CAV Restaurant

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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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DG
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We dined at CAV for Father's Day. We drove from MA to meet our college-aged children living in Providence for the summer. The atmosphere was a comforting, casual elegance. We had a great time laughing all throughout dinner. The food was very good; the rib eye special was outstanding and the wine list had something for everyone across multiple price points. We all thought we'd like to go back for lunch. It would also be on my list for a pre-theater dinner.

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GC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were initially seated at the table closest to the restroom . Very unpleasant . The manager swiftly moved us to a table in the front room which was terrific! Food was delicious save the crab cake. The concept was great, pistachio encrusted, however crabmeat was off. Thank you for a lovely Father’s Day!

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

Always solid!

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PG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our husband for Father's Day Brunch and he really enjoyed it! Very nice atmosphere and the food was amazing. Definitely would go again.

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CS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CAV was amazing on every level. The food was so delicious, our server was so helpful and nice and we so appreciated his thoughtfulness. The timing of each dish was perfect. The cocktails were great the wine choices were excellent. I can’t say enough good things about CAV. Wish I lived in Providence so we could go more often!!

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

I hadn't been to this restaurant in years, so I was looking forward to trying it now that they have evolved and/or changed the menu from back then. The ambiance was always wonderful and eclectic. The menu had MANY great selections, which was not the case when I was there last. I had the goat cheese croquettes and the duck confit and my other guests each had a different menu choice, all of which we loved!!!

I will definitely come back again and more often!!!!

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

CAV never disappoints! I wish I lived closer so I could be there more often.

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

Great place!

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M
New England
41 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nikko was an excellent server. Attentive, and friendly. The Brie appetizer was delish. The Sophia salad was also enjoyed. The seafood with lemon risotto was also delicious. Eclectic decor was interesting. Outdoor seating was available, but too chilly. We came from MA and would definitly would go back.

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Have been going to CAV since the late 1980's. I have introduced this restaurant to many folks over the years. The dining experience has always been consistent, except sadly to say this most recent visit.
It was a Tuesday night at 6pm, and there were few other parties. One party we noticed was served before us, although they were seated after us. Our meals did not arrive until after 7pm. Bread took a long time to get to our table. We asked for more bread when the meal came, but had to ask a second time. The ravioli was ordered by 2 in my party, and they both said it was cold. I urged them to say something, but they declined to do so since it took so long in coming.
Overall, slow service on what clearly appeared to be a slow night. Not sure why. We usually go here for both our birthdays, but my husband is hesitant. I told him it was probably was an unusual an off night , but thought you should know since you send this questioner out. Thank you kindly.

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner at CAV!

We've already suggested you folks to several friends.

Already planning our next visit!

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t
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Loved the ambiance of the Cav. I felt we were rushed a little. We were there for our Anniversary and in and out in 1 hr and 15 min. Would have liked to linger a little longer.

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CT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great atmosphere! Very cool place!

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SL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lemon risotto exquisite. Only place in area to have blackberry merlot sorbet!!!

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LT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service (Jonathan was terrific), and a great environment. We couldn’t ask for more.

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ME
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, the service was great, and the food was excellent. We were there on a Sunday night when the facility was lightly attended so the noise level was no problem.

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b
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our first time at the CAV and we would definitely recommend it for a dinner date. The restaurant has an eclectic ambiance. Very comfortable and fun. The menu has many choices along with the specials of the day. The food was very good as well as the service. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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KW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Plenty of parking, beautiful venue, terrific food.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderfully prepared food. Great cocktails.

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MP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love everything about this place. The decor and ambiance is very cool. If you have nothing to say to your dinner partner then enjoy looking at all the unique items. We always frequent here before a PPAC show and walk over. Gets you away from the crowds and easy access to the highway after the show.

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DC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner there on Saturday & then on Monday....and the problem is I cannot decide which dining experience was the BEST. Providence has some really great restaurants & the quality bar is high. CAV far exceeds the bar and then some!

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CAV has great food and great ambiance. I’ve been twice and enjoyed it both times.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cav never lets you down. Great service and amazing food.

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SG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was even better. Going back soon.

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance are one of a kind for the area. Definitely recommend checking it out if you’re on a mission for a unique dining experience!

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n
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely, casual elegance with great service & food!

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HB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was incredible from start to finish. Such an eclectic ambiance and our server was both friendly and informative. Had the crab cake app and filet and scallop entrees. Everything was delicious and I wish I saved room for dessert! Would come back in a heartbeat and price is right for the quality of service and good that you receive!

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s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night Saturday. Excellent service with Kurt. Have been many times over the years. Never disappointed.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Mussels were done perfectly. Baked Brie appetizer was delicious. Loved all of it. Can’t wait to come back.

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T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food! Great place to meet after work for a drink , or for a romantic dinner.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cav is pretty, very pleasant, wide ranging menu. Met two old friends for lunch, and we were well served, well fed and had a thoroughly enjoyable weekday afternoon

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P
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived a little early for our reservation, however the sat us right away at a beautiful table in back. He was a delight. We celebrated Mother's day with my wife and our daughter. I never knew this but my wife has been wanting to dine at CAV for years...I was so lucky that I selected CAV without knowing she wanted to go there. We had a great time. The brunch menu was outstanding.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Pvd!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best brunches in the state. Service was attentive and friendly. This is one of my go to spots.

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DS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. Food outstanding. Lobster scrambled eggs are the best. Good Mimosa’s also👍👍👍

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CAV is as charming as the reviews say, and the brunch was delicious. The wait staff are professional and attentive. Highly recommended.

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AP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CAV Restaurant never disappoints! I took my mother here for mother's day brunch and the food was delicious, the service was great, and the atmosphere was cozy and elegant. We will definitely be back!

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great waiter (thanks again Tom!) beautifully decorated

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RV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here......for Mother's Day. Food was delicious. We had a wonderful time. We will be back!

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ET
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner after a show at PPAC. Went to CAV several years ago for brunch and do not know why we never went back but would put this restaurant on our go to list. They do it right.

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