These romantic restaurants in Northern VA are perfect for Valentine’s day, to celebrate a special occasion, or for a tasty couples night out. Luxurious and unique decor, a quiet vibe, and top-notch food make these our favorite romantic places to eat in Northern Virginia.
All of the restaurants on our list have in-person dining and some offer takeout orders. Some of these romantic restaurants also have heated outdoor seating.
Romantic Restaurants in Northern Virginia
The romantic places on our list are perfect for Valentine’s Day in Northern VA, but they’re also great for a special occasion or any date night. Most of the options on our list offer fine dining, but we’ve included some less fancy restaurants too.
Restaurants are listed below alphabetically and we’ve included info on specials for Valentine’s Day 2021. Follow the links to make reservations and for more details.
We have eaten at most of the romantic restaurants listed here. A few more made our list because they are recommended by friends. We know there are many more romantic places to eat in the DC area. Please share your tips on romantic dining spots in Northern VA in the comments below.
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2941 Restaurant, Falls Church
2941 Restaurant has been appearing on “best of” lists and earning accolades for years. Tucked in an elegant setting in Falls Church, the menu emphasizes French and European flavors. Regular 2941 hours are Monday – Saturday, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Valentine’s Day 2021: Enjoy a 3-course lunch or 4-6-course tasting menu Feb 12 – 14 or order homestyle carryout meals for two.
Bistro L’Hermitage, Occoquan
An out of the way cottage in the scenic village of Occoquan is home to Bistro L’Hermitage. The cozy interior sets the mood for delicious French classics like escargots and Coquilles St. Jacque, and diners rave about the excellent service. The Bistro serves dinner Tuesday – Sunday and brunch on weekends. Allow extra time for a stroll around historic Occoquan.
Valentine’s Day 2021: A special tasting menu is available February 12 – 14.
The Conche, Leesburg
Indulge your sweetheart with a chocolate-infused feast at The Conche in the Village at Leesburg. The restaurant is named after a key step in the chocolate-making process, and they offer beautiful chocolates and a full menu. Eat in the cozy dining room or outdoor heated tent or get your order to go. The Conche also hosts special chocolate-making classes. The chocolate boutique is open daily from 11:30.
Valentine’s Day 2021: Order from a menu of chocolates, cocktail kits, and full meals for pickup on February 13 and 14.
L’Auberge Chez Francois, Great Falls
L’Auberge Chez Francois has been delighting diners with French-Alsatian dishes for over 60 years. The country restaurant is consistently ranked among the top fine dining places in the Washington DC region. Entrees are served prix fixe, accompanied by delicious courses from amuse to dessert and coffee. Downstairs, Jacques Brasserie serves more casual meals inside and on a lovely patio. L’Auberge Chez Francois is normally open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and offers brunch on the weekends.
Valentine’s Day 2021: The restaurant closed for “temporary hibernation and reopened on March 10.
Visit L'Auberge on a Great Falls scenic drive on pretty country roads.
Lightfoot is one of our go-to restaurants for a romantic couples dinner in the Leesburg area. The restaurant occupies an old bank building in the historic downtown area, and wine is stored in the original bank vault. Let the waiter know if you’re celebrating a special day and your dessert may include a celebratory message. Lightfoot is open Wednesday – Sunday for lunch, dinner, and happy hour specials on weekdays.
Read our full guide to great local restaurants in Leesburg VA.
Magnolia’s at the Mill, Purcellville
The small town of Purcellville offers a surprising number of excellent places to enjoy local food and drink. Magnolia’s at the Mill occupies a renovated barn next to the historic train station which marks one end of the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail. The rustic interior is a nice backdrop to excellent cocktails, steaks, and seafood. After your meal, take a romantic photo at the wine-inspired LOVE sign, at the edge of the parking area. Open daily 11:00 – 9:00, to 10:00 Friday and Saturday.
Valentine’s Day 2021: Magnolia’s will serve a special 3-course dinner.
Make it a day trip with our complete guide to Fun Things to Do in Purcellville VA.
Maple Ave, Vienna
A tiny and unassuming building on Vienna’s main drag is home to innovative cuisine at Maple Ave Restaurant. The glass-enclosed “food shack” has only 10 tables, but that adds to the intimacy. The eclectic menu shifts with the seasons to highlight locally-sourced products. Maple Ave is open for dinner daily, lunch is served weekdays, and brunch is available on the weekends. Hours are Wednesday – Friday 4:30 – 7:30 and weekends 10:30 – 7:30.
Valentine’s Day 2021: Enjoy a 3-course meal at Restaurant Week prices: $35/$60 dinner for one/two or a $38 weekend brunch for two. Meals are currently take-out only unless you reserve the space for a private event.
Plan your visit with our guide to Fun Things to do in Vienna Virginia.
Pazzo Pomodoro, Vienna and Ashburn
The attitude is more casual, but the classic Italian vibe at Pazzo Pomodoro is perfect for creating your own Lady and the Tramp moment. Linger over a big plate of fresh pasta, and follow your meal with an order of the tasty Baci de Sophia Loren, little cups of chocolate filled with cream and berries. Delicious! Pazzo Pomodoro is open Monday – Thursday 4:30 – 9:30, Friday – Saturday 11:30 – 10:30, Sunday 11:30 – 9:30.
Read our full review of Pazzo Pomodoro.
The Restaurant at Potowmack Farm, Lovettsville
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm has been creating farm-to-table magic since before it became a trend. One of the first farm restaurants in the US, Patowmack occupies a hill at the edge of the river near Point of Rocks Bridge. Elegant and flavorful dishes are built around the farm’s fresh produce, and served in a romantically lit greenhouse. Reservations are required, so plan ahead for this fabulous couple’s night out. The restaurant serves dinner Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 – 8:00 and weekend brunch, 11:00 – 2:00.
Valentine’s Day 2021: Order a 4-course prix fixe menu February 13 + 14, 5:30 – 8:00, or pick up the same menu to go noon-4:00 on Feb 14.
Combine your visit with a scenic drive along the Virginia and Maryland border.
A romantic dinner at Trummer’s is just one of the reasons to visit the charming town of Clifton. Arrive in town early to explore historic homes, local shops, and Paradise Springs, the closest winery to Washington DC. Trummer’s upscale restaurant in small-town Virginia impresses diners with top quality dishes and exceptional service. Dine indoors or on the heated porch or order to go. Trummer’s serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday plus a Saturday brunch.
Valentine’s Day 2021: Trummer’s offers a special $89 prix fixe menu February 12 – 14.
Make it a day trip with our guide to Things to Do in Charming Clifton VA.
Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg
Tuscarora Mill occupies another historic building in downtown Leesburg. Many couples prefer the main dining and bar area, surrounded by signs of the former mill including antique mill equipment and rough-hewn, wooden beams. Request a table in one of the smaller rooms if you prefer more privacy. “Tuskies” is open for lunch and dinner daily, and offers a special Sunday brunch.
Valentine’s Day 2021: Enjoy a special 3-course prix fixe menu on February 14. You can also add flowers to your order.
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Special occasions like Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays always spur our search for romantic restaurants in Northern Virginia. But love is worth celebrating every day, and a couple’s night out is always in order. Wherever you choose to enjoy your next romantic meal, we wish you a happy and tasty time.
This article was published in 2019 and last updated in 2021.