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B-day lunch in Providence

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I am trying to organize b-day lunch for my mom and I would like to take her to more upscale place. I am having a hard time finding anything because most places open in the evening on Sundays, and we definitely do not want to eat Italian food. This would be for 9 people

Any ideas?

Thank you

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  1. Assuming you have checked the usual suspects and found none to be open for lunch (Parkside, 3 Steeple, Mills Tavern, Bravo, etc.) then if all else fails you could do Nappa Valley Grille at the mall. Good food, good service, nice atmosphere.

    1. Thanks Jenkins. Mom has been to Nappa Valley Grille already. I have called Parkside and they don't open for lunch. I haven't tried Mills Tavern nor Bravo. Where are those located?

      1. Mills Tavern is on South Main Street and Bravo is across from Trinity Rep. In fact I just checked and Bravo is open for lunch on Sundays. Been there a handful of time and enjoyed every meal. Not super spectacular, but very good and a beautiful restaurant.


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        1. re: Jenkins

          Thanks Jenkins. I am considering Bravo. I am going to give them a call and see if they can accomodate us

        2. Yes, Parkside serves lunch. I'm not sure who you spoke to, but that's incorrect. Mon-Fri, 11:30 - 4:00. You can see their lunch menu here:
          While I'm a huge fan of Parkside, keep in mind that they'll be packed at lunch, as will most downtown restaurants.

          1. JaneRI

            I am looking for lunch on Sunday.

            1. I'm watching TV Maitre'D and they just mentioned that Pane E Vino is now open on Sundays at noon. It is Italian though.

              1. Pane e Vino is great...there are mixed feelings about CAV (jewelry district---plenty of parking on a Sunday) but I think it's excellent, and they have a great brunch.

                Rue de L'Espoir has always been a favorite brunch place of mine, but the place itself might be too casual for what you're looking for? The food is so consistently great after all these years. Don't know if New Rivers is open for brunch (on Steeple, same bldg as 3 Steeple St) but overall, the food is great and the place is very comfortable. Paragon has a pretty well known/well liked brunch, but I have not had it firsthand. Blaze on Hope St. might have a brunch----I thought they did, but now not sure.

                1. I recommend the Agora Restaurant in the Westin hotel for their Sunday brunch. Wonderful upscale buffet with large selection, it's pricey, however. The last time I ate a Pane e Vino the food was terrible, I would not recommend it. Brunch at Paragon is just okay, small selection and lame pastries. I'd also avoid Red Stripe, loud & overpriced. Bravo is a good choice, reasonable prices and good selection. Oak on Hope Street is pretty good (nice atmosphere, service is just okay), they are open for brunch until 2:00. Brunch at Rue de L'Espoir was disappointing for the price the last couple of time I was there.