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
29 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (10)notable wine list (10)special occasion (7)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (3)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Our second visit to Cook &
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Our second visit to Cook & Brown Public House, each one truly enjoyable. The Valentine's Day menu was limited only in choices, not in the quality and truly amazing taste sensations. We expect to be returning on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had an absolutely amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We had an absolutely amazing night at Publuc House! The food was fabulous and the service was incredible! We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not sure if it was just an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Not sure if it was just an off night or a sign of a restaurant slipping, but our dinner was just than or below average. While the server was very pleasant, we waited an exceptionally long time for our entrees - they did offer us 2 appetizers to make up for this (our meals took SO long that these were served one at a time). When our entrees actually arrived, they were not as good as we've had in the past - really nothing special. I think the best part was that a member of our party had a dietary restriction that they were more than able to accommodate. To be honest, not sure if we will go back to Cooke & Browne - other than for drinks/apps.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply outstanding in every
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Simply outstanding in every way. Service was top notch. Food was simple, elegant and delicious. Cocktails are a real speciality too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food, Phenomenal Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The first time I went to Cook and Brown was for drinks. Jenn, the alchemist leading the bar staff, is insanely good. It was during my second trip that I explored the food menu. First of all, the staff is super-friendly and attentive. We were seated promptly and they gave excellent meal recommendations. We did spend most of the night really confused about who exactly was our server. There were so many different people attending to our table. There was, however, no flaws with our food. Our appetizers, Bluefish Fritters and Poutine were downright magnificent. The steak tips and shallots were simply delicious and the lime curd parfait brought the biggest smile to my face! However, the bar is Cook and Brown's greatest attraction!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, service and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great cocktails, though we
    Lstev
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Great cocktails, though we were seated at the bar and not at a table. We went for the New Years Eve special dinner and it was worth every penny (which is saying something, because it was a fairly expensive bill!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great until it picked up...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I had a great experience on NYE, until the place picked up a bit and suddenly the service declined. Although, the courses came out in a timely fashion, we had to wait an extended period to receive our dessert. This left us annoyed and at that point we just wanted our check. Other than that, our food was great and I would still recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We ordered a smoked cod brandide
    jpaddler
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    We ordered a smoked cod brandide for an appetizer. It was basically a mashed potatoe dish with little or no fish. They apologized and offered us the bluefish fritters as a substitute. They were delicious! The kale salad was also fantastic, with filberts and dried cherries. The entree we shared was rabbit with white bean cassoulet for $26. We were expecting a stew-like meal w/tender meat cooked with beans, spices, etc. Rich and flavorful. Instead we received a very small portion of a bean dish w/slices of separately cooked rabbit on the side. The beans were a little crunchy and underspiced. Even taking into consideration we split the entree, it was a skimpy portion. How expensive are beans and spices? The service was excellent
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  • Will Cross the Bridge from Bristol
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    i hesitate to give this place good ratings for totally selfish reasons-- i don't want this to become so busy that you have to wait in line-- but i would if i had to.. the menu changes-- the chef uses local and seasonal foods............ GREAT service... fantastic menu (limited to me is better then a large menu with stuff that gets pulled from the freezer.)sweet dining area.. great experience each time we come -- we meet here prior to going to the Gamm...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A few minor issues...
    ZimmyVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    This was our second visit following a very good first visit. The food was once again of high quality at reasonable cost. This time however, there were 2 issues from the members of my party. We "get" the ever changing limited menu options, however this time some members of the group did not feel there was enough diversity among the offerings to satisfy different palettes. And, like the first visit, we wish the martini's were a little more generous given the cost (notwithstanding the ala carte component pricing). We do like the vibe of the place, and will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Quality Cuisine Well Priced!
    ZimmyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Our first trip. A rare combination of terrific high quality cuisine at a reasonable price! Two at our table enjoyed a chicken creation, one had the gnocchi and I enjoyed a monkfish dish in an absolutely superb piquant sauce. All the entrees were outstanding! The appetizers of bluefish fritters and honey apple salad were likewise excellent. Recognizing that fine food is about quality and not quantity, I did think that a tad more fish in my dish was appropriate, though the sauce it came in was so good nothing else could detract from the eating pleasure. As long as the quality and value remain this high, C&B will be a regular on our Providence restaurant rotation!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A casual night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    The staff was very nice and experienced. The bartenders are the stars. We sat near the bar and willingly interrupted our conversations to watch the different style of shaking mixed drinks. This is a place for mixed drinks. The wine list is short and very French. We appreciated the attempt at some original food combinations. We had gnocchi and mushrooms with egg noodles. The gnocchi was well prepared with a texture resembling scallops but a little plain. The pumpkin (?) sauce with roasted seeds and a few beets provided some variation in texture and a little salt. regarding the mushroom dish, the subtle flavor of mushrooms in was overwhelmed by the sauce. The egg noodle were had good flavor a firm texture.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I give this a "good" review.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    I give this a "good" review. Have eaten here three times. The first was for a brunch and it was good. Second for dinner and it was very good. But the third time, which was for dinner, was not very good. I found the dish that I had ordered to have a bad taste. I should have sent it back but instead I just didn't eat much of it. So I'd say this restaurant can vary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a chill neighborhood bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    We went on Saturday night. The food was very good as was the service. The menu and the wine list was limited, just a few okay wines and lots of meat and dairy on the menu. It's a nice non-pretentious sort of place though the ambiance was a bit dark. It was a friendly and open but serious place, and I was a little thrown off to see children there though it didn't bother me. I thought it was going to be more romantic that it was. I think the vibe they are trying to strike is that it can be whatever you want it to be, so it works as a neighborhood bistro, a romantic night out place, a bring along the 6 year old place, for everyday and for special occasions. Cook is able to pull all that off which is impressive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went on a slow tuesday night:
    DrGiBabo
    Dined on 10/16/2012
    Went on a slow tuesday night: Creative menu of farm-fresh ingredients cooked perfectly, trendy and calm ambience and friendly service although dinner for 2 took nearly two hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! Ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    The food was phenomenal from start to finish. Out waitress was not very personable. She was kind I stuffy and didn't really attend to us. We got better service from the bus boy. The drinks were amazing. Definitely a place we will go back too!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is eclectic and innovative
    resrvationsVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    The food is eclectic and innovative. The cost rating is more like $$$-$$$$ not $$.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    I had an enjoyable experience. The burger was great. The beer list was of about 10 to choose from but they were all craft beers which is what I love.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Baby Boomer Foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    A fantastic night out. Prices were reasonable for top notch cuisine. Only item we couldn't justify was price of wine per glass $10-13 per. We all had a beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in New England, worth the trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Once again, simply wonderful. Whenever we are in Providence, or for that matter New England, we stop at C&B. Chef Bolin never disappoints, nor does the restaurant. Cocktails were inspired, a great mix of sweet and bitter across the flavor spectrum. Beer menu excellent, as is the wine list. Chef Bolin cooked for us off menu - highlight was the whole miso butter Giannone Chicken served in a cast iron skillet next to a Hen of the Woods Mushroom (same size as the chicken), foraged that morning, over whole potatoes and skin on garlic with rosemary. OUTSTANDING. The smoked swordfish course was another favorite. The Barolo Chinato Cocchi wine pairing with dessert was out of this world, and a great surprise to find on the menu. 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Three of us had the tasting menu which was a real disappointment. It started with mushroom tempura...greasy and with little flavor. The next course was a small piece of fluke which was also lacking in flavor. The entree was peking duck (extremely small piece) with several overcooked mini pancakes (size of a silver dollar). We have had good meals there in the past...not sure if the cook was on holiday but we may not return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience! Great options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Great experience! Great options for the vegetarian. Restaurant supports the local farmers!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive and balanced main menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    Very interesting and inventive food- taste and textures. The wine list is small but thoughtful. Service was truly lovely. Wait staff attentive, warm but sensitive to privacy, very well informed and excited by the menu. The dessert menu did not measure up to the excellence in balance of the main menu. There is a cocktail menu that we ultimately did not order from that looked equally as interesting and inventive as the main food menu. The lighting is romantic but each table would benefit from additional lightening such as a candles.. The bar was not crowded on this Thursday evening but could accommodate a crowd and be very fun although it could raise the noise level in the whole room to untenable. Some good Vegetarian offerings.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bar tenders. Lamb meatballs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2012
    Great Bar tenders. Lamb meatballs outstanding. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The quality of the food is
    MBF125
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    The quality of the food is very good; service is attentive; and you can have a wonderful conversation as you dine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Apps are the star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    This was my third visit in the past few months with very different groups. This one was with an old friend for an easy-going meal focused on the food. The food was again well above average. The corn soup was extremely good. And the fried green tomatoes were also quite good. C&B is really good at appetizers. The main courses were also good but didn't quite rise to great. The noodles with a spicy lamb sausage sauce were quite good. The gnocchi a little less so, but still good. With a few experiences here, I'd have to say that the appetizers are the stars - get a few and enjoy. Then go light on entrees and desserts. I love blueberries but my dessert including them was not particularly dazzling. Overall, it was again a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i really enjoy this spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    i really enjoy this spot. Dinners vary somewhat in delectability, but they are original and cover a wide range of flavors and combinations that are unique and interesting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Visit of Hopefully Many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2012
    Inventive and delicious flavors on all plates, complimented by attentive, personable service. Great for the beginning or experienced foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The evening we were there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    The evening we were there there was only one waiter so service was on the slow side. Our before-dinner cocktails took an overly long time to arrive. My appetizer (corn soup) and entree (tuna) were both very good. My partner's entree (bluefish) was bland and unseasoned; the same with his vegetables. We are not in any hurry to return.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant is small, so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    The restaurant is small, so large groups (over 10) would be difficult. That being said, this is a wonderful find. The food is outstanding and very green. This is restaurant week and I chose this menu. My husband did the regular menu. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish this was MY neighborhood gem!
    BeachFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    Second visit in a week, between the great meal and convenience factor! Focus is on fresh ingredients, well prepared. Olive oil poached bluefish was excellent. Didnt love the gnocchi. A little too chewy for me, but everybody likes their own grandma's way best, like matzo balls. Definite go-to when anywhere near Providence.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Chef's Tasting Menu!
    BeachFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    In RI from California, we decided to try this little spot. Had great cocktails before dinner. We had the Sunday chef's tasting menu, tailored to our preferences. Everything was a hit. My husband loved the quail, which is unheard of! I expected to eat most of it, but he dug in and got every last bit of yummy meat on dem little bones! Great lamb chops, a bonus roasted marrow bone. Loved it all! Excellent service too!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • U Can't Go Wrong With Cook & Brown
    nikki
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    Cook & Brown is a fantastic restaurant. It is small and cozy but it's filled with warm and personable staff. My friend and I were going because I had taken her for brunch a couple months ago and she wanted to try it out for dinner. She was blown away. They never flinched when I wanted to change up something on the tasting menu...the waiter and told us the kitchen loves a challenge. They came up with something so delicious and still went well with the original wine pairing. If you get a chance go check out Cook & Brown...you won't be sorry!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had the pleasure of dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    I had the pleasure of dining here twice in one week - once with my two young children and once with my wife. Going early with the kids was great. C&B can easily whip up kid-standards like basic pastas, but luckily mine are adventurous eaters and had soft shell crab, gnocci and a burger. My two year old loved the couscous in a fava bean puree that came with my hake. Bring your own crayons for the craft-paper on the tables. With my wife, we went for the 4 course prix fixe with wine. Great timing of courses and sized to fill you but not stuff you. The sunflower-filled ravioli were outstanding. Sunflower seed pesto may be my next experiment at home with this inspiration. Well worth seeking it out.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Amazing food and excellent service. We had superb appetizers (e.g., clams casino, bluefish fritters, and beef tongue) along with delectable main courses of rib eye steak cooked perfectly and swordfish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    We both had the tasting menu and it was amazing. The wine pairings were very complimentary. Service was spot-on and would definitely recommend and will be going back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best restaurant in Rhode Island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Best restaurant in Rhode Island by far! Everyone that works there from the servers to the bar tender to the chef/owner are at the top of their game, friendly and extremely talented. Our favorite.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so theres hype about this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    so theres hype about this place,everyone seems to like it.makeme believe peoples palates are not worthy of writing reviews.,it was completly dead tuesday evening, perfect for celebrating my girlfriends birthday. server was great, knowledgable,we could tell he really wanted to take care of us.I'm a chef,so when i get a chance to eat out i like to splurge,3apps,allgood,nice flavors and great bread,with the chicken liver pate, cranberrie jam didn't makesense,still tasty. nextup entrees my girlfriends steak she ordered med.and it came well done mistake, nobiggie, but when u don't cut out the bloodline on bluefish u have problems and super fishy fish.the dish didn't make any sense either about 8garnishes that did nothing for the fish. a joke
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5 year anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Food was interesting and very good. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. My wife had the four course tasting menu. It was good but very small amounts for the cost. I had the shirred eggs and a rib eye steak which was enough to feed a lumber jack, also very good! I would recommend this spot for a five year anniversary!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate