CAV Restaurant

4.7
1276 reviews
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CAV's (foumded in 1989) award winning Restaurant and Bar serves a sophisticated contemporary menu, in a unique loft atmostphere, w/13 ft. Ashwood ceilings and brick walls. Accolades include: One of 5 Best Restaurants in Prov' The N.Y. Times, 'Best Restaurant Atmosphere' and 'Best Bar' R.I. Monthly; , 'Best Restaurant' Providence Monthl, 'Most Unique' N.Y. Details Mag. 'Most Romantic Restaurant' About.Com & Phoenix, 'Most Wordly Bar & Jewel of New England' Phantom Gourmet, Platinimum Plate Boston TV Diner. 'Most Worldly Bar' as well as many culinary awards. Signature dishes: Diver Sea Scallops, Hijiki encrusted Yellowfin Tuna, Filet Mignon, Sauce Bordelaise, Duck Confit,, Braised Lamb shank, as well as handcut pasta and vegetarian dishes. CAV is surrounded by pristine art objects also for sale. Also Al Fresco dining in Flowered Courtyard May-October.

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Really enjoyed the crab cake and bruschetta appetizers. Shrimp and pasta main dish and trout special main dish were good but not great.

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RM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always outstanding. I have been going to CAV since it opened.
The back room is a great spot and a little quieter.

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JA
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice hidden find with great menu and bar area. Not too busy night attended. Worth it.

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d
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CAV is one of my favorite restaurants..food and service is always excellent and consistent.

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NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding and for a great value. The chicken was so tender and my dish was very flavorful. In other restaurants a thin, tough piece of chicken is served. This seemed like the whole breast was put in the oven so the result was a very juicy piece of meat. Done right!

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch!! Service was fabulous. Always enjoy the ambience and the menu selections!!

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LM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've eaten at CAV many times and have always been completely satisfied. However, this time the service was lacking a bit and the sandwich I ordered was not even cut in half. My daughter's soda was taken away and never re-filled. A bit disappointing but I will be back as I've had many other more positive experiences.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Was excited to try this place with my parents. Had a reservation for 10:30 and our food did not arrive until well after 11:30. People who walked in and got seated after us finished their food before ours came. Enjoyed the time to visit with my parents but the service was pretty sucky. Not sure if I’ll be back

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SP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant on and off for years, whenever I need somewhere to go for a special occasion with family or friends. We had a great time this weekend, but the food wasn’t quite as good as it usually is. I ordered the wild mushroom risotto and it was about 2 pounds of mushrooms with a little spoon of risotto on top. That may seem picky, but it’s hard to just eat straight up mushrooms. I ended up taking my mushrooms to go and making rice here at home, and the leftovers have been delicious. Otherwise the food and the service was great. Although there was one manager walking around with a grimace on that was a little strange.

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ML
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several friends had recommended CAV and it was my first time there. You did not disappoint.
We will return!!

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1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter and staff went out of their way to ensure a memorable meal, including letting us celebrate a special occasion with a cake from an outside venue. Food was delicious and service was top notch. Highly recommend

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MJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinning experience from the greeting, to the wonderful private table for two, to the waitstaff to the food. Highly recommend CAV for any occasion. Had our daughter's bridal shower in their private room and have attended other events - all wonderful experiences.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to CAV is always an amazing experience, the waiters are attentive the food is amazing and the atmosphere leaves you wondering.

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T
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I look forward to CAV’s brunch pecan crusted crab cake

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at the CAV. Great service from Kurt as always.

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MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely recommend this to friends. Went to celebrate my birthday. Good was fantastic. Ambiance of restaurant is very unique, beautiful. Service was great

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b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our third time for dinner at this attractive if a touch idiosyncratic place -- as before, service was professional, attentive and effective. Food was excellent - properly done with, for me anyway, a perfect degree of variation from the purely classic - for example, butternut squash flan accompanying lamb shank. Desserts have always been excellent.

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p
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my nieces baby shower there in the past and everyone was impressed

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and wonderful entertainment. We went on a Wednesday when they have a live band. The band was great! Food was fantastic and the server was very attentive. Great experience all around. We'll be back for sure.

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P
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The CAV remains a favorite restaurant and one we enjoy showing off to out of town friends. They were extremely busy Sunday but the servers kept their cool and were helpful and cheerful. When the special of the day was no longer available the server brought the dinner equivalent with no extra charge.

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j
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat- great food and great place

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EQ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent meal at CAV. We had reservations for 7pm but when we arrived there were 2 spots at the bar so that where we headed. Bartender took a bit longer than expected but the rest of the evening bar service was excellent. We had the calamari as an app; delicious. Not the typically deep fried calamari. My wife order the scallop and shrimp and I had the NY sirloin special. Both meals were excellent. Not a single negative comment about the food. Her seafood was delicious and my steak was cooked med-rare, perfectly. Great food, casual and lively atmosphere. Can't go wrong here. Looking forward to coming back.

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SI
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was the best dining experience we've had in a very long time. The ambiance is incredible - with the antiques everywhere and arranged so that we could hold a normal conversation even when the restaurant was packed. Our server, Jonathan, was quite personable, knowledgeable, and attentive without being overbearing. I had the duck, which was truly wonderful. My wife had the sesame & hijiki-encrusted tuna which was also excellent. Overall, it was a terrific dining experience!

I highly recommend CAV for a nice evening with your significant other. Make reservations - there is no way we would have gotten in if we had just walked through the door on a Saturday evening when there is a major concert in town.

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MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful, romantic meal. The staff even brought over a cake to help us celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. Food is divine. Remains our favorite date nite place!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us enjoyed every aspect of CAV prior to imbedding ourselves in the Academy Awards. CAV was excellent. Awards...not so much. We shared 4 appetizers and each of us had a salad for our entree.
The food was excellent. The wait staff was efficient and gracious. The wine (2 glasses each) was top notch also. For enjoyment and value CAV was a 10. Dave, Sarah, Lucia, and Jennifer.

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t
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed a nice place to go for a birthday dinner.
CAV came up as a suggestion and were they ever right. The decor was beautiful and the servers were attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.
I ordered the cod fish special which was delicious. The others ordered the cavatti with seafood. It was cooked al dente and the seafood was tender and moist.
The ambiance was so nice, everybody wanted to stay there for coffee. Normally, we would leave and go somewhere else, just for variety.
It was a great experience and I would return again.

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SW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wait staff. Everything on the menu looked good, but our waiter gave great recommendations. Best meal out we've had in a loooong time. Worth every penny. Cooked to perfection, wonderful flavors . . . Sea scallops were divine. Filet mignon . . . best my husband ever had. Sauces were delicious. Very eclectic atmosphere; just interesting decor. A hidden gem in an industrial area, but totally worth going. We're from out of state, but would go back in a heartbeat.

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s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CAV is a favorite dinner spot for many in the Providence area. But I'm guessing many people do not even realize that they have a great weekend brunch menu. The food is top notch, better than many of the more popular brunch spots. The service is great and a table is always available. And then you have one of the most unique and impressive dining areas in the city. Highly recommended.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the band, the atmosphere - absolutely beautiful. Couldn’t have asked for a better night!

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food in an atmosphere that was fun and interesting. Enjoyed the half price bottle of wine on Wed. night. Friendly and attentive service. Great place to begin an evening before a concert at PPAC. Brie was amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! I flew back east from California for 4 days, and was able to eat at CAV for 3 meals with different groups of friends—a brunch on Sunday, dinner on Sunday, and a lunch on Monday. All 3 times the experience was exceptional! Always a favorite!

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GS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love CAV. Recently I had Sunday brunch in the back room and it was lovely. This time I was in the main room, where the bar is (they had a function in the back room). Very noisy. Sorry! I was catching up with an old friend and missed a word every now and then due to the noise. Food is always great. I don't think I'll come back for brunch unless the back room is open.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great service. Amazing food and atmosphere

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BM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall good place for a date or special occasion. Food quality was good but expensive for what you get, especially considering it's not downtown but in a strange area.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent, as usual. We were seated promptly. It was a little louder than we like, but the could be attributed to a louder than usual couple near us. The service was lackluster. We usually receive excellent service there. Hopefully this was a one time issue. We will definitely be back, and we always highly recommend CAV to everyone that asks.

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E
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic, felt a little rushed out towards the end but it was getting very busy.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Everything was delicious. Staff was great. All in all a great evening.

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cav is our favorite restaurant. We love everything about it!

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JB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cav is a unique eatery. Always enjoy the ambience and the decor.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome establishment, great service and food and that is coming from a fellow chef so cheers!

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