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Circe, Providence, Rhode Island

Circe (Providence, Rhode Island)

From my seat at the front of Circe, I was able to watch both the occasional straggler walking along one of the quiet streets of downtown Providence and the more animated parties inside, from a girls’ night out group of eight to an obvious date to a friends’ reunion. Circe provides a chic yet relaxed setting for any of those occasions (for very special occasions, you can rent the second-story loft), with a long bar with thick padded seats that invite you to sit for a while, pendant lights, paintings of Greek urns, giant tassels on a couple of light fixtures, and large louver windows. It also provides a comprehensive menu to suit any appetite.

Fork and KnifeTry This: Sample a creative cocktail “that will transcend beyond our restaurant,” such as the wonderful concoction of rum, pear nectar, vanilla liquor, cinnamon syrup, cream, and nutmeg. Start with a fine appetizer of burrata ravioli, with San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh basil, or perhaps the little rhody devilled eggs with beet slaw and crispy bacon. For your entrée, you can select a plate from the ocean, such as the fantastic grilled Scottish salmon with corn salsa and basil pesto. But you can also opt for dishes from the garden, the farm, or the grill, such as filet mignon with a choice of five different sauces, including apple, béarnaise, and Griottine cherry.