Valentine’s Day Restaurant locations in NoMa

Valentine’s Day in NoMa

The Day of love is right around the corner! Instead of scrambling, trying to find a location to make dinner reservations. Take a deep breath, relax, and take a look at our top restaurants that are ideal for date night! Living in NoMa DC offers you some great date night restaurant locations that will make this a day one to remember.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to try out some of the restaurants that are new to the fast-growing NoMa neighborhood. If you enjoyed our “Valentine’s Date Night in NoMa”  Blog, you are in for a treat with a lot of fantastic new establishments coming to the area since then.

Here’s a list of our top Valentine’s Day restaurants in NoMa. 

(Tap the restaurant names to visit their websites)

1. Lily and the Cactus

Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Lily and the Cactus blends Modern American cuisine with those from the Southwestern United States and West Africa to introduce a new category of dining to the Washington, DC area. They believe that their product quality, excellent customer care, and diverse staff will provide an unparalleled dining experience to the neighborhood of NoMa!

This American style restaurant location is the perfect mix of romance and a lovely laid-back evening.

Address: Inside the Hilton Garden Inn, 1225 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002


2. Masseria

Masseria’s innovative Italian tasting menus sing with touches of coastal cultures and feature a satisfying range of his signature cuisine. Fresh hand-crafted La Paste along with freshly prepared Pesce and inventive Carne dishes comprise the rustic yet refined progression of courses.

Visit Masseria for a refreshing taste to match an elegant evening.

Address: 1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002


3. Laos in Town

 Great Laotian food is no longer half a world away. Inspired by the bright, vibrant, and pure flavors of Laos, this restaurant brings quality Laotian cuisine directly to NoMa. Their love for Laos can be found in everything they do, from the food we serve to the decor in our dining room. This is Laos in Town!

Look no further than Laos in Town for a unique but tasty style of cuisine for your Valentine’s Day night!

Address: 250 K St NE, Washington, DC 20002


4. King St. Oyster Bar

This brand new restaurant on M St NE is the talk of the town. Their mission is to provide excellent food prepared with the freshest ingredients while engaging ourselves wholeheartedly into the community, one oyster, one person, and one neighborhood at a time.

Grab some fresh Oysters at King St. for your Valentine’s dinner plans.

Address: 22 M St. NE Washington DC, 20002


NoMa is one of the greatest destinations in DC to make unforgettable memories, but if you’re looking to explore other areas for the Day of Love, H Street also offers excellent food options and activities!  

Valentine’s Day Dinner in Your Apartment

It sounds like it’s going to be a chilly Valentine’s Weekend here in DC…if the lovestruck crowds aren’t enough to keep you home on Saturday night, then maybe the 15 degree weather will do the trick!  No matter who you plan to celebrate with, we have a few ideas for hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner in your apartment.

What to Eat

valentine's day in your apartment

For the Love Birds

If you plan on spending the night in alone with your sweetheart, then a nice sit-down meal is in order.  If you know your way around the kitchen, start with some oysters and a warm spinach, white bean and parmesan salad, followed by this tomato walnut basil pasta, then serve this raw coconut cream and berry pie for dessert.  If you’re still still getting comfortable using your kitchen then keep it simple by using a service like Blue Apron or ScratchDC who will deliver prepped and pre-portioned fresh ingredients and recipes straight to your door.  If you’d rather leave the oven off altogether but don’t want to settle for pizza (again) then pick something a little fancier on Seamless and have a gourmet meal delivered (just be sure to break out the good plates!).

For Your Besties

If you’d rather spend this holiday with a group of couples or with a bunch of your single pals, keep the nibbles fun and playful! Some of our favorite options are these cherry tomato hearts, balsamic strawberry and goat cheese crostini, mozzarella hearts with red pepper dipping sauce and these gummy wine hearts.

For the Anti-Valentine

If you’re among the camp that simply doesn’t buy into the Valentine’s Day hoopla, then this is the option for you.  Whether you truly despise all things lovey-dovey or simply want to poke a little fun, serving up some Broken Hearted Salad, I’m Nacho Valentine Nachos, Shot Through the Heart Skewers, and Voodoo Doll Cookies will do the trick.


What to Drink

valentine's day dinner in your apartment

For the Love Birds

Since it’s just the two of you, put in a little extra effort by springing for some specialty ingredients and spending a little extra time crafting your concoction.  A couple of our favorites are this raspberry rosewater gin ricky and the cheeky Sherlock and Watson.

For Your Besties

We’re talking about people you like here, so you still want to put together something special, but stick with a large batch cocktail so you don’t end up playing bartender all night.  We love the sound of this grilled citrus and grape sangria and this amaretto-bourbon punch.  

For the Anti-Valentine

Sipping on a black rose, bleeding heart martini, or cupid’s broken arrow might just get you feeling warm and fuzzy enough to prompt a change of heart!


What to Do

valentine's day dinner in your apartment

For the Love Birds

If you’re a hopeless romantic, visit a local shop and set up a gourmet chocolate tasting for you and your beau.  If you’re feeling adventurous, throw in some blindfolds and take turns guessing the flavors!  If you’d rather keep things light and playful, take advantage of the fact that you’re an adult with your own apartment by gathering all of your pillows and blankets and constructing a good old fashioned fort in your living room.  Throw on your pjs, grab a laptop and let the Netflix marathon begin!

For Your Besties

Have a couple of games and activities planned will help ease those awkward and inevitable lulls in conversation.  You can try picking up a bunch of traditional treats and playing a few rounds of Valentine’s Minute to Win It or set up a crafting station where guests can decorate their own gingerbread house-inspired Love Shacks!

For the Anti-Valentine

Love-bashing should keep you and your crowd busy enough, so throw on a “Not Love Songs” playlist like this one or put on a silly Rom Com and play the Mustache Game.  Never heard of the Mustache Game?  We just made your life 100 times better.  You’re welcome and happy Valentine’s Day!

H Street Date Night

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many of you have prepared the perfect night out while others are starting to panic over the last minute details.  There are many different ways to pull of a proper Valentine’s Day celebration: one might prefer a quiet and cozy night in, others may want a playful and casual night out, and some may want to pull out all of the stops for an over the top and indulgent night of romance.  Whatever your preference may be, the H Street Corridor offers something for every taste.  Here are some great options for an H Street date night any time of year.

H Street Date Night Washington DC

Connersmith Gallery

For a sophisticated night out, kick-start the romance in the late afternoon with a visit to the Connersmith.  Specializing in figural and abstract art, this gallery brings together emerging and well established artists under one roof.  Avoid disappointment by calling ahead to ensure the gallery is open.

The Atlas Room

If your plan is to really sweep someone off of their feet, make a reservation at this elegant and intimate H Street eatery.  At The Atlas Room, diners can expect a luxurious meal and libations, prepared and served by an attentive and informative staff.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Built in 1938 and re-opened in 2006, this multi-purpose theatre hosts a variety of theatre, music, dance, and film.  End the night with a show then spend the weekend reveling in your newly cultured ways.

H Street Date Night Atlas Theatre

H Street Country Club

For a casual, playful date night, begin the evening at the H Street Country Club for a round of mini golf.  Reservations are not necessary and a round only takes about 35 minutes to play.  Come on a Monday or Tuesday night for dinner and mini golf is free!  If golf isn’t your speed, get a little friendly competition going with shuffleboard, skeeball and Big Buckhunter in the bar area.

H Street Date Night Mini Golf

Boundary Road

Continue the fun by heading over to this fun and funky eatery with a neighborhood bistro feel.  The hip but low-key interior lends itself to intimate conversation and the innovative menu will help bring out your adventurous side!  Pair the foie gras peanut butter and jelly with one of their playfully named cocktails and you can’t help but have a great time.

Dangerously Delicious Pies

We can’t think of a better way to end a flirtatious night than with a hot slice of pie.  Period.

H Street Date Night Dangerously Delicious Pies