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About Cook & Brown Public House
Cook & Brown Public House is a modern, New England inspired version of a European Gastropub. This translates to a restaurant with food that is rustic in nature yet refined in technique, and service that is casual and friendly while still maintaining a high level of professionalism and polish. Cook and Brown seats 50-55 people including the bar, which acts more as a dining counter for single diners or those guests who wish for a more casual dining experience.
Providence, RI 02906
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Bar: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Bar: Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Bar: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us through our web site to set up.
Plenty of on street parking on Hope St.
RIPTA Bus 42. The bus runs to and from Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence and stops just steps from our doorstep.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact for information.
Private Party Contact:
Nemo Bolin: (401) 273-7275
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Cook & Brown Public House Ratings and Reviews
I came here for a going away dinner with my boyfriend. The food was amazing. I had gnocchi with apples and squash, and he had the beer/bourbon/burger special. I had a cocktail made with Rye and proseco that both looked and tastes amazing. The highlight for both of us was the charcuterie board which was a mix of pickled vegetables and pates. Our server was also lovely and managed to sell us on a delicious chocolate brownie for desert All in all a wonderful dining experience
The service was spectacular. Wish I could remember the server/seeming manager's name because he deserves a raise. He accommodated our change of reservation time, could not have been friendlier, more sincere or more informed and helpful. The food was absolutely excellent despite the limited menu but it was due to the farm to table concept that I truly appreciate. A bit pricy for an out of the way place outside of Providence, but it was a treat!
Went there for Wednesday's "Burger, Beer and Bourbon". My wife and I tried the two burgers of the night - "standard" C&B Burger and an All-American burger. Both were great with the C&B possibly getting a slight edge. We also tried two sides, fried pickles and house fries. It is not needed in terms of amount of food but we wanted to sample the menu; both were nice with the fried pickles being the clear favorite for both of us. The whole package with beer and bourbon made for a great evening in a relaxed setting, Definitely coming back to try the rest of the menu; absolutely recommend a visit.
We had not been to Cook & Brown for a while, in spite of living in the neighborhood, and we were entirely delighted with our experience. One of us took the restaurant week selection, and the other ordered off the menu. The salad and blue fish cakes were inventive and subtle, while the lobster roll my wife ordered zoomed to the top of her very long and exacting list of lobster rolls. The semifreddo berry desert was similarly transcendent. The room was quiet because we are early, but I have gone by many times when it has been jammed. Wonderful place, and cheaper than the other real fine dining possibilities.
This place has a great ambiance and an amazing bartender. The servers are friendly and acommodating. We happened to go in on a Sunday and ended up sampling their Sunday supper option, which is a family style surprise based on the diner's preferences and restrictions. Though the final product wasn't entirely consistent with the requests we made, it was a fun experiment and everything turned out delicious. We look forward to going back here and trying more of what they have to offer!
Rarely are we disappointed by one of our main go-to date spots, Cook & Brown. Last night was as satisfying as ever. As a reasonably accomplished home cook myself, my standard for a good restaurant is pretty low - could I make it better? Sadly, many times at other joints the answer is "yes," but this has *never* been true at C&B, and it's difficult to imagine it being true at all. This is gastro-pub raised to the next level.
The mixed drinks we got were multi-layered and nuanced and intensely alcoholic - all to the good. The bluefish fritters (don't even think of skipping these) were as light, hot, and perfect as they've ever been. The sea bass entree (which will probably not be there when you go, as they change the main courses very frequently) was a solid piece of well-cooked, almost meaty fish in a buttery broth filled with scrumptious fresh green veggies. The quinoa tabouleh was similarly stuffed with summer greens that made it a great companion for the fish. Portions are not big, but not small either. Service was attentive without being intrusive or solicitous, and for a Friday night it wasn't too noisy at all. I hope C&B never goes away - it's too refreshing.
Overpriced dinner for the portions - $12 for 2 lamb ribs. Baked Orrechiette was edible but nothing special. Grilled Boyden Farms Sirloin Tip Steak was tasty and cooked perfectly but the swiss chard, romesco, and giardiniera was bland.
Would not recommend this place for dinner but more like share appetizer and beer/wine.
The restaurant that we would have gone to was not open on Sunday night so we decided to try the Public House. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and immediately brought us water which had a chlorine taste so we asked for bottled water. I only mention this because at one point while my wife and I were in deep conversation another server came over and filled our glasses with the chlorinated water even though we had a bottle of still water on our table. Now, this wasn't the end of the world and I am sure it was a fluke, but it was part of our experience.On the plus side , the bread was excellent, so was the beet salad and the cod entree was good although a little more spice would have made it that much better. Living on the coast of South Carolina, I am a fan of fried oysters. For my money, Franks of Pawleys Island is the best I've ever had. There was nothing wrong with the oysters at Public House but when one has experienced Paradise, everything else is jejune.Finally, the French Malbec we ordered was tasty but thin; I prefer the high mountain Argentinian malbecs. We would go back some future Sunday as there is always Hope in Providence.
I made reservations at Cook and Brown for Valentine's evening. We have been to Cook and Brown before and it seemed a perfect choice for a wonderful evening. Upon arriving, we were brought to our table on the other side of the restaurant facing the wall. Seeing that the restaurant was only-half full, I asked if we could be re-seated near the window. The hostess told me that I couldn't because I had an "assigned" seat.
Two other couples asked if they could be re-seated from the same section I was in. The hostess told one couple no and the waitress sat the other couple where they wanted to sit. I was at Cook and Brown for 90 minutes and no one ever sat at the three tables I wanted to move to.
It seems like such a small detail, but on this special evening I wanted everything to be right. I cannot think of a reason why Cook and Brown would employ a hostess that didn't understand dining and ambiance. Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts have a plethora of great restaurants and bistros; many times the only discernible feature is the customer service. And on this night Cook and Brown failed.
Moved to the Providence area recently and have been trying out a bunch of places. So far, this one is my favorite. We have been there twice and will be back. The food is very fresh and local. We tend to get 1 dinner and bunch of apps because you can share easily. Our friends love the cocktails menu, very creative. The inside appeal is pretty sharp. Try it and it'll become your go-to restaurant with guests.
My only negative is that the service doesn't pester you, but almost to the point that you may feel ignored. So i gave 4/5 for that.
I went with my Mother and boyfriend on New Years Day for brunch. We were seated immediately as we had a reservation, however, our table was near the door and up against the window so it was a bit drafty. We started with Bloody Mary's which were excellent and then proceeded to order various food items on the menu. They were tasty, but not served warm as they should have been. The food took about an hour to come out which seemed too long for brunch...I think between the holiday rush and hangovers the staff were nursing things didnt run as smoothly as they do on a normal brunch day. I will check it out again on a regular day and hope my experience is perfect!
We dined at C&B on Sunday evening...with the New England Patriots playing late Sunday at home, the restaurant was very quiet...we understand from the staff that this is generally the case when the Pats play in Foxboro since the restaurant (happily for many of us) doesn't have TV monitors! The food is consistently interesting and well prepared...a real asset to the Providence food scene!
Open Table needs to have space for a comment by the diner when making a reservation such as "where do we want to sit?" or dietary needs/allergies, comments I would make when phoning in a reservation. The internet reservation is convenient, but really lacking in serving customer preferences.
The food at Cook and Brown is amazing- very hipster, very different for Providence. We have been here several times and always enjoy the changing menu. In the winter the restaurant is extremely cold. We were seated in the window which is a single pane and near the door which opens directly into the dining room. We were not the only patrons who kept our coats on for the meal. Request a table at the back or check out Cook and Brown on a warm night.
The cocktails are fun--I always try something new--and the food is fresh, local, creative and delicious. I noticed this time how pricey the sides are. My friend ordered the cod with roasted potatoes as a side dish. He received a little crock with a handful of fingerling potatoes, very simple, and honestly, something that costs about a dollar to make even with potatoes from the farmers market. For this I think they charged $4.50. When you are getting $24 for a piece of fish, you could throw a few little potatoes in. My polenta app with soft-cooked egg was cold in the middle, I think because the plate it was served on was cold. A small detail but for an expensive place it matters.
so, ok, we know the owner Nemo, through his Mom, Sharon, so we got some special treatment...but....the food is the food (even if we got some extra treats) and it is beyond delicious. we had sunday supper, which is the chef's choice, prepared for the table (if so chosen) and it was perfect from start to finish with interesting, but not pretentious, dishes. if we lived in providence we would be at Cook and Brown every week.
We waited 14 min too long to be seated for a table in the middle of the room (with reservations) as well as getting our drinks. I & another at my table loved the Pan Roasted Cod. Hubby enjoyed fried chicken & son loved his Gnocchi dish as well. I have to say Roasted carrots is a better name for their roasted cauliflower & carrots dish since I barely found any of the white veggie as I searched through the trove of carrots filling my plate only to find tiny pieces of cauliflower - a bit of a disappointment considering the harvest of the white stuff I was looking forward too. My son loved his peach cake(?) ice cream dish while the 3 others at our table felt the creamy rice pudding was anything but creamy.
Service should be as good as the food.
Unfortunately almost everything we tried was a disappointment. The fried oysters were heavily breaded and overcooked, the bluefish fritters were lighter but had little flavor of bluefish. Our salads were wonderful, but a tiny portion for the price. ($8.) We shared a pasta dish, which was very heavy and bitter. They were accommodating and let me order something else, so I chose the hand rolled cavatelli dish. Much better flavors, but the pasta was still leaden. I would have rather had store bought pasta! As a consolation, they brought out a scotch egg, gratis, which we appreciated, but were not in the mood for after the heavy pasta. Staff very nice, but will not return.
I saw a hig recommendation from food and wine magazine for this restaurant so decided to try it out. I was incredibly disappointed with the vast majority of the meal. The mussels didn't hvae much flavor and neither did the pate. I order the corn chower and what i received was vergetables with 3 mussels cooked in a broth. There was nothing chowder like about this dish. The only appetizer I did enjoy was the bluefish fritters. For the entrees my group order the pork dish with ricotta, the crab rissoto, and the fried chicken. The only notable dish was the chicken. We also order the gnocchi which ended up having a hair in it. Rather than take that dish off of our check, the server brought a drink. when the person already had one.
The best part by far about Cook and Brown is the pairing of the atmosphere and the food. On one hand, the food sets a high standard for the dining experience here. With food this good, there are usually expectations of formality, however to my relief this is not the case with Cook and Brown. From the super personable wait staff to the creative but unassuming menu options, and the casual yet hip decoration Cook and Brown makes you really settle in and feel at home. Its this coziness that dominated the entire dining experience and will bring me back for more in the future.
They have redone the interior of the restaurant. Previously it was pleasant with a feeling of quality, nice tables, 4 tops (square). they put in a bench along the wall and have two tops lined up against it. I assume it is to give them flexibility for parties. All the tables were two tops. The bench was uncomfortable and the wall art blah.
Service was good.
i ordered a Tanqueray 10 martini. Good. the bill came and it was broken out as $11 for Tanqueray, $2 for martini pour and $1 for ordering it dry!. I questioned the dry when i got the bill and they took off the $1. Why not just charge $13? Even that is a bit pricey for the size received.
Food was good. Cod and Risotto. Nothing left to take home.
Cook and Brown has a special 3 course family-style supper on Sunday nights. We tried it this week and it was great. They are flexible about what they will serve, asking you if you have any allergies or foods that you don't want to eat. One of our party is a pescetarian so they served us a fried oyster appetizer and fish entree. I highly recommend going to Cook and Brown for Sunday night supper. They also have interesting wines and outstanding cocktails.
The food was delicious! My only thing I'd change is I'd have them buy fans. They said that the AC was fully cranked up, but both my date and I were sweating throughout the entire meal. I still like the food but we were definitely having to drink a ton of water and even put ice on our skin just to cool down.
We have had the pleasure of eating at Cook & Brown twice in two days! Different visiting friends wanted a special meal; C & B gave us exactly that! All eight meals were presented with a flourish by friendly waitstaff who were prompt and professional. I enjoyed two appetizers one night: smoked bluefish and potato fritters (crispy out, smoky/steamy in) and fried squid (fresh, perfectly cooked). Next night it was corn and smoked mussel soup (very fresh, popcorn and tomato garnish!) with a side of beets & horseradish (surprisingly yellow beets!). Others had steak tips, (which they would not share), steamed mussels with cider (not a scrap left) grilled corn on the cob (looked tasty). Drinks (creative and tasty), beers & wine, all excellent.
Out of just a few menu options I chose the gnocchi with "carrot top pesto" but was served a very fennel-heavy dish (think licorice) with six or seven huge chunks of gnocchi the size of strawberries surrounded by pickled carrots and crushed almonds. On the whole very dry and there was no mention of fennel on the menu or I would've known to avoid it. Disappointing dish and everyone else at the table reported feeling pretty "meh" about theirs.
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