Dinner before WaterFire, help me choose from:
We have under 2 hours and no car, so found these 4 on Open Table. I can guess what the recommendation will be based on searching this board, but these are the 4 we came up with:
The Blue Grotto Restaurant
Blue Grotto Restaurant
210 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903
245 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903
Sorry, but if you think parking on the Hill will be any easier than anywhere else on a Waterfire night, then you probably haven't actually tried it.
To the OP, it's a little unclear about your time limit. If you have two hours to eat dinner and view Waterfire, then skip dinner and grab some food al fresco while walking around Waterfire. If you have two hours to eat before the lighting, that's a different story, and unless you are obligated for some reason, you don't have to be there for the lighting -- Waterfire goes on for 4-5 hours, and there's something to see or do all evening long. You will want to leave at least 15 minutes to walk over to Waterplace Park.
That said, Camille's is a good bet, Blue Grotto is very old school (if you want to eat in the 1950's), many people like Zooma but IMO it's more of a bar scene, and I had a bad enough experience that I will never return, and I'm not familiar enough with Walter's, although I think he was doing fresh and creative things 10-15 years ago and maybe not so much any more.