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Cafe Paragon

78 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
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  • Neighborhood Gem (96)
  • Good for Groups (78)
  • Fit for Foodies (61)

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Café Paragon specializes in European fare and bar-style foods. Open for lunch and dinner, its menu consists of gourmet salads, sandwiches and pastas. During dinner hours, you can choose from a variety of entrees, including braised short ribs, lamb chops and roasted chicken. On Sundays, Café Paragon offers a special brunch menu of omelets, carved meats, quiches, muffins and pancakes.

Keeping with its European theme, Café Paragon has chic décor with red bar stools, hardwood floors and chandelier lighting. Equipped with a full-service bar, the restaurant offers a menu of both domestic and imported beers, as well as wines and mixed drinks.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Sunday: Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm,
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am,
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
kitchen open till midnight 7 days
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Phone number
(401) 331-6200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Thank you for choosing Cafe Paragon / Viva Restaurant located at 234 Thayer Street, in the heart of the East Side for your private function needs. We have a variety of private menus to choose from to make your occasion and business function a memorable one.
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Private party contact
Manager: (401) 331-6200
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 10, 2014

This was our first time at Cafe Paragon. The food selection was very good. Our service was poor until we complained to the manager. Our waitress was moved to a private party and did not seem to be aware that pancakes were a special order that she was supposed to give to the kitchen. I was told to give my order to the man at the carving station, he said that the waitress is supposed to write it down and give the order to the kitchen. He got the manager for me and he took my order for the kitchen and also spoke with the waitress. She apologized to the people at the table when I was up front waiting for the pancakes. We had to hunt her down for drink refills. We will probably try it again as long as we do not get the same waitress.

vipHungryman (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

Good food and good service and the valet was fast.

Briggsy (New England)
2.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

Paragon is getting a bit old, dirty and needs a good cleaning or remodel. The back half of the restaurant smells musty and dank and is not very inviting to eat a meal. The men's room also smelled horrible. Food was okay, nothing spectacular. Service was good. This is not a fine dining restaurant.

Anonymous (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

This was our second visit to Cafe Paragon. Our food was great and our server was personable and attentive. The Bruschetta appetizer was so delicious. The only reason the food receives a 4-star is because my husband ordered a pepperoni pizza and it was pretty greasy. The other food at our table was all fabulous.

vipDavid (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2014

Visit Cafe Paragon regularly, and tried a sirloin steak special this evening. Sirloin steak was covered in cream of corn, and it was fantastic!! Very different dish with many different flavors from the bacon crumbles, sweet corn, and steak flavor. Told the chef and manager that it was amazing, and it should be a regular on the menu!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2014

Paragon is an absolutely outstanding restaurant, in every aspect. The menu, service, and management is 1st class. Pano is particularly to be commended, always. It is a pleasure for me and my family to dine at Paragon. Thank you! Fr. Barry Meehan

vipCatherineprov (New England)
2.0  Dined on May 23, 2014

Honestly we come here it's a place you go to for mediocre food. Hummus is good as is the scallop app. The salads aren't creative move like they throw a large amount of arugula on a plate and handful of toppings, don't dress it and then whatever side you ask for is usually lost in the massive amount of greens. We got shrimp as ours and the shrimp were so small and over cooked they were shriveled to a dime size. We will be back for apps and that's all. Service was great.

marceau97sss (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

As an alumni in town for the weekend, our group reserved a table as this location was a fan favorite in college. After this experience, you need to pay me to go back! 1) I personally ordered the French burger (because I love Boursin cheese) and was given a burger without the French (Boursin) and was told that they had run out of the cheese when the burger was in front of me. 2) We had a number of issues that were not addressed and handled by the management appropriately. The server and the managers were not working in cooperation with one another, which needs to be fixed. 3) We waited over 45-60 minutes just to pay and get our check adjusted after our numerous issues, which led to more frustration than what needed to happen.

thebraz (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2014

the true meaning of Brunch...everything you could possibly want, done the right way.

Bridge3 (Adelaide / SA)
3.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

Obviously a place for young college students. Food was ok (got burgers) - fries were terrible - limp and soggy (both potato and sweet potato fries)...just fair. Noise was so loud (Sat night at 7pm) that we could not hear friends sitting across from us. Really, really noisy. Perhaps this is a place for young college students who don't care about conversation. Not fit for middle age friends wanting a decent meal and time to connect.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

Seafood very well prepared, and a great winelist. Thank you.

vipnw1025 (New England)
3.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

I will begin by saying that I loved the 64 oz Sangria tower. In fact, that is what brought us to Cafe Paragon. The food was ok, but not great. The sirloin was extremely dry and the steamed vegetables could probably have been steamed for a little bit longer.

vipLisa (New England)
2.0  Dined on March 22, 2014

While the food was good, it would have been nice to receive our orders correctly.

3 out of 4 dinners were incorrect as described on the menu, with wrong sides and sauces. Two people in our party ordered salads and they arrived AFTER our entrees had arrived.

The food did taste good, however, and the server kindly brought out the correct items when we brought it to her attention. She said something about someone new in the kitchen.

The location is great, but I am guessing Cafe Paragon caters to the neighborhood college crowd, because the place could use some general maintenance and paint.

I would recommend for lunch.

jason (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 16, 2014

Great fun place... yummy hummus platter

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

I brought my parents recently for a quick bite before an event at Brown, and found the service outstanding. The menu had a lot of choices, and our food was good. We were in a hurry so the valet parking was helpful. The noise level was very high but my father uses a cane so it was easier to sit near the kitchen than to climb elsewhere.

vipCAG2 (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 2, 2014

Brunch and Bloody Mary's (spicy) were on the menu.
Food was plentiful; well served - and tasty.
Lots of young people - representing the various universities.

vipBirgs (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 28, 2014

Mussels appetizer very tasty with lots of sauce for dipping the delicious bread. Just the right portion for sharing, too. Rigatoni pasta dish very cheesy but delicious. Seafood zuppa special rich with clams but could have used some pasta...maybe order a side of angel hair?

diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 24, 2014

Loved that the waitress brought over a little Happy Birthday surprise dessert for my sister without even asking!!!!!!!

vipDavid (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

Great food and service as always!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

We went for valentines dinner and it was very crowded. Our reservation was for 9 but we didn't get seated until 9:25. The lobster ravioli was wonderful with shrimp and swordfish on top.