These Valentine Packages Are Pretty Sweet

Order something decadent for the ones you love from the restaurants you love.

Trio Grill’s beet salad

Circa, Trio Grill, Salt + Open Road Grill

Five restaurants, one Valentine’s Day menu!  Metropolitan Hospitality Group’s sister establishments in Rosslyn, Clarendon and Merrifield are all offering the same 4-course Valentine’s Day menu ($85 for 2) to go. Diners have two choices for each course, including a charcuterie sampler, shrimp cocktail or crab dip to start; beet salad or fresh burrata salad; and beef tenderloin or jumbo shrimp scampi for the main course.  The dessert options are traditional molten chocolate cake or New York-style cheesecake  Add wine (two bottles) for another $35. The wine selection varies by location. // 3010 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington (Circa); 8100 Lee Highway, Falls Church (Trio and Open Road Grill);  1201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Open Road Grill and Salt)

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Surf and turf at Lyon Hall

Lyon Hall

The Clarendon brasserie’s special Valentine’s a la carte menu, available Feb. 11-14, includes starters like oysters Rockefeller, strawberry salad, and housemade burrata and ham on crostini. Move on to mains such as juniper-crusted duck breast, surf & turf (filet and poached lobster tail) or pan-seared scallops with lobster ravioli.  Desserts for two include Mexican chocolate ganache cake or a vanilla and raspberry brioche tarte with rose petal cream and raspberry sorbet.  Special menu add-ons include shrimp cocktail, and cheese and charcuterie selections.  Same day ordering available Feb. 11-13. Pre-orders required for pick-up Feb. 14. // 3100 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)



American Prime short ribs

American Prime

The Tyson’s steakhouse is serving up romantic dinner classics. Dinner for two ($150) includes lobster bisque, a choice of Tomahawk or Porterhouse steak or a bone-in smoked short rib with sides, and a flourless chocolate cake to finish (if you have room). The restaurant is closed Sunday, so this menu will only be available for take-out on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. American Prime is also offering a separate Valentine’s menu for on-site dining on its spacious patio. Make reservations if you plan to bundle up and cuddle up. //1420 Spring Hill Road, McLean (Tyson’s Corner)



Best Buns Bakery

Best Buns Bakery & Café/Best Buns Bread Co.

Valentine treats are available through Feb. 14 at the Best Buns locations in Tysons and Shirlington. Chocolate “conversation cakes” for the entire family have layers of buttercream, and large sugar cookies can be personalized to send a message from the heart (48-hour notice required for custom messaging). // 8051 Leesburg Pike, McLean (Tysons); 4010 Campbell Ave., Arlington (Shirlington)



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Roasted veal loin by chef Roberto Donna

Chef Roberto Donna

Fans of D.C.’s erstwhile Galileo (which for years held top spots on many a best restaurants list) will be delighted to discover that its celebrated chef/restaurateur is now making food to-go, available for pick-up in Tysons and Arlington. Chef Roberto Donna’s San Valentino four-course menu ($200 for 2) starts with canapes like blinis with crème fraiche and caviar, and fresh ciabatta with smoked salmon spread. Entrées include a choice of roasted veal loin or butter-poached Maine lobster. For dessert, indulge in white-chocolate cremoso with chestnuts, oranges and pears, topped with a chocolate-hazelnut crumble, plus an extra sweet gesture in the form of chocolate-dipped strawberries. Diners can also add wine to this menu; order a package of three bottles for $100 or select single bottles. Orders must be in by Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. for pickup on Feb. 14. Email or call 202-257-0168 for menu and payment details and pick-up locations.  You can also order the chef’s romantic dinners through the Arlington-based Festi app.



A funny valentine from Screwtop Wine Bar

Screwtop Wine Bar

The Clarendon wine bar is pairing vino tasting with laughter to mark this year’s Valentine’s Day.  The lineup for its virtual Valentine’s Eve show has five comedians and five, 3-ounce pours. Registration is open now and tastings can be picked up anytime on Feb. 13.  While you’re in the store, grab some chocolates and snacks for date night and add one of Screwtop’s recommended “romantic wine” bottles for Sunday. // 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington (Clarendon)



Mini croque monsieur sandwiches from Susan Gage Caterers

Susan Gage Caterers

The Maryland-based catering company is offering delivery of its Valentine’s menus, add-ons and a la carte items to Arlington and other parts of Northern Virginia on Feb. 13 for $50. Start the day with specialty brunch dishes like heart-shaped mini croque monsieurs or a loaded charcuterie board for four. Finish the evening with a special dinner for two ($250)—complete with mini heart-shaped cookies and a heart-shaped fudge cake. So many hearts! Orders are due Feb. 10 at noon via or by calling 301-839-6900; food minimum order is $300. // Order online for home delivery.


Valentine’s chiffon cake from 2941


The Falls Church restaurant is not offering its four- or-six-course Valentine’s tasting menus to go (those are dine-in only). But for $20, you can add a Valentine’s Day chocolate chiffon cake—finished with almond ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate pearls—to any of chef Bertrand Chemel’s take-out menus for two. The special menus will be offered from Feb. 12-14.  // 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church


Lamb chops from Ambar

Ambar Clarendon

The Balkan restaurant is offering a seven-course meal ($79 for 2) to take away. The colorful feast includes purple pickles, lamb paté with prunes, stuffed chicken breast, rack of lamb with pistachios, saffron risotto with asparagus, and finishes with a raspberry cake.  Order online on Feb. 14. Advance ordering is not necessary for to-go orders, but reservations are suggested if you plan to enjoy an unlimited Valentine’s feast in one of the restaurant’s outdoor dining pods. // 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)


Wildfire Filet

Dinner for two from Wildfire


The Tyson’s outpost of this Chicago-based steakhouse is offering a carryout special from Feb. 12 to 14 ($120 for 2) with several meaty options. The multi-course menu includes shrimp cocktail and chopped salad to share, two entrees to split—choose prime rib, filet and/or strip steaks—and ends with two desserts. // 2001 International Drive, McLean (Tysons Galleria)



Smoky roasted chicken with chili oil at Wild Tiger

Wild Tiger BBQ

Bring a little spice and heat to your Valentine’s celebration with a takeout dinner for two ($80) featuring broccoli Brussels salad with honey-mustard vin; sesame focaccia; and smoky roasted chicken with chili oil and ginger scallions.  The dessert course is panna cotta with sesame-brown-butter breadcrumbs. Order in advance for 4 p.m. pickup on Feb. 13 or Feb. 14. // 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington (Westpost)


Northside Strawberries

Chocolate-covered strawberries at Northside Social

Northside Social

Need some sweets for your sweet?  Northside Social’s Valentine Treats menu includes chocolate-covered strawberries (4 for $14), strawberry-Nutella scones ($3.50 each), red-velvet-cream-cheese or chocolate-raspberry mini cupcakes (6 for $13.50), a “decorate at home” sugar cookie kit ($30), and Mexican chocolate ganache cake for two ($12).  For Valentine’s Day brunch, consider a box of brunch pastries ($35), plus a bottle of Graham Beck Brut Rose ($29) or a take-home mimosa kits ($20). //3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington (Clarendon) and 205 Park Ave. Falls Church


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