Need help finding the perfect place for Valentine’s Day? Well we’ve got you covered… Did you know we are very close to some amazing restaurants on both sides of the beltway. Weather you are traveling into downtown Baltimore or into DC, you have several options to choose from. And with the quick commute, you’ll be sure not to be disappointed. Check out some of our leasing staff’s favorites…
Set in a revamped industrial space in Woodberry, this Basque-inspired hangout boasts hanging lights and an 80-seat bar surrounding an open kitchen and a wood-fire grill. Nothing says love like plates meant for sharing, and chef Ben Lefenfeld’s V-Day menu offers plenty of tapas and pinxtos options like smoked salmon brioche, root vegetable gratin, and tuna crudo with saffron emulsion. Heavier entrees—including lamb shoulder, charred lemon cod, and duck leg confit—are also included in the prix-fixe options. 3600 Clipper Mill Road, $79-109, 443-708-3838
Grab a seat in the dimly lit dining room to sample dishes by Tokyo-born chef Eiji Takase at this Japanese restaurant in Harbor East, which will feature eats such as miso-glazed eggplant, grilled octopus with sautéed vegetables, roasted chicken with an apple-tare reduction, and classic teriyaki salmon. An array of sushi rolls is also included on the chef’s menu. 725 Aliceanna St., 443-220-0477
Honeysuckle. Southern classics such as Champagne-poached oysters with bacon, leeks, smoked trout roe, and chicken cracklings. Other plates take cues from both traditions, including a local Roseda Farm ribeye sauced with buttered crab, and accompanied by sour turnips and a healthy shaving of winter truffles. 1990 M Street, NW; 202-659-1990. Open Monday through Saturday for dinner, 5 to 10. Lunch and brunch coming soon.