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Great Restaurant in Providence

tapas gal Oct 13, 2006 02:50 PM

I am visiting Providence next Saturday just for the evening. Can anyone recommend a good restaurant that has great food and wine (price doesn't matter) but that we don't have to get super dressed up since we will be walking around in the late afternoon.

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    JaneRI RE: tapas gal Oct 13, 2006 03:15 PM

    There are lots of great restaurants in Providence. Any type of cuisine in particular?

    W/out any other info to go on, I'd recommend Chez Pascal or maybe New Rivers?

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      tapas gal RE: tapas gal Oct 13, 2006 03:36 PM

      Cuisine? I guess probably seafood or a good steak. Since we will only be there one night I don't want anything like Sushi, Chinese or Indian. I was looking at 3 Steeplestreet (but seemed more of a lunch spot?) , Aquaviva Eurobistro (but no website) and Hemenways (overrated?)...

      I will look into Chez Pascal and New Rivers... thanks for the tip...!

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        Jenkins RE: tapas gal Oct 13, 2006 03:46 PM

        If you are looking for good steak and are downtown Providence area, try XO Steakhouse on North Main St.

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          JaneRI RE: tapas gal Oct 13, 2006 05:54 PM

          3 Steeple St is good, solid food, but nothing exciting. Not what I recommend to visitors. Aquaviva has since shut down (the owner has opened something new and unremarkable in that spot but I don't know that they even serve dinner). Hemenway's is well-prepared seafood, nothing fancy - 15 yrs ago it was the expense account restaurant of choice for many businesspeople. I like it, although I haven't been in years so I can't vouch for what it's like now.

          XO is a good choice, as is Providence Prime on Atwells (both for steak). For seafood, Providence Oyster Bar (sister restaurant to Prov Prime, next door to it on Atwells). I think a lot of people would suggest Ten Prime Steak & Sushi, so I'll add it here to be fair, but I'm not a fan....of the food or the atmosphere.

          Read reviews at www.tasteri.com, but double-check here or w/a phonecall...they're not good about updating things like closed restaurants.

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            Garris RE: tapas gal Oct 13, 2006 06:08 PM

            There are lots of very good restaurants in Providence. However, of all of the places I have been in town, I think there are three that are solidly above the rest, in my humble opinion only:

            - Neath's (a French-Cambodian fusion)
            - Mill's Tavern (American)
            - Gracies (American)

            I know several people who put "New Rivers" into that group as well to make four, but I haven't been sufficiently impressed, especially for the price. A few others I know put "Sienna" on Federal Hill on the list as well to make five, and I think it's really very good and enjoyable, but not as special as the three above.

            Your miles may vary...

            - Garris
            Providence, RI

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              wc93 RE: tapas gal Oct 13, 2006 09:23 PM

              I've never had a bad meal at Al Forno. However, they don't take reservations on Saturdays and the wait can be extreme (1-2 hours) after 5pm. They define themselves as northern italian but there are always delicious steak and seafood dishes on the menu. If you're up for an early dinner (or a drink at one of the nearby bars while you wait ) then this would be my first choice.


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                nkb RE: tapas gal Oct 16, 2006 10:14 PM

                I second mill's tavern.

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                  celeriac RE: tapas gal Oct 16, 2006 10:21 PM

                  I've said it a number of times on here, but I think Chez Pascal has the best food in town by a longshot. The wine bar La Laiterie comes in second, and is obviously much more limited and casual.

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                    JaneRI RE: tapas gal Oct 17, 2006 12:31 PM

                    La Laiterie - great choice. I've been a couple of times recently for small bites and some wine and I love it.

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                      tapas gal RE: JaneRI Oct 17, 2006 07:00 PM

                      La Laitierie looks great... a winner... seems like it doesn't take reservations... how busy does it get on Saturday nights?

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                        LMWW RE: tapas gal Oct 19, 2006 10:40 PM

                        La Laiterie, while great, is very small and packed on the weekends. If you have a tight schedule, it may not be the best choice. But if you have some time to kill, and don't mind waiting, it is definitely worth the wait!

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                      JaneRI RE: tapas gal Oct 17, 2006 07:48 PM

                      Not sure, I've been on Tuesdays as I have a Tues class nearby.

                      1. wittlejosh RE: tapas gal Oct 17, 2006 07:55 PM

                        New Rivers, definitely

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                          Sean RE: tapas gal Oct 19, 2006 01:30 PM

                          I have been to Chez Pascal three times in the last year. It has been superb everytime. Highly recommend it.

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