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Feb 5, 2014 08:58 AM

RI Fine Dining NOT in PVD or Newport

would like some suggestions (slim as I imagine they will be) for fine (or close to it) dining in RI outside of the big two--Providence and Newport. i'm particularly interested in hearing about the northern half of the state, but any recommendations are welcome. thanks.

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  1. Persimmon in Bristol, RI is one that I have heard about quite often. Haven't personally been there though.

    1. I've been meaning to post a list of my East Bay faves, but this is as good a time as any...
      Top pick is easily Persimmon, Bristol. It's a pricey meal, but I think it should be right up there for best restaurant in RI. Always fresh, always creative, just spectacular. This is one of the places we being out of towners we want to impress.

      2. Hourglass Brasserie, Bristol. For some reason, this restaurant gets no love on the board. I find the ambiance a little uninspired, but the food is superb, flawlessly executed french techniques. It's the kind of place where you can tell that every element on the plate has been labored over.

      3. Trafford, Warren. This is more casual, but on a summer day nothing beats sitting on the back patio overlooking the river and enjoying super fresh seafood. Their pan roasted seafood platter is awesome--I often go just for that. Light, bright interior.
      4. DeWolf Tavern, Bristol. This place can be hit or miss. They have a wonderful location on the waterfront in a converted warehouse. Wonderful porch and patio for outdoor dining. They have a really interesting Indian/New England concept which I truly wish they would push further. As it is, my number one pick on the menu is a seafood stew--huge pieces of lobster, shrimp, scallops, fish, and clams in a light, fresh curry broth. Divine! They also have lobster samosas and things like that. It's a relatively formal dining atmosphere, which I also like.
      5. Roberto's, Bristol. Tends to the tradional, for my tastes, but always solid or better. Dim, romantic lighting--a good date night spot.

      1. Persimmon is definitely one of RI's best fine dining restaurants, a little more traditional than say birch, just as technically sound.