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

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Special Occasion (28)
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Cozy (27)
Romantic (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (15)
Good for Groups (11)
Business Meals (10)
Fun (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Casual (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
People Watching (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (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

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and service as usual. Will recommend to all.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Delicious food and fantastic service. We'll definitely be going back in the future.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great atmosphere, perfect for dining with family and friends. The staff was tremendous as was the entire meal. Our waiter had great suggestions to help us decide form all of the fantastic dishes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Poulet au Poire and rack of lamb were delicious. The lamb was a special.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our dinner was very good. The filet was awesome. My lamb shank very good, parsnip purée was cold however. Overall great atmosphere and good energy. Our server was awesome. Will be back!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with great ambiance, food and service. Definitely pricey for Providence, but if you’ve traveled to NYC or Boston the prices won’t shock you. Definitely worth a great evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Curt our server was outstanding! Happy to see that the late owner's family is continuing the tradition of CAV!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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