Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Couples in Providence, RI can boast the fact that the beautiful city is home to some of the best romantic restaurants in the country. According to Travel & Leisure Magazine, Providence is a “foodie” city – one of the best in the U.S. Check out our picks for the best local spots to celebrate with the one you love.
Gracie’s is not only delicious, but it has the most fabulous wine selection in all of Providence. It feels like a downtown New York restaurant that has been mysteriously transported to little Rhody. The decor is extraordinarily stylish yet surprisingly comfortable and the food presentation is impeccable. I really like this place, mostly, because the staff genuinely wants you to enjoy your dining experience. The wait staff will easily guide you through the extensive collection of menu options, which often include wine pairings, and the pace of dinner is comfortably slow – so you can truly savor each moment. Another great place for duck – but the swordwish is simply delectable. Small to large parties are welcome here, and attire is often business casual to dressy denim.
If you want somewhere beautiful, delicious, and that has fabulous cocktails and wine – look no further than Loie Fuller’s. This gem is situated on the West Side of Providence, and is a little ways away from some other restaurants of it’s same caliber. But that is not a bad thing. Inside, the building screams beauty – from floor mosaics to the perfect mood lighting from vintage sconces, to the various hand painted murals. The steak and frites are my favorite item on the menu – but really anything seems to please diners. Their meals and beverages are top notch. One thing to note – Loie Fuller’s does not accept reservations, so plan accordingly. Attire ranges from cocktail attire to dressy jeans and a nice top.
Are you in the mood to recreate the romantic scene from lady and the tramp? Craving some good Italian food or pasta for your date? Well then you are a reader after my own heart. There are several outstanding places to eat Italian food in Providence, but if you are looking for somewhere romantic as well as Italian – my choice would be Pane E Vino. I think this place is a bit underrated compared to some of the nearby bustling Italian restaurants on Federal Hill, but honestly that is something for which I am thankful. I never have extraordinarily long waits, and the volume is never overbearing like some of it’s nearby counterparts. Pane E Vino is well lit, quiet, and even opens up to the street if that’s your thing. The service and food are both fantastic, and they also serve scrumptious deserts. Look out of the veal meatballs or the pork shoulder for a dinner and you MUST try the bread pudding for the sweet cap. It’s unreal. The ambiance is warm and inviting, and the attire is generally semi formal to business casual.
Housed in the old Federal Reserve of Providence, The Dorrance oozes old school swankiness. I always feel like I’m in a Downton Abbey party when I go here. What’s more, if you are a cocktail drinker – then this would be my pick for you because it was recently reviewed as the best cocktail bar in the city too! You will feel as chic as can be inside this beautiful restaurant as creative and vintage beverages await you at the bar. Try the “Gods and Savages” cocktail. As for the food, the Short Ribs are spectacular.