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 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 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.

Tavolo
A woman and man standing together in front of a wine bar.

Classic Italian dishes meet creative specials in an approachable setting at Tavolo. Sherri and Leonard Mello share an extensive background in the hospitality industry, which is clear whenever you see them interact with staff and guests alike. Once you visit, don't be intimidated by the beer and wine lists. Though there are more than 50 craft beers and 200 wines, knowledgeable servers will always help you find a drink that perfectly compliments your meal.

Pane e Vino Ristorante
Massimo owners

A staple on Federal Hill for nearly 20 years, Pane e Vino Ristorante embraces the passion and values of traditional Southern Italian cooking. Joseph and Esther DeQuattro have created a welcoming atmosphere where the menu changes with the seasons to ensure every dish is fresh. If you're looking to grab a bite in a less formal setting, head down the street to their trattoria Il Massimo.

Yoleni's
Yoleni Ext

Yoleni's offers visitors a complete experience of authentic Greek gastronomy. In 2018 Alexandra Georgiou and her husband Alexander Philippides, along with their two sons, opened the store and modeled it after their flagship store in Athens, Greece. Enjoy a handmade pita, authentic Greek yogurt, mouthwatering sandwiches and more from the restaurant before exploring the more than 800 artisanal Greek products in the deli shop.

Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, you can celebrate by dining all weekend! Just be sure to make reservations, as most Providence restaurants fill up fast.