Rhode Island Restaurants to Keep You Warm and Full Throughout the Winter

Where to nosh and stay warm both inside and out in little Rhody from winter into spring.

Ocean House in Watch Hill

For a Warm Alfresco Experience

Newport Harbor Island Resort
With a crackling fire, string lights and sunset over Newport Harbor, the Lounge and Fire Pit dining area at Newport Harbor Island Resort is the place to spend a relaxing evening. Choose an outdoor igloo or warm up by the outdoor firepits with cozy decor and blankets in a romantic setting. Special menu includes bruschetta grilled cheese, house-made chili and specialty cocktails such as Caribbean hot chocolate. Goat Island, Newport, 401-851-3325, newportharborisland.com

Classic Indian fare with a splash of American modernity makes Chaska some of the most appealing and authentic cuisine in the state. Located in Cranston’s Garden City, you can take care of your shopping then dine under the lights outdoors in their pop-up igloos. Every meal is a revelation—do not miss the avocado sweet potato chaat, okra masala or the kasundi salmon tikka, and make sure to order the chocolate banana bread pudding, which is a masterpiece in any culture. 16 Midway Rd., Cranston, 401-537-7900, chaska-usa.com

Coast Guard House
Book a spot in their comfy snow globes by the bay, each furnished in a different theme and decked out with cozy couches and chairs, heaters, beautiful décor and more. Or choose the roof deck overlooking the crashing waves of Narragansett Bay right by the beach. There’s no better place to enjoy raw bar options, seafood, steaks and more with cocktails, and check their website for special events such as Wellington Wednesday. 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 401-789-0700, thecoastguardhouse.com

Mare Rooftop
Enjoy dinner up in the sky at Mare Rooftop from inside a heated igloo. The outdoor setting gazes over treetops and Providence homes in the daytime and sparkling city lights by night. The menu offers a tasteful selection of food such as pan-roasted salmon, chicken scallopini and shrimp and pesto pizza. Reservations required. 229 Waterman St., Providence, 401-336-6273, marerooftop.com

Plant City
Plant City is a vegan food hall and marketplace with four restaurants and three bars. Their heated tent overlooks the pedestrian bridge on the Providence River and
the city’s twinkling lights add
ambience. Currently, the outdoor dining food choices include the Mexican and American menus while indoor dining includes all menus. Choose from Mexican at Besina, Italian and pizza at Double Zero, and burgers and sandwiches at New Burger. Some of the taco selections on the Besina menu include farro chorizo, wild mushroom carnitas and jackfruit pibil, and the nachos are also a must. At Double Zero, the raw lasagna and pizzas with cashew-based cheese are all terrific. 334 S. Water St., Providence, 401-429-2029, plantcitypvd.com

Not only does this eatery have a year-round heated patio with fuzzy blankets, spaced out tables and lots of cozy heat lamps, they have set up winter igloos for private dining. The concept of the menu is simple, but delicious: fresh, seasonal and mostly local ingredients are used to create the tasty dishes. The menu consists of Mediterranean, Lebanese and Italian food and popular dishes include calamari, shrimp and filet mignon. 645 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-233-3223, terrazzari.com

Boat House
Catch a panoramic waterfront sunset over the Sakonnet River while dining inside or outside on the Boat House’s heated covered porch. This restaurant’s menu has an elaborate selection of fresh seafood, meat and other organic produce that is sourced locally as much as possible, along with creative cocktail offerings. Popular dishes include Georges Bank scallops, local oysters, creamy clam chowder and seafood scampi. 227 Schooner Dr., Tiverton, 401-624-6300, boathousetiverton.com

Known for their award-winning sandwiches served in a comfortable atmosphere, Kay’s has added outdoor heated igloo dining to their full service bar and dining room. They’ve been a local favorite since 1968, the go-to location to catch up with family and friends over delicious comfort food. 1013 Cass Ave., Woonsocket, 401-762-9675, kaysrestaurant.com

Ocean House 
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the French Alps in one of their fully restored vintage ski gondolas for a private outdoor dining experience. Each gondola has been outfitted with warm woods, fine textiles, chandeliers and sophisticated Le Creuset tableware, surrounded by an enchanting winter wonderland. It’s a luxuriously cozy private dining venue with delightful in-gondola lunch, dinner and “après ski” pre-dinner menus. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 855-678-0364, oceanhouseri.com


For a Cozy Indoor Vibe

White Horse Tavern
America’s oldest tavern (serving guests since 1673) boasts a contemporary, farm-to-table culinary experience with historic charm. You’ll take a step back in time with the seventeenth century architecture and cavernous fireplace, but the food is fresh, sophisticated and a local celebration of New England classics from lobster bisque to beef wellington. Fun fact: in 1708 the Tavern became the home of the businessman’s lunch as councilors charged their meals to the public treasury. 26 Marlborough St., Newport, 401-849-3600, whitehorsenewport.com

Tree House Tavern and Bistro
What’s more fun than a tree house dinner? Branch out at the Treehouse Tavern and Bistro, where woodsy, rustic decor creates a uniquely New England vibe that’s tough to find outside of Vermont or Maine. They serve hearty, all-day American eats, plus a wide selection of microbrews served in a charming 1860s converted farmhouse. Try their fun selection of sandwiches like the Earl of Warwick, or a stick-to-your-ribs favorite like filet mignon tournedos. 1094 Centerville Rd, Warwick, 401-821-1105, thetreehousetavern.com

Chapel Grille
Nestled within a hilltop village in a former historic 1891 chapel, Chapel Grille offers beautiful fieldstone walls and soaring cathedral ceilings. They feature hearth style cuisine and a Mediterranean Italian-influenced menu focusing on locally foraged ingredients prepared with care. You can watch your pizza being fired in the wood stone hearth oven while enjoying a glass of wine in the cathedral bar or cozy up by the fireplace for a romantic dining experience. 3000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston, 401-944-4900, chapelgrilleri.com

Bridge Restaurant
Located on the Pawcatuck River where the river meets the sea in a converted wheelhouse, the Bridge is a favorite seafood spot with two cozy fireplaces to take the chill out of the air. Their menu features meats and produce from local farms as well as seafood and shellfish sourced from nearby waters. In addition to seafood, the Bridge highlights include the raw bar, vegetarian options and traditional American fare and comfort food.  37 Main St., Westerly, 401-348-9700, bridgeri.com

La Masseria
What could be more romantic than a thoughtful pairing of wine and food in a rustic, relaxed setting with plenty of old world charm? That’s La Masseria, featuring upscale Italian cuisine and wine with classic dishes using the freshest natural ingredients harvested from land and sea. From the homemade pastas and tantalizing sauces, to roasted rabbit or veal chops, the Puglia region’s simple, authentic style of cooking is an integral part of their appeal.  223 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-398-0693, masseriari.com

Pot au Feu
Nestled in the 1875-vintage Wilcox Building in Providence, the spirit that inspires Pot au Feu is the idea that life is at its fullest when experienced around a table brimming with delicious food, good wine, intriguing conversation, friendship and love. They’ve been serving traditional French bistro favorites since 1972, inspired by Paris and Julia Child. Try the tender braised beef, the coq au vin with crackling skin and deep-fried sweet potatoes, or the potatoes gratinee that are like decadent French lasagna.  44 Custom House St., Providence, 401-273-8953,  potaufeuri.com

Combine an exotic atmosphere, elegant lighting and cozy fireplace with a creative menu of contemporary and authentic Indian favorites, and you get a really special night out. India Restaurant offers refined New American cooking infused with Indian spices. Diners enjoy a unique take beyond Indian food, mixing the flavors and spices of India with western cooking techniques and the finest, seasonal, local ingredients along with seasonal signature cocktails. 1060 Hope St., Providence, 401-421-2600, indiarestaurant.com

The Royal Bobcat
Nothing evokes an insider vibe like a secret bar/speakeasy. Travel to 1920s New Orleans without leaving the state at the Royal Bobcat. This bar serves up Hanju Kitchen’s Korean-Cajun food and seasonal cocktails that are sure to fuel a fun night. Live jazz Wed-nesdays and Saturdays add to special-night-out vibe. 422 Atwells Ave., Providence, 401-537-7777, theroyalbobcat.com

DeWolf Tavern
Dinner with the spirit of rum runners? Yes, please. In the historic building that once housed DeWolf Rum Distillery on the Bristol waterfront, enjoy a light meal in the downstairs tavern with exposed beams and fieldstone, or head upstairs to enjoy fine dining with the fireplace and the view. Enjoy seafood offerings like stuffed lobster or swordfish in this setting by the sea, or tasty dishes that combine local ingredients and flavors with the intensely high heat of the charcoal tandoor. 259 Thames St., Bristol, 401-254-2005, dewolftavern.com

Manisses Restaurant and Bar
For an extra-special weekend getaway, hop on the Block Island Ferry and check out the Hotel Manisses. The dining room is lined with large windows that look out over romantic gardens. Menu items might include Block Island swordfish or the daily fisherman’s catch. If you’re looking for an aphrodisiac, the oyster bar options do not disappoint. Though the menu is heavy on seafood, there are also meat-lover options such as lamb lollipops or New York sirloin. 251 Spring St., Block Island, 401-466-9898, hotelmanisses.com