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.)
1. Rooftop at Providence G 🍽️
Rooftop at the Providence G is playing host to multiple loved-up events in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Kicking off the rooftop’s schedule on Saturday, February 11, is dinner and a show featuring the talented Billboard-winning songwriter, Krisanthi Pappas playing your favorite classic soft rock songs from 6–9 p.m. Sunday, however, is for the girls with a special Galentine’s Day Celebration. Grab your friends for a three-course prix-fixe menu and a build your own floral bouquet workshop, plus a a complimentary glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne upon arrival. Guests may indulge in a similar sparkling decadence experience the following day complete with a complimentary champagne toast, three-course meal and the added perk of two take-home chocolate-covered strawberries at the end of the night. Reservations are $110 per person on both Sunday and Monday. Finally, the rooftop invites guests to join them “Above the Clouds” on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a special three-course dinner, live entertainment by the Dave Alves Duo (from 6–10 p.m.) and a beautiful rose to take home. For reservations, visit rooftopattheg.com/reservations. 100 Dorrance St., Providence, 401-632-4904, rooftopattheg.com
2. Sarto 🍽️
Sarto is offering a four-course Italian dining experience for Valentine’s Day created by its skilled culinary team as well as some delicious new wines that will pair perfectly with your meal. During dinner, enjoy innovative solo guitar sets by by Jazz artist, Stephen Roane, from 6–9 p.m. Reservations are limited and can be made online. 86 Dorrance St., Providence, 401-270-0790, sartoprovidence.com.
3. Providence GPub 🍽️
On February 14, the Providence GPub will offer specials including pecan-encrusted baked brie, filet medallions, shrimp scampi and a hazelnut-strawberry crepe. Reservations can be made at online. 61 Orange St., Providence, 401-632-4782, gpubrestaurants.com/providence.
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 Valentine’s Cheese and Chocolate platter is available Valentine’s Day weekend (Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14), and it’s decked out with cheeses, meats, cookies, chocolates, fresh fruit and nuts and includes a sliced baguette. The $90 platter must be pre-ordered by calling the shop or ordering on their website. 1828 Broad St., Cranston, 401-941–2400, edgewoodcheeseshop.com
Enjoy an elegant night out at the Ocean House in COAST restaurant happening on Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 12 from 5:30-9 p.m. Enjoy seasonally-inspired dishes created by the Five-Star COAST team, including olive oil poached halibut cheek and Snake River Farms wagyu beef. 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. . To reserve your spot, call 401-584-7000 or visit oceanhouseevents.com. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 401-584-7000, oceanhouseevents.com
6. Weekapaug Inn 🍽️
The inn welcomes couples to celebrate their love with an unforgettable Valentine’s Day evening complete with a cozy setting and a spectacular four-course tasting menu crafted by Chef Andrew and his team. Elevate your meal with an exquisite wine pairing. Seatings are available from 5–9 p.m. for $120 per person (plus tax and gratuity). A $50 non-refundable deposit due at time of booking, which will be applied as a credit to your check on Valentine’s Day. 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, 888.565.5023, weekapauginn.com.
7. 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. Valentine’s Day will begin with three special cocktail creations —Kiss the Sky, Snuggle Buddies and Crush on Me — followed by special apps like escargot bordelaise in a red wine and musroom demi glace and truffled, whiskey barrel-aged, shoyu-marinated Ahi Tuna with matcha milk jam and a wasabi wakame cucumber salad. The entree specials will feature veal porterhouse foretière with mushroom-bacon cream sauce, roasted rainbow carrots, and Mill’s garlic potato Robuchon as well as a thirty-two ounce beef porterhouse for two with lobster mornay. Guests can then get a sweet ending to the night with dark chocolate mousse with Mill’s red velvet cake, cocoa nib crumble with a fresh raspberry-beet coulis and raspberry rose sorbet. For reservations or more information, please call 401.272.3331 or visit www.millstavernrestaurant.com. 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. On February 14, the Vanderbilt is offering a sumptuous pre-fixe dinner in the Dining Room, and daily breakfast for two. To book this weekend getaway, call 833-242-8850 or visit aubergeresorts.com/vanderbilt/special-offers. 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 spirits be your Valentine this year. Sons of Liberty recently added a bunch of offerings to their lineup, including bottled cocktails — two of which are currently sold out, so get on it if you’re interested in the Kickstart my Heart coffee-flavored cocktail — along with new flavored vodkas and whiskeys. Shop online at sons-of-liberty-beer-spirits-co.myshopify.com or stop by the retail space on Thursdays and Fridays from 2–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. 1425 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, 401-284-4006, sons-of-liberty-beer-spirits-co.myshopify.com
10. Dessert and Drinks from Ellie’s 🎁 🍽️
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. Plus, if you have yet to experience Ellie’s new Dessert Le Bar evening drinks and sweets service, Valentine’s Day just may be the perfect opportunity to remedy it. On Tuesday, February 14, Ellie’s will cater to all your romantic dreams with their “Sucree: A Gem Of an Evening.” The special evening lasts from 6–9 p.m. and includes a savory cocktail hour and three sweet courses for $55 per guest (plus tax and gratuity). Please contact Ellie’s ahead of your reservation if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. 225 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-563-3333, elliesprov.com
Red Stripe in Providence will celebrate Valentine’s Day with menu specials, available for dining in on Tuesday, February 14 running from 4 p.m.-close. Red Stripe will offer its full menu in addition to V-Day specials. These specials will lamb chop lollipop with chipotle BBQ sauce, shrimp cocktail, surf and turf and shrimp scampi. For dessert, a red velvet cake with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream will be offered. View the menuhere. 465 Angell St., Providence, 401-437-6950, redstriperestaurants.com
To kick off the week of love, the Mosaic Table is teaming up with Long Live Beerworks on Sunday, February 12, with seatings available at the brewery from 6:30–9:30 p.m. The “Fabulous February” after-hours dinner experience includes a curated four-course tasting menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired mezze (and they are happy to honor vegetarian/vegan requests; please be sure to note this when purchasing your tickets). Tickets are $85 each and include food/gratuity in the price, but the beer will be sold separately. Groups as large as eight may be accommodated. Book your reservation here. Long Live Beerworks, 40R Sprague St., Providence, longlivebeerworks.com; themosaictable.com/pop-ups
13. PVDonuts V-Day Boxes 🎁
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 three Valentine-themed options. For the Valentine’s Cookie Box, which holds three brioche candy heart-style doughnuts, choose between two different themes, the Sweet Cheeks or the Aw Hell No, depending on your mood and situation this holiday. The second box, the “Valentine’s Letters,” 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 promoting self-love with their “From Me, To Me” vanilla glazed brioche doughnut rolled in pink sprinkles and topped with a cookie. 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., Wednesday through Sunday. note: PVDonuts will not be open on Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Tuesday this year. To place an order, click here. 79 Ives St., Providence, pvdonuts.com
Bloom Back Flowers, located in Providence, is offering two Valentine’s Day Flower Arranging Workshops. The workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 8 from 6– 7:30 p.m. at Escada Restaurant and Bar in Johnston as well as on Sunday, February 12, from 12–1:30 p.m. at Bellini Providence. Both classes will be led by Bloom Back owner Angela Rotundo as she takes you stem by stem and teaches you call the tips and tricks of arranging. Clickhere for more information and to purchase tickets. 182 Butler Ave., Providence, bloombackflowers.com
Whether you’re looking for a Valentiene’s Day gift, Galentine’s Day gift or a little something for yourself, the Metal Alchemist’s new posy wire bracelets will do the trick. From the Rhode Island founder of Alex and Ani and inspired by the posy rings of medieval times, these expressions of love, friendship, inspiration and intention are forged in metal and create a beautiful lifetime keepsake. The bracelets are engraved with encouraging and inspiring phrases for the powerful women in your life, such as “Rather Now Than Tomorrow,” “I Am Not Afraid, I Was Born For This” and “Go Forward Bravely.” Find the message that fits the relationships and budget in your life at metalalchemist.com.
16. Xaco Taco 🎉 🍽️
Following a sizable turnout for Xaco Taco’s VooDoo Valentine’s party in 2022, the popular taco restaurant is giving Rhode Islanders another opportunity to party with loved ones in honor of Valentine’s Day. The Lovers and Friends will take place at the restaurant from 6–10 p.m. and will encourage guests to enjoy shareable food and drink specials (think: spicy lobster fries, Tlayuda a.k.a. Mexican pizza, hibiscus-rose tres leches cake and more), complimentary caricature drawings, entertainment by DJ Lex Life and a polaroid photo booth. 370 Richmond St., Providence, 401-228-8286, xacotacori.com
17. The Beatrice Hotel 🏨 🍽️
The Beatrice Hotel in Providence invites you to create unforgettable memories this Valentine’s Day by embracing the luxury boutique hotel’s local charm and world-class hospitality. Get swept away and enjoy a bottle of Cipriani Prosecco and locally made Hawt Chocolate Bon Bons upon arrival, along with a daily $25 credit towards an upscale dining experience next door at Bellini Providence (you can also get cozy at Bellini’s private rooftop club for cocktails, small plates, and sweeping city views). The first five couples to reserve a stay on Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14th) will receive a pair of custom hand blown champagne flutes by talented local artisans at Gather Glass in Providence. Book your reservation here. 90 Westminster St., Providence, 401-443-2960, thebeatrice.com
18. Castle Hill Inn 🏨 🍽️
Castle Hill Inn in Newport will once again be offering their Valentine’s Day dinner experience for couples to enjoy on February 14. The property’s culinary team has prepared a special four-course menu, with standout dishes like native oysters and Siberian caviar; Squab, foie gras and wheat; Atlantic Halibut and more. Guests also can enjoy a selection of desserts including dark chocolate mousse and red wine velvet cake. The dinner will be offered for $135 per person with wine pairings and add-ons available upon request. Find a full menu here and reservations here. As an added bonus, couples looking for a romantic getaway can book Castle Hill Inn’s “Retreat to Romance” two-evening package. Upon arrival, a bottle of Champagne and a bouquet of fresh flowers are delivered to the room. Guests can then indulge in an intimate tasting-menu dinner for two in the Dining Room at Castle Hill. A gourmet breakfast overlooking Narragansett Bay awaits them each morning, followed by Castle Hill Inn’s exclusive guest-only afternoon tea. Couples can cuddle up by crackling fireplaces, cozy rooms and selection of fine wines, comforting fare, and golden candlelight. For more information and to book your stay, click here. 590 Ocean Dr., Newport, 401-849-3800, castlehillinn.com
19. Pat’s Italian Restaurant 🍽️
Love is in the air at both Pat’s Italian Restaurant locations this Valentine’s Day with two special menus. The first features dishes like Parmigiana, bacon-wrapped filet mignon and lobster ravioli, as well you choice between chocolate-peanut butter layer cake and Warwick Ice Cream’s frozen mud pie. Wash it all down with either a Bourbon Sweetheart cocktail or a Glitter Girl Cosmopolitan. The second menu is a four-course prixe-fixe menu for two for $79.95. Start with a shared appetizer of Italian egg rolls or stuffed mushrooms before cleansing your palate with soup or salad. The entree offerings then include everything from crispy chicken Alfredo to braised beef ragout. Two chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of Prosecco are also included. Find both menus here. 1200 Hartford Ave., Johnston, 401-273-1444; 1650 Noose Neck Hill Rd., Coventry, 401-320-8787, patsitalian.com
20. The Trap 🎉
If Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, fear not! The Trap in East Greenwich is hosting its annual Love Sucks Party on Saturday, February 11 from 8:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Guests will enjoy drink specials (see them here), music by DJ Face and the opportunity to shred a photo of your ex on stage (and receive a prize for it)! RSVP for the free event here. But if you are interested in a date night, you can also make a reservation downstairs at the Trap’s sister restaurant, SafeHouse Modern Neighborhood Eatery, here. 195 Old Forge Rd., East Greenwich, 401-885-4999, thetrapri.com
With a name like Besos (the Spanish word for kisses), you can absolutely expect this East Greenwich-based Bistro is heavy on the love this time of year. Their special Valentine’s Day menu runs the gamut from tuna tartare and lobster bisque appetizers to bone in chicken piccata and Osso buco lamb entrees to passionfruit sorbet and triple chocolate mousse desserts. But don’t skimp out on the cocktails, which are appropriately sweet in both name and nature: the Thinkin’ Bout You contains house-infused strawberry vodka, vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur, Irish cream and strawberry simple syrup while the Can’t Help Falling features reposado tequila, muddled blueberries, lime juice and pomegranate juice. Reserve your table here. 378 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-398-8855, besosbistro.com