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CAV Restaurant
CAV Restaurant
  • Address:
    14 Imperial Place
    Providence, RI 02903
    Neighborhood:
    Providence
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "One small piece of lobster in pasta for $29. Rip off. Mediocre steak for $33."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Awesome decor, ambience, food and service. Wonderful experience. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "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
  • "I agree with NYT that lists CAV as one of the top five restaurants in Providence. Many visits and always a good experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I was there for lunch, but I wish I could go back for dinner soon! The menu looked great and our lunch sandwiches and salads were fresh and super tasty. Service was attentive, but not pushy. The atmosphere was great, even during the day. I can imagine that it's a pretty romantic spot at night."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The brunch has a well-executed, imaginative menu and very good service."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Although I don't live in Rhode Island, I have been dining at CAV for over 20 years...my go to restaurant in Providence. I have never been disappointed...this time was no exception. I have introduced many people to CAV and they have all loved the food, the ambience and the service. Can't wait til my next visit!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I have been here twice for Sunday brunch and have not been disappointed. We are considering dinner here in the future. Very romantic setting."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My wife and I have now been to CAV on multiple occasions and each time the food, service, and ambiance has been outstanding! The restaurant is very eclectic and the menu offers something for everyone. The Point Judith Calamari appetizer is awesome and tuna entree is AMAZING. I had the Spanish clam special appetizer and the seafood around the world special entree and both were dynamite. CAV has quickly become our FAVORITE."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Cav provides a uniquely beautiful and comfortable setting for elegant dining, matched by innovative dishes perfectly prepared and presented. The service is top notch. Altogether, it makes for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The room outshines the menu at CAV. The room is a trip in-a-half: part curio, part antique shop, part world wide flea market, the owner is either well traveled or a hoarder. Knickknack's galore; priced not to sell! Dinner was a pleasant surprise on the Sunday night we visited. The large dining room was very empty at 6:00 (always a cause for concern). Apps were not exciting but frankly, tasty. The French inspired meals for our table of four were made well and enjoyed by all. If not memorable it also was not disappointing! The red wine was too warm when served, taken care of by my asking for it to be slightly brought down in temp by resting in the fridge. It is in an out-of-the-way industrial part of Providence, but, all in all worth the trip"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "my 1st time here with my boyfriend celebrating our 3 month anniversary - pei mussel as appetizer was awesome where we wish we had more bread to dip into the broth but our server was too busy waiting on other tables. i had the Pan Seared Diver Sea Scallops and Shrimp, finished with lobster butter where i could not taste the lobster butter and the riosotto was not what i excepted to be alittle more season or cheesy. my bf had NY strip from the special menu and it was cooked to his liking but there were parts of the wine reduction that was very pungent and needed to cook down a little more. overall, lovely and romantic night-lighting and glass/crystal decor hanging from the ceiling. the service is good just little more attentive."
    Dined on 3/15/2014