New Rivers

Your date night spot.

By Jenna Pelletier

There’s some romance baked into New Rivers’ walls. Not only does its dining room—in a restored mill building outfitted with twinkly lights and cozy booths—ooze charm, but it has a history of being run by couples. Chef Bruce Tillinghast and his late wife, Pat, opened the New American bistro-style restaurant 29 years ago; now it’s run by chef Beau Vestal and his wife, Elizabeth, who met at the restaurant as employees before purchasing it. Local sourcing has always been a focus here, and house-made pastas and charcuterie are also staples on the frequently changing menu.

New Rivers

7 Steeple St, Providence, RI


  • Must Have

Mix and Match (charcuterie)

Vestal has a way with cured meats; order a “mix and match” board filled with whatever tempts you, from the sausage of the day to chicken liver mousse to classic rillettes.

  • Insider Tip

Every Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. is Oyster Night: New Rivers slings local bivalves for $1 apiece.

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