Valentine’s Day Dining Out and Winter Menu Items 2011

Many of Rhode Island’s best places to dine out are offering specials for this coming weekend before Valentine’s Day, and some that are usually closed on Mondays are open February 14th. Also listed below are some of the newer menu items that some restaurants are offering for these long winter months.

Valentine’s Day:

The Boat House will serve its full dinner menu as well as a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu, Saturday, February 12th through Monday, February 14th. The cost of the prix fixe menu is $55 per person; tax and gratuity are additional.  For more information or to make reservations, please call 401-624-6300. The Boat House, 227 Schooner Dr., Tiverton, RI 02878.

Café Noir will feature a Pomegranate Mimosa composed of champagne, St. Germaine, and pomegranate seeds to start, followed by first course specials of a Tian of Crab with scallop ceviche and gazpacho and Confit of Duck Raviolo with a cassoulet of beans and wild boar sausage. Entrée specials will feature Beef Wellington for Two: center cut beef tenderloin, mushroom duxelle and duck liver pate wrapped in puff pastry and served with baby carrots and pomme fondant and pan-roasted Chilean Sea Bass with braised puy lentils, ratatouille compote, and crispy prosciutto, while the Valentine’s dessert will feature a Study in Chocolate for Two: a selection of miniature chocolate. For more information or to make reservations, please call 401-273-9090. Café Noir, 125 North Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Castle Hill Inn will be offering a four-course prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. The cost of the prix fixe menu, available on February 14th only, is $95 per person; tax and gratuity are additional. For more information or to make reservations, please call 401-849-3800. Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Dr., Newport, RI 02840.

Chez Pascal will be offering a Special 3 Course Menu with surprise treats of love along the way. $69 per person not including tax, gratuity or beverages. A small glimpse . . . lobster bisque with dill potato dumplings & crème fraîche, pot roast of brined pork shoulder with molasses baked marafax beans, carrot purée & apple compote, confit of rabbit leg with turnip purée, roasted fennel, endive and a bitter orange sauce, and many more. Please call 401-421-4422 for reservations. Let the love flow. Chez Pascal, 960 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

Cook & Brown Public House will be open and we will be offering either a 3 or 5 course price fixed option. Cook & Brown Public House, 959 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

Gracie’s will be open Sunday, February 13 and Monday, February 14, Valentines Day. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Hemenway’s will serve its full menu as well as holiday specials, available Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-351-8570. Hemenway’s, 121 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Farmstead/La Laiterie Sick of the snow & ice? We know. We are too. Might as well embrace the time we have to spend indoors, by spending it with our loved one’s this Valentine’s Day. Pretty soon, we will be complaining about the 90 degree temperatures and the 90% humidity. So while you are in that ‘lets snuggle’ mood, we figured we’d offer you a carefully sourced, well crafted tasting menu this Valentine’s Day, at a price you can’t resist. This lovingly prepared prix fixe menu, complete with beverage pairings is only $110. The menu is also available without pairings for $75. We look forward to seeing you. Please call 401-274-7177 for reservations. Farmstead / La Laiterie, 184-188 Wayland Ave., Providence, RI 02906.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar makes it easier for couples to share the passion this year with a romantic sharing menu and four days to celebrate. In honor of Valentine’s Weekend, Fleming’s will offer a special Valentine Sharing Menu available Friday, February 11; Saturday, February 12; Sunday, February 13; and Monday, February 14. The menu is created especially for two, and is available in addition to Fleming’s regular a la carte menu. To give couples another reason to celebrate, Fleming’s is offering each couple dining during Valentine’s Weekend a complimentary $25 Fleming’s Dining Card to use toward a future rendezvous with their sweetheart. To add an extra touch of romance to the occasion – without an extra touch to the waistline – Jansen op de Haar has created the 99 calorie Tickled Pink cocktail. The sparkling elixir blends Belvedere Vodka with orange juice and raspberries, and a splash of Italian Mionetto Prosecco. To make a reservation, call 401-533-9000. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 1 West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903.

Julian’s VALENTINE’S DINNER 2011. Two Seatings 6 or 9 p.m. $99 per couple. Seating is Limited, call 401-861-1770 for reservations. Julian’s, 318 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.

Luxe Burger Bar, couples can enjoy “Red Hot, Red Wine, Red Meat,” which will include an appetizer to share, two Build Your Own Burgers, a dessert to share, and a bottle of La Vielle Ferme Rouge wine for $34.95 per couple. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-621-5893. Luxe Burger Bar, 5 Memorial Blvd., Providence, RI 02903.

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu of top-of-catch seafood, prime cuts of beef, and locally grown, organic produce, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of specials Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-846-2260. The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Sayers Wharf, Newport, RI 02840.

Nick’s on Broadway will be open on Monday, February 14, serving a multi-course dinner for two. $48 per person (exclusive of tax, beverages + gratuities). Wine pairings are available for an additional charge. See the menu online. Nick’s on Broadway, 500 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.

One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking will be serving a three-course dinner for two, with several choices within each course, from Friday, February 11th to Monday, February 14th. There will be live entertainment each night from 6 – 10 p.m. $149.00 Per couple, 8% Tax and 20% Gratuity not included in price. One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

Persimmon: Don’t leave love to luck — win your Valentine’s heart by celebrating Cupid’s favorite day at Persimmon! Yes, we will be open on Monday, February 14 — snow or shine. In honor of the occasion, Champe will be preparing a special, romantic three-course menu (with a treat or two thrown in along the way). There will be plenty of choices offered within each course, as well as an optional wine pairing. Three seatings are available, and the cost is $65 per person, excluding tax, gratuity, and beverages. Please call 401-254-7474 soon to reserve your spot. Persimmon, 31 State St., Bristol, RI 02809.

Rick’s Roadhouse will feature Grilled Cedar Plank Oysters Rockefeller; NY Sirloin, served Oscar style with asparagus, crab meat, and hollandaise, and truffle potatoes.  For dessert, guests can enjoy Coffee Pot de Crème with chili-chocolate covered strawberries.  For more information or reservations, please call 401- 272-7675. Rick’s Roadhouse, 370 Richmond St., Providence, RI 02903.

Seasons at the Ocean House: Valentine’s Day Dinner — Celebrate romance at the Ocean House with a special dinner in Seasons. Fall in love all over again, as you enjoy an exquisite five-course dinner in our elegant restaurant. $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). For reservations, please call 401-584-7000. Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Westerly, RI 02891.

Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro: Enjoy your most romantic Valentine’s Day yet. Tastings will be celebrating all weekend long from Friday, February 11th to Monday, February 14th. Along with a la carte selections we’ll be offering a special Prix Fixe Menu for $50 per person. Wines can be paired with this Prix Fixe Menu for an additional $20 per person. On Monday, February 14th, we will be featuring the classical guitar sounds of Steve Marchena live from 6 – 9 p.m. Click here to view the special V-Day Weekend Menu. Make your reservations today, 508-203-WINE. Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro, 201 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035.

10 Prime Steak & Sushi will offer a special sushi appetizer, the Sweet Heart Roll, of coconut fried shrimp and hearts of palm topped with white tuna, sweet eel, and strawberries.  Entrée selections will include Surf & Turf: filet mignon and king crab with Yukon gold croquettes, roasted jumbo asparagus, and brie cream sauce and  Lobster Pappardelle Pasta: fresh Maine lobster, royal trumpet mushrooms, English peas, and parmesan cream sauce.  A holiday desert of Red Velvet Cake with white chocolate tuile and candy hearts will complete the evening. For more information or reservations please call 401-453-BEEF (2333). 10 Prime Steak & Sushi, 55 Pine St., Providence, RI 02903.

Trio will serve its full dinner menu and a Valentine’s Day “Culinary Adventure for Two,” available Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th. The cost of the “Culinary Adventure” is $78 per couple. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-792-4333. Trio, 15 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882.

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille will offer a Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two in addition to its regular menu of USDA Prime beef and New England’s finest seafood, available Saturday, February 12th through Monday, February 14th. The cost of the Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two is $88.22 per couple or $44.11 per person.  For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-841-8884. 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, 22 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI 02840.

Waterman Grille will serve its full dinner menu and a selection of specials available Saturday, February 12th through Monday, February 14th. For more information or to make reservations, please call 401-521-9229. Waterman Grille, 4 Richmond Sq., Providence, RI 02906.

Winter Menu Highlights:

Fleming’s Winter Prix Fixe Menu Fleming’s Executive Chef Russell Skall has created an innovative 3-course dinner that will cure winter blues with bold and flavorful offerings. The new Winter Prix Fixe menu offers the choice of appetizer, two entrées and dessert. Available January 5 through March 29, 2011. $39.95 per person (tax, gratuity, and suggested wines not included). Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 1 West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903.

Julian’s has released their winter menu (view the entire menu online). Highlights include, house made pancetta and bacon, as well as a new house made vegan Italian sausage as a great meat free alternative. Julian’s is also excited to have hangar steak from Meyer Farms, the first certified humane beef producer in the United States. Julian’s, 318 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.

Persimmon has several new menu items such as Slow roasted Berkshire breed pork loin wrapped in apple wood smoked bacon with glazed root vegetables and Brussels sprout leaves; Braised Vermont bob veal with crispy veal sweetbreads, glazed native carrots and onions, blanquette de veau sauce; and Broken Arrow Ranch venison leg filet with house-made venison sausage, glazed fennel, onions and brown beech mushrooms. They are also offering a new tasting menu format. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, Persimmon will now offer two tasting menus — a five-course menu for $65 and a seven-course menu for $79. Winter hours are now in effect at Persimmon — the restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Persimmon, 31 State St., Bristol, RI 02809.

Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro is offering menu items such as Hopkins Southdowns Lamb Chili with tzatziki, cranberry beans; NH Venison Sausage with salsify, beets, fennel, juniper granola; and Brambly Farms Pork Bolognese with house made linguine, crispy farm. There is also a Chef’s Tasting Menu of 5 Courses for $59 or $79 with Wine Pairings. View the entire menu online. Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro, 201 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035.

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