CAV Restaurant

4.7
1202 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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DM
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely, scallops and shrimp, lobster bisque, merlot by the glass.
However, lamb shank and sides were cold and meat over done. Should have sent back but don't want to upset our guests.
Other than that- excellent.

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OT
Las Vegas
76 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saturday noon lunch but only the limited Brunch menu available ..this should be noted when making the reservation

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

Steak was terrible, otherwise everything was fine.

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

Great dinner experience. Food was good and the atmosphere perfect

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ES
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times over the past couple years and loved it. I took my boyfriend and parents just for a night out during restaurant week and it didn’t disappoint... We all loved our drinks, food, and server, Kurt! The ambience and decorations are great.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It's always a treat to have a night out at CAV since the restaurant itself is so beautiful and cozy. On this particular night there was live music and it was wonderful. I would have given 5 stars but the service was a bit all over the place. Our waiter was incredibly friendly but a bit forgetful. A couple of folks opted for the restaurant week option and we were never given dessert.

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SA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited during Restaurant Week. Have been told about this place for the past couple of years and just hadn't stop by, but glad I finally made it.

This is a very cool space, it lists itself as a restaurant and antique store. The ambiance is kind of a retro bohemian style with a ton of old glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It is very cool.

We started with the extra course, Fried Cauliflower in a ginger garlic sauce. I am not a fan of Cauliflower but really enjoyed this app. The flavor of the sauce was good and the Cauliflower heals up well fried. Our next course was the salad. It was mixed greens, candied walnuts, Gorgonzola and a Fig Balsamic vinaigrette. Great flavor on a simple salad.

I got the Grilled Sirloin for my entree. It came served on cipollini onions and bacon jam and was accompanied by Truffle Parmesan Pommes Frites. Great flavor combination and the steak was a prepared as ordered. My wife got the Ratatouille Parmesan Baked Gnocchi. Great dish! Full of flavor and the Gnocchi with the lemon basil sauce was excellent.

We finished with the Blackberry Merlot Sherbet. What a way to end. Great pallet cleanser that would have also been great between courses.

None of these items appear to be on their regular menu, but the meal was great and has enticed us to come back and try the menu.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cav is a funky place with great food. Not too noisy. We have never had a bad meal. The menu is varied, a bit eclectic, in a good way

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CG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our third visit in less than a month. Great food and service, cool atmosphere good prices.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

I really like CAV. The food is great, the ambience is great, the service is great. My one complaint and it happened twice (on Xmas eve when I went with my family and again when I went with colleagues) is that the host who seated us was annoyed (and it was obvious) that changing from a booking of 4 to a booking of 3 was a big deal. Honestly the second time it happened it sounded like he changed our table to a less desirable one in the middle of the room. He said it was a problem that they were changing from a four top to a three top but that seemed ridiculous to me. And my husband on the first time said he tried to change the number from 4 to 3 but couldn't on open table.

It truly turned me off when it happened again and I do believe it was the same host who seated folks.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brought wife for a birthday dinner, she had the lobster pasta and was very pleased, I had the lamb shank. I thought it had a very strong cinnamon taste which wasn't what I was expecting and it was not served very hot. Also I thought it was a little on the tough side not sure if it was the meats fault or maybe it could have been braised longer. Service was fine and it is a very interesting place inside.

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KD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday meal for my girlfriend. Food and service we both amazing!

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Magical atmosphere - live music - not too crowded - sophisticated crowd

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HD
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service 10
Food 10

Do not hesitate to dine here .. Providence Gem !

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J
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my husband to CAV for his birthday dinner the ambiance was really great. The service was really good and the food was pleasantly satisfying it was really good. Nice intimate enivorment. I really liked it!!!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never dined here before and we were definately not disappointed. The wait staff were great and the food was fabulous. We will surely be back.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, funky decor! Delicious food. Excellent friendly service!

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DF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son insisted that we go here for Brunch....I’m sort of picky...this place is amazing 5 star

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AP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy my time there. I especially like the pride the chef and staff have for the menu selection. Presentation is perfect

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is so nice. We had the bruschetta which was delicious. The Lamb Shank was fall of the bone delicious. Fresh Cut Pasta Florentine was a delicate pasta dish. Crème brule for dessert-Delicious

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, attentive service...always a favorite place to dine.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Enjoy this expensive restaurant so I brought a visitor from NO. He knows good food
He wanted the lamb shank. Unfortunately, it was sold out (6:45pm).

We wanted to talk. The otherwise nice music was WAY TOO LOUD for that: a disappointment

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, we had a hard time picking what to order because everything looked so good. It’s also a hole in the wall and is super cute, highly recommend!!

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CS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Day family dinner. EXCELLENT service ! Great food ... Ambiance abundance...we will be back!

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JG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! Service was outstanding and the food was very good!

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DS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Outstanding New Year's Eve dinner with special menu, live music and great decorations. First rate.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently good; waitstaff was terrific.

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BO
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Went on New Years Eve - had a early reservation. We felt very rushed by our waiter no sooner had we ordered a drink he was looking for our order. told him we were not ready yet and he kept roaming around and looking at us. just felt very rushed - no happy.

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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year's Evening Dinner with friends. Four of us had fantastic service by Vinny. Food selesction and fine wines were top. Great live music with woman vocalizing wide variety of songs. Left before the big partymgot going. CAV always a wonderful evening or lunch.

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KP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner on New Year's Eve. The waitor wss super freindly, service was fast, food was delicious, and the music (live band) was excellent! Highly recommended.

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C
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place for an inexpensive but delicious brunch in a beautiful atmosphere.

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MM
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new favorite spot!!! Food was phenomenal, service was incredible and the prices are so reasonable

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not hot. Ceasar salad had very little dressing if any,and lamb chops were fatty.Duck breast was cold.

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love CAV! I do miss Sylvia, but aside from missing her, everything is spectacularly the same!

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KK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service, food is always good with a wide variety of choices, accommodating to food allergies and preferences. Was quiet when we were there (6pm on the weekend). Would highly recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience is very unique, a mix of glam an antique. And the food was absolutely amazing! Incredible flavor and fast service! My husband and I went there for brunch on our anniversary and we will definitely be going back! We found the restaurant randomly on the open table app as we were looking for some place in a rush that could take two people for brunch. So glad we stumbled across this!

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P
New England
50 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CAV has become one of our favorite restaurants in Providence. The food is good, and the service is attentive, even when the restaurant is very busy. I appreciate never feeling that the server is trying to rush us out of there. I've enjoyed brunch, lunch, and dinners there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food.

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K
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time to restaurant and we had a great experience from the service to the food. The ambiance with all the eclectic things around is great. Butter poached lobster appetizer was awesome. Great choices on menu so everybody can find something.

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SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Comfortable, atmospheric, and great food.

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