5 Romantic Restaurants For Your Next Date Night

What better way to celebrate a date night than with great food, good views and a special someone? 

Photo from White Horse Tavern Facebook Page.


This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

Whether you have an upcoming anniversary or want to have a date night just because, add a little romance at one of these local restaurants (socially distant, of course!). 


Cafe Nuovo 

Located right at the gondola landing on Providence’s famed Riverwalk, Cafe Nuovo offers a casually elegant and scenic dining experience. Your view will be matched by their fresh, seasonal flavors of contemporary American cuisine and creative desserts. Choose to eat in their glass curtain dining room or al fresco on the piazza. 

How to dine: Now offering both indoor and outdoor dining options along with takeout. Reservations are required with a party limit of fifteen people if you choose to do a couples’ night out. Curbside pickup is available and valet is currently unavailable. 

The details: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. For reservations, call 401-421-2525 or visit opentable.com. 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, cafenuovo.com


Chez Pascal

This cozy yet upscale bistro offers fine French cuisine. You’ll feel like you’re in Europe with a seasonal menu featuring homemade pates, charcuterie and roasted duck. The restaurant also offers a combined menu from the Wurst Kitchen including homemade hotdogs, sandwiches and sausages. 

How to dine: Open for outdoor dining only. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. Reservations can be made on their website after 4:30 p.m. 

The details: Online ordering hours Mon.-Fri., 4-11 p.m. Outdoor dining Tues.-Sat., 4:30-9 p.m. 960 Hope St., 401-421-4422, chezpron.com 


White Horse Tavern

White House Tavern in Newport, which is America’s oldest tavern, boasts a contemporary, farm-to-table culinary experience with historic charm. You might be taking a step back in time once inside the seventeenth century architecture, but the food is fresh, sophisticated and a local celebration of New England classics. 

How to dine: Advanced reservations with a maximum of six people are encouraged and can be made by calling, visiting their website or on the Open Table app. Dining is available on the outdoor terrace and indoors. All bars will be closed for seating. 

The details: See website for lunch, brunch and dinner times. 26 Marlborough St., Newport, 401-849-3600, whitehorsenewport.com


Besos Kitchen and Cocktails 

Romance is on the menu here, with an upscale experience serving locally sourced New American cuisine and craft cocktails. There’s something for both you and your date from steaks and seafood to fresh pasta and burgers. 

How to dine: Open for indoor and outdoor dining. Accepting online and call-in reservations.

The details: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun. 3-9 p.m. (dinner only). 378 Main St., East Greenwich 401-398-8855, besoskitchenandcocktails.com



With beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and an open kitchen featuring a custom-crafted French Bonnet cooking suite, Cara at the Chanler Hotel is a luxury, crown jewel. The culinary experience is truly unique to New England, with menus changing each night as well as a six-course surprise degustation menu of the chef’s signature dishes. 

How to dine: Open Wed.-Sun. with two seating options. 5:30 p.m. three-course prix fixe, $105 per person or 8:15 p.m. six-course surprise degustation menu, $180 per guest. Reservations can be made here

The details: 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 401-847-2244, thechanler.com/cara-restaurant