22 Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Fun and creative or classic and traditional, here's a list of prix-fixe dinners, specials and other things to do with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
It’s almost time, folks. Big stuffed bears and candy in heart-shaped boxes are starting to line the shelves of your local CVS, but we know you’re more original than that. Take a look at our list, make a reservation and impress your significant other (Don’t worry, we won’t tell them we helped.)
1. Rooftop at Providence G
Celebrate your loved one Valentine’s weekend with Rooftop at the Providence G. For only $50 a person, you can enjoy a pre-fixe Valentine’s Menu on February 14-15. For $20 more you two love birds can get optional wine pairings to go with your meal. Plus, listen to tunes with a live musical performance by Krisanthi from 6-9 p.m. Reservations can be made online at rooftopattheg.com.
2. WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree
Ever wondered what it would be like to enjoy dancing and drinks in the Prohibition-era? Listen to the music of Katie Kleyla and a speakeasy jazz band while you dance the night away. Tickets cost $40 and include wine, prohibition style cocktails and hand-crafted light fare. Speakeasy attire is encouraged but not required. Call 401-848-5161 or visit newportvineyards.com.
3. Ocean House
Enjoy an elegant night out the Ocean House at COAST restaurant from 5:30-9 p.m. Listen to harpist, Faith Letner, while she plays beautiful music and dine on an exquisite meal. To reserve your spot call 401-584-7000 or visit oceanhouseevents.com.
4. Mill’s Tavern
This Valentine’s Day weekend, take your loved one to Mill’s Tavern for an extra special meal. With drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts specially crafted just for the holiday, this is sure to be a meal you’ll remember for a while. Sip the Love Potion Punch or an Alaskan King Crab cocktail. Hungry for more? Munch on a bacon wrapped venison loin for dinner. Perhaps even try something from their a la carte menu which includes items such as a classic caesar salad or crisp Point Judith calamari. For reservations, call 401-272-3331 or visit millstavernrestaurant.com.
5. Valentine’s Romance Retreat
Show that special someone how much they mean to you by taking them on a weekend getaway to The Vanderbilt Auberge Resort in Newport. The package includes overnight accommodations, a romantic dinner for two in the Vanderbilt Grill, breakfast in bed and even a couples massage. You’ll also receive a romantic chocolate and rose petal turndown. To book this weekend get away call 833-242-8850 or visit aubergeresorts.com/vanderbilt.
Basta is bringing back its Nights of 1,000 Roses. From February 12-15 enjoy a meal from a prix-fixe menu while 1,000 fresh cut roses are suspended from the ceiling. Enjoy the beauty of Valentine’s Day with your special someone while eating food like lobster ravioli, frutti di mare and rose-infused creme brulee. There will also be live music every night, with performances by Christina Rodi Capraelli, Nate Jones, Gerrick Van Deusen and Steven Palumbo. To make a reservation, call 401-461-2300 or visit their website bastaonbroad.com.
7. Galentine’s Day Brunch
Don’t have a special someone in your life? No worries. On February 15 from 9 a.m.- 2p.m., head on over to Milk Money with your girlfriends and enjoy a bottomless brunch for $18.99. Plus snap a few photos in front of a flower wall. Each gal will also receive a little gift. Wildflower Truck will be on site for build-your-own bouquets. For more information call 401-649-4667 or visit their Facebook page.
8. Valentine’s Day at GPub
Have a lovely dinner for two at GPub for $34.95. The meal includes an appetizer to share such as fried pickles or calamari and entrees like chicken and waffles and maple ginger salmon. Top it off with dessert of your choice of a blueberry flapjack cake or carrot cake. To view the full menu or to make a reservation, visit providencegpub.com.
9. Palentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is taking over the Trap and Safehouse for a very special event. Head to the Trap and sip Valentine’s Day drink specials, then go to the photo/kissing booth. Enjoy your drinks and listen to live music by Joe Sabourin from 9 p.m-midnight. If you’ve been hit by Cupid, head to Safehouse for couples flights, sweetheart gift bags, dinner specials and live music by Mark Flynn from 9 p.m.-midnight. For more information call 401-885-4999 or visit their Facebook page.
10. 12 Plants at Vinya Test Kitchen
Why wait until Valentine’s Day to enjoy a nice romantic dinner with your significant other? Vinya Test Kitchen will host chef Peter Carvelli of Twelve Plants for a plant-based Valentine’s Day inspired menu. Don’t miss out on February 10 and 11 from 6-8 p.m. The seven course menu is $89 per person. Call 401-500-5189 for reservations.
11. Voodoo Valentine’s
From 9 p.m.-midnight Xaco Taco is inviting everyone to put a spell on their ex. There will be a handmade voodoo doll giveaway with the purchase of any menu special after 8 p.m. Welcome Boss Lady Tarot as she gives complimentary tarot card readings, and listen to music while playing skeeball. Just before the night is over, take part in the piñata heartbreak and smash the heart piñata worse than your ex smashed yours. For more information call 401-228-8286 or visit their Facebook page.
12. KNEAD Doughnuts
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with delicious treats from Knead Doughnuts as they open their night cruller window from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy fresh made pastries such as chocolate and red velvet cakes. As a special treat, Knead Doughnuts will offer Valentine’s inspired desserts as well, including heart shaped vanilla brioche and heart shaped passion fruit doughnuts. This is one event you Knead to go to. For more information visit their Facebook Page.
13. Shorty’s Pub
Who doesn’t want to spend their Valentine’s Day solving a crime? Let your inner crime detective out with this Valentine’s Day with Shorty’s Pub. While solving a classic whodunit mystery, sip cocktails while eating a pasta dinner. Murder isn’t the only thing going on at Shorty’s on Valentine’s Day… this event is also a Best Buddies Fundraiser. Don’t want the night to end? Don’t worry. After the show, enjoy tunes from DJ Armand Berube. Tickets cost $30. For more information visit their Facebook page.
Get off the couch and get on the court. Valentine’s glow at Skyzone is a great way to spend your evening. Watch as lasers, music and blacklights turn the normal park into an insane jumping dance club. Enjoy two hours of jumping from 7-11 p.m. for only $20. For more information, call 401-383-6000 or visit skyzone.com/providence.
15. Sons of Liberty Beer and Spirits Co.
Let whiskey be your Valentine this year. Join Sons of Liberty from 5-10 p.m. for their whiskey is my Valentine event. El Fuego Mexican Grill will have a taco bar set up, so bring your appetite. Enjoy whiskey, beer, cocktails and tacos while throwing darts and listening to James DeSalvo III. Head over to their Facebook page for more details.
Dine at Brazilian Grill in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, on February 14 for lunch or dinner, and receive a $20 bonus gift card to use on your next visit.
Gracie’s is hosting a special love-themed edition of its Sucrée dessert series: Red Hot Valentine’s. Instead of on Valentine’s Day, it takes place on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. “Hot and spicy” is the theme of this sweet-focused dining experience for galentines, friends and lovers. Guests will taste a collection of savory hors d’oeuvres and dessert courses baked by executive pastry chefs Karissa Bednarz and Caitlyn McGuire paired with creative cocktails from the bar team. There will also be a photo booth and a special pop-up shop to benefit Australian wildlife featuring all local and handcrafted goodies and artworks. One hundred percent of the shop’s proceeds will go straight to the Australian Red Cross. Tickets to the event are $80 each.
Executive chef Garrett St. Amand of MainSail at the Newport Marriott has created an $80 three-course dinner for two, complete with a bottle of house wine. Savory appetizer choices like bacon pops and Cajun shrimp and sausage arancini and Italian-inspired desserts complement entrée choices including grilled filet with bacon-wrapped asparagus over cauliflower gratin or seafood cioppino. Reservations can be made by phone at 401-849-7788 or on OpenTable.
19. Free movie tickets for couples married on Valentine’s Day
Showcase Cinemas Warwick, Quaker Lane, is offering free movie tickets to Love Story on February 12 for couples married on Valentine’s Day. To claim the two free tickets, couples must present a photo of their marriage license at the box office at Showcase Cinemas Warwick, Quaker Lane. Couples will also be treated to a complimentary food and drink combo offer of their choice.
20. Give Back to Boys and Girls Club at Sardella’s in Newport
Spend your Valentine’s Day dinner at a restaurant that gives back to the Newport community. Friday through Sunday, February 14-16, Sardella’s Ristorante Italiano in Newport is donating 20 percent of all dinner proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County. The weekend is called, “From The Heart” and the donations support the mission of the Boys and Girls Club to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. In addition to executive chef Kevin Fitzgerald’s regular menu, Valentine’s specials will also be served. Sardella’s will be open regular dinner hours on Valentine’s weekend from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
21. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar “Wine, Dine and Sparkle” Package
Fleming’s in Providence is offering an all-inclusive Valentine’s Day experience featuring a three-course dinner for two, premium Champagne and a special gift from David Yurman. “Wine, Dine and Sparkle” packages, priced from $500 to $1,000, are available from February 12-15, with a curated assortment of jewelry gift options. The indulgent feast includes crab and caviar blini; pear and pomegranate salad with blue cheese; and an entree choice of petite filet mignon with a choice of lobster tail scampi, crab-stuffed colossal shrimp scampi or twin pistachio-crusted lamb chops. Couples can also choose the prime surf and turf for two, featuring a thirty-five-ounce prime tomahawk, lobster tail, two crab-stuffed colossal shrimp and sautéed roasted Campari tomatoes with white wine herb butter. New York Cheesecake topped with strawberry Champagne sauce and chocolate gooey butter cake bites will be served for dessert. Browse David Yurman jewelry gift options at flemingssteakhouse.com/winedinesparkle. There’s also a regular three-course, prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu at all locations from February 12-15. Guests can also order from the full dinner menu. A limited number of “Wine, Dine and Sparkle” packages are available at each Fleming’s location. To make a reservation, e-mail email@example.com, and a reservation specialist will coordinate all details. For all other Valentine’s Day reservations, visit flemingssteakhouse.com.
22. Angelo’s Dueling Valentine’s Day Menu
Angelo’s Valentine’s Day menu is back February 10 to 16. Whether you’re taken or single, Angelo’s has a menu for you. Enjoy punny appetizers like, “Cheesed to meat you” and “Donut kill my vibe.” Entrees with names such as, “You’re my lobstah,” “Chop it like it’s hot” and “You broc my world,” will have you laughing while enjoying the delicious food. Couples and singles can even enjoy wine and cocktail specials, “On cloud wine,” “Will you accept this rose ́?” “Espresso yourself” and “Love potion.” The fun doesn’t stop there, dessert is just as punny with desserts like, “Triple Threat” and “You have a pizza my heart.” The puns and fun just never stop. For the full menu visit, angelosri.com. For reservations call, 401-621-8171.