Best Valentine’s Day Food Delivery DC Area Restaurants in 2022

Best Valentine's Day Food Delivery DC Area Restaurants in 2022

Best Valentine’s Day Food Delivery DC Area Restaurants in 2022


Nina May is getting ready for Valentine’s Day.Photo courtesy of Nina May

Just because you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at home doesn’t mean you have to 1) cook, or 2) cut back on luxuries like truffle pasta or beef Wellington. A silver lining for the third year of the pandemic: Chefs’ game is down when it comes to multi-course holiday specials.

Note that Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, so many restaurants offer specials on weekends (some restaurants are closed on Mondays). Regardless, pre-orders are live — and many places require advance notice. Make your lover happy and plan accordingly.

Bantam King and Tonari
501 G Street NW; 707 6th Street NW
Looking for casual yet impressive V-Day takeaways? Ramen and chicken shop Bantam King offers a $55 package that includes a four-piece bucket, plus dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, miso corn, rice drizzled with chicken gravy, and a flourless chocolate cake decorated with cherry blossoms for dessert. Sister restaurant Tonari is a new destination for Italian-Japanese cuisine, offering a five-course dine-in and take-out menu ($99 per person) that includes Wagyu beef balls with prune tomato sauce pasta. Pre-order for pickup February 10-12 and February 14.

breska and joent
1906 14th Street NW
Chef Ryan Ratino’s Michelin-starred restaurant offers a four-course take-out menu that doesn’t skimp on fancy stuff. The luxurious lineup: foie gras, truffle fondue, surf turf with wagyu beef and lobster, and rare Japanese strawberries dipped in chocolate. It’s not cheap ($245 per person), but neither is your lover. Order online for pickup from February 11th through February. 13.

Buffalo and Bergen
Capitol Hill and Union Market Locations
If your lover just eats breakfast in bed, Gina Chersevani’s “You Are My Everything” bagel combo is a sweet treat ($65 for two). The kit includes two bagels with house-made horseradish cream cheese, whiskey-cured smoked salmon, a bottle of champagne and fresh orange juice. Pick up February 11-14.

Photo courtesy of Chaiya.

Georgetown and Chinatown locations
Want to score points with your special friend by ordering a cute and casual Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner? Vegetarian-centric taqueria Chaia serves pink tortillas (with beet juice, natch) for the holidays. Bonus points if you send it to your Valentine’s office or home desk. Available on February 14th.

Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, Bethesda and Shirlington locations
Normally we steer clear of pink and/or heart-shaped food on Valentine’s Day, but these Chinese-Korean restaurants’ red takeaway menu ($90 for two) sounds great: chili wontons, char siu pork, lobster stir fry, red velvet cake… …it’s hard to go wrong here. Online dinner reservations for February 14.

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1050 31st Street NW
Georgetown Chophouse offers an exquisite take-out set menu ($295 for two) with dishes such as Maine lobster and prawn ravioli, filet mignon, steak Wellington, steak and Italian pudding. Pre-order online for pickup on February 14th.

1401 Okie St., NE
Chef Matt Baker’s Michelin-starred tasting room offers a three-course takeaway menu in addition to dine-in. The set menu ($110 for two) includes grilled lobster bisque, grilled New York strip entree and chocolate cake for dessert. Diners can also add a bottle of wine or a cocktail set for two. If you want breakfast in bed, sister market Baker’s Daughter does a take-home Valentine’s Day brunch ($56 for two). Order online for pickup and delivery; February 11-14.

Green Almond Pantry
3210 Grace Street NW
Chef Cagla Onal’s charming Mediterranean restaurant in George Town is a one-stop Valentine’s Day market and takeaway destination on Sunday, February 13 from 11am-2pm. In addition to hot items like house-baked pasta ($18) and duck confit or ribs ($24-$26), a variety of local vendors will sell gifts and flowers.Find An Made naturally dyed textiles, new ceramics and woodwork from Material Things Studio, Bouquets from Genevieve Villamora in Bad Saint (bookable here) and more. Food can be ordered online here.

A version of Kinship’s famous chicken is available for V-Day takeout.Photo by Scott Suchman

1015 7th Street NW
Michelin-starred chef Eric Ziebold offers sophisticated Valentine’s Day to-go and dine-in options at Shaw. The four-course takeaway meal ($225 for two) starts with tuna tartare, followed by pasta with lobster, roasted Cornish chicken with potato truffle casserole and Brussels sprouts, and ends with chocolate. Order takeaway online for February 14th.

1300 SE Fourth Street
The Puerto Rican restaurant offers a special “Mucho Amor” take-out package ($85 for two), which consists of Puerto Rican-style porchetta with vanilla mojo sauce, mofongo (mashed plantain) and chocolate Starring the three-course dinner tota. Looking for a gift? Diners can add treats from local partners, including flowers from local florist Concrete Rose Floral ($50) or a box of handmade truffles from Artisan Confections ($12). Pre-order and pick up February 11-14.

1511 17th Street NW
Chef Johnny Monis is planning a special nine-course takeaway menu for Valentine’s weekend at his fiery Thai restaurant. The $140 set meal for two includes shareable plates such as crab buns, Isaan-style duck, glass noodles with pork belly and shrimp, curry beef and more (plus complimentary rice and cool vegetables). You can also add spice-friendly wines and bubbles from the suggested pairings. If you’re looking for a cool gourmet gift, sister restaurant Happy Gyro next door is selling many sweet gift ideas, including ice cream telegraphs and “Chocolate Devil” gift boxes. Pre-order online for pickup on February 11, 12 and 14.

mixed color
449 K Street, NW
Chef Elias Taddesse combines his Ethiopian heritage and French cuisine training at Mount Vernon Triangle Restaurant (dine-in and takeaway). A limited number of Valentine’s Day to-go packages ($150 for two) are available, including dishes such as kibbeh aged beef tenderloin, mascarpone cheesecake and more. Order online by February 10, pick up February 12-13.

Mixed Berber Marinated Salmon. Photos courtesy of Melange.

1100 New York Avenue NW
Chef John Melfi offers a three-course Italian holiday meal for dine-in or pick-up. Guests have plenty to choose from, including primary (we love the sound of wood-grilled octopus or tortellini), secondary (like butter poached lobster fra diavola) and dessert. The menu is available here; ask for pickup by February 14th.

Nina May
1337 11th Street NW
In addition to the dine-in celebration, Chef Colin McClimans offers a multi-course, home-style “Chef’s Choice” menu for $80 per person, including cacio e pepe agnolotti, pan-fried grouper, glazed duck and chocolate filling cake. All paired with beverage director Danilo Simic’s signature Valentine’s Day cocktails. Pre-order online for pickup on February 14.

Penney Royal Station
3310 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier
Pennyroyal caters to omnivores and vegetarians alike – as does Valentine’s Day takeaway. Chef Jesse Miller’s menu ($80 for two) comes with soups (one lobster bisque, the other mushroom “cream”) and entrees like braised beef short rib or vegetable wellington. Pre-order by February 6th and pick up on February 13th from 2-4pm.

Shilling Can Company
360 Southeast Water Street
Chef Reid Shilling will be offering seasonal American feasts and dine-in meals on Valentine’s Day – including vegetarian options in every dish. Start with slope biscuits, then feast on dishes like ember-roasted beets with house-made ricotta, wood-oven lobster, Wellington butternut squash ($115 per person). Diners can also order a three-course fixed price ($60-$65). Book online for pickup.

399 Morse Street, Nebraska; 2800 S Randolph St., Arlington
You probably know these Italian pizzerias, but Valentine’s Day’s takeaway dinner set is more upscale, a $150 four-course dinner for two. Dishes include hamachi crudo with blood orange and pistachio pesto, heart-shaped ravioli with oyster and caviar sauce, asparagus-crusted butter-poached halibut and chocolate semifreddo. Pre-order online by February 10, pick up February 11-13.

Taklia Xochi
924 US Northwest
If your love language is birria, make a clear soup for your relationship at U Street taco restaurant. Heart-shaped taco boxes are available now through February 14, with your choice of six street-style tacos or quesabirria tacos (starting at $30). Book online for pickup.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel reports on the dining scene in her hometown of Washington, DC. Before joining The Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various culinary and writing positions in New York City and St. John’s in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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