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Romantic in Providence? Help

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Got a night away from the kids in Providence, downtown. We love good seafood, my wife loves great veggies. Happy to splurge a little bit for a nice relaxing meal. Any recommendations welcome. Thanks

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  1. Gracies is a bit romantic with some seafood dishes, very nice place Hemmingways is heavy seafood also nice place. Baccaro next to Hemmingways Italian . excellent.

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    1. re: Frank Terranova

      It's Hemenway's, not Hemmingways, in case the OP tries to search for it on the Web.

      I'd second the Gracie's rec, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat at Hemenway's. YMMV.

      Depending on where you are or are coming from, I'd also suggest Loie Fuller, which is getting a bit of smackdown here lately, but which certainly fits the "romantic" part of the equation. It's on Westminster in the West Side area, a bit out from "downtown".

      1. re: Gin n Tonic

        Agree that Loie Fuller is easily the most romantic place in the city. The food isn't as good as Chez Pascal, Gracies or New Rivers, but I've had solid meals there. The service is downright terrible usually, though.

    2. Goes to show you I dont eat out much. But the Newport Group too over Hemenway's its raised up the bar a bit. The Chef that left the Mooring in Newport took over Hemenway's. Gracie's would be the top pic in Prov.

      1. I would suggest New Rivers or Gracies in that order. Gracies is slightly more formal and upscale, New Rivers is more intimate.

        1. What about Cafe Nuovo? They always do a great job. For vegetarian dishes, we never even had to look at the menu. We just said, make me something vegetarian. They always prepared something creative and delicious.

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          1. re: Alica

            Nuovo looks like the 80s barfed. It's definitely not romantic in the slightest. It's bright, loud, pastel and obnoxious.
            That said (as a vegetarian), I've eaten well there. It's just the antithesis of romantic.

            P.S. Their wine list list disgustingly overpriced.

            1. re: invinotheresverde

              That's so funny, but I guess you are right. I do think they have pretty good food though.

          2. For downtown restaurants I'd go with New Rivers for sure. If you're willing to head up the East Side a bit Chez Pascal has some of the best food in town. Capriccio would also fit the bill. Haven't been in a while, but I remember the food being well prepared (huge menu), and the service was very good.

            1. Cafe Noir, next to Mills Tavern. Great decoir, great food.

              1. I'd recomend Gracie's too. Request the private two person table. They will know what you mean when you ask. I've had many memorable meals at this table!

                1. New Rivers or Chez Pascal.