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romantic dinner outside Providence: Blackington Inn, DeWolfe Tavern, Little Inn?

bawc Jul 18, 2009 05:16 PM

We wanted to try something new outside of Providence for my birthday, within a 30 minute drive since we have a long trip the following day. Considering DeWolfe Tavern in Bristol, Blackington Inn in Attleboro, Little Inn in Johnston, Cafe Itri in Cranston. Open to any suggestions, but would like gourmet food in a romantic setting.

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    im hungry Jul 18, 2009 07:18 PM

    persimmon in bristol......

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      bawc Jul 18, 2009 07:21 PM

      We have been there already, although our experience was not as good as the reviews on this board.

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        sarabean Jul 19, 2009 11:46 PM

        god, thank you! all i hear is praise for that place, we went and (foolishly) ordered a tasting for my last birthday and were very disappointed. i guess we can't go anywhere after chez pascal, new rivers and our first love, gracie's.

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      CheesyWiner Jul 20, 2009 01:40 PM

      Of the ones you listed, i have only been to DeWolfe and would highly recommend it. The food is great and i love the atmosphere of the old brick building. They have a few tables outside which could be nice for your birthday

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        rkstrat Jul 21, 2009 10:05 AM

        Roberto's in Bristol., or the Lobster pot,

        1. invinotheresverde Jul 22, 2009 07:13 AM

          I'm a big fan of Caffe Itri. The food is wonderful, the wine list is extensive and cheaply-fairly priced and the service has always been stellar. That said, I don't find it the least bit romantic (bright lights, garish furniture), so it may not be what you're looking for.

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            Frank Terranova Jul 22, 2009 07:53 AM


            Try Broadway Bistro its cozy nice food. Too bad the drive is a few min longer is the Inn at Castle Hill. The above places you wrote are not romantic in anyway and the food is just ok. IMHO.

            Enjoy where ever you choose.

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              bawc Jul 24, 2009 11:12 AM

              Thank you for the replies. I thought about Cafe Itri, but I didn't think it fit the intimate atmosphere bill, although I have never been there. We went to Broadway Bistro for my husband's birthday, and were disappointed--nice casual, not outstanding food. We may just return to my favorite in town, Chez Pascal...

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                invinotheresverde Jul 27, 2009 08:31 AM

                Chez Pascal is also my favorite in RI, but you think it's romantic? To me, it's just bistro-y...

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              rmperry Jul 25, 2009 05:37 AM

              I don't think you would be disappointed with the Blackinton Inn. It is a very pretty place and the food is wonderful.

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                ccjohn Jul 26, 2009 02:10 PM

                bawc is a fussy diner.

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                  bawc Jul 26, 2009 02:31 PM

                  Is that a good or a bad thing on chowhound?

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                    Sean Jul 26, 2009 05:09 PM

                    The Siena in East Greenwich is nice. Obviously Castle Hill, maybe a little further than you had in mind. D Carlo Trattoria in Smithfield is supposed to be good. It has been at least fifteen years since I have been to Little Inn, but if memory serves me, it was a wonderful, romantic dinner...

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                      bawc Jul 26, 2009 05:50 PM

                      Thanks Sean. Castle Hill is on our list, but it is a little far that evening, since we have a long drive the next day. I have heard good things about D Carlo, but that it was not romantic, more of a casual place with friends...

                2. Rhody Rogue Jul 26, 2009 10:09 PM

                  You might try The Remington Inn, in Warwick.

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                    gps Jul 26, 2009 11:23 PM

                    Caffe itri has just opened probably the most romantic tuscan style outdoor patio anywhere!! breathtaking i promise!!! dont miss out! you will think you are dining in Italy for sure! and the food is always fantastic! i have dined there for the past 19 years. the win list is superb and extremely reasonable. they have award winning food and wine, ENJOY!!!

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                      invinotheresverde Jul 27, 2009 08:29 AM

                      Sweet. I didn't know about this new patio. Thanks for the tip!

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                      sarahbeth Jul 27, 2009 12:56 PM

                      What about the Boat House in Triverton?

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