Restaurants That Still Have Openings on Valentine’s Day

Okay, procrastinators, this one is for you.

By: Emily Thompson

Scrambling to get your Valentine’s Day plans together? Well, we have good news for all you Washington procrastinators—quite a few restaurants still have reservations available, especially if you’re willing to dine early or late. So before you resign yourself to takeout on Thursday, check out these restaurants for last-minute romantic dinner plans. For more details about special menus, prices, and more, see our full Guide to Valentine’s Day Dinner in Washington.

Al Dente

Seats still available: Al Dente has one table available at 5:30 and two tables available at 6:15.

Reservations: Call 202-244-2223 or reserve online.

Angler’s Inn

Seats still available: Angler’s Inn still has several open reservations at 5.

Reservations: Call 301-365-2425 or reserve online.

Ardeo + Bardeo

Seats still available: Ardeo has five tables available at 5 and several available starting at 10.

Reservations: Call 202-244-6750 or reserve online.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar

Seats still available: Assaggi has five tables available at 5:30 and four tables available at 8:45.

Reservations: Call 301-951-1988 or reserve online.


Seats still available: Bayou has availability throughout the night, but most of its open reservation times are between 8:30 and 10.

Reservations: Call 202-223-6941 or reserve online.

Etc.: Bayou will also accommodate walk-ins later in the evening, and the kitchen stays open until 10.

Belga Café

Seats still available: Two tables are open at 5.

Reservations: Call 202-544-0100 or reserve online.

Etc.: The Barracks Row spot also has two-top tables available at the bar throughout the night.

Cuba Libre

Seats still available: Cuba Libre has several open reservations before 5:30 and after 10.

Reservations: Call 202-408-1600 or reserve online.

The Daily Dish

Seats still available: The Daily Dish still has reservations available throughout the evening.

Reservations: Call 301-588-6300 or reserve online.

DC Coast

Seats still available: DC Coast has two tables available at 5:30, one at 6, and quite a few after 10.

Reservations: Call 202-216-5988 or reserve online.

El Centro D.F.

Seats still available: El Centro has six tables available at 5, four tables at 5:30, and six tables at 9:30.

Reservations: Call 202-328-3131 or reserve online.

Etc.: The 14th Street taco spot will also be seating walk-ins at both the rooftop and basement bars through the evening.

Jaleo Bethesda

Seats still available: Bar seating will be available for walk-ins throughout the night, but there will likely be a waiting list.

Jaleo Crystal City

Seats still available: Jaleo Crystal City is still taking reservations for times between 5:30 and 9:45.

Reservations: Call 703-413-8181 or reserve online.

Jaleo DC

Seats still available: Jaleo DC has one table open at 9:45 and availability starting at 10.

Reservations: Call 202-628-7949 or reserve online.


Seats still available: Lincoln still has six tables available at 5.

Reservations: Call 202-386-9200 or reserve online.

Etc.: If you make a reservation for 5, be ready to clear out by 6:50, due to the large number of reservations the restaurant will be accommodating at 7.

Mari Vanna

Seats still available: Mari Vanna is still taking reservations for times throughout the evening.

Reservations: Call 202-783-7777.

Masa 14

Seats still available: Masa 14 has quite a few reservation slots available at 6 and 9:30, as well as a few in between.

Reservations: Call 202-328-1414 or reserve online.

Napoleon Bistro

Seats still available: Napoleon Bistro has four tables available at 6:30 and six tables available at 9 or 9:30.

Reservations: Call 202-299-9630 or reserve online.

The Oval Room

Seats still available: The Oval Room has three available tables at 10.

Reservations: Call 202-463-8700 or reserve online.


Seats still available: Oyamel still has quite a few tables available at 10 or 10:30.

Reservations: Call 202-628-1005 or reserve online.

Pabu Izakaya

Seats still available: Pabu has one table left for 6:15 and quite a few tables available starting at 9:15.

Reservations: Call 410-223-1464 or reserve online.

Rasika West End

Seats still available: Rasika has two tables available in the lounge at 9:45 and one table left in the dining area at 10:15.

Reservations: Call 202-466-2500 or reserve online.

Etc.: If you don’t mind informal seating and smaller tables, the prix-fixe menu is $10 cheaper in the lounge than in the dining area.

Restaurant Eve

Seats still available: Restaurant Eve has two tables available at 10 in the chef’s tasting room.

Reservations: Call 703-706-0450 or reserve online.

Etc.: The chef’s tasting room is a little more formal than the bistro. A seven-course dinner is available for $200 ($310 with wine pairing) in the tasting room.

701 Restaurant

Seats still available: Several reservations are available starting at 8:30.

Reservations: Reserve online.


Seats still available: Sou’Wester still has one table open at 5:30 and one table available at 8:30.

Reservations: Call 202-787-6148 or reserve online.

Virtue Feed & Grain

Seats still available: Virtue has two tables available at 5:30, one at 9:15, and one at 9:30.

Reservations: Call 571-970-3669 or reserve online.

Wit & Wisdom

Seats still available: Wit & Wisdom has openings for six people starting at 9:30.

Reservations: Call 410-576-5800 or reserve online.


Seats still available: Zaytinya has two tables open at 4:30 and a few more starting at 10:15.

Reservations: Call 202-638-0800 or reserve online.