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Any BYOB places in Providence?

We've got a great bottle of wine we'd like to drink at a nice meal, don't mind paying a corkage fee. Is there anywhere in Providence or nearby that will let you bring a bottle in?


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  1. i don't know if these will qualify as meals nice enough for your wine, but the BYOB places i know in providence are sakura (sushi), sawadee (thai), and meeting street cafe (ginormous yummy sandwiches, and some entrees that are pretty good). i like all of them but they're not really what one might envision in terms of a lovely little candelit restaurant with incredible food and no liquor license (i'd be interested to see if there are any places, too!)

    1. Taste of India on Wickenden Street in Providence is also BYOB. The food is good, but pretty standard Indian fare; nothing to write home about.

      One of my family's favorite restaurants is Pinelli's on Rt. 2 in Warwick. They're a deli by day and a fantastic BYOB (no corking fee) Italian restaurant by night. There are a bunch of other restaurants owned by the same group (Grille on Main, Cucina, Post Office Cafe), but the original Pinelli's is my favorite. Twist on Angell is also good, but I don't believe they're BYOB.

      1. Casa Christine's is a BYOB (down the street from Caserta Pizza) and Romanza on Wickedon St. is also a BYOB.

        1. I've heard there's a good italian BYOB place on Hope, near Rue de L'espoir. According to this article from 2001, it's called Guido's:


          I don't know if any of the other listed places are still around, but it's worth a shot. Report back if you find something great!

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          1. re: Tartinet

            I was just talking about Guido's, I think it closed

            1. re: PaulaK

              Get out! That sucks---they were excellent. I'm still getting over the trauma of Big Alice's closing.

              1. re: Moonpie1

                Me too, Moonpie. Maxmillians is good, but it's not Big Alice's.

                1. re: JaneRI

                  and FYI, Maxmillians no longer exists -- it's "Three sisters" now... and not very appealing. I also saw on tomatosoup's blog that their experience was lousy.

                  1. re: madgee

                    You beat me to that...I've never been inside Three Sisters, but my husband has. He said the guy was really nice, the coffee was really average and I say the place will not be there long. Looks like they are trying, but...

                    We never went to Maxmillian's anymore in recent years. Waaay overpriced, although it was good. We go to Sunshine Creamery in Rumford---not as gourmet-ish, but very good ice cream and the friendliest teenagers I've ever met, and a nice overall place to go w/the family.

                    I grew up on Big Alice's, though, and still think there was nothing better. I used to work w/at-risk kids, and the owner would close the place and lock the door (we'd watch people come and shake the door and move on) in the middle of summer, for us and our group of kids on a field trip-----have them make a batch of vanilla, explain the whole process, give them (and us) all they could eat and would not take more than $1/kid. He was terrific, and I had no personal connection w/him at all---he was just a good guy.

              2. re: PaulaK

                Guido's isn't closed: Call (401) 273-5812

            2. Is Romanza still open? I had heard it was closing as the owners took over the old Cafe Madrid (kept the name) in Woonsocket.

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              1. re: JaneRI

                Sounds as if you are correct. We just called the number and it is disconnected. How long ago did they take over Cafe Madrid? We were there a couple of years ago and it was owned by a person who formerly worked with the people from Alicante in Mendon, MA..

                1. re: jandj

                  W/in the last couple of months, and it's just secondhand info, I'm not 100% sure it's them at Madrid.

                  Two ideas for BYOB - go to http://www.rimonthly.com/byob/ and see how many of these byob's are still open (article is a couple of years old), or stay home and cook a special dinner. I went to Casa Christine a few yrs ago and she was such a b*tch I have never been back. Some people seem to feel that's part of the charm of the place....I couldn't disagree more.

              2. Guido's totally rocks. It's been a while since I've been there, but if I had a bottle of good wine and wanted to drink it w/some good food out----I'd go to Guido's.

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                1. re: Moonpie1

                  I ahve been wondering about guido's for a long time. Seems very under the radar. Any particular recommendations?

                2. This place has always intrigued me - she posts these very descriptive flyers up outside her restaurant, right on Thames. Makes outrageous claims like "The Most Flavorful Food in the Entire World" (ok, I'm making that one up, but pretty close). (from the RI Monthly link I gave above):

                  Elizabeth’s Newport Cafe

                  If you and your favorite dining partner have very different food tastes, Elizabeth’s isn’t for you. On any given night, Elizabeth will offer half a dozen entrées, but here’s the rub: all the dishes are meant for two, so you and your companion have to be of like mind. If you can agree, you’ve come to the right place. Elizabeth’s is a Victorian charmer of a restaurant with its comfy, overstuffed chairs surrounding weathered wooden tables. Elizabeth makes herself visible, welcoming guests and periodically checking on their comfort. Most dishes (which run from $25 to $35 per person) are seafood- or chicken-based and arrive on enormous platters with so many extras, such as bread and pasta and vegetables, you’ll find it impossible to clean your plate. And they’re so filled with flavor, thanks to the liberal use of spices and fresh herbs, you’ll never guess that salt, sugar, butter and cream are banned from the kitchen. A favorite dish from a recent visit: poached shrimp on fettuccine with a sauce of peas, onions and mushrooms. 404 Thames St., Newport, 846-6862. $2.50 per person cork fee. What to bring: Our choice of Tohu Sauvignon Blanc, a New Zealand white, was a perfect match for the seafood dishes. Red wine drinkers might find success with a pinot noir. Bridge Liquors, at 25 Connell Highway, is conveniently located across from the exit as you come off the Pell Bridge. –Paula M. Bodah

                  1. If you are willing to go to Newport, there is a new restaurant, Spark, that has been getting some good reviews, it's byob.

                    1. Cafe Andiamo in Johnston - great Italian food.

                      1. Casa Christine's, off Federal Hill, is probably my favorite restaurant and is BYOB. The owner is a hoot! No credit cards.

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                        1. re: PaulaK

                          It's worth going just to see Chistine in action, let alone the good food. & never mind her husband, poor Joe. I wonder how he lost those teeth ?

                        2. Cafe Andiamo in Johnston is fantastic, great food the owners are very friendly, you feel like your eating at a friends house.

                          1. Il Piccolo in Johnston (421-9843) will let you BYOB. They have great italian food, cute, romantic place, but casual. They used to own Romanza on Wickenden Street, but are soley focusing on the Johnston place now. Call 1st and ask if you can BYOB - there should be no problem!!! They have a great pumpkin tortollini dish!!!! Have fun!

                            1. Edgewood Cafe is a great new BYOB. Good Prices too-I believe it just opened not too long ago.

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                              1. re: foodguy66

                                Edgewood Cafe has a limited but decent menu, but also they have patio seating now, which is nice (it's actually just out on the sidewalk, but still.) I've only been for lunch, which was pretty good, but I drive past all the time, and I've been happy to see them getting busier and busier. Friends who have been for dinner enjoyed it. I believe it was just name in RI Monthly as one of the best BYOB places.

                                1. re: dagwood

                                  The newly opened Euro Cafe on Rte 7 (Smithfiled line) has been BYOB the past few times I have been. I did review this place (here) a few weeks ago - the food is very good, the prices reasonable, the service is horrible.

                                  1. re: OOliver

                                    From what I understand it was only BYOB until the first wk of Aug, then their liquor license was supposed to come through. I went when it first opened...it was GREAT to sit on that beautiful patio and listen to live music (calm, not loud). We were lucky to have a very good waitress that night, but made the mistake of going back for breakfast a week or two ago....they must have had 10 people working outside (young women all late teens to early 20s) and I don't think there was one full working brain between them. What an ordeal.

                                    And we had it good compared to the table next to us who were seated at 10:40AM....she asks "do you want bkfast or lunch?" (at 10:40, are you kidding?) they say bkfast of course, and her reply is "sorry, we stopped serving bkfast and are only serving lunch now. They said we CALLED and asked what time and were told 11AM". That only generated a shrug from the girl who then said "I can get you a burger" (???) They left angrily but stopped to complain to someone inside and the next thing I knew they were being led back to their table w/bkfast menus....and a different waitress.

                              2. try not just snacks on hope st, good cheap Indian food

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                                1. re: eatnride

                                  Romanza on Wickenden St closed. It is now the Blue Elephant which serves breakfast and lunch daily. Dinners Thursday thru Sat. No dinner menu is on the website. Maybe they just have specials?? It is BYOB.
                                  Casa Christine is also closed as of the last month. Knowing Christine she probably just locked the doors with no announcement. I'll miss the food.

                                2. Not many places in PVD will let you BYO, but you can on Sunday nights at Pizzico. I think the corkage is five bucks.

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                                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                                    Are you sure about this? They've got that awesome wine list. But if they're doing BYO, I'm goin', with some of my good stuff!

                                    1. re: winedude

                                      They changed hands and no longer have the great list. I think they currently have about 50 bottles, with nothing too exciting. I wonder if they have any bottles remaining in the cellar from the old list? From their website:

                                      Sunday's - BYO(Wine). $10 corkage fee per bottle. No spirits or beer please.

                                      Seems it's ten dollars, not five, but I doubt the extra fin will dissuade anybody.

                                      1. re: invinotheresverde

                                        It seems like there are quite a few restaurants that have BYOB night, I do not know how it is possible but , sounds good to me! I know on Tuesday nights ( I believe that is the night) Peurini's in Newport has a Byob night. Pizzico has new owners? Is the food still as good, I used to love it there.