Date and Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Rhode Island
Here's a list of takeout and dine-in Valentine's Day dinners, chocolates, desserts and other things to gift your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
It’s almost that time again, 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, order some fancy takeout and impress your significant other (Don’t worry, we won’t tell them we helped.)
RI Food Fights is running a Vegan Valentine Popup Pickup, the next installment in a series of plant-based compilations from local plant-based businesses. Nab a box filled with vegan sweets from Celebrated, KNEAD Doughnuts, Blush Bakeshop, Basil and Bunny, Plant City, Miss Vegan, Aura’s Chocolate and more, including a four-pack of Yacht Club Soda and a pint of hand-packed dairy-free frozen dessert from Warwick Ice Cream. The value of the box is worth more than $75 but is going for only $50, and you can see all the components here. Providence Bagel has offered use of their drive-thru window at 695 N. Main Street in Providence for pickup on Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday Feb. 13 from 4-6 p.m.
Julians restaurant is once again holding its annual Valentine’s Day six-course dinner on February 14. Vegan options are available, drink pairings are suggested and rose petals and wax lips will set the scene. Seating is more limited now than ever. Call 401-861-1770 and hit extension 1 for reservations. 318 Broadway, Providence, 401-861-1770,instagram.com/p/CY6cH4tLqy0/
The Providence G is celebrating Valentine’s Day a couple different ways this year, including an option for late-night cocktail service and a private firepit dining experience on multiple dates. There’s a four-course pre-fixe menu from Feb. 11-Feb. 14 and a galentine’s day pre-fixe menu available on Feb. 13 only. Enjoy drinks on the rooftop while listening to Dave Alves from 6-10 p.m., a private fireside dinner, a themed dinner planned for you and a loved one or friends or enjoy a night out with some besties, sparkling wine and a build-your-own bouquet booth. Both the fireside dining and pre-planned courses start at $55-$85 per person while the Galentine’s option is $95 per person. Dinner includes appetizers such as pimento cheese dip, crispy Brussels and chicken and waffles. Entrees such as tuna nicoise, mushroom linguine and a grilled pork chop are offered. What’s Valentine’s Day without a sweet dessert? The Providence G offers ICBM which consists of Bailey’s ice cream, brownie marshmallow and candied peanuts. Not much of a chocolate person? Try the Eaton Mess which is a dish consisting of macerated berries, meringue and whipped cream. Specialty cocktails will also be served, and one includes rosé vodka, strawberry puree and basil simple syrup, topped off with edible glitter and a candied rose petal. For reservations, visit rooftopattheg.com/reservations. 100 Dorrance St., Providence, 401-632-4904, rooftopattheg.com
Edgewood Cheese Shop in Cranston is riding that charcuterie wave, even though they’ve already been open for several years, long before Instagram made it a thing. The artisan shop is creating beautiful charcuterie platters for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home. The Cheese and Chocolate platter is available for Valentine’s Day only, and it’s decked out with cheeses, meats, chocolates, fresh fruit and nuts and includes a sliced baguette. The $80 platter must be pre-ordered by calling the shop or ordering on their website. It is also available for home delivery on Feb. 11 anywhere in Rhode Island through partner WhatsGood. 1828 Broad St., Cranston, 401-941–2400, edgewoodcheeseshop.com
Enjoy an elegant night out at the Ocean House in COAST restaurant happening on Fri., Feb. 11 -Sun., Feb. 13 from 5:30-9 p.m. Note: The Ocean House is closed on Mondays. Listen to harpist, Faith Letner, while she plays romantic and elegant music and you enjoy seasonally-inspired dishes created by the Five-Star COAST team. The cost is $175 per person with an optional $125 per person wine pairing. A grand wine pairing is available for an additional $250 per person plus tax and gratuity. The experience is designed to last two hours. Cancellations made within seventy-two hours of the event are subject to a cancellation fee of $175 per person. To reserve your spot, call 401-584-7000 or visit oceanhouseevents.com. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 401-584-7000, oceanhouseevents.com
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. A Valentine’s Prix Fixe for Two will be available Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14. The special menu, in addition to the regular menu, will offer appetizers such as crab and tiger baked stuffed U8 white tiger shrimp, seared foie gras and yuzu kosho scallop ceviche. Entrees include herb citrus poached halibut, 32 oz. prime long bone, pistachio-encrusted, bacon-wrapped venison loin and surf and turf. Dessert includes a chocolate beet cake which is comprised of white chocolate cream cheese cremeux, raspberry beet puree, marcona almonds and topped with a scoop of raspberry rose ice cream. A love potion cocktail will also be offered, which is described to be love at first sip. 101 North Main St., Providence, 401-272-3331, millstavernrestaurant.com
Show that special someone how much they mean to you by taking them on a romantic getaway to the Vanderbilt Auberge Resort in Newport. The Vanderbilt is offering dinner in the dining room from Feb. 12-Feb. 14 from 6-10 p.m. embarking on a five-course meal including seasonally and locally featured ingredients. The menu consists of fresh Rhode Island oysters and caviar, poached Dover sole with black truffle, dry aged strip, braised beef chuck with Rhode Island mushrooms and plenty more. This dinner cost $174 per person with an option of an additional $40 for a wine pairing. Plus, you can enjoy the Valentine’s Day Cocktail Class and taste three spirits with tutorials on creating your own cocktails running from $100 per person. To book this weekend getaway, call 833-242-8850 or visit aubergeresorts.com/vanderbilt. 41 Mary St., Newport, 401-846-6200, aubergeresorts.com/vanderbilt
Entrepreneur and Rhode Island native Stefanie Mnayarji’s organic silk lingerie business, Luxxie Boston, creates luxurious intimates like comfortable camisoles, robes and lace-edged slips that are perfect for loungewear and can be dressed up to wear outside the home, too. Slips and camis are made with washable silk and come with built-in support that flatters. Pair a cami with jeans or leggings and a sweater or blazer to bring it from night to day, or from day to night. Shop the collection online, and order on the website luxxieboston.com.
Let whiskey be your Valentine this year. Order Sons of Liberty whiskey, cute Whiskey and Sunshine t-shirts, glasses and more for curbside pickup on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the website for more details. 1425 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, 401-284-4006, sons-of-liberty-beer-spirits-co.myshopify.com
Ellie’s creates some of the most beautiful cakes, French macarons, pastries and more in the state. Place an order and they can customize flavors and designs for treats for your sweetheart, including pistachio strawberry, chocolate salted caramel and more. 225 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-563-3333, elliesprov.com
Feast and Fettle, located in East Providence, is an online platform that provides handcrafted-cooked meals delivered to your door without the hassle of cooking at home. This Valentine’s Day, they have provided a special menu specifically for the holiday. Each bundle is portioned out for two people and includes choices like a lobster dinner, beef tenderloin and a black truffle risotto dinner. You can also make it sweet by ordering individual chocolate bundt cakes, a macaron sampler box from Ellie’s, and a box of chocolates from Harbor Sweets. Looking for that perfect drink to go with dinner? Order the apple rose champagne mixer, also offered by Feast and Fettle. To spice things up even more for that special someone, order the Valentine’s Day bouquet of flowers made by the one and only Flowers By Semia. For more information visit the website here. To place an order visit feastandfettle.com/menus/valentinesday
Red Stripe in Providence will celebrate Valentine’s Day with menu specials, available for dining in from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14 running from 4 p.m.-close. Red Stripe will offer its full menu in addition to V-Day specials. These specials will feature lobster bisque, seared sea scallops and a rack of lamb. For dessert, a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate mousse will be offered. View the menu. 465 Angell St., Providence, 401-437-6950, redstriperestaurants.com
The Mosaic Table in Warren specializes in intimate and intentional dining experiences. Expect a creative menu, delicious food, optional wine pairings and of course, hospitality. This Valentine’s Day, the Mosaic Table is offering a “Valentines At-Home Restaurant Experience For Two.” The menu allows you to choose one or two appetizers, one or two entrees and one or two desserts. If one appetizer, entree or dessert is chosen, there will be a serving size of two. If two are chosen, you will each get your own serving size. Appetizers include beet fritters with lemon yogurt dipping sauce and a French bistro salad with goat cheese crostini and citrus vinaigrette. Entrees include a vegetarian option of truffled mac and cheese with wild mushrooms, cider-braised short ribs topped with caramelized onions, creamy polenta and sauteed greens and finally, fresh seafood fra diavolo with homemade pasta. For dessert, choose between a chocolate pudding cake or a fruit tarte, or why not get both? The total cost is $225 for three courses. Add-ons are available to make the night even more special, such as, a bottle of red wine for $25 or a floral bouquet for $35. Orders can be placed through the website and will be available for pick up Sat., Feb. 12 through Mon., Feb. 14. 691 Main St., Warren, 617-312-8915, themosaictable.com
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with something extra sweet. PVDonuts, located in Providence, is offering V-Day doughnut boxes specially made for the occasion. Starting in February, you can choose up to four valentine-themed options. The first box, “Donut Day Date,” holds your choice of three donuts and two personal bottles of rosé. The second box, “The Cookie Box,” holds three brioche candy heart-style doughnuts with two different lettering options. The “Valentine’s Letters” option consists of a brioche donut with chocolate or vanilla glaze with two options to exclaim love, or like, for that special someone. Lastly, PVDonuts is offering a Valentine’s Mini Cake which is not quite a doughnut cake, but not quite a brioche doughnut. It comes in a candy heart-style with two different lettering options. These V-Day options are available throughout the month of February for in-store pickup only. Please note that PVDonuts’ hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it will not be open on Valentine’s Day, which falls on Monday, February 14 this year. To place an order, click here. 79 Ives St., Providence, pvdonuts.com
15. Kin Dinner
Kin is a Southern-style and soul-food restaurant and bar located in downtown Providence. What better way to celebrate the day of hearts then to be surrounded by comfort food with a loved one? Valentine’s day dinner will be served from 4-10 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 14. Dinner specials and cocktails will be available in addition to the daily menu. The everyday menu consists of biscuits with honey butter, honey garlic crispy chicken wings, a pork chop sando, chicken ‘n’ waffles and so much more. Wanting something sweet and southern to end the night? Try Kin’s beignets with powdered sugar or their banana pudding with vanilla wafers. Kin is now accepting reservations and spots are filling quickly. To book a reservation, call 401-537-7470 or email email@example.com. 71 Washington St., Providence, kinpvd.com
Bloom Back Flowers, located in Providence, is offering a Valentine’s Day Flower Arranging Workshop. The workshop will be held on Sun., Feb. 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This is a perfect option for Galentine’s Day with some friends or to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a different type of way. Step into a relaxing flower shop and immerse yourself in the world of flowers. Step-by-step instructions will be provided as well as beautiful, fresh seasonal flowers. Vases and decorations will also be available. Bloom Back is also encouraging guests to BYOB with a little bubbly or a favorite beverage. Click here to purchase tickets. 182 Butler Ave., Providence, bloombackflowers.com
122 Fountain St., Providence, 401-455-3326, thedeanhotel.com
For a classic, romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, visit Nomi Park in Wayfinder Hotel in Newport. All Valentine’s weekend (February 11-14) diners can enjoy a meal with their special someone, with a choice of a shareable snack and small plate, an entree and dessert for $90 per person. For an extra $30, guests can order a select bottle of wine for the table. Choices range from fritters, olives and cheese for snacks to steak and lobster for the main course. 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Newport, 401-849-9880, nomiparknpt.com/menus
With COVID-19 still in full swing, couples may feel nervous about going out to celebrate the evening. Join the Rhode Island Historical Society on Thurs., Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. for a virtual evening full of cocktails, cheese samplings and an inside look at the most romantic items in the RIHS collection. The program includes cheese tasting with Edgewood Cheese Shop, a cocktail demonstration by MXR, a talk on the history of the wedding dress with textiles from the RIHS collections and a peek at other love tokens from Rhode Island’s history. Guests can choose from two available packages to celebrate their romantic night at home: “Cheesy Love Story” or “Love on the Rocks.” The “Cheesy Love Story” package features a box of 5 cheese samples from Edgewood Cheese Shop for $40 ($35 for RIHS members). The “Love on the Rocks” package includes the cheese box, as well as the “Your Love is on Fire” box by MXR Cocktails for $50 ($45 for RIHS members). The kits are BYOB and can be used to create mocktails as well. Buy tickets now at rihs.org.