There are plenty of romantic restaurants in Providence, but there are also a handful run by couples. Check out these great spots run by perfect pairs.

Persimmon
Lisa and Champe Speidel outside Persimmon restaurant

A past James Beard nominee for both food and service, Persimmon (99 Hope Street) excels on all fronts. Executive Chef Champe Speidel and his wife Lisa have created a space and a menu that is imaginative without ever being stuffy. Try to grab a spot at the little bar that overlooks the kitchen and watch the couple at work. Bonus points if you spot their adorable son Thatcher.

Chez Pascal 
Kristin and Matt Gennuso in Chez Pascal restaurant

A cozy classic, Chez Pascal (960 Hope Street) delights. Its menu satisfies carnivores and vegetarians equally well, which is a rare feat. Kristin and Matt Gennuso meticulously craft an experience that adheres to French tradition yet uses local ingredients. Looking for something a little more casual? Check out their Wurst Kitchen, a small open kitchen with sausages and cured meats.

Oberlin & birch
Chef Ben Sukle and wife Heidi in front of brick 

Rockstar chef Ben Sukle and his wife Heidi have not one, but two of the buzziest restaurants in Providence. Oberlin (186 Union Street) features exquisitely crafted small plates and a thoughtful selection of wines, cocktails and other beverages. Birch (200 Washington Street) eschews tables for a U-shaped bar where patrons sit elbow-to-elbow enjoying an inventive tasting menu. The emphasis on local ingredients means the menus change frequently, but if you ever see a braised carrot on the menu at either restaurant, consider yourself lucky.

Since Valentine’s Day is midweek this year, you can celebrate by dining on the actual day or on either weekend. Just be sure to make reservations, as most Providence restaurants fill up fast.