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Dinner before WaterFire, help me choose from:

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We have under 2 hours and no car, so found these 4 on Open Table. I can guess what the recommendation will be based on searching this board, but these are the 4 we came up with:

Camille's Restaurant
The Blue Grotto Restaurant
Zooma
Walter's Ristorante

Thanks!

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Blue Grotto Restaurant
210 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903

Zooma
245 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903

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  1. We have always had good food at Blue Grotto, plus if you eat on Federal Hill you can catch the trolley down and back from WaterFire. Thus, no parking problems or fees in downtown.

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    Blue Grotto Restaurant
    210 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903

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    1. re: jdgall

      Sorry, but if you think parking on the Hill will be any easier than anywhere else on a Waterfire night, then you probably haven't actually tried it.

      To the OP, it's a little unclear about your time limit. If you have two hours to eat dinner and view Waterfire, then skip dinner and grab some food al fresco while walking around Waterfire. If you have two hours to eat before the lighting, that's a different story, and unless you are obligated for some reason, you don't have to be there for the lighting -- Waterfire goes on for 4-5 hours, and there's something to see or do all evening long. You will want to leave at least 15 minutes to walk over to Waterplace Park.

      That said, Camille's is a good bet, Blue Grotto is very old school (if you want to eat in the 1950's), many people like Zooma but IMO it's more of a bar scene, and I had a bad enough experience that I will never return, and I'm not familiar enough with Walter's, although I think he was doing fresh and creative things 10-15 years ago and maybe not so much any more.

      1. re: Gin n Tonic

        YES..... Gin n Tonic I have actually tried it. Real easy, you have the restaurant valet park your car. Then eat at that restaurant, then catch the trolley.

        1. re: Gin n Tonic

          Car is at the hotel, we have two hours to eat, and then get ourselves to the show. We've done WaterFire before, so we know that part. Just haven't done it with a proper meal beforehand.

          Appreciate all the input!

          1. re: L2k

            I ate at Zooma in May. While the food and service was good, it was nothing memorable.
            I would try somewhere else before I would go back.

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            Zooma
            245 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903

      2. Red Fez, funky casual middle eastewrn food.

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        Red Fez
        49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

        1. What did you choose? We are going next weekend and need to make a reservation for dinner. We'd prefer to eat before they light the fires. We are staying at the Biltmore and plan to get there, park the car and walk the rest of the evening.