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
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
Cozy (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
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Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for a Date (29)
Romantic (29)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Worth the Drive (18)
Authentic (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Fun (11)
Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
People Watching (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (2)
Waterfront (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Everything was great! Nice atmosphere!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We went to CAV after the theater and had a great meal. The food is great, but what really stuck out was the wine prices are very reasonable. I think this place has the best ambiance in Providence and is clearly at the top for food.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We received a gift certificate for CAV so it was our first time there. The waiter, Curt, was very helpful, answered all of our questions and gave us ample time to review the menu and enjoy our meal.
Our meals were outstanding. We shared calamari for an appetizer . It was not fried and had a wonderful texture and taste. The duck dish and the chicken with pears were superb. Some of the best restaurant food we have had. We shared a berry tart for dessert that was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and Valentines Day! The atmosphere and food was fantastic. My husband and I both said we need to go to Cav more often. Waiter was great too!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome!! Food was excellent. Service was great. Very pretty place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

My mother and I dined here on a Saturday night. She ordered the New England clam chowder, which was good but the potatoes were too big. I enjoyed the walnut encrusted Brie as my appetizer. For dinner, she got the Duck confit, which was delicious, while I thought my filet was delicious. My creme brûlée was a bit too sugary. We thought the food was very good and the ambiance was interesting. In addition, the service was very good, fast, and attentive.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The best Rhode Island has to offer. Truly a must try restaurant. You will become a loyal patron from that point on.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely amazing experience. The food was beyond tasty and mouth watering. I highly suggest the Pan Seared calamari and The Salmon was tender and buttery. By far the best tasting food and dining experience I’ve had!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food in a really elegant yet unique atmosphere. The staff was professional and helpful, answering questions about the menu. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

The romantic atmosphere can’t be beat and the service was very warm and friendly. We enjoyed our meal a lot - especially the scallops and creme brûlée.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Came for Valentines day and they still had their full menu available. They were very flexible and the service was top notch. The place is very cool looking inside and I was satisfied with the whole experience, I would definitely go back.

Tags: People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We love CAV! The food is always amazing and the service is impeccable.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First time enjoyed our meal, atmosphere and very good service. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Warning: Vegetarian bias follows:

Overall seemed to be a very well liked restaurant. Beautiful traditional Italian menu options great for omnivores but fairly limited for vegetarians.

Drinks: We had a martini which was really not very good at all, Scotsman or something, just gin and elderflower. We took 4 or 5 sips and just swallowed the expense but not the remainder of the beverage. No craft cocktail options on the menu, just a page of largely sweet martinis, a limited tap beer list and a number of (admittedly nice and decently chosen) wines. Bar tenders were kind but didn’t seem interested in their art, or maybe they were a little constrained. We tried a sangria to follow in an effort to try something reliable and easy to make decently, but it clearly contained fruit punch and we also didn’t drink much of that.

Food:
Ample very nice Italian traditional options with a northeast flair. A few newish efforts like a seared sushi grade tuna and some similar fish, but I think this place really rocks for the old school Italian. Nothing challenging for the 2018 palate. We chose two vegetarian dishes actually, the pasta Florentine which was delicious but contained almost no vegetable. The black truffle ravioli was excellent! Nice, bright lemon with the deep, heavy flavor of the truffle in well cooked ravioli and bitter broccoli rabe to counterbalance in an olive oil base. Spinach garnish was nice too. Highly recommended. Table bread was warm and moist with whipped butter but likely only heated on site. Tiramisu was an easy decision but fairly dry and smothered with ample Hershey’s syrup, just like you’d use to make chocolate milk when you grew up. Some might love that but we were bummed.

Overall, for $110 after tip for us it wasn’t the best option for vegetarians and we will likely not return. For meat eaters as well as sweet martini lovers it might be just the ticket!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 7, 2018

A good friend was in Providence for business. I wanted a fun restaurant with excellent food that would immediately make him forget business for an hour. Cave was perfect! A great way to show off our restaurant scene.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I just loved this place ! The atmosphere was wonderfully eclectic and romantic. The food was divine. We will definitely be coming here often !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful and our service was good. There was a very long wait between appetizer and entrée. My duck was lukewarm and the leg part was seriously overcooked. My husband had the cod special which was served hot, but overcooked as well. I would go back and sit at the bar for a drink and to enjoy the atmosphere. The food was lackluster at best.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was great - except fish was initially undercooked

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always, CAV is a winner in our book. Service is a bit slow at times, but always very pleasant and thoughtful. Everything on the menu is delicious. Portions are reasonable, but not excessive, and the price is appropriate for the fare. We've been there dozens of times and will no doubt be back again soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Brunch was spot on, delightful and service was excellent. It’s a very interesting visual space as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The place gets an A+ for ambiance, as a comfy little jewel box you can sink into and watch sparkle. It's a great place for a special occasion, very inviting and warm, with excellent service and delicious cocktails. I'm sure the food is terrific as well, though the precise dishes I ordered weren't quite to my taste, while obviously well prepared. The entrees can get pricy. But again, it's certainly the right place for a special occasion, or when you just need to feel like you've done something really nice today.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

CAV has become a special place for special time with people I love. Never had anything but a fabulous experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent meal and service. My husband and I love the unique decor at CAV.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Love 💟 great fun great food amazing wait staff friendly clean delicious unique city feel easy parking yummy

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Disabled Access, Waterfront, Quick Bite, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Live Sports, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Usually we enjoy CAV, but this was not a good visit for us. The waiter was extremely rude, and not at all helpful in answering our questions about the menu. We also had a long wait between visits from the waiter. Some of the food was very good, but a few dishes were dry. As I said, we have enjoyed dinner at CAV, but not this night, and unfortunately, it was a special occasion.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I ordered the mushroom risotto and I was surprised to see it plated as a mound of white rice on top of a mushroom saute - not what I was really hoping for. The service was less than perfect and I think we sometimes got overlooked because we were seated in a removed area that only had two tables.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Update: We had the opportunity to take new friends -- recent transplants from LA -- to dinner. It struck me that the most interesting restaurant we could take them to was CAV. I'm happy to report that CAV delivered as the perfect introduction to RI's food scene. We were given a nice 4-top in the back. Our server was charming, personable, informed, and attentive. Drinks were ordered, martinis were excellent. They extended restaurant week so we had the regular menu and the RW menu to choose from. Our friends LOVED the crab cake app and the calamari, though served cooler than they would have liked, was a hit. From the RW menu, my mushroom dumplings were very good as was my mini spinach salad with a light dressing, pistachios, and cheese -- blue or gongonzola, I can't remember. Entrees included: gnocchi, parmesan encrusted chicken breast, scallops & shrimp with lobster butter. No complaints and all plates were clean. For dessert we got the chocolate chip cookie, merlot/blackberry sorbet, and two chocolate things one with a chocolate straw which reportedly were decadent. Our friends thought the food was excellent and the atmosphere eclectic, and I was so happy that we had such a lovely evening together. CAV really is a very special place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Worked wonderfully

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food very good. Been to restaurant twice and on both occasions, different waiters, were a bit rude and made my group feel rushed.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It's a really cool room, decorated nicely in antiquey looking furnishings, red tones and very romantic with crystal-like chandeliers hanging everywhere. The service was prompt, casual and attentive. We happened in on restaurant week, so felt compelled to try the limited menu. Our pistachio laden spinach salads were fantastic, and the bread was superb. My husband's steak and goat cheese potatoes were excellent, my cod was just ok, a bit dry and bland, but the smoked crab mousse accompaniment was delicious. We normally skip dessert, but since it was included, we had the merlot sorbet which was tasty.
Bathrooms were a bit cold, could use a spruce up, and maybe not have unisex bathrooms, I hate them. Overall, very nice place in an out of the way location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Nice to see that the tradition continues - hope the restaurant will continue to thrive in its unique model.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was good. Nothing special, but not bad. Service was spotty, the server seemed to be preoccupied so a few obvious oversights had to be pointed out but overall a nice fellow. I would recommend this restaurant, but not for special occasions. Especially in the middle of a work day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Love the eclectic vibe here! Nice cocktails, I enjoyed the Scotsman in Paris (Hendricks martini). The salmon dish was yummy as was my husbands confit duck dish. Also the wine sommelier was very helpful in selecting a nice wine. Creme brûlée for dessert was fabulous. I definitely recommend cav for creative and tasty cuisine and cool atmosphere!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

CAV is one of the jewels of Providence, from it's eclectic and interesting decor to it's fabulous food. There's such a great vibe to the place that filters through the staff and the service. Excellent wine list and there is a big emphasis on presentation and, above all, it's a pretty damn romantic place. ;-)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Lovely setting for a mid-winter lunch with a good friend.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our food was delicious and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the restaurant and the dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent-I loved everything..,,the ambiance, the food, the service. Looking forward to my next visit!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Cav has been around for a long time and this was the first time I have ever been. Unique menu and very good food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was our Christmas gift to our friends. It was there first time at the restaurant and they loved it! I gave them the best gift!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A very special place every day. NYE was unique and full of traditions. The food, service and atmosphere was top shelf.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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