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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Cozy (31)
Special Occasion (31)
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Creative Cuisine (31)
Romantic (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Authentic (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

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·Dined on January 12, 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 January 1, 2018

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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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

superb atmosphere, creative menu and choices, excellent service

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The place and food is great.
Everytime the outside door was open it got very cold. The cav needs to improve the entrance to prevent the cold from rushING into the dinningroom.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waitress was phenomenal, and the food was fantastic. The overall ambiance was perfect, and both I and my date had a wonderful New Years Eve date.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything about our New Year’s Eve dinner at CAV restaureant was perfect. The food was outstanding as was the service and ambiance.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Beautiful Dreamy Warm Atmosphere with Fabulous Food!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredible!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

CAV has definitely moved up as my favorite - go to - restaurant. It has the whole package, a great bar where you can just grab and drink/appetizer or have a full meal while hanging with one of the cool bartenders. If the bar isn't your deal, the full restaurant has an ample amount of tables with knowledgeable friendly staff members. The menu is awesome, the crab cakes are a must try as is the tuna and duck entrees...and one of the key points...no hassle parking!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been to CAV numerous times. We find the menu to be varied and the food prices reasonable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a team luncheon here. It was a delicious meal. The ambiance is unique, so many interesting things. At the holidays they layer on even more lovely festive decor. I've been here several times, and the food never disappoints. The service was professional, and well timed.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent meal and service. Our waiter, Jonathan, was particularly helpful with our group which was celebrating a birthday.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food ,service & ambiance!!!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Cav has a warm, feast-for-the-eyes ambiance from the moment you walk in the door. The lighting from an array of eclectic crystal chandeliers sheds a soft glow over the entire scene. The food experience was superb. Of our party of 5, each of us commented on the great flavors throughout the meal. Service was personal, attentive, and our server was most enjoyable. A lovely evening from the time we crossed the threshold into this magical place. An uncommonly excellent dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Came with two friends for brunch. Amazing staff, quirky atmosphere made for good conversation!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent service and fantastic food every time. Our favorite restaurant in Providence.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was delicious and presented very nicely.
I was seated near an outside wall and it was a bit chilly with a draft.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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