Valentine’s Day Dining Out 2012

by David Dadekian

Many of Rhode Island’s best places to dine out are offering specials for this coming weekend before Valentine’s Day, and some that are usually closed on Mondays are open February 13th.

Centro Restaurant and Lounge – This Valentine’s Day, you and your sweetie can enjoy an amazing dinner, a bottle of wine and not break the bank!  Chef Ryan Escudé has put together a fabulous 3 course dinner for two…and it’s only $69 per couple.  Yes, per couple!  Would you like to add a bottle of Banfi Centine Rosso or Bianco?  $89 per couple for 3 courses and a bottle of wine.  You can make reservations here.  You can see the full menu here. 401-228-6802.

Chez Pascal – Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14th. Join us as we celebrate Cupid’s Fine Aim! We will be offering a Special Menu that evening. Our regular menu will not be available.  3 love filled courses, $69 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. A Few Heart Warming Highlights from the Menu: Spicy Chilled Seafood Salad with Frisee, Endive & Blood Orange Vinaigrette; Pork Loin Pastrami “Carpaccio” with a Warm Salad of Charred Green Cabbage, Pickled Onions & Grated Thistle Hill Tarentaise Cheese; Crispy Chicken Croquettes with Maine Grown Jacob’s Cattle Beans, Spicy Pepper Jelly & Bib Lettuce; Cream of Porcini Mushroom Soup with Potato & Celery Root Salad and a Mushroom Flan; Grilled Sirloin of Beef with Winter Squash Gateaux de Riz, Roasted Rutabaga, Pearl Onions & Blue Cheese Cream; Local Cod Filet with Crispy Potato Terrine, Braised Red Cabbage, Crispy Sunchokes & Truffle Vinaigrette; and more to come. Please call us for reservations, 401-421-4422.

Cook & Brown Public House – Chef Nemo has outdone himself for this years’ Valentine’s Day! Alas! After weeks of preparation, the menu is finished! Join us Tuesday, February 14th to spend quality time with us and your loved one(s). Valentine’s Day comes every year, but this menu will only be around once. Two menus will be available to chose from. $55 pp, with an optional beverage pairing for $25. Call for Reservations 401-273-7275.

Ebisu – Valentine’s Day Special 5-Course Menu From February 11 to 18, 2012, $45 per person, $15 additional to include 3 Sake Pairing

EJ League Valentine’s Day Dinner Fundraiser Bring your sweetheart, your friends, or just yourself for a Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Dinner hosted by the Environmental Justice League and ECO Youth! Enjoy a delicious 4-course meal prepared by youth and guest chefs featuring locally-grown, seasonal foods. Guest musicians will serenade you, and you’ll have a chance to win raffle prizes that will make a perfect gift for your valentine. Childcare will be provided. You can pay online at, send us a check at 1192 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02909, or pay at the door. Contact 401-383-7441 or with any questions. Fertile Underground, 1577 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02909.

Gracie’s will open its doors on both Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14 to cater to the busy schedules of those aiming to celebrate the holiday of love. Already known for its romantic ambiance, Gracie’s is “sweetening the pot” to make Valentine’s Day an extra special occasion for guests. While Executive Chef Matthew Varga prepares culinary delights from the restaurant’s new winter menu, Wine & Spirits Director Jason Wessel will tempt guests at the opening of the meal with “Mon Cheri,” a winter-flavored sparkler with a medley of citrus and berry tastes concocted especially for Valentine’s Day. And to cap off the evening in a memorable way, Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark used Cupid as her inspiration to create the most delectable of desserts. Gracie’s Valentine’s Day “Dessert for Two” will feature Chocolate Cake Doughnuts made from hazelnut nougatine, blood orange ganache and cardamom, and topped with spiked whipped cream. To compliment the dessert, Wessel crafted a sweet and smooth “Berries & Spice” cocktail. Additionally – on Valentine’s Day only – Gracie’s will offer complimentary “For the Love of it” photos taken in front of a romantically themed backdrop to capture the special evening. 401-272-7811.

New Rivers is offering a four course prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. $58 per person excluding tax, gratuity, and beverages. Call for reservations 401-751-0350.

Nick’s on Broadway Prix fixe tasting menu—view online here. Meat, seafood & vegetarian options are available. Please call in advance for any allergies, restrictions or special needs, otherwise, no substitutions please. $50 per person (exclusive of beverage, tax & gratuity). Wine pairings will be available per course or for the entire menu. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Call 401-421-0286 for reservations.

Persimmon – Don’t leave love to luck — win over your Valentine’s heart by celebrating at Persimmon. To mark the occasion, Champe will be preparing a special, romantic three-course menu (with a treat or two thrown in along the way). There will be plenty of choices offered within each course, as well as an optional wine pairing. Three seatings are available, and the cost is $65 per person, excluding tax, gratuity, and beverages. Please call 401-254-7474 soon to reserve a spot.

The ROI at 150 Chestnut Street in Providence will offer a special three-course dinner menu on Tuesday, February 14, at $25 per person. For reservations, call 401-272-2161. Valentine’s Day Menu: 3 Courses for $25/person. Appetizer Choices: Oysters Rockefeller: Local oysters baked with panko, organic spinach, garlic, shallots, and parmesan cheese; Lobster Bisque: Rich lobster broth with heavy cream, chives and finished with sherry wine; Baby Arugula Salad: Organic baby arugula, saga blue cheese, mandarin oranges, and slivered almonds. Entrée Choices: Peppercorn Crusted Choice Filet of Beef served with foie gras, on a puff of pastry, with a creamy potato puree and a port wine demi glaze; Semi-Boneless Half Duck with a preserved cherry glaze, fingerling potatoes roasted with garlic and fresh herbs, and special vegetables; Lobster and Potato Crusted Chilean Sea Bass, served with corn and lobster succotash and fresh vegetables. Dessert Choices: Special Homemade Desserts to be announced.

Seasons at the Ocean House – Still need plans for Valentine’s Day? Not to worry, we have reservations available for a Romantic Dinner. Seasons will be open on February 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a special five-course dinner inspired by love and the freshest ingredients
from local farms. Click here for more the menu and reservations.

Tastings Wine Bar & BistroFriday, February 10th  – Sunday, February 12th, We are offering a 3 & 5 course prix fixe tasting menu in addition to our regular menu. Tuesday, February 14th, We are offering a special Valentine’s Day 3 & 5 course prix fixe menu. We will also be featuring the classical guitar sounds of Steve Marchena live from 6 – 9 p.m. Make your reservations today! Call 508-203-9463.

Temple Downtown Restaurant & Lounge, 120 Francis Street, will celebrate Valentine’s Day from Friday, February 10, through Tuesday, February 14, with a special menu in addition to the regular dinner menu. The special menu includes an Italian cheese fondue for two, a choice of oysters or salads, a choice of entrees, and a trio of desserts from Executive Chef David Cardell. Guests can select Oysters Rockefeller, a spinach salad with spiced almonds, mission figs and Serrano ham, or a pink grapefruit and avocado salad with Boston Bibb lettuce and roasted Meyer lemon vinaigrette. The entrée options are rack of lamb with rosemary-roasted garlic couscous, champagne-poached halibut with saffron rice, butter-poached Maine lobster risotto with pea tendrils and roasted corn, and Persian-style chicken tagine with pomegranate rice pilaf. The cost for the five-course dinner is $65 per person. Free valet parking is offered to restaurant customers. For reservations, call 401-919-5050.

XO Cafe – Valentine’s Day six course tasting menu available February 10 – 14. $50 per person. Regular menu offered as well. Now accepting reservations 401-273-9090.

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