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Cook & Brown Public House

Cook & Brown Public House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cookandbrown.com
  • Phone: (401) 273-7275
  • 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 (401) 273-7275
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact us through our web site to set up.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North St
  • Public Transit: RIPTA Bus 42. The bus runs to and from Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence and stops just steps from our doorstep.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of on street parking on Hope St.
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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Diner Reviews
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "i 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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The half size portion of the pasta was a bit small, but tasted really good."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We 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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "On 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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Fantastic 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!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Could 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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always 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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "this 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 !!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This 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!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Even 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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service, can't ask for much more than that."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Delicious and definitely "fit for foodies", but not too pretentious either. Original dishes and great cocktails!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "No complaints, except wish the waitstaff was a little more attentive."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Great meal, ambiance with fantastic out of the ordinary cocktails. The noise level just at the acceptable level for us older folk with hearing issues."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "A 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."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Perhaps 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!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Great 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."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Mixed 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."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "Unique setting. Low key alternative type environment. Delicious food."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "I 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!"
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Entrees were lack luster and the flavors bland. Desserts consistently excellent."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "The cocktail drinks were normal good, nothing special or unique. The food was also good, but nothing out of the ordinary, so much that I do not recall the name of the plates. It is good food, but there are definitely better options in the same range around Providence."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "I visit Cook and Brown fairly often since I live in the neighborhood. The food is always delicious and is often inventive. The bar manager is superb; I always name a main ingredient for my drink and ask her to improvise; the result is fantastic. My friend had a fabulous cosmo that redefined what can be a pretty boring, watered-down drink. My one wish: that one vegan option and one additional vegetarian option (there's always just one) would appear on the menu. A chef as creative as the one at C&B can do amazing things without using flesh! There are a lot of us vegetarians around these days, and some restaurants have more veg offerings. Still, I'll be back at Cook and Brown. It's too good to miss."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I took a friend who was visiting to dinner there this past weekend. The menu may be small but it was delicious. We split the the mussel appetizer (which was delicious!) and I had the ricotta gnocchi. It was amazing! The wait service was pretty good as well, though I thought it took awhile for our drinks to come out, given the number of people in the restaurant. However, that was a minor inconvenience. Overall we had a fantastic time and I wowed my friend with a delicious dining experience."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "ook & Brown Public House is great option to all the same old Providence places. This is better than most and a real foodie find... Worth the short ride out of downtown and away from noise of Atwells Ave"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "My husband and I happened upon Cook & Brown while on vacation and couldn't have been more pleased. Every facet of the evening - the decor, the food, service, drinks, menu options - EVERYTHING was wonderful. One of our favorite things about the restaurant was that the passion for innovative yet delicious food and drink was evident, and the atmosphere of the entire restaurant radiated comfort and warmth. I look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "has become our favorite restaurant !! the food is outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/20/2013