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Dec 27, 2006 01:27 AM

Providence/RI area: Restaurants with fireplaces?

Hi everyone,

One thing I love about Winter dining out is finding restaurants that have roaring fireplaces as a prominent part of their atmospheres.

Here in the Providence area, I can only think of one restaurant that has a fireplace: Nat Porter in Warren. Does Pastiche have one as well?

What other restaurants in the area with fireplaces can people think of?

- Garris
Providence, RI

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  1. Pane E Vino has a fireplace in the back room.

    1. Does gas count?
      I know some hounds dis it - inauthentic - but I have never regretted a visit to India on Hope Street. We spent a pleasant evening by the fire there last winter.

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      1. re: atheorist

        I forgot about India (which has a great space), but I unfortunately have had my three worst meals in the RI area hands down at India. I hear they do their brunch buffet well, but I can't go back after three bad dinners.

        Pane E Vino I haven't done yet. Thanks for the suggestion!

        Any others?

        - Garris

        1. re: Garris

          I believe the one at Pane E Vino is gas.
          Not in Providence, but I think Castle Hill in Newport has some dining rooms with fireplaces.

          1. re: Garris

            Wow. I generally don't return anywhere after one "worst" meal. Grand of you to offer India 3 at bats! Whenever there, I bemusedly imagine how foreign my dinner would seem to anyone in actual India, but nevertheless find the food fresh and well prepared. Service is attentive, prices reasonable especially for East Side. So I am curious. Please tell us exactly what went wrong there for you?

        2. Ristorante Romanza has a couple if I recall. But I heard they aren't going to be open much longer - don't know if that's true.

          I think The Little Inn in Greenville has one. The Oyster Cabin in Uxbridge MA (I know I'm going further afield but you mentioned Warren).

          In Newport, the Mooring and White Horse come to mind and I'm sure there are at least a few more.

          Projo food section had an article about this topic last winter - I'll see if it's still on the site.

          1. As we all know, "in the area" is pretty relative in RI. But Redlefsen's in Bristol has a wonderful big, roaring fireplace. Just the kind of thing you're looking for.

            Pastiche does have a fireplace as well, but I'm pretty sure it's gas. I can't remember for certain, but I feel that L'Elizabeth on South Main may have a fireplace, as well?

            1. Andrew's Bistro in Cumberland has one but for some inexplicable reason they don't use it.....the restaurant formerly in the space does. I guess I shouldn't say inexplicable.....looking at the layout it seems they wanted to get as much seating as possible out of the room.

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              1. re: JaneRI

                ??? about this post.

                I'm at Andrew's at least one night a week and their fireplace is *always* going.

                1. re: skwerl

                  Not sure when that changed - back when I posted this (Dec) they were not using the fireplace, and there was always a table set up directly in front of it.

                  1. re: JaneRI

                    I too am surprised by this post - my observation is that they have been using the fireplace consistently. Indeed there's no "sitting area" in that space (like there is at India on Hope St. for example) but definitely the fireplace is being used, happily :-).