I was attracted to Gracie's by a card for a complimentary dessert tasting for two. I was not expecting to be as impressed as I was. Gracie's was a perfect companion to our cool summer night on the town. The food was excellent, the service was very good, and the ambiance was so romantic I almost made out with the people sitting next to us. They have valet, so parking is a breeze. We were seated immediately because the restaurant was empty (I LOVE Providence in the summer. Everyone is gone at the beach). The menu was semi-American/Italian with heavy French influence (read: small servings, lots of weird words). It displayed a suitable amount of pomp in choices of ingredients and foods. Their menu is on their website. For our first course/appetizer we ordered the artisanal cheese platter (pricey at $18) which came with a selection of five cheeses. One of these was recently rated ""the best cheese in the world."" I'm not sure I agree, but it was excellent nonetheless. It came with a small dollop of honeycomb which was truly delicious with the cheese. For entrees my girlfriend got the house-made gnocchi, which was well made but nothing exceptional. I got the Berkshire pork two ways. This pork was a revelation. It was probably the best I've ever had. Two pieces of tenderloin cooked differently. Both were just mouth-watering. I'm drooling now. For dessert, we got the tasting platter which came with four, near full-size servings. One strawberry shortcake which was decent, one flourless chocolate cake which was excellent, a banana milk chocolate mousse torte, also excellent, and a blueberry lemon cake with gelato which was just eye-poppingly delicious. Across the board, presentations were beautiful. Artful and attractive. The only thing holding this back from five stars is its prices. In a city with such wonders as CAV and Al Forno, which are on the cheaper end of similar prices, Gracie's needs more variety and inventiveness, or bigger servings to explain the prices.
Pros: Excellent food. Good menu. Excellent presentation. Very romantic.
Cons: Expensive. Small servings. Limited, seasonal menu.