The Beehive Cafe is a beautiful little dining establishment on the fringes of Bristol's Independence Park. The menu features salads, burgers, soups, salads and pizzas. The entrees include grilled chicken, pot pies and baked dishes. The ingredients are freshly sourced from local producers or grown in their own herb garden, so guests are assured of quality products. Grab a seat at the patio or the balcony, and enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area while feasting on your food.
Cafe Nuovo presents a contemporary fusion of American, Italian and French favorites under a strict ethos to never mask ingredients with too much cream, butter or sauce, where the items should speak for themselves. A couple of the innovative plates include steak tartare and the duck breast in a peach compote. It's located on the ground floor of the Citizens Bank Building and during great weather, the outdoor piazza offers excellent views of Providence River while you enjoy your drinks or meal.
This restaurant on Hope Street fuses the best of the French traditional kitchen together with local New England ingredients and techniques. The homemade Paté and Charcuterie plate is almost enough for you to leave happy, but it would be foolish to do so before the local escargot a la bourguignon arrives at the table. Meat and poultry selections rotate according to season and the fish option is always market-price fresh. Another cool feature inside the restaurant is The Wurst Kitchen. Here the chefs create their own sausages, smoked meats and hot-dogs albeit these aren't your normal-run-of-the-mill ballpark dogs. The Sauerbraten, Weisswurst, Cheddarwurst or the aged Gruyère and sun-dried tomato wurst are all presented sans bun alongside different relishes, mustard and sauce. Don't forget to check out their bistro menu from Monday to Thursday, its one of the best prix-fixe menus in the city.
Vincenzo Iemma's restaurant in the financial district is the quintessential place to go if you have tickets to a show at the nearby Providence Performing Arts Center. The tuxedo wearing waiters present classics out of the Julia Child playbook, like Beef Wellington and Dover Sole to name a few. The wine list is just as traditional, with more than 500 varietals, where you can find everything from Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to California merlot. The two dining rooms carved out of the historic cellars alongside the alcoves and cobblestone floors only add to the Old World charm. Reservations as well as a jacket are recommended.
This airy and popular three-story restaurant and bar is as pleasant as it looks from its prominent location on Thames Street. Sip a cold sweet and salty margarita at the bar; the varied menu will please everyone in your party with dishes ranging from Mexican fajitas to fettuccine Alfredo, fresh shrimp and boiled lobster and seafood. The energetic staff deals efficiently with large groups and business functions. Don't leave without getting a mudslide for dessert.
Enjoy candlelight garden or patio dining at elegant Sardella's, with private paneled rooms. Plan rehearsal dinners and special events in an air-conditioned room with your Italian meal. Relax by the French doors or in an informal tavern. Find traditional Italian cuisine or order nightly seafood specials and seasonal selections. An extensive wine list is available or sample a taste by the glass. Three private party dining rooms are available.
This restaurant at the confluence of the Providence and Moshassuck Rivers is considered one of Providence's best New American eateries. Some of the items off the menu at New Rivers American Bistro include raw oysters and seafood, charcuterie, small plates, pasta as well as entrees like ratatouille, hangar steak, pork ribs or striped bass. It's located near on the river's edge, a very short walk from downtown hotels and only a few blocks to College Hill.
Harry's Bar & Burger is the spot to go when you're looking for craft beer and superb burgers in College Hill. All of the patties are made from certified Hereford beef and the servings come in two mini-sliders. The kitchen also has sandwiches, wings, hot dogs and their Must Fries' are exactly that. As for cold refreshment, Harry's has a smorgasbord of tasty beers, many on tap change daily and it's definitely a place to experiment because there is nary a trace of domestic options like Budweiser, Coors, etc. Another added benefit is that the shop sells its food and drink at college prices.
Hemenway's is a restaurant along the edge of the Providence River that specializes in seafood, in fact, it's one of College Hill's most beloved oyster houses. Since Providence is close to New England's greatest seaports like New Bedford, Boston, Gloucester, Cape Elizabeth and many more, Hemenway's is where you'll find the fruits of the Atlantic. The restaurant is dedicated to the founder's grandfather, Charles M. Hemenway, a local and big-city entrepreneur who loved New England. Needless to say, almost every ingredient on the menu can be sourced from local farms, fisheries and producers, just ask your waiter and they will know.
The Dorrance has garnered a reputation over the years as one of the best restaurants in Providence, or all of Rhode Island for that matter. The ambiance exudes elegance just like the menu, with dishes that contain exotic ingredients like Burrata, Blue Mussels in saffron and a selection of Rillettes on their Charcuterie plate. The food menu changes according to season, however the cocktails stay fairly static, that is because they have perfected them. A couple of the highlights include the Creole Lemonade made with Damask Gin or the potent Kentucky Fire made with both Heaven Hill 8 year Bourbon and Laphroaig scottish whiskey!