A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant, and not around the neighbor’s emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today’s Groupon to American Bounty Restaurant and Winebar in Washington. Choose between the following options:
- For $55, you get a three-course dinner with wine pairings for two (up to a $122.90 total value), which includes:
- A goat-cheese appetizer (a $7 value) paired with two glasses of sauvignon blanc (a $12 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $51.90 value) paired with two glasses of pinot noir per person (a $20 value)
- Green apple cobbler for two (an $8 value)
- Chocolate tasting for two (a $10 value) paired with two glasses of port (a $14 value)
- For $100, you get a three-course dinner with wine pairings for four (up to a $245.80 total value), which includes:
- Two goat-cheese appetizers (a $14 value) paired with four glasses of sauvignon blanc (a $24 value)
- Four entrees (up to a $103.80 value) paired with two glasses of pinot noir per person (a $40 value)
- Green apple cobbler for four (a $16 value)
- Chocolate tasting for four (a $20 value) paired with four glasses of port (a $28 value)<p>
American Bounty Restaurant and Winebar’s proprietor, Brian Manhardt, draws on more than 15 years of experience to shape a menu with American favorites that pair perfectly with red and white varietals. Dining duos and quartets inaugurate epicurean excursions with tangy goat cheese, which swirls over taste buds in between waves of crisp sauvignon blanc. Penne jambalaya with andouille sausage and crawfish ($16.95) add a spicy note to second courses, as sugar- and clove-spiced salmon fillets with port-glazed onions ($19.95) provide a satchel of sweetness. Entrees slide down esophageal passageways with an added boost from aromatic sips of pinot noir. Like the best court cases, dinnertime sojourns conclude with fresh-baked green apple cobbler, a sampling of chocolates, and glasses of port dessert wine, though guests are welcome to peruse the wine, beer, and martini list for any additional libations.
Dim lights, soft music, and contemporary art installations updated every six weeks inform the charming ambiance of the tobacco-shop-turned-restaurant, which was originally constructed in 1858—the same year as the Great Wall of China. Alternatively, guests can choose to dine upstairs in the wine bar, frequently graced by live music and other events.
Old Vine Riverfront Bistro
At Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, proprietor Brian Manhardt draws on more than 25 years of experience to shape a bold bistro menu of fresh seafood, steaks, artisanal salads and stone hearth-fired pizzas. Inventive dishes such as their crab cigars—blue crab meat rolled inside of egg roll wrappers, fried crispy, and served with roasted red pepper aioli—can be paired with local beers, cocktails, and fine wines. Their curated wines and tobacco are sold at an onsite shop.
Situated in a distinctive two-story building that dates back to 1858, Old Vine Riverfront Bistro contrasts an energetic ambiance—punctuated by free live music almost every Saturday evening—with historical décor, such as a stone walled atrium and an excavated cistern that’s been transformed into the restaurant’s wine cellar. On warm weather days, consider dining al fresco on the patio.