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CAV Restaurant
CAV Restaurant
  • Address:
    14 Imperial Place
    Providence, RI 02903
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $30 and under

CAV Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cavrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (401) 751-9164
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Thur: 11:30am-10:00pm: Lunch till 4pm, Dinner served till 9:30pm
    Friday: 11:30am-12:00am: Lunch till 4pm, Dinner served till 11pm
    Saturday: 9:30am-12:00am: Brunch and Lunch 9:30am-4pm, Dinner 4-11:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm: Brunch and Lunch 10:00am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Fusion / Eclectic, French American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Josh Herring; Sous-Chef Allison Vanderburg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: CAV provides selective catering and many menu options and price ranges.

    Catering menus include buffet style events with chef decorated antique platters, or seated dinner parties with upscale individually presented menu items.

    Custom Planned events and weddings, as per the preferences of our guests.

  • Entertainment: On NEW YEAR'S EVE, CAV will provide entertainment with a live band - The Lonnie Gasperini Ensemble - plus favors, masks and champagne at midnight. Walk-ins who do not wish to have dinner, may pay $20 at the door. CAV and its award winning bar will be open till 2am.

    CAV offers the lovely Private Antiques Area and Lounge for Private Parties, Business Dinners, Wedding Rehearsal Dinners and more.
    The private room, seats up to 65 guests. On Selected Days, the Whole of CAV may be available for Private Dining for Larger Private Parties (up to 125 guests for dinner, or more for cocktail parties.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Restaurant Weeks in Summer (July) and Winter (January); Other events to be announced. New Year's Eve is a special celebration at CAV, watch for upcoming details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bassett St.
  • Public Transit: Trolley stops within a block from CAV; refer to Ripta website
    Shuttles from Brown and RISD also stop a block from CAV on Bassett St.

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: CAV offers free parking to dinner guests in our parking lot right across our entrance.

A word from CAV Restaurant
CAV's (foumded in 1989) award winning Restaurant and Bar serves a sophisticated contemporary menu, in a unique loft atmostphere, w/13 ft. Ashwood ceilings and brick walls. Accolades include: One of 5 Best Restaurants in Prov' The N.Y. Times, 'Best Restaurant Atmosphere' and 'Best Bar' R.I. Monthly; , 'Best Restaurant' Providence Monthl, 'Most Unique' N.Y. Details Mag. 'Most Romantic Restaurant' About.Com & Phoenix, 'Most Wordly Bar & Jewel of New England' Phantom Gourmet, Platinimum Plate Boston TV Diner. 'Most Worldly Bar' as well as many culinary awards. Signature dishes: Diver Sea Scallops, Hijiki encrusted Yellowfin Tuna, Filet Mignon, Sauce Bordelaise, Duck Confit,, Braised Lamb shank, as well as handcut pasta and vegetarian dishes. CAV is surrounded by pristine art objects also for sale. Also Al Fresco dining in Flowered Courtyard May-October.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The decor of CAV is definitely unique - we love it and the atmosphere it creates. The food was wonderful as well - the steak cooked rare to order and the duck confit (with blood orange brandy demi glaze) melted in my mouth. Our appetizer, a minted white bean bruschetta and the Blackberry Merlot Sorbet for dessert were also excellent choices. The service was attentive without hovering."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our first experience at CAV. There were four of us, and the food throughout the meal, from appetizers, mains and desserts were all outstanding - presentation, flavor and serving size were all first rate. The décor is eclectic, but don't let that throw you off from an outstanding culinary experience. Our server seemed a little distant at first, and did not explain the restaurant week menu despite our request. However, he became more engaged as the meal progressed, and the service overall was attentive and very good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "On this episode of dinner at Cav- we brought our family, visiting from DSM, IA. They found the scallops to be delectable. I had the Cavatelli made Vegetarian style and it was scrumptious. The surroundings provide ample opportunity for world travel and spiritual discussion. If you haven't yet dined at Cav, what are you waiting for? :) GO"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "On a Friday night, I got the Restaurant Week fixed price menu with the appetizer add on. All the food was well prepared. The only thing I would say is that the Minted White Bean Bruschetta, while delicious, wasn't Bruschetta. The long skinny toast points that came with the dish were not large enough or substantial enough to put the beans on. I ended up eating the beans with the spoon provided for serving and the toast separately. Also, as a hint, don't sit facing the windows if the sun is setting - the light will shine directly into your eyes blinding you. The staff was very attentive. The wait between courses was a little longer than I am used to, but that is not necessarily a criticism. I didn't feel rushed to finish up."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "CAV remains a superb choice for an eclectic evening"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went during restaurant week. Both my companion and I got the price fixe menu. It was fabulous. Waitstaff was attentive and friendly; not intrusive. Happy to engage in conversation when we initiated. Pacing was relaxed, which was good. Food was prepared to perfection and looked beautiful on the plate. House chardonnay was fabulous. We walked from a hotel on Matthewson St. and the neighborhood on the way there looked creepy and sketchy. But once we rounded the corner to the charming little courtyard and entered the place, it was like leaving Kansas and entering Oz. A completely delightful and satisfying experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "It was busy and our waiter was nice, but the service was a little slow. Only 3 of 4 dishes came out at first and the woman assisting the waiter forgot to bring out the 4th. She started doing other things instead. After 5-7 minutes I had to remind her. The food was amazing as always and I will still be back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We decided to try it out because it was on the restaurant week list. We were very impressed by the menu and how delicious the food is. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "CAV is a great restaurant with an amazing decor and a lovely courtyard to sit outside in the warm weather. I love this place."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I walked to have dinner here after seeing a show at the Dunkin Donuts Center. I guess this is a new section of town, because as we got closer, there were a lot of empty buildings, vacant lots and new roads. Nothing bad, just a little odd. Once we got to the restaurant, it was all good. Interesting decor, great wine, good variety of menu options. Everything we had was delicious."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "In lieu of postponed fireworks due to inclement weather- we impromptu made a reservation for 6 at CAV using Open Table and as we walked in the door, they were setting up our table. Food and service were impeccable as always. I do wish there were more vegetarian options on the menu. I highly recommend CAV for lunch, brunch, dinner etc..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The cav is beautiful operating resturant in the old jewelry district in prov ri it's run so nicely hope it stays for many a more years."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The dining room is very interesting with the various displays of antiques and art a very comfortable setting. Service was prompt and attentive. The calamari as an appertizer was very good, and very tender. The duck entree was excellent with the confit and breast. The shrimp entree was also very well prepared. They have a very good wine selection. Definitely a good choice for a nice dinner."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "One small piece of lobster in pasta for $29. Rip off. Mediocre steak for $33."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This isn't in Federal Hill where most Providence restaurants are located but this was an unexpected great find! The interior decor is snazzy and fun. Service was excellent, and menu offerings were eclectic and "oh so delicious". We'd definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to this wonderful restaurant while in Providence ri on a visit last weekend. The food was fantastic...the place is alive with interesting African art and the service was wonderful. I would definitely return. The seared tuna was delightful and I loved the salted carmel gelato. A wonderful treat..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Four of us went to dinner at CAV. Each had something different from appetizer to dessert and everything was very good - fresh and uniquely prepared. Service was very good and the atmosphere was interesting and not fairly quiet. The prices are above average but normal for a restaurant of this level. We particularly liked the striped bass with risotto but the salmon and lobster pasta were also good. The fruit tart for dessert is also recommended."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I were introduced to this unique restaurant at a wedding reception and loved it. We have come back here for special occasions, or just on a whim, and love introducing others to the place. I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went to CAV for Father's Day and we had a great meal! We got there early but they sat us even though it was 30 mins before they officially opened! They were so gracious about our screw up and served us right away. The food was delicious although our teeanage son thought there should have been more food to an order. We will definately go again if we are near Providence."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is gorgeous--- from the moment you walk up. The food is incredible- easily the best meal I've had in a long time. The service is wonderful- every single person is friendly and helpful. It's clear they love the place as well. The only thing we didn't love was the parking situation... it's just a desolate parking lot- nice to have free parking, but I wouldn't want to park there late into the night."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We picked Cav for my husband's birthday dinner. We loved the bruschetta appetizer. For dinner I ordered the encrusted seared sesame tuna. I like mine barely seared and it came out perfect. My husband ordered the hangar steak with pepper sauce, which was almost too peppery, but he was enjoying it. Our waitress offered to replace it, but he said it wasn't necessary. For dessert they brought him a flourless chocolate cake that was filled with a rich chocolate mousse. The presentation was gorgeous and the cake was delicious! When we left our server brought us a new hangar steak and the leftover dessert. She made sure nothing spoiled his birthday! We had a spectacular meal with superb service. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Heard it was the Chef's last night cooking at CAV and was disappointed by not only the food but our horrible service!!! $262 total bill for four and gave a portion of our waiters tip to another waitress who repeatedly kept covering for his horrible service. Truffle ravioli lacked flavor and was 90% all oil in the dish. The staff was standing aside eating a laid out spread of desserts while we sat there and waited for our own dessert menus. We almost asked to join their party since they apparently didnt care about ours. Not the way I'd like to be remembered on my last night cooking. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had a great birthday dinner at CAV. I enjoyed the duck entree and my wife had the fresh pasta. We shared a great plate of bruschetta too! I'll be coming back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Delightful dining experience: the food was delicious, presentation was attractive, service was prompt and polite without being intrusive. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellent food ,service, ambience. Definite find!!! Love it."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We've been there twice for brunch and found the food, ambience and service to be top notch. Very reasonably priced with a nice specialty drink menu as well."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Cav is one of those places that you walk in and your blown away. Everytime I go there I notice something new. The decor is great with beautiful chandeliers and jewels hanging everywhere. The service is impeccable each and every time. My friends and I always enjoy the banter we have with our server and how on point they are every time. Some of my friends are rather particular when it comes to places we eat and this has turned into one of our favorites. I would recommend the parmesan encrusted chicken, yummilicous..."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Although it was tricky driving through the dug up streets of Providence, dinner was very enjoyable. The service was excellent at the beginning, but it did slow down a bit once we got our food. The ambience is special, and clearly sets CAV apart from most of the typical restaurants."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We chose Cav for a pre-show dinner and could not have been more thrilled. The food was delicious and our waiter incredible in tune with our needs. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Have dined here before, always good. Quite a bit off this time. My favorite appertizer of Butter Poached Lobster was sold out at an early dinner time of 5:30. My guest,s Entree of Diver Scallops was very good. My Appertizer of Duck Confit Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms was terrible. Way too much Tempura Batter, looked like a plate of Corndogs. Not a good match. My Entree of Grilled Amberjack Fish with Dill, a dinner special, was very bland and underseasoned.except for Dill, which is all I tasted. Hope it was just a bad night, as I have always liked this restaurant"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had a birthday in our family group of 6. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. It was a slow night, which is nice because we were able to take in the full ambiance without rushing,.The service was spectacular, the food was Fabulous. My 14 year old is a picky eater and was able to find the chicken dish extremely enjoyable. He is a slow eater and the server never rushed him. Kudos to the server for that. we highly recommend CAV..."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Our meal was very good overall. The bruschetta was superb. The caeser salad was slightly underdressed and a bit bland. We each ordered a pasta dish, one of which was very good and the other a bit too rich--more focused on the butter and cream rather than the pasta and lobster meat. One of our drinks was excellent (St. Germain margarita), the other watery and disappointing (cosmo). The bottom line: this was a very good meal, but incredibly pricy. When I spend close to $100 per person, I expect to see stars!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I had been wanting to go here many times. The first time we tried, we got bumped by a private Christmas party which really stunk. We finally made it! The food was good and our server was nice. The first impression what bad though because they had someone greet us at the door that spoke no English. I tried speaking Spanish hoping that he was either a Spanish speaker or spoke Portuguese, but no luck. He couldn't even direct me to the bathroom. It surmised my initial opinion of the place after we were booted due to the party on 12/15/13, then the owner promised to get us something to make it right but never did and then we got there and voila, another miscommunication snafu. Frustrating. We will not go here again. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch. Had a reservation and seated right away. Large number of choices on the menu. Good service and great food. Ample size portions."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "As out-of-towners, we were looking for a place to meet up with family from NH for brunch on a Sunday in Providence. What a find CAV was. It exceeded our expectations. The food was fabulous. Two of us had the crab cake with poached egg on sweet bread. Another had the feta and spinach omelet, and two others had the wonderfully looking French toast with apples. The service was impeccable with just enough attention without being intrusive. And the Bloody Marys were very fine! The décor also adds to the experience. It is eclectic and interesting. Although I don't know that we have an occasion to be back in Providence anytime soon, it will definitely be on our list to return to for another wonderful adventure. You will not be disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My daughter goes to college in Providence and I get to CAV as often as I can. The service is friendly and efficient and the food has never disappointed. The food is fresh and the flavor combinations are always such a pleasure. One of the guests in my party last Saturday night had the salmon with lichee, I had blackened grouper with pineapple salsa and two others had the mushroom risotto. Everyone loved their food and we had every sorbet for dessert. I highly recommend CAV."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The place was absolutely beautiful and the food was wonderful! If you are looking for a great date night or just a place to enjoy a special meal at the CAV is the place to go. Food was great and the presentation perfect! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "It was very different than any other restaurant in Providence. A unique atmosphere but very warm and comfortable, I would go back again for sure. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Took my best friend to the CAV for her birthday and it was a hit! We both love the ambience, staff is very pleasant attentive good selection of Entrees salads yummy desserts. Lots of time to chat we were not rushed. Will be back!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The brunch has a well-executed, imaginative menu and very good service."
    Dined on 3/30/2014