Rhode Island’s Most Romantic Restaurants

Thursday, February 13, 2014


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Ahh... Valentine's Day. Love it or eschew it, you gotta admit it makes you think of cozy dinners with your special someone. We set out to find five top spots where Cupid might make an appearance, and came up with these.

Chez Pascal, Providence

The French seem to have helped perfect the idea of the romantic meal (views of the Tour Eiffel don't hurt, either), and stateside we've got our share of restaurants that continue the tradition. On the East Side of Providence, Chef Matt and Kristen Genuoso, themselves a lovely couple, continue to set the standard for romantic hospitality and the rich, delicious, French-style foods that go with that. We suggest the escargots followed by the cassoulet (it even sounds romantic, doesn't it?), topped off with chocolate for dessert.

960 Hope St




Inn at Castle Hill, Newport

It doesn't matter if it's February or July, the Inn at Castle Hill, in Newport, is at the very top of most romantic lists and with good reason. Easily one of the most beautiful places on the East Coast, both inside and out. The unbridled beauty of the sweeping ocean views is, somehow, equaled by the treats coming from the kitchen. Chef Karsten Hart and his team are masters of raising the level of romance with each bite. It really shines in a current dessert: peanut butter and jelly. Grape gelee, peanut butter gelato and naguette tuiles. It brings your childhood crush to the 21st century!

590 Ocean Ave.




Gracie's, Providence

What sets Gracie's apart is that whenever you've asked yourself "What are the best restaurants in Rhode Island?" Gracie's has been on the list. Owner/muse Ellen Slattery is one of the grande dames of the Providence food scene and has done a stellar job of selecting chefs. The current chef, Matthew Varga, produces beautiful and delicious dishes that hold Gracie's legacy in good stead. The dining room is old school romantic with large windows heightening the drama. It's a classic!

194 Washington St.




Restaurant Bouchard, Newport

Amongst a large group of our chef friends, this is their go-to stop for romance and delicious cuisine. They rave about the authenticity of the flavors and the freshness of the ingredients. We rave about the same...and more. The menu is just as you'd find in France: locally sourced and seasonally appropriate takes on classic dishes. The use of local seafood is highlighted throughout the menu and is--obviously--one of their strong points. The olive oil poached salmon was a standout. The decor is Old World, and that means cozy.

505 Thames St.




Bacaro, Providence

A rustic and cozy downstairs, an upstairs with gorgeous views of the city. Should be enough, right? Add Chef Brian Kingsford's to-die-for takes on rustic Italian dishes and you've got a winner. Share many small plates of tasty snacks or a cheese board -- you custom-order to suit your and your special someone's tastes. Or split a couple of pasta dishes -- they change with the seasons according to what's freshest. Order some wine or a Prosecco, linger for a while. You'll be oh so happy you did.

262 So. Water St




Related Slideshow: 12 Valentine’s Day Events in RI

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Most Romantic Couple Contest

XO Café, Providence

Now through February 7, 2014, contestants can submit their inspired story of romance in 500 words or less for the chance to win a gourmet Valentine’s Day dinner for two with wine pairings, as prepared by Executive Chef Marty Lyons. 

For more information or to submit an entry, please visit www.xocafe.com.

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Black Valentine's Day Celebration

Ocean Mist, Matunuck

Ocean Mist knows Valentine's Day can be either an awesome holiday or a very annoying one, so they are choosing to celebrate Black Valentine’s Day. Come celebrate everyday love and friendship with a spectacular dance party. All you awesome singletons and even you adorable couples - go down to Ocean Mist and check out what exactly black valentine's is all about.

For more details, go here.

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1st Annual Sweatheart Dance

Mount Hope Farm, Bristol

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Bristol at the 1st Annual Sweetheart Dance at Mount Hope Farm on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 8pm to 11pm. Festivities include cash bar, cupcakes and other goodies. Also, enjoy tunes by Luke Renchan Entertainment, one of RI's premiere DJ services. Prizes will also e awarded for best Valentine-themed outfits.Tickets are $10.

Reserve your ticket now by calling 401-254-1745 or click here.

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Farmhouse Valentine's Special

Langworthy Farm, Westerly

Show that special someone you care by booking a Valentine's Day Special at Langworthy Farm. This two-night stay includes a full New England breakfast each morning and a special wine and chocolate tasting for two. Rates start at $270.

To make a reservation, call 401-322-7791.

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Valentine's Day Dinner

Ocean House, Watch Hill

End Valentine’s Day on a romantic note this year with a spectacular dinner in Seasons at the Ocean House. Ocean House chefs will take you through five palate-enticing courses, each highlighting the best of the New England bounty. Celebrate one another and the passion that you share over a decadent dessert.

Price: $95/ per person (plus tax and gratuity); Wine pairing is an additional $40/ per person.

Click here to reserve your table.

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Month of Love Special

The Attwater, Newport

Surprise your sweetie by sweeping him/her away to Newport. Stay two nights or more between February 6-28, 2014 (excluding Feb 14-17, 2014) and receive chocolate covered strawberries, a long stem rose and a box of Lark Fine Foods artisan cookies - all complimentary.

For more details, go here or call 401-846-7444.

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Valentine's Day at the Inn

The Weekapaug Inn, Weekapaug

Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a spectacular four-course dinner in The Restaurant at the Weekapaug Inn. Enjoy intimate conversation in their candlelit dining area and steal breathtaking views of the star flecked New England sky from across the pond. Sip a cocktail (or two) in the Garden Room and pull your lover close as you relax by the glow of the crackling fire. The Weekapaug Inn is the destination for love this February.

Price: $80/ person (plus tax and gratuity)

Click here to claim your table.

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2nd Annual Cupid Ball

Center by the Blackstone, Pawtucket

You're invited to attend the 2nd Annual Cupid Ball - a Pink Tie Affair at the Center by the Blackstone. The evening includes pink wine upon arrival, hors d'oeuvres, four course meal station provided by Pamfilio's, and entertainment provided by WRIK Entertainment.

Prices: $60 per individual or $100 per couple.

Click here to buy tickets or call 401- 724-2200.

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Parent's Night Out

The Children's Workshop, all RI locations

Would you like a night out for Valentine’s Day? Bring the kids to The Children’s Workshop! They will provide supervision, fun, entertainment and snacks for the kids while parents enjoy a night off. This service is FREE and open to the community! You do not need to enroll to take advantage of this great event. Space is limited. Please RSVP by February 7th.

The Children’s Workshop has 12 locations throughout Rhode Island.

For more information, click here.

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Valentine's Day Concert

Blithewold Mansion, Bristol

Opera Providence will present “A Happy Valentine’s Day Concert” on Friday Friday, Feb. 14th, at 7pm and Sunday, Feb. 16th at 3pm at the Blithewold Mansion. The event features the voices of the Opera Providence Ensemble. All concert tickets are $40 per person. Tickets for the entire concert series are $75 per person. 

For more information please contact the Opera Providence office at 401-331-6060 or visit their website.

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Valentine's Day Burgers

Harry's Bar & Burger, Providence

Harry’s Bar & Burger is celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend with a selection of menu specials available Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. Located at 121 North Main Street, Harry's will feature Fried Mozzarella Triangles with marinara sauce ($3.50); Harry’s Cheesy Lover Burger topped with house made mac and cheese, bacon, lettuce, pickle, and special sauce on a toasted potato roll ($6.50), and Fried Oreos dusted with powdered sugar ($2.99).

For more information, please call 401-228-7437 or visit www.harrysbarburger.com

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An Exclusive Dining Experience

Aldrich Mansion, Warwick

Make your special someone feel like they're the most important person in the world this Valentine's Day by partaking in an exclusive dining experience in the opulent, historic Aldrich mansion. Enjoy a three-course prix fixe menus prepared on site by Executive Chef Al Langeveld.

Price: $145 per couple, incl. gratuity, taxes, complimentary glass of champagne, cash bar, live music during cocktails, and free parking. RSVP by Feb. 6 with menu selections.

For more information, go here or call 401-739-6850.


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