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CAV Restaurant

903 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary French / American, Fusion / Eclectic, French American
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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
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Phone number
(401) 751-9164
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Josh Herring; Sous-Chef Allison Vanderburg
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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.
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Private party contact
Sylvia Moubayed: (888) 366-1363
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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.

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Cross street
Bassett St.
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Parking details
CAV offers free parking to dinner guests in our parking lot right across our entrance.

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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.

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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.
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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
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
What 903 People Are Saying
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WDWright (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We had a delightful meal here. The menu is very eclectic and our selections were very well prepared. Our waiter was friendly and informative and we had a fabulous evening.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great! Nice atmosphere!

troy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

vipcma23 (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

Devour (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 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!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 6 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 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!!!!

5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Always phenomenal! A true Gem! With the passing of its owner Sylvia,who is dearly missed,I wasn't sure how Cav will hold up. Now her Son has taken over and has kept the restaurant just how she left it,impeccable! The service is great,the food is outstanding, the ambiance is beautiful and Cav is my favorite place! Thank you for having us!