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.
Pot au Feu claims to be America's oldest French bistro, it was opened in 1972 and whether its claim to fame is true or not, the menu is filled with items that are exclusively from Lorraine, Grenoble, Provence, Paris and elsewhere in l'Hexagone. The menu isn't a compilation or fusion of modern, innovative and trendy dishes, it is unabashedly French. With hors d'oeuvres like escargot, lobster bisque, onion soup, the delectable Paté Maison (chicken liver mousse) or traditional Terrines, it feels as if the Left Bank is right outside the door. Of course, Pot au Feu (roast beef stew) is served with a side of warm crusty bread, creamy horseradish mustard and cornichons. Other classics include crepes, steak frites and the sometimes difficult to find, Coquilles St. Jacques.
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.
Tucked in a small space along busy Thayer Street, this counter-service only restaurant is a staple in this neighborhood full of students and academics. The menu features all the favorites from the Middle East such as hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. Larger plates include the chicken, beef and Kafta kabob; all are served with house salad and Jedra (rice and lentils). The prices are student-friendly and its a great place for take-out.
If you're craving Peruvian food or especially Ceviche, then Los Andes Restaurant in Elmhurst is the place to go. Their menu is filled with a variety of Andean specials which are served in generous portions. As appetizers, Locro is one of their most popular soups and the Ceviche Martini is so authentic, it feels as if you're somewhere in Cuzco or Lima. As an entree, their Parrilada Andina is a massive meat plate filled with ribs, chicken and chorizo served with a side of white rice, fried yucca and a salad. It is definitely big enough for two. Those fond of seafood should order the Paella or the delectable Choritos a la Diablada which are Prince Edward mussels in a bacon, spinach and tomato curry cream sauce. The service is friendly and if you are new to Peruvian food, you can always rely on their waiters for suggestions.
It seems like the trend towards sustainable, organic and seasonal food is here to stay, and since this is the case Nicks on Broadway will be around for a long time. The food options on the menu usually denote where the product is found, such as Narragansett Bay oysters, Point Judith fluke, and Blackbird Farm beef, every plate is carefully curated. Nick's has tasting menus that consist of four or nine courses as well as a beer and wine accompaniment. Just remember that the nine course meal requires a reservation at least a couple a days in advance. The original Nick is no longer around, however a young and prudent patron named Derek Wagner purchased the restaurant much to the delight of the West End neighborhood when Nick retired. In fact, Derek has been nominated twice for a James Beard Rising Star award and when he re-opened the restaurant, he kept the name as an homage to the former owner who had been here since 1969.
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.
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.
Set on College Hill is a cozy and intimate Italian cuisine restaurant called Bacaro. It is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion with fine wine and premium cheese, as well as a great location to simply enjoy a gourmet feast with friends or family. If you wish to dine here, it is best to make a reservation in advance as it gets packed very quickly. While the menu here changes seasonally, patrons can expect delicious dishes like the Bacon Wrapped Polenta, Pan Seared Duck Breast with Blueberry, Steamed Little-neck Clams with Pomodoro Sauce, Wood Grilled Crispy Baby Octopus, Foie Gras and Pizza Pepperonata. End your meal here on a sweet note with a dessert like the Strawberry & Rhubarb Tart.