As soon as you step into the Bolt Coffee Company, you are hit by the appetizing aroma of coffee being brewed. With a funky, offbeat decor, the atmosphere at this swanky restaurant manages to be laid-back and relaxed without losing its sophistication. The barista treats coffee making as an art, giving extraordinary attention to detail and crafting expert brews that are a delight to the taste buds. They also have a modest tea selection which brim over with as much perfection as the coffees. Relish their Cafe Miel or a Chai Latte while you skim over some books, chat with the friendly barista or lay back and take in the wonderful atmosphere.
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.
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.
The Madeira Restaurant is located just a few minutes from downtown Providence in neighboring East Providence and features a cuisine that represents one of Rhode Island's strong immigrant Portuguese communities. Items such as fish fillets and shishkebab are served here, along with specialties like Alentejana, a dish of marinated pork, littlenecks (clams) and potatoes. This is a comfortable, pleasant space affording a kind of menu not often found in American restaurants.
The Red Bridge Tavern' name acknowledges that everyone crossing the small bridge that links the East Side to East Providence still calls it the Red Bridge. This homey restaurant with fresh American fare cooked to order is the first restaurant you come to on Waterman Ave after crossing the bridge. Menu items include Cider Marinated Pork Chops, Steak Tips, Broiled Swordfish and pasta with sauces like Shrimp Scampi and Seafood Special. Prices are very reasonable. There is a children's menu, a full bar and pool table.
Waterman Grille conveys an unpretentious casual attitude yet there is still something quite refined and elegant about it. The restaurant follows the small plates in seasonal settings mantra, for example, a sample menu could include pork belly tacos, harissa meatballs, lobster grilled cheese or Block Island fluke. All plates can be paired with wine from their vast selection. Additionally, from Sunday to Wednesday, the prix-fixe presents a three-course dinner for two at a great price.
The Eastside Marketplace is easily the most popular food store on the east side of Providence. While you can get good meats, produce, canned goods and organic foodstuffs, the extras are what distinguish this market from the rest. Free coffee is provided for shoppers. There is a delicatessen, florist, bakery and a cafe. Make your selection from the deli, soup and salad bar or sushi bar, and dine in the cafe among a great selection of newspapers, magazines and books. Sip a delicious latte while enjoying the outside view from large windows.
Located in Providence, the Mare Rooftop is a beautiful restaurant to enjoy delicious food with great views. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with variety of pasta and pizzas in their main menu, apart from paella (Spanish rice dish), grilled swordfish and seared scallops. The rooftop dining experience has an added charm of stylish decor of modern lighting, fancy wall mirrors and chic dining space. Enclosed in a glass roof, the restaurant is lit with sparkling decorative rice-lights all over, adding a very dreamy effect to the place. A patio outside gives diners the opportunity to admire the sunset and have a more outdoorsy experience. On the opposite end of the restaurant, a patio space houses five igloos, built in translucent, lit with beautiful lights from within and can accommodate groups of 8 diners at a time. It is the main attraction of the restaurant and available on prior booking. Whether dining inside or the patio, the restaurant offers clear view of the sky, giving you a serene dining experience.