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Feb 12, 2008 05:42 AM

Valentine's Day - Bethesda/Silver Spring

Here's my dilemma: I made reservations for Valentine's Day weeks ago at Rock Creek in Bethesda.

Rock Creek gave me a call a few days ago to tell me that, after some flooding in the restaurant above them, their ceiling caved in, closing the place for the next two weeks.

That being said, I'm having trouble finding a reservation in the 7:00-8:00 range anywhere in Bethesda or Silver Spring because it's a little late in the game now.

Any suggestions of a place in the area, perhaps a little under the radar, that might have openings for Thursday?

I'm pretty flexible about the cuisine, and in this case, for Valentine's Day, ambience would trump prestige.

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  1. Grapeseed? they may be booked already. I would also suggest Tavira which is in the Chevy Chase Bank bldg on CT ave in CC. IT's not on open table so it may not be fully booked. Really good portuguese food, nice atmosphere and good service. Not too spendy either. Try it!

    1. My boyfriend and I recently had dinner at New Orleans Bistro in Bethesda - the food is very cajun/southern - but was VERY good. They had awesome cornbread with jalapenos in it.

      The place is small/cute, white table cloths, etc. We had a small intimate table for two, and while it may not be the most romantic of all places, my BF and I loved being able to share something different than the usual Italian/American/Chinese food that we eat.

      I've also heard that Red Tomato is really good - have you looked into that place? It's my boyfriends favorite.

      1. It may not be the fanciest place, but I like the food and the atmosphere (dark, cozy) at Olazzo in Bethesda. I also second the Red Tomato suggestion from ALLex16.

        Or how about switching it up a little and picking up takeout sushi from Hinata, the Japanese Market on St. Elmo's St. and having a cozy night in?

          1. Nicaro in Silver Spring.