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donbeck Aug 9, 2009 09:48 AM

Planning on visiting Providence to take daughter (and possibly friends) out to dinner for her 21st birthday. Love all types of good food. Recommendations needed for average to above average priced dinners.

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    oceanbreeze19 RE: donbeck Aug 9, 2009 11:07 AM

    I would go to Twin Oaks. It is not downtown but close by. It has a huge menu, prices are good and the atmosphere is good. The food is home made and delicious. It has Italian and seafood, but a variety of other dishes. It is my favorite RI restaurant. I live in Maryland now but grew up in Providence. I still go to Twin Oaks on return visits.

    You might want to call them first, as I know they used to be closed for vacation sometime in August.

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      oceanbreeze19 RE: donbeck Aug 9, 2009 11:09 AM

      Here is a link to Twin Oaks. It is on the Providence Cranston line.
      http://www.twinoaksrest.com/

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        donbeck RE: oceanbreeze19 Aug 9, 2009 05:12 PM

        Thank you for your suggestion. I will check out the site. We do plan on heading to Providence this month so will inquire about their closing dates.

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        Sean RE: donbeck Aug 9, 2009 04:11 PM

        You will have to be more specific, there are hundreds of restaurants in providence that fall within those parameters...

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          donbeck RE: Sean Aug 9, 2009 05:23 PM

          Sorry for being so vague. We have been to Federal Hill several times and that is about it. Every meal has been exceptional but think it might be nice to venture off the hill. Daughter goes to college in Providence and is working in city through summer. Unfortunately, funds are tight so she really is unable to suggest restaurants. Would like to find something fun with atmosphere. However, it is just as important for us to have a good meal. Not into stuffiness. Willing to travel outside of city. Husband probably not interested in Japanese.

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            Sean RE: donbeck Aug 9, 2009 06:50 PM

            Twin Oaks definitely fits the bill for atmosphere, very popular...

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              invinotheresverde RE: Sean Aug 9, 2009 09:14 PM

              Yeah, if you like eating with grand parents. Twin Oaks is a dinosaur. This is a 21st birthday!

              OP, I think your girls would have fun at 10 Steak and Sushi. It's not my most favorite place in the city, but it has an upbeat, fun environment, 3-D dessert menus and funky cocktails. It screams 21st birthday here!

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                Sean RE: invinotheresverde Aug 10, 2009 01:36 AM

                Personally I don't care for Twin Oaks myself, have not been in over twenty years (in my teens), did not realize it was an older crowd, just remember the place was hopping...

                Have not lived in that area for about fifteen. I loved Bacaro and thought that had atmosphere. Also the younger ones might share a liking for Hemenway's with the adults, a little less upscale but still a nice atmosphere.

                http://www.bacarorestaurant.net/home.html

                http://www.hemenwaysrestaurant.com/

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          Bluebird RE: donbeck Aug 9, 2009 06:49 PM

          I don't think I'd pick Twin Oaks for this type of dinner. I would think she would be more interested in a place with more atmosphere. Maybe 10 Steak and Sushi or Siena or Zooma (two of these are on The Hill).

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            Gin n Tonic RE: Bluebird Aug 9, 2009 07:24 PM

            While I also wouldn't pick Twin Oaks, these others are (IMO) more about the scene than about the food, although the food is generally good. The 21yo and her friends would likely be much more fond of them than the parents would. Twin Oaks is the exact opposite, and would likely be a near-death experience for the 21yo.

            To the OP, you'll still need to be more specific as to which night of the week, how many people, what your budget is, etc. (don't say "above average", give $.) What did you like or not like of the places you've been.

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              donbeck RE: Gin n Tonic Aug 10, 2009 03:48 AM

              Hmm...now I am not sure if Twin Oaks would be the right place. We have eaten at Siena (3 x) Blue Grotto, Melting Pot, Cassarino's and La Fonte (or something like that). Of these, we have enjoyed the atmosphere at Siena the best. Would like to find something similar not necessarily Italian but with great atmosphere like Siena. We would be going out on a Saturday night with probably 5 - 7 people. The places I have mentioned are all within our budget. We realize Providence has some expensive places so I guess when I say above average I am thinking $$ with $$$ if it's worth it. Hope this helps.

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                Gin n Tonic RE: donbeck Aug 10, 2009 08:05 AM

                So then I'll join in with the others who have recommended 10 Prime Steak & Sushi. Even though there is plenty of sushi to choose from, your husband needn't worry, it's not a Japanese resto, and there are plenty of steaks, lamb chops, veal chops, etc. to choose from, and on Saturday night it'll be a scene that your daughter and her friends will certainly like. Not inexpensive -- mostly $35-40 entrees. I don't know when the occasion is, but check the Waterfire schedule -- if it's on one of those Saturdays, you're only a few blocks away, and it will be an enjoyable post-dinner walk around town. Make sure you make reservations, and expect parking to be fairly expensive.

                http://www.tenprimesteakandsushi.com/

                http://www.waterfire.org/

                Do not, repeat not, go to Twin Oaks if you want your daughter to speak to you after this.

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              invinotheresverde RE: Bluebird Aug 9, 2009 09:15 PM

              I totally agree (hadn't read your post before I responded). These kids will want somewhere fun, not a nursing home.

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                Frank Terranova RE: invinotheresverde Aug 10, 2009 06:50 AM

                Twin Oaks dont think so . Go to the Square at the Hill. Especially on a Friday night the place it totally packed so get there early if the weather is nice there are 4-5 restaurants there you can sit outside it is like the La Piazzetta on the Isle of Capri. but Venda is the best if grilled pizza right there is Gepettos. plus they have live music floating around for a fun night Prov city not that nice for a fun place.

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                  donbeck RE: Frank Terranova Aug 10, 2009 01:54 PM

                  These are all great suggestions. Of course 10 Prime and Steak sounds the most amazing but a little on steep side. May need to get a final head count before I think about reserving. May have to come down one notch on the price. What is the scoop on Bacaro? Menu and website sound interesting. Love Federal Hill but sort of wanted to try something else. Everybody has been so helpful.

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                    Frank Terranova RE: donbeck Aug 10, 2009 02:18 PM

                    Also Good Choice is Bacaro. Brian Kingsford is a wonderful chef/owner so you know the food is going to be good. Ask for him when you get there he loves to stop by a table and ask how you liked things.

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                      Bluebird RE: donbeck Aug 11, 2009 07:10 AM

                      I'm not a fan of Bacaro. I went with high hopes based on reviews here. The Salumera menu can get expensive quickly. I enjoyed this the most. I can't even remember the entrees. I do remember how expensive it seemed for what we got. I'm also not sure that it is really a younger crowd.

                      Alternatives to 10 that might have a younger crowd and more of a scene would be Cafe Noir. (owned by the same "chain" that owns 10). It isn't Providence's best, but the atmosphere might be better for your group and is lower priced than 10. Also Red Stripe is a lively and more moderately priced option.

                      These are not necessarily the best chow options, but I'm trying to think about what a 21 year old and her friends might like.

              2. TrishUntrapped RE: donbeck Aug 12, 2009 06:33 AM

                In March we celebrated my daughter's 21st at 10 Prime Steak and Sushi. It had the right vibe, it had the right drinks.

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                  FoodMakesMeHappy RE: donbeck Aug 12, 2009 12:29 PM

                  Basically I'm reiterating what everyone has been saying-10 is great for a 21st birthday. I'm fairly young-ish and used to frequent the restauraunt/ bar scene there. The atmosphere is great. They play upbeat, louder than an average (for a restaurant) but not offensively loud music, have a great atmosphere, creative drinks (& sticky sweet ones for the 21 crowd) & gooooood food. Instead of doing all entrees you could consider doing sushi, appetizers, and/or salads for the table instead of entrees which would be less pricey and allow everyone to try different things. Good Luck.

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                    im hungry RE: FoodMakesMeHappy Aug 12, 2009 01:26 PM

                    havent been in a quick minute,but the red fez is a good place for a younger group.

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                      Bluebird RE: FoodMakesMeHappy Aug 12, 2009 02:05 PM

                      I've been to 10 and gotten a platter (not on the menu) of food for a table. Basically, they have several sliced meat and seafood options (we had steak, tuna, shrimp) and 3 or 4 different sides. It was a while ago (year or so) so I don't know if they would still do this. The platter was prepared based on the size of our group and we served ourselves sort of family style. This may or may not be an option that would help you control the costs.

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                        donbeck RE: Bluebird Aug 12, 2009 06:43 PM

                        With all of the replies I have received, I finally found time to sit down with my husband to review these wonderful responses. Here is our drum roll...... we absolutely think it sounds great to splurge at 10 Steak and Sushi but for the bang in our bucks would everybody be just as happy at Red Stripe or Cafe Noir? I liked Bacaro's menu but all the extras really add up. If this is the case, 10 Steak & Sushi makes more sense and we might or might not look into the options they could offer instead of ordering off of the menu. I don't want to seem like price matters as my daughter is turning 21 but in a way it does when the girls are watching their figures and only eat 1/2 (if that) of what they order. :) Needless to say, the $10.00 drinks are more appealing to them... Let's just say 2 adults 3 21 year olds should cost in my mind.....$200.00.

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                          Gin n Tonic RE: donbeck Aug 12, 2009 07:03 PM

                          That's a fairly limiting budget. $200 is less than $160 before tax & tip, which is barely over $30pp. Subtract one $9-10 drink per person, and you've left not much over $20 for food, which certainly won't get you very far at 10 Prime. I can't speak to Red Stripe, but my daughter liked it. You may also want to look into Andrea's or Paragon on Thayer, also popular with the college-age crowd, but maybe closer to your price range and "atmosphere" requirements. Then again, if she goes to Brown, she's probably overexposed to Thayer. If she goes to one of the other schools, maybe not so much.

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                            donbeck RE: Gin n Tonic Aug 13, 2009 03:31 AM

                            I guess we were thinking 200 and then tax and tip. For my husband and I to eat out in New Hampshire the cost of a meal with generally two drinks a piece runs us around $100 without tax and tip. Looks like we should expect to pay more in Providence.

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                              Bluebird RE: donbeck Aug 13, 2009 12:30 PM

                              I think you will have a difficult time getting out of 10 with 5 adults for $200 plus tax and tip. For one round of drinks you are already in for $50. If everyone wants a second drink, you really won't have much left for food.
                              Here are the links to websites for some of the other restaurants mentioned in the thread:
                              Cafe Noir is the same ownership as 10. http://www.cafenoirri.com/index.php.
                              Red Stripe http://redstriperestaurants.com/
                              Paragon http://www.paragonandviva.com/paragon...
                              I can't find a Red Fez website.

                              Please report back and let us know where you end up.

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                                donbeck RE: Bluebird Aug 16, 2009 01:15 PM

                                Hi Everybody - Thank you all for the great tips. Yesterday we made a reservation for Cafe Noir. I have my fingers crossed that it's a good choice and will let you know our review. If anybody knows something that we should know about Cafe Noir (good or bad) , please le me know.

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                                  Gin n Tonic RE: donbeck Aug 16, 2009 02:26 PM

                                  As Bluebird noted, same management group owns Cafe Noir as 10 Prime. It's relatively new; the place was XO Steakhouse, kind of like 10 Prime without the sushi, with $35-40 meat entrees, until the winter, when they redesigned. So people here may not have had much experience with it yet. Opinions on the Chow Fun management vary on this board.

                                  Be sure and let us know how it worked out.

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