Valentine’s Day Dinners and Deals in Rhode Island
Here are ten restaurants offering multi-course meals that are sure to impress that special someone.
Gracie's pastry chef Melissa Denmark's “Dessert for Two." Photo by JWessel Photography.
Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, Feb. 14. Thinking of surprising him or her with a romantic dinner, but not sure where to go? Here are ten restaurants offering multi-course meals that are sure to impress that special someone. Please be sure to call for reservations.
Castle Hill Inn
One reservation available for 9 p.m. Castle Hill Inn is offering a four-course menu created just for Valentine’s Day for $95 per person. The first course, cleverly named “Love Birds,” consists of quail and pheasant galantine served with golden beets. For the second course, there is a selection of oysters from Matunuck, East Beach, Moonstone and Rome Point, or you can choose from short rib strudel with black truffle cream or French Turbot consomme. Main course choices include Hudson Valley whole roasted duck, butter-poached Maine lobster and scallops or the grilled filet of Hereford beef. Dessert is a chocolate truffle torte with rose petals, orange sorbet, kir royale and petite meringue “kisses” or a selection of petite housemade desserts. The inn also has rooms available if you want to make this a romantic getaway.
Details: 590 Ocean Dr., Newport, 849-3800, castlehillinn.com
Reservations available all evening. Centro is offering a three-course meal for $69 per couple that includes a choice of butternut squash bisque or a salad of baby romaine with dried cranberries, toasted almonds and chestnut dressing. The four choices for the main course include a Bolognese of beef, pork, veal and San Marzano tomatoes with pappardelle; Atlantic salmon with sweet onion and potato purée; pork chop with dried cranberries, toasted almonds and maple syrup; and Statler chicken breast with roasted rosemary potatoes and grilled asparagus. For dessert, enjoy a flourless Frangelico chocolate torte with berry sauce and an Amaretti cookie. Add $20 for a bottle of wine.
Details: 1 West Exchange St., Providence, 228-6802, centroprovidence.com
Reservations available after 9:30 p.m. Chez Pascal has designed three courses for $69 per person for Feb. 14. The regular menu will not be available on this day. Start the meal off with spicy chilled seafood salad with frisee, endive and blood orange vinaigrette or pork loin pastrami carpaccio with a warm salad of charred green cabbage, pickled onions and grated cheese. Other choices include crispy chicken croquettes with Maine-grown Jacob’s cattle beans, grilled sirloin of beef with winter squash gateaux de riz and local cod filet with crispy potato terrine, braised red cabbage, crispy sunchokes and truffle vinaigrette.
Details: 960 Hope St., Providence, 421-4422, chez-pascal.com
Cook and Brown Public House
Reservations available after 9:30 p.m. Cook and Brown has planned two four-course menus for $55 per person for this Valentine’s Day. One includes a savory beet risotto and roasted duck, while the other has some favorites for fish and seafood lovers like smoked trout roe and squid ink pasta with lobster, red chili and fermented black beans. Both menus also have house made Oreo-like cookies for dessert.
Details: 959 Hope S., Providence, 273-7275, cookandbrown.com
The restaurant has whipped up a special dessert; the flourless chocolate chili cake is served with a scoop of sour cream ice cream and a Cointreau sauce. They’ve also concocted the St. Germain's Valentine, a specialty cocktail they’ll be offering the third week of February. DeWolf tavern is still accepting dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day, and if you’d like to make it a romantic getaway, the nearby Bristol Harbor Inn is also running a special, available from Feb. 10-14, which includes a one-night stay with a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate truffles, breakfast delivered to your room and a $100 gift card to DeWolf Tavern.
Details: 259 Thames St., Bristol, 254-2005, dewolftavern.com
El Rancho Grande
First-come, first-served; no reservations. The homestyle Mexican restaurant is offering a four-course menu for two with wine or champagne for $65. Appetizers include mariscos (panfried shrimp, scallops and chorizo with a house sauce), chiles en nogada (a poblano pepper filled with pork and sautéed fruit) or burritas de frijol (fried gorditas filled with black beans). The second course includes soup, followed by a main course choice of pork spare ribs in salsa verde, lamb in a chile ancho adobo, mole poblano, mole pistache or veal filets cooked in a chile-pasilla sauce. Dessert includes crepes filled with strawberry and chocolate mousse, coconut flan or flambe plantains.
Details: 311 Plainfield St., Providence, 275-0808, elranchogranderestaurant.com
Availability tonight, Mon. Feb. 13, or after 10 p.m. on Feb. 14. Shooting stars and glowing candles surround you in Gracie’s dining room, which is serving its winter menu and a seasonal seven ($75) or five ($35) course meal on both Valentine’s Day and the day before, Monday, Feb. 13. They will also have special treats ready just for the occasion, including a cocktail called "The Nutty Cafe,” made with apple cider, walnut and hazelnut liquor and coffee bitters, and “Dessert for Two,” which features chocolate cake doughnuts made from hazelnut nougatine, dark chocolate ganache and cardamom, and topped with a blood orange creamsicle. On Feb. 14, Gracie’s will also feature complimentary “for the love of it” photos for couples, taken in front of a romantic backdrop.
Don't forget: Vote for Gracie's pastry chef Melissa Denmark for Food and Wine's "The People's Best New Pastry Chef" through Feb. 14.
Details: 194 Washington St., Providence, 272-7811, graciesprovidence.com
Reservations available all evening. A three-course meal for $25 per person will be available at The ROI just for Valentine’s Day. Appetizers include oysters Rockefeller, lobster bisque or a baby arugula salad with Saga blue cheese and mandarin oranges. Choices for the entrée will feature peppercorn-crusted filet of beef with foie gras, semi-boneless half duck with preserved cherry glaze and lobster and potato-encrusted Chilean sea bass with different side dishes for each entree. Special house made desserts, such as classic crème brulee, are also being created for the occasion.
Details: 150 Chestnut St., Providence, 272-2161, theroiprov.com
Reservations available 5-9 p.m. Trio is offering a special Valentine's menu Feb. 10-14, which includes a la carte appetizers ($10) like Yellowfin tuna and bay scallop ceviche and a trio of oysters that includes baked, chilled and crispy variations. Entree choices include Nori-wrapped salmon with lemongrass-scented rice, stir-fried vegetables and wasabi/soy vinaigrette ($28), lamb loin with an espresso rub, served with rainbow chard, tomato confit and potato puree ($34) and beef short rib with braised cabbage, celeriac puree and white asparagus ($29). Dessert is a trio of chocolate (warm chocolate brownie, chocolate teardrop, chocolate gelato) for $10.
Details: 15 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett, 792-4333, trio-ri.com
Reservations available at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and after 8:45 p.m. XO Cafe is offering a six-course Valentine's menu available Feb. 10-14 for $50 per person. It includes open lasagna of wild mushroom bolognese, roasted beet carpaccio, seared Bomster scallop with butternut squash risotto and roasted pistachio pesto, Hill Orchard apple sorbet, a duck trio with lingonberry syrup and white chocolate creme brulee with cranberry fudge.
Details: 125 N. main St., Providence, 273-9090, xocafe.com