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.
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.
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!
If you want a classic romantic night which involves dinner and a show, then Gracie's and the nearby Trinity Repertory Company make a great combination. This AAA-four diamond restaurant features ingredients from local farms and fisheries as well as its own rooftop garden in order to bring the bountiful harvest of New England to diners' plates. There are two tasting menus, one is five courses, the other seven and both offer wine pairing as an option. The tasting menus as well as the prix-fixe ones present plates that vary according to season.
Providence Phoenix readers have voted Snookers Pool Lounge the Best Pool Hall in Rhode Island for three straight years. This versatile spot on the edge of downtown in Providence's Jewelry District, features 16 pool tables, the Skyline Patio Bar and also serves food and drink into the late hours. Snookers is home to The Green Room, where rockabilly, pop, alternative and garage music from Rhode Island, Boston and New York is performed in an intimate environment with no cover charge. Pool table rates start at $6.50 per hour, $20 to enter tournaments on Mondays and Wednesdays. Food served includes pizza, burgers and grinders.