During the winter season, it can be hard to find the motivation to get out of the house, especially in the evening when the sun goes down and the temperature gets chillier in Providence.

If you need some motivation to get out with family and friends, or for a date night, look no further! We have pulled together some of the coziest spots in Providence where you can warm up with a calming ambiance as well as the ultimate comfort food and drinks.

Check out some of the coziest spots in Providence here:

The Coziest Restaurants in Providence, RI

Palo Tapas Bar

Palo is a Tapas bar that is housed in the historic Steeple Street building in Providence and brings the tastes of culture and Andalucía to Providence. At Palo, there is truly something for everyone on the menu, and who doesn’t love to share a little of everything?!

They have tons of cheeses and meats that can be ordered individually or on a board, with the choice of a cheese board, charcuterie board, or a combination board.

For vegetables, check out the Pan con Tomate, Patatas Bravas, or the Falafel Sliders. The Pan con Tomate is fresh tomato puree on grilled bread with green olive oil, sea salt, as well as the choice of Manchego, jamon serrano, anchovies, or boquerones.

The Patatas Bravas are a must-try and are crispy tri-color baby potatoes topped with a spicy harissa sauce and roasted garlic aioli.

And the falafel sliders come with two sliders that include cabbage, pickled carrots and piquillo peppers, roast garlic aioli and harissa. 


Mills Tavern Restaurant

Mills Tavern is casually elegant – the perfect combination of upscale and friendly and comfortable. Mills Tavern is known for providing guests with an exceptional dining experience, whether you are out for a romantic evening, special celebration, or meeting for business. Chef Edward Bolus delivers an impressive menu using the freshest ingredients possible, working with local farms.

Mills Tavern has rustic brick walls, polished dark woods, and a wood-burning oven that provides gorgeous glows from the open kitchen and also adds an extra cozy vibe. Mills Tavern is also known for having an extensive wine selection that has been given many awards!

At Mills Tavern, try the Ricotta Stuffed Gnocchi, Porcini Vin Braised Short Rib, as well as the Seared Long Island Duck Breast.

The Ricotta Stuffed Gnocchi is served with boeuf bourguignon sauce, pearl onion, and mushroom.

The Porcini Vin Braised Short Rib is topped with and cauliflower leek puree, with fried leeks and boeuf au jus.

And the Seared Long Island Duck Breast is served with couscous and black cherry duck demi gastric. 



Aguardente is known for having flavored food paired with great drinks, as well as a super fun and welcoming atmosphere. Aguardente shares the culture and heritage of Portugal, Guatemala, and the Azores through incredible food, meticulously sourced spirits, as well as Magda’s moving art. The owner, Victor, has spent decades traveling and exploring other cultures and traditions, leading him to start a new journey in opening Aguardente.

Aguardente has a beautiful setup inside, as well as outdoor dining on a heated patio if weather permits. At Aguardente, not only can you indulge in amazing food and drink, but you can also meet tons of great people and share and learn new stories.

Some of Aguardante’s favorite dishes currently include the Aguacate Relleno, Queijo Fresco, and the Costeletas de Borrego.

The Aguacate Relleno is avocado with pan fried chorizo and melted Oaxaca cheese topped with arugula and cilantro crema.

The Queijo Fresco is fresh farmer’s cheese with onions, garlic, olive oil, and paprika with grilled Portuguese cornbread.

And the Costeletas de Borrego is grilled garlic and herb marinated lamb chops.

Enjoy your nights out in Providence! They’re sure to be incredibly delicious. 

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