Rhode Island offers an array of romantic restaurants that draw ambiance from the old New England charm of the establishments, Atlantic coastline views, quiet settings and extensive food and drink options. Rhode Island provides eateries for couples to escape for a quiet night out or to celebrate special occasions such as an engagement or wedding anniversary.
Basil's is a fine-dining bistro located steps away from Narragansett Beach in the Narragansett Pier area. Basil's offers two formal dining areas with seating for up to 50 people, décor reminiscent of French Provençal, and candlelit tables for intimate atmosphere and mood. The menu offers traditional French fare, such as escargot, filet mignon and coq au vin costing from $18 to $48, as of September, 2010. Couples can pair food with a bottle of fine wine, such as Caymus, Penfolds or Antinori from the award-winning list, and can share the "Baked Alaska" cake and ice cream dessert prepared for two. Business casual attire is appropriate, and reservations are recommended because of limited space. Basil's is open daily during the summer and Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Basil's of Narragansett 22 Kingstown Road Narragansett, RI 02882 401-789-3743 basilsri.com
Castle Hill Inn and Resort is a luxury oceanfront chateau at the end of Ocean Drive in Newport offering a scenic drive to lunch dinner or Sunday brunch, filled with sights of the Atlantic coastline and mansions once belonging to New England's upper echelon. Dining at Castle Hill is open to the general public, providing a formal environment with dining room, seasonal outdoor patio or lawn seating. Couples can relish ocean and sunset views in a relaxed atmosphere, heightened by live jazz music during Sunday brunch hours. Castle Hill prepares New England fare, offering an array of seafood dishes and prix fixe tasting menus appropriate for special occasions in the range of $75 to $183 per person, as of 2010. Couples staying at the inn may take advantage of spa services, while others walk the beach or catch a sunset at nearby Brenton State Park. Lunch and Sunday brunch is served daily from 11:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner begins daily at 5:45 p.m, extending until 9 p.m. on the weekdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Castle Hill 590 Ocean Ave. Newport, RI 02840 401-849-3800 castlehillinn.com
Camille's, located in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood, offers an elegant atmosphere with dim overhead lighting, candlelit tables and warm-colored decor, creating a romantic setting. Camille's serves traditional Northern Italian cuisine, providing a selection of vegetarian, pasta, seafood and meat dishes in the price range of $15 to $43, as of September, 2010, with market prices applying to lobster dishes. Camille's wine list showcases domestic and international bottles, such as Mondavi Reserve, Far Niente and Brunello. Dessert wines and champagne are available for couples wanting to prolong their dining experience or toast the occasion. Camille's supplies live musical entertainment on the weekends and wine-tasting events for couples to partake in. Camille's is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m, with closing hours extending to 11 p.m. on weekend evenings. Camille's 71 Bradford St. Providence, RI 02903 401-751-4812 camillesonthehill.com
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