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Jun 30, 2009 08:06 AM

Prov. Rest. Week

Took a quick look and don't see any posts on RW coming July 12 for 2 weeks. The actual rest. week site still says wait for more information but this has the restaurants:

Is that correct info? We'll be there on Sat. the 18th and I'm thinking of going to Gracie's, New Rivers, mills, Pane e Vinio or Pot au Feu. What would be the best choice or is there a gem that I don't know about? The Mills and Pane look good and I saw a good review of Pot au Feu. Thanks.

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    1. No one has thoughts on these restaurants or RW in Prov. in general? How's Siena?

      What about places to eat in Bristol/Warren/Barrington? I've been to the clam place that begins with Q, anything else along those lines?

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      1. re: Joanie

        I'm surprised there weren't more responses to your post.

        Siena is good. I've never had a bad experience there. It can get a little loud in the front restaurant and bar area.

        I really like Pane E Vino, but if you are down here for one meal, I'd probably pick a different place (unless it is a Monday night when you can take advantage of their wine special). Pane E Vino has a trattoria menu before 7 that is priced lower than the RW menu.

        I love Gracie's. I haven't been during RW though. I would expect they do a very good job.

        I've been to Mills Tavern twice. It was a disappointing experience. Food was okay, service was terribly slow and once the kitchen was having problems (chef was out sick or something).

        Pot a Feu - I don't hear much about this place anymore. I stopped in one evening several years ago for a drink and dessert and was under whelmed.

        New Rivers - Very good. It is a nice romantic place. I've had some very good experiences here during the week and one not good experience when they were very, very busy and rushing the meal. They were obviously trying to turn the tables as quickly as possible or they had overbooked. I'd be concerned that it would be like that during RW.

        Some other options from the RW list:
        Chez Pascal is consistently good and well regarded on the board.

        La Laiterie at Farmstead is great. I don't think they will take reservations so you may have to wait a while for a table. The place is small.

        In Bristol, you must go to Persimmon. Get the chef's tasting. He does an amazing job and it is a dining experience (I like it paired with wine). You won't be disappointed if you order off the menu instead of the chef's tasting.

      2. I'd skip Mills for RW, had a bad RW meal there last year, though have heard regular service is good. I love Gracie's & Chez Pascal during RW. I'm hitting up at least New Rivers and Gracies for dinner, and trying Capriccios for lunch since it one of the restaurants in PVD i've never been to.

        1. Anyone else having difficulty looking at the Restaurant week menus at the goprovidence website? I was wondering which of them also offered lunch menus.

          1. *bump*

            What were people's experience from last year? Gracies was wonderful. Which restaurants really cheaped out?

            In looking at the menu, La Laiterie seems the most constricted with 2 apps, 1 entree and 1 dessert.

            I'm hoping to hit Opa, Gracies and either Siena, Capriccios or New Rivers. Anyone do restaurant week with the last three last year?

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            1. re: thinks too much

              I thought Gracie's had a great menu last year and good portions

              1. re: thinks too much

                I meant to add that I was a little disappointed by the portions at New Rivers last year for Restaurant Week. Also, the dessert option for it was weak - If i'm not mistaken, it was mixed fruit with a small cookie/biscuit on the side. The food was still tasty though.

                1. re: malyna

                  I don't quite understand the allure of restaurant week. Many of the more pricey places already offer 3-course prix fixe menus for $30(ish) on a regular basis. To name a few off the top of my head: Mill's, Chez Pascal, New Rivers, Gracies.
                  Why fight the crowds?

                  1. re: frobb

                    Gracie's dropped their prix fixe from $40 to $30 only recently which brought the cost down to Restaurant Week pricing. That $10 difference, for me anyway, is significant. Chez Pascal's bistro offerings are great in my experience, and they point out that it is a 3-course offering. New Rivers posts on their website that there is a Bistro Menu with no indication of the number of courses or what they may be like on their website. What if there's only one option and you don't like it? Is your alternative ordering a $26+ entree? On the other hand, you can read the specific menu on the RW week website, provided your server settings are good.

                    I see RW as a gateway drug and some effective advertising for a city's restaurants. I could only hope that restaurants see it my way.