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Town & Country Names RI’s Most Romantic Restaurant

Thursday, January 28, 2016


The upscale lifestyle magazine Town & Country has named the most romantic restaurant in each state in the U.S.

Rhode Island's perfect place for love, drum roll please... is XO Cafe. 

Here is what the folks at Town and Country wrote:


XO Cafe got its title as Providence's most romantic restaurant for good reason — it's housed in the historic John Updike House, serves up farm-to-table specialties like scallops with pork belly and root vegetable hash, and even has XO in it's name. Need we say more?

If you are looking for a reservation for St. Valentine's Day, give a click xocafe.com


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Chapel Grille

3000 Chapel View Boulevard, Cranston

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311 Westminster Street, Providence

Aspire, in Hotel Providence on Westminster Street in Providence, is offering a Valentine’s Day weekend special. From February 13th through the 15th, enjoy a 3 course dinner for two for $65 per person, or $85 per person if you choose to include a wine pairing. Aspire is a farm-to table restaurant led by Executive Chef Jori Rieben. Rieben creates seasonal menus of New England fare with French influences. He even uses his own rooftop herb garden! The dishes are beautifully plated and the environment is intimate and elegant, perfect for a romantic date with a loved one. 

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White Horse Tavern

26 Marlborough Street, Newport

This historic tavern has been serving food and drinks for over 340 years. Originally founded in 1673, the White Horse Tavern is a cozy place to enjoy a romantic dinner for two. With Executive Chef Rich Silvia – a born-and-raised Rhode Islander – preparing creative farm-to-table meals made with meats and produce sourced from local farms and seafood sourced from the Narragansett Bay, you and your Valentine are sure to love your night out in Newport. 

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Besos Kitchen

378 Main Street, East Greenwich

Literally meaning “Kisses” in Spanish, this eatery in East Greenwich is a perfect option for you and your Valentine.  They offer a variety of dishes, from grilled pizzas, to small plates, to entrees.  As if their famous Chilean Sea Bass, Beef Wellington, or Duck Bolognese aren’t enough to win you over, their Valentine’s Cocktail list should do the trick. Featuring specials like “Love Ever After,” a house-infused tangerine and Prosecco vodka with cranberry liqueur, exactly seven drops of orange cream citrate and topped with Prosecco, and “Sparkling Bouquet,” muddled blueberries and lemon slices with Crème de Violette, elderflower liqueur, and Prosecco, Besos is sure to win you some real life kisses on Valentine’s Day.

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Known for their Sunday Brunch, interesting beer selections and phenomenal vegetarian and vegan menus, Julian’s in Providence is the place to be if you’re looking for a new experience. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering two very special menus. For $69 per person, you and your Valentine can enjoy a vegan or non-vegan seven course dinner, with the option for drink pairings. Reservations definitely recommended. 

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Bistro 22

22 Midway Road, Cranston

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Bouchard Restaurant Inn

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Los Andes

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Castle Hill Inn

590 Ocean Drive, Newport

The Castle Hill Inn, on Ocean Drive in Newport, offers stunning views of the Narragansett Bay from the dining room in addition to an elegant and tasty meal. Executive Chef Karsten Hart uses local ingredients to serve creative and refined dishes. To make the experience even more romantic for Valentine’s Day, reserve a table for their special four-course dinner for $98 per person. 

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The Dorrance

60 Dorrance Street, Providence

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Tallulah on Thames

464 Thames Street, Newport

Right in the heart of Newport, Tallulah on Thames is known for its intimate atmosphere and exquisite dining experience. Tallulah on Thames prides themselves on using seasonal and local ingredients sourced from partner farms in Rhode Island and nearby New England states to create their entrees. They will be offering their usual four- or six-course prix fixe menu for Friday and Sunday nights this weekend, with reservations recommended. For Saturday, they are doing something extra special. Enjoy a four-course, set menu with a toast of sparkling wine for $75 per person. 

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Iron Works Tavern

697 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick

The Iron Works Tavern in Warwick is offering a 3-course prix-fixe menu that the head chef has arranged to be served both Friday and Saturday on Valentine’s Day weekend. This includes options such as a lobster bisque and roasted beet duo as appetizers and filet mignon and pan-seared chicken breast for entrees, for the price of $35 per person. 

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India Restaurant

1060 Hope Street, Providence

If you're looking for something a little different for Valentine's Day, look no further than India Restaurant on Hope Street in Providence.  India provides those with special reservations with tables stationed near 3 fireplaces, adding a romantic touch to you and your mate’s dinner. India’s “Love Potion,” named the Kamasutra martini, is a special Valentine’s Day beverage made of cognac, orange and passion fruit that is shaken with pineapple rum. Also, belly dancers and henna will be on hand for an added touch of Indian culture.

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The Mooring

1 Sayers Wharf, Newport

Located on Sayer’s Wharf in Newport, The Mooring will be providing prix-fixe seafood specials that include a choice of Alaskan king crab ravioli and baked stuffed oysters as appetizers, with a New York Strip or Maine lobster serving as the main courses. The beautiful panoramic views of Narragansett Bay provide an ambiance to the restaurant that will make you and your date feel like you’re both lost at sea in each other’s eyes as the night rolls along. 

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Waterman Grille

4 Richmond Square, Providence

Providence’s waterfront has been synonymous with some of Rhode Island’s best restaurants. Waterman Grille will be having their own Valentine’s Day special menu lined up for those who reserve a table for two. The special menu will be featuring Rhode Island oysters on the half shell as the appetizer of choice, with the option to order either surf & turf or pan-roasted halibut as the main course. The standard menu of wood-fire grilled specialities and seasonal comfort food will also be available to customers.


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