The pork shoulder was well-prepared
The pork shoulder was well-prepared and tasty. A simple salad was perfect: not over-dressed and with crisp clean lettuce. The entree could have been heated more. Interesting bar menu.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were enjoying the ambiance
We were enjoying the ambiance and the service and were overall impressed with the restaurant until the entree's arrived. We shared our meals, the beef with noodles and the risotto. the risotto was more interesting than the beef but neither was very good and we wouldn't order these again.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great neighborhood bistro;
A great neighborhood bistro; very fresh food; informal setting. Lots of people at the bar on a Friday night made it a bit noisy, but it wasn't unbearable. Great draught beers and original dishes--I loved the light ricotta gnocchi with red radishes and a radish-green pesto. My dad has a great lemon-herb risotto with very tender lamb.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, C&B was a wonderful
As always, C&B was a wonderful choice to bring out of town guests (my father in law and his new wife), who raved over the 'unique and creative' menu, the fabulous cocktails, and the local ingredients. Wonderful to have a neighborhood restaurant that takes its craft so seriously
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a very nice dinner
We had a very nice dinner of monkfish and mussels, and although a couple of mussels were a bit gritty overall the food was fantastic and the service very friendly and attentive. It was awfully crowded on a Saturday night, and our late-add reservations stuck us in the elevated "display window" table near the bar, but the food we had was definitely *not* something we could have prepared ourselves, and was very good and interesting to eat. Our "Hi-Q" cocktail was also refreshingly different and good.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Aims to Please
The dining experience on Saturday, May 4, 2013 was great. Food choices were all outstanding and the staff was very attentive. They asked if we needed to have the music turned down, did not rush us to finish our meal, and kept asking if everything was okay. Maybe they did that a bit too much, but I thought they were "aiming to please" since 2 of us in the party of 4 had never been to Cook and Brown before. Everything was great until the end of the night when the tea water was cold, no spoons were presented with the coffee, and we had to wait for one cup of coffee. This ending made what had been a great night, just a bit disappointing. However, I will definitely return.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Treat
This is a great place for a romantic night out or dinner with friends. It was pleasant but not too casual. My husband and I shared the chicken liver pate which was yummy. I then had the sword fish with lentils - flavorfull and and the swordfish was tender and delicate. My husband had the chicken and cavatelli - good, slightly spicy. We shared the chocolate bread pudding which was delicious. The service was attentive but not pushy. Portions were just right- leaving you room for a dessert. I enjoy a pre dinner cocktail but the choices were a little exotic for me. My husband found his glass of beer very small - it was like a juice glass. Having different size options for the beers would please my husband as he found himself thirsty.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was exceptional and reasonably priced. Waitress was a bit over anxious but other than that, great experience.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh and Innovative!
We went this weekend to celebrate my daughters graduation from college and my parents from Cape May joined us. First off, the service was terrific, attentive and we were not rushed! We wanted to relax and enjoy. The beer selection and wine selection were very interesting and a few I had not seen before. Highly recommend the pate, ceviche, but all were fabulous.The peanuts on the pate appetizer were terrific, I forgot to ask how they were flavored. I had the bluefish with braised endive, it just melted in my mouth and the bluefish was not oily tasting as it sometimes can be. A home run was gnocchi with fiddleheads and my mother adored the fettuccine with mussels. Dad raved about the asparagus soup. I cannot wait to go back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful experience at Cook & Brown. All dishes were fresh and prepared perfectly. Service and ambiance was great.
Only down side is menu is a bit limited and only local sodas for non drinkers.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Sunday supper -
Excellent Sunday supper - delicious food, enthusiastic staff - and a really well-paced meal.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious! The
The food was delicious! The menu is simple, yet slightly eclectic. I went on a Sunday night with a small group and it was perfect. The restaurant is small, but well laid out and making reservations online is incredibly easy.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interesting cocktails/great food
The Cook and Brown has great food, especially the appetizers and the cocktails are complex, unusual and delicious. Great wine list too. The service was great. The chicken wings were very spicy, hot and huge. Prices were very reasonable. Great for a special occasion.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful restaurant and bar
LOVED this place and am plotting my return.There was a daily small plate list, and a seasonal menu. Food is beautifully presented and tastes even better! American cuisine with a contemporary flair. Beer list has the best of local microbrews, there is an extensive wine and an impressive selection of liquor. There are some suggested cocktails which are complex and interesting. They can make anything, usually people haven't heard of our request. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive without being intrusive.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Accommodating, warm, inviting
Not familiar with providence, I asked a friend where my family & I should eat on our way up to Cape Cod from NYC. He recommended this place. It was just perfect! They were friendly, attentive, and warm. An the food was just lovely. I can imagine this place as being a neighborhood staple if I lived in the neighborhood.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
beyond my expectation
I arrived 6pm Sunday, but there is not many customers. I don't really know the menu before going there and hear the suggestions. I ordered chicken liver pate, swordfish and lemon tart, and taste of food is beyond my expectation. I shall definitely visit Cook & Brown again.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty as always
We've been to C&B many times, and the food is always top-notch. One of us had the Restaurant Week meal, the other ordered off the menu, and both were terrific. The Bluefish fritters with the horseradish aioli barely stayed on the plate, and our daiquiri was a deliciously alcoholic version of the Yacht Up soda beside it. (The Rosita we ordered later, however, was a bit on the alcoholic side - kind of like drinking jet fuel).
The Fried Chicken and Bolognese plates were also amazing - you've never had such crispy, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken. The side of greens was too bitter, but the grits and sweet pea slaw were eye-opening.
One note about our Wednesday night dinner was that service was a bit on the slow and confused side.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
has become our favorite restaurant
has become our favorite restaurant !! the food is outstanding!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular from Top to Bottom
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!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
ook & Brown Public House is
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
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliably very fine
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.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique setting. Low key alternative
Unique setting. Low key alternative type environment. Delicious food.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great staff concerned with
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.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great cocktails, food
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!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fine setting for conversation
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.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
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.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious and Brave
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.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I almost hate even writing
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.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM