21 Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Local restaurants are featuring special prix-fixe menus and events to celebrate the big day of love.
Experience the old-fashioned, authentic soda fountain with all-natural ice cream, made-to-order shakes, floats, coffee and tea, classic egg creams, lime rickeys and cherry phosphates. Perfect for a date night, Green Line Apothecary is hosting a buy-one-get-one-free offer on Valentine’s Day, during which you can try the new and improved sea salt caramel ice cream. The apothecary is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 401-307-2555 or visit greenlineapothecary.com.
Love is in the air on the Rooftop at Providence G. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is hosting specials while you celebrate love and happiness. A three-course dinner at $49 a person will be available, including options like Rhode Island-style calamari, grilled filet mignon and lavender creme brulee for dessert. To top off a magical evening, Alissa and Billy Musto will perform live on piano. Book your reservation by calling 401-632-4904 or visit rooftopattheg.com.
3. XO Cafe
XO Cafe houses a cozy atmosphere with a contemporary menu featuring natural and locally grown ingredients from Southern New England farms. Enjoy various options including tuna tartare, Delmonico steak, filet mignon and truffle fries, plus chocolate lava cake and pear upside down cake for dessert. Call for reservations at 401-273-9090 or book online.
4. Hotel Viking
Atop Newport’s Historic Hill, enjoy the breathtaking views of Bellevue Avenue. For fourteen days leading up to Valentine’s Day, the hotel is offering a lovely five-course menu for $79 per person, plus a carefully curated wine pairing can be added for $35. Chef Simone Ferrara’s unique eating options include Farm and Garden and Hook and Line. For reservations, visit hotelviking.com.
A contemporary and relaxed setting, Ella’s menu boasts a broad range of American cuisine from local purveyors. Experience various options such as mushroom crostini, salads, duck risotto, maple-brined pork chop and shrimp tempura. View the entire menu here. Call 401-315-0606 or visit ellasfinefoodanddrink.com for reservations.
6. Chez Pascal
Chez Pascal in Providence will be offering an exclusive, love-filled menu this Valentine’s Day. Included in the evening is a three-course menu with choices for each course. The price is $69 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For Valentine’s Day reservations, call 401-421-4422.
Located on a lively corner of East Greenwich, the atmosphere at Besos is relaxing bistro-chic. In addition to the full dinner menu, the eatery is offering specials on February 14, including beet panna cotta, brown butter-poached lobster tail and roasted rack of lamb, plus a Champagne toast. For reservations, call 401-398-8855 or book online.
Enjoy a romantic dinner with views of Bristol Harbor and the town’s historic charm. Dinner options include steamed littlenecks, sweet potato short rib cake, stuffed lobster, filet mignon, quail and more, plus desserts, such as vanilla bean creme brulee, sticky toffee pudding and rustic apple tart. For more information and reservations, call 401-254-2005.
9. Thee Red Fez
With a three-course prix-fixe menu at $45 per person, Thee Red Fez in Providence is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year by donating a portion of proceeds to charity. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 with reservations only. To book a reservation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Valentine’s Day, Julians in Providence is hosting an epic six-course dinner with the theme of Don’t Fight It, Feel It. Two seatings are available at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. With limited space, book your reservation soon and call 401-861-1770.
11. The Grange
The Grange in Providence is a great place for vegetarian delights. The restaurant is known for its welcoming sense of community. On Feb. 14, join the Grange for a six-course vegan meal at $60 per person. The evening’s menu includes Korean fried cauliflower, beets, wonton soup or cashew cauliflower bisque, collard green fritter or steamed bun and sweet potato raviolis or seared king trumpets, plus black forest in a jar, banana split or a cookie plate for dessert. For more information, call 401-831-0600.
12. Trattoria Zooma
This elegant Italian eatery in Providence will be serving a special menu on Feb.14. A four-course meal will offer dining options such as lobster bisque, arugula salad, fresh black truffle and lobster, grilled filet mignon, seafood-stuffed baked lobster tail and dark chocolate mousse for dessert. For reservations, call 401-383-2002 or visit trattoriazooma.com.
13. Pot au Feu
Hear the love story, “Love is Strong as Death” this Valentine’s Day. With romantic menu choices of beef bourguignon, lobster, shrimp and scallop crepes; chicken “coq au vin”; and vegetarian cassoulet, experience the love story of Count Paolo Bajnotti of Turin, Italy, and Carrie Mathilde Brown of Providence. The evening is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations here. For more information, call 401-441-2345.
14. The Beehive Cafe
Beehive is hosting a Hot Date Dessert Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a special menu of sweets made to order with Champagne cocktails, coffee, wine and beer. For reservations, call 401-396-9994.
To celebrate love day, Persimmon is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu with multiple choices for each course at $75 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional cost. This contemporary, elegant eatery will feature dishes like beef two ways: short rib and aged strip loin; oysters with seaweed butter and royal white sturgeon caviar; parmesan soup with black truffle; dry-aged duck breast with foie gras, and much more. For reservations, call 401-432-7422. Beverages, tax and gratuity is additional.
16. New Rivers
New Rivers in Providence will offer a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day for $65 per person. There will be several choices within each course, and the beverage director will design a beverage menu to mix and match with the dinner offerings. The night will also include a special oyster tasting, in addition to the prix fixe dinner. The restaurant has been working with some new oyster farms and they are excited to shuck away with you. Make a reservation by calling 401-751-0350.
Hoping to make your evening twice as nice with a special dinner for two, Sardella’s is providing a special Valentine’s Day menu at $18 per person. Menu options include chicken cacciatore, wood grilled pizza, crab and scallop crab cake, shrimp and lobster risotto, and chicken francaise. For reservations and more information, call 401-849-6312 or visit sardellas.com.
18. by Chloe.
The plant-based casual restaurant has four Valentine’s Day specials that vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will be sure to love. By Chloe. is serving the heart beet burger with a beet-lentil patty, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed kale, pickled red onion, truffled basil aioli and a whole grain bun for $11.95. Running Feb. 9 to 14, two V-Day themed cupcakes will also be available: the Hostess-inspired Pink Chlostess and a pink gluten-free option. The Merry Valentine Cocktail with tequila, raw agave and lime, and by Chloe’s merry prankster juice will be available on Feb. 14, exclusively at the Providence location for $10.
“Roses are red, there’s more than a few; they’re hung from the ceiling, the rumor is true.” Basta hosts the “Night of 1,000 Roses” for six nights this year in honor of Valentine’s Day. More than 1,000 roses are magically suspended from the ceiling, and there’s six nights of live music and an optional prix fixe “Romance Menu.” Basta features the roses display Friday, Feb. 9 through Wednesday, Feb. 14. Call 401-461-2300 for reservations, seating is becoming limited.
On Feb. 11, as part of its dessert dining series, Gracie’s in Providence is hosting La Fête du Chocolat, a three-course Valentine’s celebration centered around the tastiest aphrodisiac, chocolate! Top pastry chefs from both Gracie’s and Knead Doughnuts will demonstrate the surprising versatility of this comforting confection through unique cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts on Feb. 11, from 7–9:30 p.m. Admission is $80 per person, and reservations can be made through the website, or by phone at 401-272-7811. For actual Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, Gracie’s is partnering with Flowers by Semia to offer complimentary tableside delivery of beautiful bouquets for all Gracie’s guests who have booked dinner reservations. Bouquets are available in small and large sizes for $30 and $40 each. To place an order, call the restaurant at 401-272-7811 and they’ll add it to your reservation!
21. Ellie’s Bakery
Ellie’s special Valentine’s Day dessert menu is available for online orders through Feb. 13 (last pickup date is on Feb. 14). The bakery is offering a spicy chocolate tart, a chocolate cake with raspberry jam, a pair of white chocolate cream puffs filled with raspberry rhubarb jam atop crispy meringue cookies, and the limited-edition Mac-ro Love Box, an assortment of thirty-six French macarons in six flavors.
Additional reporting by Jamie Coelho.