Valentine's Day has gained a reputation for being the most romantic night of the year. Whether you're on a first date or taking a significant other out for a night on the town, check out these great new restaurants in Washington D.C. to make this Valentine's Day 2012 a night to cherish forever.
The culinary legend Wolfgang Puck makes his mark in the capital of the US with the opening of his restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, The Source. This dramatic, daring restaurant is a three-level, modern and striking dining experience and the food is unparalleled in taste and quality. The Source has received numerous awards and accolades since its opening, and it is more than worth the trip on Valentine's Day. It's the perfect evening to sit back and enjoy a perfectly chilled glass of wine with the person you love. Visit The Source at 575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Casual and down to earth, Firefly is perfect for an intimate, easygoing Valentine's Day date. It's located at the heart of the urban life in DC, and the Executive Chef and manager Daniel Bortnick cooks seasonally and with local ingredients, supporting local famers and purveyors. Enjoy the soothing, friendly environment and the incredibly beautiful "firefly tree" that greets you as you enter. It's a floor to ceiling structure hung with softly lit lanterns and candles, and is sure to take your breath away and set the tone for the entire evening. Find Firefly at 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.
Fusion Restaurant & Bar is located near Petworth, among a line of shops and businesses. Inside, you'll find simple decor accented with soft candlelight, perfect for intimate conversations with your date on Valentine's Day. You'll also find authentic and flavorful Indian food, featuring both your classic favorites and new inventions that are unique to Fusion. Fusion's name is appropriate when considering their marriage of traditional Indian and American flavoring in new, fun dishes. Check them out for February 14 at 4815 Georgia Ave, NW.
Forget what you thought you knew about Italian food. Chef and owner Mike Isabella, from TV's Top Chef, reinvents Italian cuisine in this cozy Chinatown restaurant. The restaurant features a two-story interior with a 1940s theme, complete with exposed ceilings and brick walls straight from the old country. The menu consists of small plates with big flavors, perfect for sharing on Valentine's evening. Try the black truffle topped pizza, the complimentary chili-spiced pistachios, and the ever-flowing Montelivini Prosecco that is available on tap. Find them at 706 6th Street.
If you're looking for true excellence, class, and grandeur on Valentine's night, look no further than the posh and upscale Marcel's. The wait staff is impeccably dressed, and they're attentive to your every need. The menu is also pristine, and each dish appears like a work of art. Choose each part of a five course meal, and enjoy the delicate combination of flavors presented flawlessly in front of you. Show your date how much you care, and visit Marcel's at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue.