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Eleven Places to Sample Providence's Best Cuisine


Photo of Broadway Bistro in Providence Rhode Island

Photo of Broadway Bistro in Providence Rhode Island

Photo by Alison Stein Wellner
There are many terrific restaurants in Providence that qualify as can't-miss. Here are eleven to add to your list:
  • Al Forno Italian cooking done right.
  • Gracie's, seasonal upscale American cuisine. 194 Washington Street.
  • Aspire Stylish take on local flavors and ingredients. 311 Westminster Street.
  • Pot Au Feu Classic French. 44 Custom House Street.
  • Temple Bistro fare with sophisticated takes on Rhode Island specialties like stuffies and jonnycakes. The major draw here is the space: a once abandoned Masonic temple that became a haven for graffiti artists. It's now a Renaissance hotel, but Temple retains the building's unusual past. 120 Francis Street.
  • La Laiterie at Farmstead. Farmstead is a terrific cheese shop, and La Laiterie takes a page from that, serving "haute farmhouse" food. Small plates and salads shine. 188 Wayland Avenue.
  • TINI A small plates venture from the venerable team behind Al Forno, see above. The plates aren't the only thing that's small, the restaurant has just 19 seats. 200 Washington Street.
  • Nick’s On Broadway. Terrific for dinner, but don't overlook Nick's upscale diner fare for breakfast and lunch. 500 Broadway.
  • Loie Fuller’s Fantastic Art Deco space serving fare that's heavily French-inspired, but with touches from other global cuisines. 1455 Westminster Street.
  • Bacarois not just a white-cloth Italian restaurant but also a salumeriaand cicchetteria -- which means they serve Italian style tapas. Order your charcuterie and cheese off a check-list, and then move on to pastas, fish and meat. 262 South Water Street.
  • Broadway Bistro A fun and casual environment serving sophisticated comfort food. 205 Broadway. (Warning, music plays on clicking the link.)

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