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Best Portuguese restaurants in RI?

BJennif Jul 24, 2008 08:24 AM

I'm hosting family this weekend and they want to try a good Portuguese restaurant. BIL is a first generation American from Azores. Looking for your best suggestions - willing to drive a bit - as any Rhode Islander must be!


  1. CapeCodGuy Jul 24, 2008 11:10 AM

    Don't know of any in RI, not to say there aren't any but 1/2 hour from Providence is New Bedford where you can choose from Antonio's or Cafe Funchal, both excellent. I'm sure there are others in Fall River as well.

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy
      Nanay Jul 24, 2008 12:27 PM

      I am not sure how long your visitors are staying but if they are here next weekend, I would definately make the drive to New Bedford and enjoy the Madeira Feast. Large amounts of food and drink! It is one of the largest portuguese feasts in the country.

      Otherwise, there are a few restaurants in East Providence. I have eaten at Madeira and it usually hits the spot. Their specialty is usually carne diespeto(?) Beef that is grilled on a long skewer and brought to the table. It is a fiarly large building.

      Or I would drive over to Fall River, MA and have a meal at Sagres on Columbia Street, great food overall!!! Fall River also has many Azorean markets and restaurants to check out! Enjoy!

      1. re: Nanay
        GeoffD Jul 24, 2008 03:00 PM

        I'm not sure if it's still true but the Portuguese Feast (Feast of the Blessed Sacrament) in New Bedford used to be the #2 Budweiser beer consumption event in the United States behind the Indy 500. 100,000 people. That huge BBQ pit cranking out tons of Carne de Espeto. Atum. Bacalhau. Carne de vino e alhos. Linguica. Malassadas. What great food! Vegetarians need not apply. I'm really bummed I'm in British Columbia the first weekend in August.

        Here's a link to a previous chowhound discussion of the options in New Bedford.

    2. hiddenboston Jul 24, 2008 12:46 PM

      Haven't been yet, but Estoril in Fall River (just east of the RI border) looks interesting...


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        creamy Jul 24, 2008 06:25 PM

        O Denis Portuguese Restaurant:
        579 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914 -(401) 438-3769.
        A great family restaurant. Not fancy but if great food is your search, this is what you are looking for.

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        1. re: creamy
          atheorist Jul 25, 2008 11:07 AM

          Seconding O Dinis.

          1. re: atheorist
            sashimi73 Jul 25, 2008 11:41 AM

            Can't comment about any outside RI, and even my experience within the state is limited. But I do have a lot of meals under my belt from Madeira, and they rarely disappoint in any way.

          2. re: creamy
            DonShirer Jul 25, 2011 03:34 PM

            Have been to O'Dinis and had a good meal. Everyone else in the restaurant was speaking Portuguese, so I guess they must be authentic.

            1. re: creamy
              Hydromel Sep 3, 2011 05:02 AM

              Ditto on O Dinis. Great food, friendly service, try the sangria!

              O Dinis Restaurant
              579 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

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              deltakl Apr 30, 2010 05:08 AM

              There are some Portuguese Restaurants in the Providence area of Rhode Island, but unfortunately none in the central or southern part of RI, say Warwick, Cranston Coventry area and even points further south. My best suggestion would be to try A Taste of Portugal, Rhode Islands own Chef to Go… They are a local drop off caterer of Portuguese food. I had about 30 guests for my sons 1st birthday party. Our guests talked about the food all weekend. Everyone gave the food a rave review. And they don’t charge for delivery. Just Google RI Chef to Go or A Taste of Portugal in RI and I'm sure you'll find them. Their website is: www.foodportugal.com

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              1. re: deltakl
                DanM244 Aug 18, 2011 08:44 AM

                For anyone of you who like Portuguese Food, you def gotta check out this site... the food is AMAZING and the service is FANTASTIC :)

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                i hamin Apr 30, 2010 06:49 AM

                i second o'dinis

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                  hungryallthetime May 8, 2010 06:21 PM

                  In RI, it's Madeira and O Dinis. If you're willing to drive, www.corkyrow.com has a bunch in Fall River. I go to Lusitano at least once a month.

                  O Dinis Restaurant
                  579 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

                  Lusitano Restaurant
                  822 King Philip St, Fall River, MA 02724

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