Date Night: Entyse Wine Bar at Ritz Carlton,Tysons Corner

After being designated to our couch last week as the “DC Dig-Out” went on, we opted for an early Valentine’s Day getaway dinner that took us to Entyse Wine Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner this past weekend. Entyse-5

Hotel restaurants are tricky; in an effort to please the general hotel customer, in-house dining is usually generic and lacking a bit of identity. Not only that, but proximity guarantees a monopoly, and therefore prices are usually much higher than a comparable stand-alone fine dining experience. However, our experience at Entyse left us with a new taste in our mouth for hotel dining – literally!Entyse-3 Entyse-1

Located on the lobby level of the Ritz-Carlton, the restaurant continues the high class, dark wood interior of the hotel. Soft lighting, candles, and rich, deep colors elevate the romantic mood of the experience before you even order a glass of wine. Which, by the way, we highly recommend. As a wine bar, the list is impressive with a range of prices and vintages and Sommelier Vincent Feraud is eager to help select the perfect pairing. Entyse-12

Though there isn’t a true “flavor” to the restaurant, per say, every plate we tried was unique and tasty. For our starters, we split the Korean Shrimp Tacos and the Tuna Tar-tar. ON POINT. I’m not a good judge of raw tuna, but Scott was pleased and I totally geeked out at the bed of avocado. However, those Korean tacos are alive and well in my mind, and I was able to play the “raw tuna” card to Scott in defense of eating 2 of the 3 tacos. *evil laugh*. Entyse-10Entyse-8

Though we could have indulged on small plates alone, our server (**shout-out to our main man Chakib for being an EXPERT on every recommendation! Incredible service!!!**) recommended our entrees, both of which we willingly agreed upon. Scott ordered the  Organic 1/2 Roasted Chicken, a dish they perfect from scratch (read:allow 25-35 minutes after ordering). I, however, felt the winner of the evening was the Jumbo Shrimp Pad Thai – a powerful combination of flavors and spicy shrimp to boot. I’d go back in a heartbeat for the shrimp tacos and shrimp pad Thai. It’s all about that shrimp I guess.Entyse-15Entyse-13

Here is a little date night advice for you: if you need to skip the pre-dinner cocktail in order to enjoy a post-dinner port- DO IT. The romance of the evening bubbled over when we ordered our server’s recommendation of the Warm Chocolate Cake (and salted caramel ice cream) and a glass of port.  Guys – I don’t do dessert. I usually steal a bite of Scott’s to get the sugar fix and I’m good. This dessert, accompanied by a sip of the port, was decadent and sensual. I often feel like I am still a kid and I’m not old enough to “adult”, but sitting in that romantic atmosphere sharing chocolate and port, and I was time-capsuled instantly to the classic sexiness of the 1940s.Entyse-19 Entyse-17

On Saturday night, Entyse was our perfect date – luxurious decor, sumptuous plates, a well-crafted wine list, and service that was of a much higher caliber. I left feeling wined and dined and reluctant for our intimate date night to end. Entyse is more than a hotel bar – it’s the whole package.  This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Entyse is offering a 4 course dinner special, including a chocolate buffet. Click here for details.Entyse-18

Now that we’ve mentioned it, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

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    1. Oh this is good to know! We’re always looking for new places to try, and sometimes we get bored with the selections that are right there in Tysons II. And chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream? yes please!

      1. It was delicious – and on Friday nights they have jazz, and Saturday nights they have live music of some sort. We listened to the best acoustic “pop” singer – but it was all very mellow and perfect to complement the scene. Definitely let us know if you make it there!

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