Struggling to make Valentine’s Day in DC plans this year? We don’t blame you. Here’s the good news, though: With cupid’s holiday falling on President’s Day weekend, many local restaurants are taking advantage of the fortuitous timing. For you, that means splurging on a nice meal — and supporting your community — without breaking the bank. So, without further ado, here are the restaurants with the best takeout and dine-in options for getting a taste of the most romantic holiday around.
Chef Michael Rafidi’s wood-fired Levantine restaurant serves a Valentine’s Day feast to-go as well as dine-in options. The menu of modern Mediterranean dishes ($125 per person) includes homemade pitas and spreads like crab and chermoula labne, vegetable dishes, coal-fired lobster, barbecue lamb, and halva-sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Order online for pickup or delivery Feb. 12 to 14.
Even if that romantic vacation isn’t on the menu, you can still have your vacation-inspired cuisine (and eat it, too). Chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan channel the islands with a Jamaican jerk lobster dinner for two with Caribbean-style chow mein and vanilla glazed rum cake ($100 for takeout and indoor dining). Order online for pickup on Feb. 14.
If you’re looking for luxury, look no further than Chef Ryan Ratino’s five-course Valentine’s Day takeout menu. There’s grilled lobster, short ribs, tuna tartare, and dark chocolate ($125 per person)—plus additional luxuries like a foie gras tart or truffles. If you want to dine out without dining indoors (also an option), individual heated patio “lodges” for two are available. Order online for pickup, Feb. 12 through 14.
This popular Mount Pleasant destination dishes out a distinct mashup for Valentine’s Day takeout: a whole Amish fried chicken feast with biscuits, sides, homemade dipping sauces, pickles, and double chocolate layer cake ($130 for two)—plus luxe add-ons like wild sturgeon caviar ($50) and Champagne ($40). Order online by Feb. 10 for pickup, Feb. 12 through 14.
In addition to dine-in menus for brunch and dinner, chef Anthony Chittum serves a takeout Mediterranean feast for two ($220) with five snacks and appetizers, a choice of entrees like beef wellington or whole roasted fish, salads, sides, breads, and a Sicilian pistachio tart. Pre-order online by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 14 between 11 AM and 3 PM.
Le Diplomate and St. Anselm
Stephen Starr’s DC restaurants are celebrating the holiday in style: with takeout specials as well as dine-in and heated outdoor seating. At Le Dip, guests can opt for a takeout dinner for two ($140) with baked oysters, braised short ribs, sides, dessert, and a split of sparkling (order here for pickup Feb. 12 – 14). Over at St. Anselm, they’ve put together a package for two with video instructions and everything you need to make a seared porterhouse steak, creamy truffled mac and cheese, and other classics for $175 (pre-order online here by Feb. 11 for pick-up on Feb. 13-14). February 13th or 14th between 2pm-5pm. or call St. Anselm at 202-864-2199). You can also add/gift a seasoned cast iron skillet for $24.