Valentine’s Day is here ladies and gents and while I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day like most people, I do respect what it represents; the love and time a relationship requires. One has to make their relationship a priority, and Valentine’s Day is the tangible manifestation of that – even if for only one day. But we here in Providence, Rhode Island – we have a slight advantage when it comes to a romantic Valentine’s Day date. Our beautiful city has been rated by Travel & Leisure Magazine as the best “Foodie” city in The United States! So if you want a great Valentine’s dinner, Providence is where you need to be. That said, here are my very proud recommendations for a romantic dinner in the charming and eclectic city of Providence, Rhode Island.
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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.
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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. Attire is often semi formal (jacket and tie, dress or skirt) to business casual. But, in my opinion, I’d go in a dress.
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The Duck and Bunny
Maybe you and your date have a sweet tooth, or are planning a romantic mid-day date. My top choice would be the Duck and Bunny. This venue is actually a snuggery, and even though I’ve never heard of one before, it truly fits the bill. They serve small bites, crapes, teas and various wines or cocktails. But there crowning jewel are their cupcakes. They have mini ones, and larger ones, all of which are made fresh and fit any kind of taste for the occasion. I suggest getting a pot of tea and splitting a couple of cupcakes between the two do you. Do not leave without trying the Mocha w/Espresso Buttercream. Attire varies between business casual to regular casual.
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.