Cook & Brown Public House

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.

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Cook & Brown Public House reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (11)special occasion (10)notable wine list (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Small menu but always able to find something I like. Food combinations are unusual but again very pleasing. Very nice wine list. Service is extremely pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday Night Supper
    MojoVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Cook and Brown has a special 3 course family-style supper on Sunday nights. We tried it this week and it was great. They are flexible about what they will serve, asking you if you have any allergies or foods that you don't want to eat. One of our party is a pescetarian so they served us a fried oyster appetizer and fish entree. I highly recommend going to Cook and Brown for Sunday night supper. They also have interesting wines and outstanding cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food hot environment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was delicious! My only thing I'd change is I'd have them buy fans. They said that the AC was fully cranked up, but both my date and I were sweating throughout the entire meal. I still like the food but we were definitely having to drink a ton of water and even put ice on our skin just to cool down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Hot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Without air conditioning, it was difficult to enjoy the meal. Menu selections were made with the oppressive heat in mind and that felt limiting. Food OK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aug 16
    JMfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    They always deliver a great, seasonal cocktail list. Love them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our dinner at Cook & Brown Public House was fantastic. The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once is Not Enough!
    Robert
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    mehmeh
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Out 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.
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  • Good first time visit
    Acewuzhere001
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    macdoug
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cook and brown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    CCbudVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions
    Jennifer
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The half size portion of the pasta was a bit small, but tasted really good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Amigas
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 277 reviews are from the Cook & Brown Public House reviews archive.
  • Neighborhood gem
    DrPlasma
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappoimted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alaways a great night out for dinne
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and lovely
    Gostenhofer
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beyond exceptional !!!!!
    luv2eatwellVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was excellent.
    Jojo
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
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  • Wednesday Burgers, Beer and Bourbon
    PvdfoodsnobsVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not live up to previous visits
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was very excited to go to
    mbid
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Pre fixe
    justdesserts
    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.
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  • Great meal, fantastic service
    fbot
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am always in search for
    myopinion
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find.
    JHCHVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service, can't ask for much more than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    EmilyC
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Delicious and definitely "fit for foodies", but not too pretentious either. Original dishes and great cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the rice pudding!
    Danna
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very Happy New Year
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    Gb17
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    No complaints, except wish the waitstaff was a little more attentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant food, casual atmosphere
    BoxerDaveVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I almost hate even writing
    bblaqz
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Brave
    KVW75
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nov2
    holland
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine setting for conversation
    Sylvan
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails, food
    nyerinprovidenceVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff concerned with
    FancypantsVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.