About CAV Restaurant

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.

14 Imperial Place
Providence, RI 02903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Fusion / Eclectic, French American

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thur: 11:30am-10:00pm: Lunch till 4pm, Dinner served till 9:30pm
Friday: 11:30am-12:00am: Lunch till 4pm, Dinner served till 11pm
Saturday: 9:30am-12:00am: Brunch and Lunch 9:30am-4pm, Dinner 4-11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm: Brunch and Lunch 10:00am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
Bassett St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 751-9164

Website:
http://cavrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
On NEW YEAR'S EVE, CAV will provide entertainment with a live band - The Lonnie Gasperini Ensemble - plus favors, masks and champagne at midnight. Walk-ins who do not wish to have dinner, may pay $20 at the door. CAV and its award winning bar will be open till 2am.

CAV offers the lovely Private Antiques Area and Lounge for Private Parties, Business Dinners, Wedding Rehearsal Dinners and more.
The private room, seats up to 65 guests. On Selected Days, the Whole of CAV may be available for Private Dining for Larger Private Parties (up to 125 guests for dinner, or more for cocktail parties.

Catering:
CAV provides selective catering and many menu options and price ranges.

Catering menus include buffet style events with chef decorated antique platters, or seated dinner parties with upscale individually presented menu items.

Custom Planned events and weddings, as per the preferences of our guests.

Parking Details:
CAV offers free parking to dinner guests in our parking lot right across our entrance.

Public Transit:
Trolley stops within a block from CAV; refer to Ripta website
Shuttles from Brown and RISD also stop a block from CAV on Bassett St.

Executive Chef:
Chef Josh Herring; Sous-Chef Allison Vanderburg

Private Party Facilities:
CAV offers the lovely Private Antiques Area and Lounge for Private Parties, Business Dinners, Wedding Rehearsal Dinners and more, seating up to 65 guests. On Selected Days,the whole of CAV may be available for larger private parties, up to 125 for dinner, or more for cocktails parties.

Private Party Contact:
Sylvia Moubayed: (888) 366-1363

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Restaurant Weeks in Summer (July) and Winter (January); Other events to be announced. New Year's Eve is a special celebration at CAV, watch for upcoming details

CAV Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Special Occasion (29)
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Cozy (25)
Romantic (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Authentic (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Fun (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Business Meals (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Casual (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
People Watching (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a delicious dinner with friends. the scallops seared to perfection and the duck was ordered. Attentive waiter and overall great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The calamari appetizer and duck entree are amazing. We generally get them whenever we visit CAV.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

There isn't enough to be said about CAV in a review like this. The closest I've come to something this wonderful would be a cafe restaurant in Paris. The decor, lighting, floor layout, wine list, food all combine for an experience that is nothing short of magical. We could not help but remark that the colors and lighting were done with care to produce an effect. Nothing is haphazard. There is a balance between all of these elements of the restaurant's design so that the experience isn't just a dining experience- it transcends that and becomes something akin to stepping into grand memory- a place where you remember real joy, happiness.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Fantastic meal within an absolutely beautiful setting. I always come here when I visit Providence.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delightfully eclectic and excellent birthday brunch.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food service and ambiance that doesn't quit
Especially cold night and felt extra cozy and warm thanks to the funky and comforting design of CAV
Beautiful chNdeliers and funky bar
Restaurant bigger than it looks brick walls charming
Food for everyone vegans and vegetarians creative cuisine
Special occasion celebration or just treating yourself to nice ambiance
Thank you CAV

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Took my 4 year old granddaughter and my daughter in law there for brunch. It was outstanding and the service was great. We were celebrating my late mother's birthday as this is where I always took her. Fond memories and now making new ones.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always excellent

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great atmosphere with delicious food. What more could to ask for ?

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

CAV is one of our favorite restaurants. The service is excellent, the good is great and the ambiance is very nice with interesting art and decorations.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I ordered the tuna for the 2nd time, it's awesome. My husband had the osso buco, he loved it. The ambiance and service was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We enjoy CAV as a celebratory space to share with friends and family - in this case, my visiting mother-in-law.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The last time I had the pleasure to dine here was back in ... maybe 1999 “ish”! I had moved out of the area for many years! I saw it on OpenTable and booked a meal for my wife and I and had the best meal in a very long time! The food was great! I had the Duck and my wife had the Filet Mignon. Both cooked to perfection! We both ordered drinks and I even tried (and loved) their French Martini! We finished the meal with a Creme Brûlée dessert! Highly recommend that one, by the way! And the service... we enjoyed the services of a very warm and inviting waiter who was attentive but not intrusive! The whole time went by too fast, although we enjoyed our meal at our own pace!! Can’t wait to go back! This is just one of those awesome places!! Loved it!! I hope your visit is equally as enjoyable!!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Romantic and cozy spot for a special occasion. The scallops and risotto were delicious but a bit pricey for the portion. Service was very good and staff were welcoming and friendly. Overall I would highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Second time eating at CAV. Food is outstanding! The calamari appetizer is the best I have had. Love the eclectic decor too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Love this place, the food is outstanding. The server was great and very knowledgeable

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

An awesome place to spend the evening. Great food we highly recommend the filet, great drinks and a very friendly, courteous staff. You really can't go wrong here. We will definitely be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I brought some business clients there for lunch and they were all very impressed. Two of my four guests are from RI but have never tried CAV. They loved it and will be back for sure. CAV has a great menu with classic favorites and other dishes you just don't see anywhere else. It remains one of my favorite dinner spots and now will be a regular for lunches as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Dog friendly on the outdoor patio. Excellent food, great for brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Terrific as always. Really a fun and cool room and food stays very good after all these years. You are eating in the middle of an art gallery with a cool funky bar, great decor, tasty food, nice beverages, friendly service. what's wrong with that? The founder's spirit lives on.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was excellent. The food was amazing. The decor is great and fitting. I would highly recommend this restaurant and I certainly will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was our first time and we loved everything from the food, drinks and atmosphere, super

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our family dines sat Cav every time we are in Providence. We live in NYC and appreciate excellent food. We have never been disappointed at Cav. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are all exceptional. We love the decor and the waitstaff are friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fantastic find on Open Table tucked away on a side street in Downtiwn Providence. Atmosphere was delightful, food was presented beautifully and very delicious. Our waiter Jonathan was fabulous! We would definitely return.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Had a family meal on a Saturday night. Ambiance is creative and enjoyable with gorgeous lighting. We waited about 40 minutes after sitting down to receive bread but the pace of the meal sped up after that and was fine. We had calamari for an app and it was delicious. My brother and father got the lamb shank and raved about it but weren't crazy about the veggie pate on the plate. I had the scallops and they were done perfectly, my shrimp were a bit dry though. The combinations of vegetables and sauce were tasty. We all enjoyed our meals and liked the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always the same. Excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A friend told us that we had to go to CAV for Sunday brunch following a great evening at Water Fire. It's a spectacular site with amazing antiques, interesting textiles, weird chandeliers, and a fabulous collection of African sculpture and masks. The service was friendly and professional and the food excellent. When back in Providence, we'll certainly head to CAV to eat.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This evening was amazing. Our waiter, Jonathan, was fantastic. Food, ambiance, everything- it was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Crammed 5 people at a small table, refused to move us on request. In that respect, could have been better. Food was great though.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This place was AMAZING. My boyfriend and I were in Rhode Island for the weekend and enjoyed a lovely romantic dinner here. The food was amazing - highly recommend their lobster and poules aux poires (it's award winning for a reason). Their menu was so creative and extensive we had a hard time deciding. I'd love to go back. And the staff was incredibly polite and accommodating. Honestly some of the best waiters I've dealt with.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our waiter was wonderful. We had a great experience. I had swordfish and my husband had the seared scallops. The decor inside the restaurant is wonderful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Was in Providence for an overnight visit for water fire and came upon this restaurant in my search . Was glad we went, food and service were exceptional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Nice restaurant. Very fun& funky vibe. Our drinks were great and my husband's meal (seared tuna) was great. Mine (beef tips & ravioli) was so so. The restaurant got busy and our waiter was in the weeds. We were forgotten about for about 45 minutes. We seriously think he forgot we were still in the restaurant. We decided not to order dessert.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The ambiance was amazing, and the food was just as good. For an early dinner on a Saturday there seemed to have been quite a crowd but no wait... Thanks to OpenTable

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

One of my girl friends and I dined at Cav on Friday night to book our upcoming girls weekend get away. It was our first time and we absolutely loved the experience! The food and drinks were fantastic. Curt our server was so hospitable and had many great recommendations. He even gave us a free dessert since it was our first time. We will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely experience. Attentive but not overbearing wait staff. Delicious food and beautiful atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Really interesting eclectic interior paired with excellent service and great food. I had the Poulet aux Poires and it was excellent. My girlfriend had Black Truffle Ravioli and was similarly impressed. Overall very impressed and would definitely go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A good restaurant to enjoy a pleasant Saturday night amongst friends.

Extensive menu with great creativity to enliven all types of dishes.

Locates in Providence, but without the hassles of crows and parking difficulties.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Have not been to CAV in about 15-20 years. Seems like it attracts an older crowd (like us). There was nobody seated at the bar which I found unusual for a Saturday night.
Menu is limited and not very interesting. Food was good but nothing special. Our waiter could use a personality perk-up

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

As always the food was outstanding and the atmosphere at CAV is unique. Would highly recommend it

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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