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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.
Providence, RI 02903
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
CAV offers free parking to dinner guests in our parking lot right across our entrance.
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.
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
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
Our family went there to celebrate my son's 22nd birthday. We requested a specific table which was ready and waiting for us upon our arrival. Cliff took care of us that night and did his usual fantastic job. The food was great, service was awesome and we truly enjoyed our evening.
Something has happened to CAV and I'm not sure what. The atmosphere remains exquisite and the attentive and charming staff (shout out to Kurt) are the best. It was the food... the food that we once raved about... the food that made CAV our #1 favorite in all of Providence that did not live up to expectation. The sparkling water and pomegranate concoction suggested by Kurt was tart and refreshing. The Crab cake appetizer was good. Approximately the size of an Amazon Echo, with lumps of crabmeat and walnuts perfectly formed on top of a puddle of aoili -- delicious. Husband's mahi-mahi special was good - no complaints. I had two appetizers for dinner: Caesar salad was nearly dry and what dressing there was, was more oil-based than creamy. The parmesan flower that topped the salad was decadent - there's nothing like fried cheese. My mussels were cold. With no bread to soak up the curry sauce, no little fork to pluck the cold mussels out of their shell, my appetite went south. No dessert -- nothing caught our eye -- and we were done. I should have given feedback right then and there but I didn't, and I regret not doing so. Not sure what was going on in the kitchen that night; though it was a Saturday, it was snowing and we were told they had had a lot of cancellations. I think that's it for me and CAV, for now anyway.
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.
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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