowhouse, is just the place to go to keep the chic and upscale while remaining comfortable and relaxed. The menu has something to satisfy everyone, and you can’t beat the in house made Italian pastas. If you’re looking to be a little low key this year but still enjoy pure quality, this is the place for you. Let Floriana flirt it’s way into your Valentine’s Day, read the Floriana Bitching.

Floriana
1602 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 677-5937

The Grille at Morrison House
For the ultimate high collar Valentine’s Day check out The Grille at Morrison House. The food is perfection, the service is excellent, and with the location being in the heart of Old Town Alexandria a delightful little walk along the twinkle light filled streets will certainly set the romantic mood. Break out your best pearls ladies, and gents better make sure your tie is straight for this local. Read the Grille at Morrison House Bitching to see if it’s the perfect place to wine and dine your sweetie.

The Grille at Morrison House
116 South Alfred St.
Alexandria, VA
(703) 838-8000

Lavagna
There are few parts of Washington so charming as the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Barracks Row and Eastern Market. With adorable row houses, outdoor patios and cozy little restaurants, it’s one of the Bitches favorite spot. You can’t go wrong with Italian for Valentine’s Day: carbs, wine, and chocolate, people, c’mon! And Lavagna does Italian right, with nice touches like hand-stamped fleur de lis pastas, heavenly deconstructed tiramisu and a to-die-for Bolognese, we’re sold. Best of all, Lavagna focuses on locally sourced, farm-to-table cuisine: pure simplicity at its finest. Read the Lavagna Bitching to find out why it was one of the best for 2012.

Lavagna
539 8th Street S.E.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 546-5006

Lincoln
Everything about Lincoln is well thought out, from the cocktails to the décor. The prohibition themed cocktails are phenomenal and the food is American style tapas with a twist. Lincoln will be offering an adorable four course His and Her’s menu for Valentine’s Day. With one million pennies lining the floor and the walls, and exposed Edison light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, dining at Lincoln on Valentine’s Day is the flawless way to show your beloved that they’re one in a million and the light of your life (insert cheesy music here). Check out the Lincoln Bitching, to see how it won over the Bitches.

Lincoln
1110 Vermont Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 386-9200

Ris
Ris is the perfect combination of delectable food, modern décor, and ambiance that will make you feel like your party is the only one in the restaurant even when every table is full. One thing I’m absolutely certain of is that Chef Ris Lacoste knows her way around a kitchen, every dish that leaves the kitchen is impeccable down to the very last bite. The unique flavor pairings will leave you satisfied and the setting is perfect for a romantic, chic, and intimate night out. Read the Ris Bitching to see what this eatery has to offer.

Ris
2275 L St NW,
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 730-2500

Rustico
If you’re not looking for all the bells and whistles but require excellent service, spectacular food, and a well decorated atmosphere to make the most of your Valentine’s Day, Rustico is the place for you. Not only are the Bitches fans, but practically everyone I know that’s been there has nothing but wonderful things to say about it. Instead of focusing on flare, the restaurant puts effort into perfecting each dish so that every bite is as satisfying as the first. Not convinced? Two words people, Nutella Cheesecake. Read the Rustico Bitching to find out more about this eatery.

Rustico
4075 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 384-1820

Seasons at the Four Seasons
If elegance and pure class is what you’re striving for this Valentine’s Day, why not try Seasons at the Four Seasons? The tables are covered in traditional white tablecloths and surrounded by fluffy club chairs. Floral arrangements are within sight no matter where you look and the floor to ceiling windows will give you the perfect night view. The food is impeccable, fresh, and is delivered by outstanding servers. Read the Four Seasons Bitching to see if this local is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Seasons at the Four Seasons Georgetown
2800 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 342-0444

Ulah
If your Valentine is a no-nonsense girl who doesn’t like a big fuss, Ulah is the place to be. It’s a cozy, relaxed grill atmosphere, but one with delicious food. So, you don’t have to sacrifice quality of cuisine for a more laid-back ambiance. As a professional doctor (you know, the doctor of love) I prescribe a bouquet of flowers and a rezzie at Ulah Bistro to cure your worries for having the perfect Valentine’s Day with your sweet honey love muffin. Not quite sold? Read the Ulah Bitching to get the skinny.

Ulah Bistro
1214 U Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 234-0123

Washingtonian Valentine’s Single Party
If you’re single and ready to mingle like myself, there’s no reason you can’t have a killer Valentine’s Day too. Put down your copy of 50 Shades of Gray, and step away from the ASPCA’s cat section, and buy tickets to the Washingtonian’s Singles Soiree instead. The party will have a variety of activities for your enjoyment including skeeball, shuffleboard, pool, foosball, board games, and of course flirting with DC’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. The event is being hosted at Penn Social on February 14, 2013 from 7pm-9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, include two free drinks and complimentary appetizers. Get your tickets here. Who knows, you might just meet next year’s Valentine’s Day date!

Washingtonian Single’s Soiree
Penn Social
801 E Street, NW
Washington, DC

Bohemian Caverns
Want to show off to your date and take them to see some of DC’s best live jazz? Jazz vocalist Loide, backed by a band of accomplished talent, will be performing on the Bohemian Caverns stage with a mix of her native Portuguese tongue and English. Loide’s unique sound comes from a mix of influences like musicians Sarah Vaugh and Cesaria Evora. The show ticket for the evening also includes a two-course dinner. Tickets are $60, get them here.

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