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Valentine's Day 2020: Romantic Outings You’ll Love

Keep the romance fresh on Valentine's Day with these evening excursions in Arlington’s neighborhoods.

Everyone knows Virginia is for Lovers, and Arlington’s diverse restaurants and night spots are ready to impress your Valentine with an eclectic mix of experiences – on Cupid’s big day and throughout the year.

No matter what your sweetie loves, from international food to a creative cocktail to a decadent dessert, Arlington has it. Whether you’re in love with a classicist or a gourmand, a chocolate lover or champagne sipper, your dating plans will sparkle in Arlington.

If your significant other loves…


At Ms. Peacock’s Champagne Lounge in Clarendon, enjoy tasting flights from a menu of more than 40 varieties of sparkling wine and champagne.


Known for its menu of fine cheeses and food-friendly wine, Cheesetique will help you say “brie mine” at their location in the Shirlington neighborhood. Love the wine you’re with at Clarendon’s Screwtop Wine Bar, which also has a cheese shop with an ever-changing selection. Try pumpkin goat cheese, Guinness cheddar and a garlic gouda with a big basket of bread and crackers.


Carnivores wishing to indulge themselves will find their paradise at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Crystal City, overlooking Reagan National Airport and the Potomac River. At Medium Rare, the single menu of steak, fries, salad and bread that’s love at first bite will take guesswork out of what to order.


Try an imaginative twist on Spanish cuisine at Pamplona, located in the Clarendon neighborhood, with creative paellas, sangria on tap and cocktails.

Fun & Games

Have an evening of fun, games and hijinks at Punch Bowl Social. Bowl, play foosball, and then belt out some karaoke love songs. Punch Bowl Social also has a scratch-to-craft restaurant with shareables, tacos and burgers. Just getting to know each other? Break the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, also in Ballston Quarter, with ice skating at the same rink where the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals practice.

Globe Trotting

Show that your love means the world to you with global fare like Philippine cuisine from Bistro 1521 in Ballston, classic French at La Côte d'Or Café or the chef’s specialties of Balkan cuisine at Ambar in Clarendon. Arlington is full of international flavor with global cuisine from A to Z.


For a cozy dinner in Clarendon, Green Pig Bistro offers a four-course prix fixe menu with entrees like filet mignon and handmade ravioli. Or, upstairs from the fun atmosphere of The Liberty Tavern’s bar and lounge, dine in a more intimate setting with upscale casual options like pan-roasted salmon and eggplant parmesan.


Livin’ the Pie Life on Lee Highway and Bakeshop in Clarendon will show your loved one, “you bake me crazy.” Or stop into Best Buns in Shirlington for cookies, cupcakes or a baguette or various types of freshly baked breads for the “loaf of your life.”


Duck down the stairs into the speakeasy feel of Clarendon’s Baba, a retro-chic bar with Balkan small plates and ultimate mixology. The fireplace-lit room with leather chairs, a black-and-white patterned floor, has a classic and intimate feel that’s breathtaking. Fortunately, “Don’t Forget to Breathe” is on the cocktail menu, an herbal and citrus blend.

Additionally, grab a spot at the sleek bar at the new Salt, located in Rosslyn. The underground bar has a true speakeasy feel, and with aptly-named cocktails like "Date Night" or "Savor the Moment," it's a great way to toast the evening.

Arlington’s flavors are as diverse as its people. No matter your taste, you’re sure to find something you love.

Author: Cara O'Donnell