Cook & Brown Public House
959 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Cook & Brown Public House
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.cookandbrown.com/
- Phone: 4012737275x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Bar: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Bar: Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Bar: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-1:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Executive Chef: Nemo Bolin
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Please contact us through our web site to set up.
- Private Party Facilities: Please contact for information.
- Private Party Contact: Nemo Bolin 4012737275x
- Special Events: Please contact us through our web site to set up.
A word from Cook & Brown Public House
Cook & Brown Public House is a modern, New England inspired version of a European Gastropub. This translates to a restaurant with food that is rustic in nature yet refined in technique, and service that is casual and friendly while still maintaining a high level of professionalism and polish. Cook and Brown seats 50-55 people including the bar, which acts more as a dining counter for single diners or those guests who wish for a more casual dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
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Cook & Brown Public House reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since April 30, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (16)romantic (10)special occasion (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Aug 16JMfoodiesVIPDined on 8/16/2014We had another wonderful meal here. Attentive service. Inventive craft cocktails .The bartender aims to please. Locally sourced food. The menu changes often. A real Plus.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great cocktailsOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/16/2014They always deliver a great, seasonal cocktail list. Love them.Special Features:
- Amazing!JessicaDined on 8/8/2014Our dinner at Cook & Brown Public House was fantastic. The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was great.Special Features:
- Once is Not Enough!RobertDined on 8/2/2014We have had the pleasure of eating at Cook & Brown twice in two days! Different visiting friends wanted a special meal; C & B gave us exactly that! All eight meals were presented with a flourish by friendly waitstaff who were prompt and professional. I enjoyed two appetizers one night: smoked bluefish and potato fritters (crispy out, smoky/steamy in) and fried squid (fresh, perfectly cooked). Next night it was corn and smoked mussel soup (very fresh, popcorn and tomato garnish!) with a side of beets & horseradish (surprisingly yellow beets!). Others had steak tips, (which they would not share), steamed mussels with cider (not a scrap left) grilled corn on the cob (looked tasty). Drinks (creative and tasty), beers & wine, all excellent.Special Features:
- MehmehmehDined on 7/29/2014Out of just a few menu options I chose the gnocchi with "carrot top pesto" but was served a very fennel-heavy dish (think licorice) with six or seven huge chunks of gnocchi the size of strawberries surrounded by pickled carrots and crushed almonds. On the whole very dry and there was no mention of fennel on the menu or I would've known to avoid it. Disappointing dish and everyone else at the table reported feeling pretty "meh" about theirs.
- Good first time visitAcewuzhere001Dined on 7/23/2014I recently ate at C & B with a friend. The rotating menu had many items that all looked great. I had the pan seared cod, which was tasty. It was served in a light chowder-type broth with some small potatoes and a small dice of some other veg. My friend had the C & B burger, which was delicious. The fried squid appetizer was excellent. Friendly service and a cool, casual vibe made a nice outing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another great dinnermacdougDined on 7/17/2014We hit C&B for Providence restaurant week, and once again we came away happy. Bit of a heavy menu for summer, but the lamb rillettes and pork bun appetizers were undeniably tasty, and the mussels & cod cake entrée seemed like light fare next to them but was equally good. (The bluefish fritter appetizer we always get was a knocked hit yet again). Good thing the portions weren't huge, because we tended to polish off what we were given. The confit chicken was the exception - it was so rich it was hard for our ladies to finish their plates, but every bite was bliss. I highly recommend having the bartender's choice for a drink, too - we did it again and were thoroughly pleased with our astringent, lime-cilantro, curaçao-infused concoction.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- cook and brownOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/27/2014i love this restaurant and was so glad to discover it the first week i moved to providence several years ago. they have excellent cocktails and a delicious brunch--perfect for anyone looking for a sit down after the summer farmer's market in lippitt park. dinner is also very good, with a frequently changing menu according to the season.Special Features:
- Great FindCCbudVIPDined on 6/8/2014We had never been to this part of Providence and was very pleased with our dinner experience at Cook & Brown. The food was excellent as well as the service. We were early for our dinner reservation so we took a walk at the park across the street. That was very nice also. We'll definately return to Cook & Brown during our next visit to Providence and explore more of the Hope Street district.Special Features:
- PortionsJenniferDined on 6/6/2014The half size portion of the pasta was a bit small, but tasted really good.
- SuperbOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/22/2014We do not dine out often, usually preferring our own cooking at home. Every once in a while we will go out and splurge...and meet disappointment. Not at Cook & Brown. Cuisine there is smart and inventive. Handmade gnocchi is not glopped with sauce ruining its delicate textures, but thoughtfully tossed with pistachios and grapefruit nuggets (really! it works!) adding to the jazzy texture. Broccoli rabe with breadcrumbs: simple, fresh, spot on. Smoky pork/beef ragu that is densely flavorful. Everything is serving in an unpretentious manner by knowledgably informed wait staff. Could not recommend this restaurant highly enough.I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedAmigasDined on 5/21/2014On a recent Wednesday night, two friends and I made our first visit to Cook & Brown. We had made reservations weeks in advance for a 5:30 pm dinner - they opened at 5:00. We were told that that 3 of the 4 side dishes on the menu were "sold out". This left only roasted beets as an option. After all I had read on previous reviews about the fresh local ingredients, I was very disappointed. More so since I had arrived early and had time to stroll the Farmers Market adjacent to the restaurant at Lippit Park. I wanted to suggest that the cook should go get some potatoes at least. We did not stay for dinner.Special Features:
- Neighborhood gemDrPlasmaDined on 5/11/2014Fantastic brunch at a very reasonable price. The best home fries I've had in years. Probably the best scratch bar in Providence. A super talented crew makes every visit great!Special Features:
- The following 276 reviews are from the Cook & Brown Public House reviews archive.
- disappoimtedOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/5/2014Could have been much better. An expensive restaurant run by people who do not understand the quality or experience necessary in running an expensive restaurant. Not bad.....but disappointed that our experience was not that good.Special Features:
- Alaways a great night out for dinneOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/5/2014Always great food and service. Extensive wine list. You have to be a wine connoisseur to follow it but the waiter and waitress are always very helpful. Have been there a number of times and have always had a great meal and a great experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unique and lovelyGostenhoferDined on 4/4/2014My boyfriend and I had a wonderful meal last night. Like last time I was seated in the best table (all windows, up front). I'm very flattered to have been seated here twice. The place is actually quite cavernous and the more recessed tables aren't as charming. The opentable menu wasn't up to date, which was unfortunate because I was looking forward to ordering the monkfish (which, in all fairness is going out of season now). The food wasn't as sublime as I remember but it was nonetheless very good. The highlight was the parsnip soup, which I enjoyed a great deal, as well as a unique wine from grapes harvested in the rich volcanic soil of Sicily's Mt. Etna.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- beyond exceptional !!!!!luv2eatwellVIPDined on 3/29/2014this is our favorite restaurant in providence !! food is superb ,the servers and staff are wonderful !! the bartenders deserve special praise on their own. The very unique cocktails they are mixing up are exquisite !! you can tell the whole crew is proud of what they serve and that makes it an all around great experience. the menu is always changing so each visit is like a new experience! thank you Cook and Brown for another great evening !!!! kudos to chef Nemo ,one of the best !!Special Features:
- The service was excellent.JojoDined on 3/6/2014The service was excellent. Wines by the glass were very limited, and there were no California or other American wines at all. Menu was also very limited (4). The Bibb salad was delicious. The ambience was not great. The lighting is very poor.
- Wednesday Burgers, Beer and BourbonPvdfoodsnobsVIPDined on 2/19/2014This review is only really for the $20 burgers, beers and bourbon special on weds night. And yes, you get both beed AND bourbon. The burger was delicious, perfectly cooked, beef that is tender and well seasoned and comes with a side of chips (actual chips, not fries). This is a great deal! I have been to C&B for regular dinner and brunch before as well. I wasn't too impressed by the dinner but brunch was good. I will definitely be returning for dinner as the menu does change and perhaps I went on an off day. Also they have AMAZING craft cocktails!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Did not live up to previous visitsOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 2/14/2014The wait for our reserved table was too long so we took seats at the bar. The bartender was excellent--cheery, and accommodating. And the cocktail, the 'Frenet Me Not," was well balanced and delicious. But the kitchen was so backed up that our dinner stretched over three hours, and not a single dish was a real winner. The uni custard was relatively flavorless, the pasta overcooked, the short-rib dish too dark and rich (braised meat, crispy chips AND sweetbreads?!). The meal was not without its brighter points--The Beets, Pork Torchon, and Fluke (which I believe had been switched to Scallops) offered thoughtful, often tasty bites, but still suffered from errors in cooking, balance, or general flavor. I know this chef and kitchen are better.
- I was very excited to go tombidDined on 2/14/2014I was very excited to go to the restaurant, but we had a pretty terrible experience here on Valentine's Day. First, we had a reservation, but still had to stand awkwardly at the packed bar for 15 minutes before getting our table. Then it began - 2 and a half hours of waiting. Waiting for our order to be taken, waiting at least 30 minutes between each course if not more. Worse, several courses were lackluster and seemed to be thrown together. I think the kitchen was extremely overwhelmed. When we got there, the Valentine's special steak was already sold out, probably because the special menu was less than exciting. My "ricotta cake" dessert tasted like someone cut up some store-bought angel food cake and tossed it on to a spilt fruit cup.Special Features:
- Valentine's Pre fixejustdessertsDined on 2/14/2014Even with only three options for dinner, the service was very slow. Reservations were being seated 40 minutes after their reservation time. At one point, more than half the tables had no food. The table next to us, who ordered steak, waited 2 hours for their entree. A mushroom dish was flavorless but flabby and slimy. The food overall was fair to bad. Even the fresh bread was so tough it was difficult to bite through while maintaining my table manners. And one would think that for a dinner that cost $150 for 2 we would be provided with enough butter to cover at least one piece of bread and not have to sink to arm wrestling over the tiny pat of butter. The wine, however, was excellent, which prevented the evening from being a complete loss.
- Great meal, fantastic servicefbotDined on 2/1/2014The food at Cook & Brown is amazing. The portions are just right and the flavors will bowl you over. Do not leave without trying the rice pudding with salted caramel for dessert. As for the ambiance, the bar and restaurant area is one big open room. The noise can be a bit much when the place is nearly full, like on a Saturday night. But the wonderful food and excellent service makes up for the noise.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I am always in search formyopinionDined on 1/25/2014I am always in search for a great nearby restaurant that serves an interesting menu using fresh ingredients and local flavors with out costing a fortune. Brown and Cook reminds me of the interesting neighborhood restaurants nestled in Russian HIll in San Francisco. A place that you could dine at a couple nights a week and never get bored with the menu or go broke. The food was excellent. The staff was very knowledgable and the owner Nemo is very involved in your dining experience ready to answer any question you may have or make a great recommendation.Special Features:
- Great find.JHCHVIPDined on 1/17/2014Excellent food, excellent service, can't ask for much more than that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We'll be back!EmilyCDined on 1/10/2014Delicious and definitely "fit for foodies", but not too pretentious either. Original dishes and great cocktails!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Get the rice pudding!DannaDined on 1/7/2014My friends and I went for Restaurant Week so that we could try great menu items at a discounted price. The service was fantastic, but we were the only people in the place (chalk that up to the Polar Vortex?). Everything was delicious, but I wasn't awed by anything but the salted caramel rice pudding. All four of us agreed the pudding was a religious experience worth going back for.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A very Happy New YearFoodSnobDined on 12/31/2013We picked this restaurant because of seating availability on the busy New Years Eve. We were pleasantly surprised to enjoy attentive service and delicious food on what can be a very busy dining day. We will be back soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overall goodGb17Dined on 12/13/2013No complaints, except wish the waitstaff was a little more attentive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Elegant food, casual atmosphereBoxerDaveVIPDined on 12/7/2013This is a neighborhood gem that is also worth driving to if you don't live in the neighborhood. The casual environment with its busy bar is very comfortable and it belies the fact that the food is so thoughtfully prepared. Our server was quite knowledgeable and friendly. The wine list is a bit thin (I'm partial to California wines), but the cocktails are such a hit that I gravitate toward them instead every time I dine there. Cook & Brown is a very enjoyable dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I almost hate even writingbblaqzDined on 11/22/2013I almost hate even writing this review in fear that Cook and Brown will get even more popular. This place is all about the food and the alcohol. Bartenders are mix masters and create amazing drinks. Food is for true food lovers who can appreciate flavor profiles and combinations. Already looking forward to going back soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious and BraveKVW75Dined on 11/22/2013I dined with a friend on a Friday night--not our first time at Cook and Brown. The menu is small and adventurous, designed by a creative chef, and different every time you come. We shared everything and the friendly wait staff made sure we had enough plates and extra flatware for the Hubbard squash soup, a light fresh greens salad, the very naughty crispy pork belly with lentils, the loin of pork with beans and baby turnips (or were they radishes?) and a generous bowl of creamy rice pudding smothered in a salted caramel sauce. Everything was delicious, but the rice pudding made us swoon. My friend loved the hard-crust bread. I wasn't so crazy about it or the hip-hop music I could hear just under the diner's voices, glad it wasn't loud.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- nov2hollandDined on 11/2/2013Great meal, ambiance with fantastic out of the ordinary cocktails. The noise level just at the acceptable level for us older folk with hearing issues.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A fine setting for conversationSylvanDined on 10/26/2013A friend recommended Cook & Brown when I asked about a good place for dinner and conversation and it turned out to be ideal for that purpose. The service was exceptionally considerate and helpful and the menu was varied and interesting. I would return there for similar reasons whenever in Providence again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great cocktails, foodnyerinprovidenceVIPDined on 10/19/2013Perhaps one of the best bartenders on the east coast, go for the "bartender's choice" option. Great neighborhood place, could even be worth driving a bit out of the way!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great staff concerned withFancypantsVIPDined on 10/9/2013Great staff concerned with your dinning experience. Willing to make sure the food is to your liking and will redo it if it is not. Fun tasty cocktails, nice wines and really good food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MixedSpikeDined on 9/29/2013Mixed review: 3 of our diners elected the chef dinner. The let it be known they are vegetarians except for fish, which they do eat. Appetizer was excellent. No one liked the main course of fried fish. ALso deep fried was the broccoli and part of the appetizer. Vegans tend be health conscious and I think it was too much fried stuff. Our 4th diner had steak, found it uninspiring but acceptable.
- Unique setting. Low key alternativeOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 9/10/2013Unique setting. Low key alternative type environment. Delicious food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What a DissapointmentFoodieDined on 9/5/2013I had visited this restaurant about three years ago and really enjoyed it. I decided to meet a friend here and what a HUGE DISSAPOINTMENT it was. The food was terrible and not what I remembered from my last experience. It appears as if the restaurant was managed by new owners or a new Chef. Definitely a place I would not visit nor recommend again. I'm extremely dissapointed at my experience here, after a great visit three years ago, I leave with a bad taste in my mouth, unfortunately!
- Slipped a littleOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/1/2013Entrees were lack luster and the flavors bland. Desserts consistently excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.