Gracie’s is a Providence, Rhode Island restaurant that I ended up at during Restaurant Week on my travels.
Gracie’s: A Providence, Rhode Island Restaurant Worth Knowing
I perused several restaurant’s menus before choosing Gracie’s, mostly because I wanted to try a salad that they had listed. A Restaurant Week 3-course meal included a starter, main entree, and dessert. The restaurant was full, so I found a seat at the bar and began my eating adventure.
What a great choice I made; Gracie’s food was out of sight!
An Appealing Providence, Rhode Island Restaurant Menu
Gracie’s is a locally-owned fine-dining restaurant serving locally sourced New England foods in the heart of downtown Providence. Many of the ingredients come from the restaurant’s rooftop garden at the nearby Peerless Building. Gracie’s has a romantic vibe with a tastefully decorated dining room and separate bar area with a few tables surrounding it. Here are a few tasty-sounding dishes that stood out from the menu that really caught my eye:
- Russet Potato Gnocchi (Swiss chard, Shittake mushrooms, lamb shoulder)
- Hudson Valley Foie Gras (Spiced fig jam, brioche, black garlic)
- Roasted Cod Loin (White bean, Tuscan kale, potato, smoked onion broth)
- Dry Aged Ribeye (Potato croquettes, King Trumpet mushrooms, Bordelaise)
- Crescent Farms Duck (Braised red cabbage, winter squash, Cider jus)
- Grapefruit Meringue Tart (Miso graham, sesame candied cashews, jasmine ice cream)
Gracie’s serves a 5, 7, and 9-course Chef’s Tasting Menu and can be paired with wine for an additional fee. The restaurant also features a 3-course dessert tasting, which is a favorite amongst locals. Add the 3-course dessert to any prix fixe or tasting for only $15 more.
A Special Tasting Menu
I loved Gracie’s Restaurant Week offerings. To start with, I had a fantastical Roasted Squash and Apple Salad that sat atop a bed of whipped ricotta. A little-caramelized onion, herbs, maple, and sherry vinegar finished the salad, which was a brilliant combination. Low lighting at the bar did not do my food pictures justice. I’ve already added my delightful meal at Gracie’s to my Top Eats of the year post that I accumulate all year long.
For my second course, I chose Gracie’s Rigatoni Campanaro, which I believe is always on the menu. Heavy, homemade tubular pasta was a great vessel to hold the hearty sweet & spicy meat sauce. Plum tomatoes and little square bits of ricotta completed the recipe, which I absolutely loved! The pasta had a firm bite, which was enjoyable and absorbed the sauce so that each bite was perfect.
Dessert Done Right
All of the desserts at Grace’s sounded fantastic and I watched several of them being served to people around me. I chose the Chocolate Gingerbread, with pineapple and a little piece of coconut shortbread. Tantalizing rum raisin ice cream was on the side and man was it mouth-watering! This was a really good dessert, not too sweet and not too chocolatey. To me, it was more of a semi-firm spice cake with loads of flavor. Yum!
Extra Touches Makes the Difference
Besides the fact that the service at Gracie’s was impeccable, I loved the free bites (entremets) that were brought between courses. They had fancy names (such as the Intermezzo, etc.) but were a mushroom tasting spoon, rum raisin ice cream spoon, sorbet, and a tiny matcha macaron. Between those, the memorable meal, and the whipped butter served off of a river rock, Gracie’s won me over.
Price Range: Dinner 5-course Chef’s Tasting Menu starts at $90. Restaurant Week 3-course Prix fixe $34.95
94 Washington Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903. (401) 272-7811 (reservations accepted through Open Table)
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Thanks to Providence, Rhode Island for treating me to dinner at Gracie’s. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.