XO Cafe
XO Cafe

XO Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chowfunfoodgroup.com/
  • Phone: (401) 273-9090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Martin Lyons
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether a group of 10 or a group of 50, let us host your private event in our restaurant. Our executive chef will customized a menu that will certainly impress your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jamie Biscomb 4012739090x
  • Entertainment: Great late night bar scene, perfect for after dinner drinks or a night out on the town.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Charles Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet Thursday-Saturday. Street parking
A word from XO Cafe
XO Cafe features a sexy and seductive atmosphere outmatched only by the playfully composed dishes inspired by the finest natural and local ingredients and the highest level of service. XO marks the spot for creative cocktails, impressive wine list, and dishes that highlight the bounty of the sea and seasonality of Southern New England farms.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
XO Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (23)romantic (18)special occasion (16)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (10)good for groups (10)late-night find (5)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Monday night at XO
    TomM222
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We thought Monday would be a good night to go out - nice and quiet not so at XO there were big crowds big parties loud we could hardly hear ourselves think! the food was delicious but the noise level was overwhelming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    DonDVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The entire dining experience was perfect. Our server was absolutely delightful and the food was prepared and presented in the best possible way. The only disappointment was the Bento box appetizer. It was generic and certainly not on par with the rest of the menu. Drinks were generous and the service impeccable. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sriracha Wings a must.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of our favorite Providence restaurants. The hot wings are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Dinner place in Providence
    Stasia
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is definitely my go-to place in town whenever I visit from Boston. Both food and service are consistently outstanding! We had a large party and ordered a variety of things from the menu; I strongly recommend trying succulent lamb chops with lentils and creamy sweet potato soup. Althought this would not be my first choice of a restaurant to bring kids to, staff was very accomodating when we showed up with a toddler and a nine year old. Our servers really went the extra mile to take care of us. I am looking forward to another visit, hopefully soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service
    ChiefVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was good, service great, Saturday night noisy
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • XO is special for XO moments
    kew1VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While XO Cafe is a great option for other reasons, we opted to celebrate our anniversary here recently. The food was delicious, the drinks unique, the setting romantic, and the service was stellar - all made for a lovely and memorable evening. We live in CT, but will definitely go back the next time we are in town!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not quite what I ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I ordered the Coffee & Ancho Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, but when our meal came out it was a bone in pork chop. Our waitress failed to mention that they were no longer serving that dish and instead switched it to a pork chop. It was good, but it wasn't what I ordered nor would I have ordered it. A friend of mine and I were celebrating the end of a paleo challenge and indulging in the perfect meal was all I wanted. When the chop came out, I was pretty disappointed. Our service could have been a tad better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night
    1234abc
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went to XO while visiting my children at college. It was a great spot for the whole family and the food was excellent. We had a great visit and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kooky, delicious fun
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Charming, off-beat and romantic place with cute decor and a splendid varies menu. We shared an excellent salmon appetizer and a sensational rib eye. A real find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service & food
    LVIC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dined at XO last night with 9 friends for a birthday party. Our waitress provided fantastic service. She was knowledgeable about the menu and had great cocktail suggestions. The food was wonderful. All 9 of us were very happy with our dinners. We ended our evening with 2 dessert sampler plates and no one was disappointed. I wouldn't hesitate to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Tonyd
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Amazing food great atmosphere. definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    Robert
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of my favorite Providence dining spots year after year. Great, always changing menu and fabulous drinks. Wait staff is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foofsnobsri
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fantastic menu. Food was the best I've had in a long time. Service was great. The only negatives were table was near the bar, which was extremely loud and distracting and we had a lop sided table
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent bread and excellent chocolate study... I'm still dreaming about that homemade chocolate ice cream. Had a fantastic waitress as well. Just overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spur of the open table resv moment
    StefVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were trying to decide where to go for brunch on Sunday and decided to take a chance and go to XO. The service was very good and the atmosphere was intimate and enjoyable. We would go here more often if the dinner menu had more nutritious non meat options. All in all- brunch was great as we do eat eggs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • XO Cafe Review
    BethDes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great table, very nice atmosphere and very good service. Two of the three entrees ordered were very good - the coffee rubbed pork and the smoked chicken gnocci. The third entree fell a little short in comparison - the butter poached monkfish was quite tough, and the essence of the poaching was not discernable in the fish. Despite the slight disappointment, I would return to XO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal, outstanding service
    mswool
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Tammy took such amazing care of us on a Friday night at the end of a hugely stressful week. My husband and I met at the restaurant and the moment I arrived we were seated (my husband had been waiting at the bar). Tammy was attentive, thoughtful and always arrived at the table just as we began to think of her. The food was very good - especially the almond crunch fruit tart with lemon thyme and olive oil ice cream - a new flavor for me. We felt dramatically more relaxed during and after a really pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    From the food to the service and atmosphere, we had another fabulous dining experience at XO Cafe. Amazing output from such a small kitchen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Atmosphere and Great Food
    RNJoyce12
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We came here for my birthday. The waitstaff was very attentive and the food was very good. They have large portions. I could have got the side of mac and cheese as my entree. Very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was delicious. We had the lamb chops and the steak special. Everything was fresh and perfectly prepared to enhance the individual flavor of each meat and/or vegetable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Yummyyummy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I would highly recommend this restaurant our waitress was excellent. The chef was amazing and I found out he will be cooking for the President in Newport RI soon. I had the chicken Gnocchi meal. Asparagus and creme brûlée. We had a very intimate seat looking outside. It was very clean and I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 284 reviews are from the XO Cafe reviews archive.
  • Easy to like
    BelizVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went on a Saturday night. The food was well prepared and the service was good. As with all Cafe's, the seating was close and our neighbors were very near to us. I can't say that anything stood out for me with this restaurant. Nothing was wrong, but there wasn't anything that made it memorable either.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drinkss
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great place to have a romantic dinner, great music not to loud, could have a little bit better service from our server but overall great place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Service started out well but the waitress was triple set when we were finishing dinner. I was not offered a 2nd glass of wine during the meal and then the we waited a long time while the waitress got caught up. When she finally got back to the table she seemed surprised that we did not want to stay for desert or coffee. Food was good and well presented. Waitress was polite, but missing at the end of the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Zorna
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Although it was very busy the experience overall was still excellent. The restaurant week price fixe was well priced and tasty. Atmosphere was happening. Standout moment was at the end of the meal I asked if they could get me a taxi back to my hotel the manager came over and said the taxis were all busy but they called an uber car on the house account for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will return.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an interesting experience dining at XO. There was something amiss with our waitress. She was off on everything all night. However, the food was wonderful, and management went overboard to rectify the wait issue - before we even said anything. We will definitely return. Everyone has a bad night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    luvgrtfood
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My Wive and I went here for our first year wedding anniversary, and we could not have been happier with our choice. We had an amazing night with outstanding food, and service. We not only had a fantastic soup compliments of the chef but we also received an Ice Cream Dessert that was so delicious to complete our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service & food
    opentabletopreviewer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good mix of local, farm-raised food. Service was outstanding - they catered to our table of nine smoothly and with aplomb. "Study in Chocolate" dessert was a hit, as was the wine. Good flavors in the pasta.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome and will return!
    SarahS
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I dined here for our wedding anniversary and stumbled upon this restaurant while looking at Urbanspoon. We're from MA and wanted to change things up and are so happy we did! Approaching XO, we thought we were in the wrong place as the outside gave more of that cafe feel. But when we walked inside, I was immediately impressed. The wait staff was so nice and our waitress Alisa offered suggestions and her expert guidance throughout the entire meal. The menu offered a wide selection of desserts, apps and entrees. And everything we ordered exceeded our expectations. My husband and I will definitely be back, whether it's for dinner or to try the brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Satisfactory
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was good, though not outstanding. Like many restaurants these days, we found it a little noisy with tables close together and rather small. I would return, however, but I was certainly not wowed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VG Bordering on Outstanding
    ZimmyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Have returned to XO a few times after a lengthy hiatus. Every meal we've had has been excellent. Service has been great too. We had (real) Ceasar's Salad and Calamari for appetizers. Both were excellent...the calamari lightly fried with a great dipping sauce. For entrees my party ordered the tenderloin, scallops, chicken, and monkfish. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals! XO is back on our regular restaurant rotation...one more excellent meal and my rating moves into the "outstanding" category. Only knock...I wish there were a little more breathing room among some of the tables...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great drinks. Food was average. Service was slow
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not that impressed...
    mysterydiner
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We dined on a Sunday early evening, so it was pretty slow. The food and service weren't that good considering, so we weren't too impressed. Nothing really stood out or wowed us once the food arrived. Having said that, it could possibly be a cool place to hang out for drinks on a Friday or Saturday night when it's more lively, but not a Sunday.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • XO Review
    review
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Wait staff was friendly, helpful and on-point. The food was good, however I found the variety and the selection not as great as some other restaurants. I had the pistachio salmon and it was cooked perfectly with great flavor. There were not alot of other options that I would have chosen on the menu however. There were a few orders of filet mignon in our party and the opinion was that it was over cooked. A few others had the scallops and heard that was fantastic. The drinks were very good and I would think about going back to sit in the bar for drinks and appetizers.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 guys
    Michael
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Went out with 4 guys and had a great dinner! All around great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nom nom nom
    Irishrose
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This place is simply a hidden gem! Everything was amazing! Go! Go now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and a lively atmosphere
    Uncleneese
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I met a friend here for dinner; the food was excellent! Easy to find and thanks for the free valet parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal and great service!
    Aladdin18
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    XO cafe was a beautiful restaurant and I was surprised by the internal ambiance and grandiose despite the mediocre look from the outside. I was greeted immediately and seated at the bar before my friends had arrived. The cocktail list was creative and the drinks themselves well made (also with a very good choice of wine).. All dishes looked and tasted fantastic; they were also filling and I'll have to go back for dessert!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Though barely anyone was there, our service was terrible, our server inappropriately inserting herself into our conversation, and the drink orders took a ridiculously long time to arrive. The food is unrefined and overcooked. Overall price is very high.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • XO Delivers!
    ZimmyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Meat loaf, mushroom bolognese, chicken, and scallops were the orders. All were excellent! As local foodies we returned to XO recently after a long hiatus. We've now made XO a part of our regular rotation. The martinis were good and fully poured, and the vibe was as good as the food. Recommend you go...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.