Providence Restaurant Weeks is Back
Check out our top picks for the dining event that takes place January 8–21 with more than fifty participating restaurants.
Many local restaurants are back from taking a quick (and much deserved) holiday break. Hopefully the staff are well rested before launching into the epic two weeks that is Providence Restaurant Weeks. The seasonal dining event is taking place January 8–21 with more than fifty participating restaurants offering specials for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, as well as other limited-time deals. Diners can find all the deals at providencerestaurantweeks.com.
Kristen Adamo, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB), hopes the food-focused week will bring more visitors to the Creative Capital. “Providence Restaurant Weeks showcases dozens of nationally-recognized restaurants throughout the state while making their best dishes extremely accessible,” she says. “As leisure travel continues to pick up momentum and locals continue to support small businesses, this is the perfect opportunity for everyone to get a taste of the region’s world-class dining scene.”
And if you know me, you know I love a good scene where I can get all dressed up for an upscale dinner. The rooftop Blu Violet restaurant at the Aloft Hotel in Providence fits the bill, as does Bellini in the Beatrice Hotel. I think I’ve become a regular at Bellini thanks to its always impeccable service, lovely cocktails and divine cuisine. The $30 three-course lunch will allow me to try more of the menu at a minimal cost. The endive salad with avocado, pear and pecorino is my absolute favorite dish on the menu and the pappardelle “alla Bellini” is probably my number one entrée that everyone should try at least once. I keep going back to the same because I know it’s a surefire hit, but I’m looking forward to trying the polpettine (meatball) and salmon with green pea puree and white asparagus for something new. And profiteroles and panna cotta for dessert will just about do me in. Do I have to go back to the office?
Some other staff picks include:
Associate Editor Lauren Clem: “Hemenway’s! I missed my usual Christmas Eve visit due to COVID, so I’m looking forward to visiting in January. I’m also a big fan of Red Stripe and their mussels and fries.”
Digital Editor Kaitlyn Murray: “This just may be the year I finally sink my teeth into Gracie’s five-course tasting menu — with a $25 discount, there’s no excuse not to.”
Senior Editor Dana Laverty: “My boyfriend and I are celebrating our tenth anniversary in January, and we usually love to spoil ourselves with a celebration dinner at Gracie’s. The food, service and special little touches are just divine! We’ve never had the tasting menu, though, so I’m looking forward to trying that! I’ve also been meaning to try Otra, and since my BFF and I are getting together soon for his birthday and a belated Christmas celebration, that might just be the place. The Restaurant Weeks menu looks amazing! Veggie paella and warm churros with Spanish hot chocolate? Yes please!”
Special Editions Editor Kerri Tallman: “Usually, restaurant weeks don’t appeal to me, but this year, I may have to treat myself to a night out. I’ve got my eye on Moonshine Alley, the new kid to the Providence food and bar scene. For the ‘Opening Acts’ I have to choose between sweet potato bisque, hush puppies or a Tennessee cobb salad, which is going to be tough. I’m easily gravitating toward the Nashville hot chicken sandwich as my “headliner” but when it comes to dessert, I’m torn between the skillet cookie and bourbon bread pudding. And all for $25? What a steal. For something lighter, I’m keeping Ellie’s in mind with their sandwich/side/dessert combo. I’ve had bits and pieces of desserts from Ellie’s but I’ve never been able to try the full menu, so this is a great way to dip my toes in its delectable selection.”
Read on for a sampling of some more of the best deals:
Bellini is offering a three-course lunch option for $30 with a choice of an endive, pear, avocado and Pecorino salad; Umbrian lentil salad; clams Veneziana or polpettine to start, followed by a main course choice of pappardelle “alla Bellini,” pan-seared salmon, organic chicken pizzaiola or the Bellini cheeseburger. For dessert, it’s profiteroles, chocolate mousse or vanilla meringue.
At the Capital Grille, dinner costs $46 per person (not including tax or gratuity), and includes a choice between two salads; wedge with bleu cheese and smoked bacon or field greens salad with Parmesan vinaigrette. Then guests can choose between an eight-ounce filet, a bone-in dry aged NY strip, roasted chicken breast or seared citrus glazed salmon (grilled jumbo shrimp, Maine lobster tail, sliced filet mignon and double cut lamb rib chops are also available for an additional cost), served with sides of Sam’s mashed potatoes or creamed spinach, and dessert of flourless chocolate espresso cake, cheesecake or strawberries with vanilla bean cream Anglaise.
Gracie’s is offering its five-course tasting menu for $85 per person (normally $110).
Hemenway’s is plating a three-course pre-fixe meal for $39.95 that includes many choices in each section of the menu. Go for the baked oysters with lobster sherry cream, spinach and herb breadcrumbs or grapefruit and quinoa fennel salad before an entree choice of a 1.25-pound baked stuffed lobster, roasted skate wing or frilled kohlrabi. Dessert involves a choice of banana bread pudding, vanilla cheesecake or a flourless chocolate torte.
Metacom Kitchen is offering a three-course meal for $35 per person that includes first course choices of smoked carrot, a duck charcuterie plate or shrimp and coconut broth; second course choices include mushroom Bolognese with red wine bucatini, kurobuta pork belly or roasted zucchini, followed by mango yogurt ice cream or chocolate carpaccio for dessert.
Moonshine Alley is joining the Providence Restaurant ranks with a $25 per person southern-style menu. The opening acts include sweet potato bisque, hush puppies and Tennessee cob salad, while the headliners feature a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, chicken pot pie and moonshine shrimp. Close out the ‘show’ with an encore of either the skillet cookie or the bourbon bread pudding.
Narragansett Brewery is enticing snackers with a $29.95 deal that includes a jumbo charcuterie pretzel board for two and a pair of draft beers.
Nicks on Broadway has deals for every meal of the day. For $25 per person, guests can take advantage of their Providence Restaurant Weeks brunch, lunch and snack offerings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dinner menu is available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $45 per person. Prices are exclusive of tax, gratuity and additional food and beverages.
Providence Oyster Bar’s newest location in East Greenwich is showing off their chops with two three-course menus. For $23.95 per person, the lunch menu offers your choice of oyster on the half shell, New England clam chowder, wasabi and ginger calamari or Caesar salad for a starter, baked cod, shrimp tacos, bacon and bleu cheese burger, linguini with clam sauce, surf and turf maki roll or grilled salmon or swordfish for an entree; and tiramisu or chocolate cake for dessert. The $39.95 per person dinner menu features the same starters mentioned above; entrees like cajun shrimp pasta, cod bianco, baked stuffed shrimp six-ounce petit filet and more; plus desserts like tiramisu and chocolate layer cake.
Sarto is back with great prices for some of their most delicious offerings. Start with cider-braised pork belly for $14 or mushroom arancini for $12 and follow with seared cod served with braised beans, cavalo nero and nduja butter for $26 or grilled pork Tenderloin served with braised radicchio, squash puree and roast persimmon for $24.
ProvidenceRestaurantWeeks.com is constantly being updated with new menus, so check back often. You can also book reservations right through the site.