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XO Cafe
XO Cafe

XO Cafe Details

  • 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 (401) 273-9090
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    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... "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great drinks. Food was average. Service was slow"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went out with 4 guys and had a great dinner! All around great time."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This place is simply a hidden gem! Everything was amazing! Go! Go now!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I met a friend here for dinner; the food was excellent! Easy to find and thanks for the free valet parking!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Mediocre food at high prices. Ambience and atmosphere have declined over last couple years."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Given that we'd heard rave reviews about the award-winning chef here, we had expectations of having a top-notch meal. While what we had was good, even very good, our meals didn't quite live up to the hype. The best parts came early on -- delicious bread, plus a salad of simple greens, beets, pistachios, goat cheese, and a yummy dressing. Our entrees weren't as good -- fish dishes that weren't overly tasty (either the fish itself of the accompaniments). We had to dash and couldn't keep waiting for our dessert (we'd ordered but had to leave for another commitment after waiting for 15 minutes). If you want dessert, follow the advice on the menu and order dessert first! All in all, this is a nice place, and we might return sometime."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I went to XO late Friday evening around 930 PM or so. There were plenty of tables and the place was quiet, which was fantastic. We were seated promptly and our waitress introduced us to the restaurant and menu. The food was amazing, we had the meatloaf and a steak. Our dissatisfaction came with our waitress, she was completely inattentive and disinterested. Did not check if our food was given to us correctly, didn't even bother to refresh our drinks. Mind you, we ordered cocktails and water. Not once in the two plus hour experience did she come over to check on us. I had to get out of my seat and find another staff member to help us get the check. I will be having a very hard time ever going back there or recommending it to friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "A group of 8 of us had dinner after a show at PPAC - on a snowy Saturday night. We originally had 12 people, but 2 couples dropped out along the way. The receptionist on the phone was very helpful and pleasant as we dwindled in size. I had heard this restaurant was small and not good or a group, but this was not the case at all for our group of 8. Our waitress was wonderful, and the food was outstanding - everyone enjoyed there dinner. Great place, great ambiance!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The menu is creative and tasty- best for desert and coffee. The ambience is more casual."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've been to XO's numerous times and are never disappointed. This is a great little place that has great food and great service. My husband always gets the meat loaf (not your mom's meatloaf!). This is a meal for 2 and it's incredible. I had the salmon which was perfectly prepared. This restaurant is one of our favorites either for a special occasion or a normal Saturday night out. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Dined at XO with my family. Arrived around 6:30 for our reservation we were seated immediately. The service was fantastic from our waitress Tammy. She made us feel right at home and provided spot on timely service with great suggestions about the menu. All of the staff were attentive and friendly. The food from. Chef Martin was delicious from the bread to the study in chocolate dessert. I highly recommend dining at XO cafe!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Wear your pjs and be rewarded with a free mimosa! Everything was delicious, the waitress was wonderful, Filet Mignon Benedict, R & B hits for music! I could've spent the day! A wonderful birthday breakfast/brunch."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Great interesting menu. No prices listed on web menu page and if they had been I probably wouldn't have gone there. I'm glad I went as the food was outstanding and I'll go back, but not often , as there are many local resturants that are more reasonable."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Overall it was a great experience. From drinks to dessert, everything was fantastic. Our server was Jamie and she was attentive, answered every question and made it a great evening."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "This restuarant did a great job for restuarant week Food was great and portions perfect!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had been for brunch two years ago when visiting two of our college students I providence. Went for dinner. Very good. Great attentive service from enthusiastic server. Food well priced and tasty"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I was looking for a place to have dinner after seeing "Wicked" at the PPAC. Coincidentally, I received a Phantom Gourmet gift card for Christmas and not knowing the Providence area I went to their website to see which restaurants I could use the gift card. The XO Cafe was one of the restaurants in Providence RI that you can choose from so I decided to make a reservation. It was a great choice. It was right down the road from the PPAC. The restaurant was just what we were looking for. The food and the service were exceptional. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Getting together with friends from Boston was facilitated by XO's great staff allowing our group of nine to come staggered as a winter concert concluded. The party started with drinks and XO's signature calamari, crispy and tender at the same time.My friend Chris took advantage of the prix fixe offering of cauliflower soup, seared cod and fruit turnover. My filet was delicious and a perfectly cooked rare and the gorgonzola sauce was a superb accompaniment. The entire evening was a huge success due largely to the wonderful woman serving us (whose name I have forgotten). She made us feel most welcome, was attentive when needed and allowed us privacy at the same time. Kudos and thanks to XO Cafe!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant with my boyfriend. We ordered calamari and oysters for an appetizer. The calamari lives up to its expectations like all the other reviews it was delicious!!! My boyfriend ordered sirloin which was cooked perfectly. The baked Mac and cheese "epic" according to the boyfriend, the best we have ever had. If you are a fan of martinis, the Paris is what you want, pear vodka, St. Germaine, and sour mix!!! The only disappointing aspect of the night was the salmon. It was bland and dry. Overall Satisfied!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I don't expect a lot from a Sunday Brunch but last Sunday was very disappointing. While it seems the chef has gotten some local honors, whoever is responsible for brunch isn't up to the task. When a party of four has 3 mediocre dishes out of 4 it's not a good sign, even though the manager happily suggested we come back for dinner. At least the omelet was fine. All the home-style potatoes were greasy and had some portion charred. They also need to teach their staff that being friendly is one thing but injecting yourself into your patrons conversations is not a good idea even though it was meant well. Too inexperienced. Very few patrons which was a clue. Too many other better choices in Providence to recommend XO."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "XO Cafe is a great place to eat. Quiet and intimate atmosphere that is great for a date or a small get together. The staff is very friendly and helpful with suggestions on food and knowledge of specials. I have dietary restrictions and the chefs were very accommodating to my needs. I will definitely be back here and would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "It may have been that it was New Year's Eve, but it the music was so loud as to be unpleasant. Food was ok. Service a little slow, but we weren't in any rush."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Terrible service! Dinners served piecemeal. Wine never made it to the table in time to enjoy with dinner. Meal was OK, but uninspired. We were expecting so much more"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food so-so. Steaks reminded me of Ponderosa. Mashed potatoes nothing to write home about. Roasted vegetables didn't taste great. Al Forno and Mills Tavern have much better sides. The service was outstanding, even on that busy night. The atmosphere was lively. Reminded me of places in Boston's South End."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We have been to XO before and I have to say the last few times keep getting better and better. The Cod with spaghetti squash is so flavorful and healthy that I cannot wait to go back and gave it again! The wine was delicious and priced right...the salmon app and beat salad were fabulous and all raved about the soup!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Ordered bento box appetizer...very misleading. Completely deep fried and not very tasty except for calamari. Had scallops for entree, what a ripoff! I paid $26 for a whopping three scallops and rest of plate was pork confit...very fatty Food needs to improve big time! Service overall was good"
    Dined on 12/14/2013