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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
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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
My husband and i moved to the East Side not that long ago and have heard wonderful things about Cook and Brown. We decided to go their for our wedding anniversary this weekend. It was amazing! We had a nice seat by the window and ordered appetizers, meals and dessert--everything tasted phenomanol! And, we loved how all the ingredients are local--even down to the soda! :) We will definitely go back!
The one thing that did strike me odd was the choice of music--the atmosephere is quaint and romantic and the music was more beat-driven and club like. I noticed it right when I stepped in the door and it didn't seem to fit with what I thought the restaurant's style was, but other than that, the experience was wodnerful!
Is it bad when the waiter brings over the desert menu? How about if he does it BEFORE he brings your entree? Other than particularly bad service (including forgetting my drink until he was reminded of it) and leaving our entrees on the warmer (or wherever) for quite awhile meaning our food was served late and lukewarm, and the aforementioned awkward moment of bringing over our desert menus before bringing over our entrees, it was really good. Actually the food (despite being lukewarm) was EXCELLENT. I mean five star quality. Portions were modest, so don't be afraid to get an appetizer (we had the salad with buttermilk dressing and it was just about perfect). Wine list is eclectic as is the drink menu. Menu is limit but interesting.
The food is divine and the service caring but not overbearing. This place is JUST RIGHT and already a favorite -- have celebrated a wedding anniversary à deux, tried the amazing and creative cocktails sitting at the bar, and had a dinner with four friends. Each time it was just right!
Cook & Brown in Providence is one of those rare finds: a small restuarant where you can easily talk to each other over a low level of pleasant music and other diners' chatter. This, in itself, would make me go back, but then, add the amazing food cooked by Chef Nemo and his staff and I would have to rate this as one of our best dining experiences anywhere, and we eat out a lot all around the country.
This place is a great addition to the neighborhood. They are really kind to diners with children. I sent a note in advance that we had a baby we might need to walk outside and they placed us in a good location to walk out quickly if needed. We were fine , but appreciated the effort. One wish: cappuccino to accompany the stellar rice pudding with salted caramel.
C & B's execution of new American take on traditional Rhode Island menu was outstanding. Dishes were deconstructed, updated, and flavors were brights and distinguishable within the syncretic whole. Service was a little spacy and unpolished, but sincere. Dining chairs are hard and uncomfortable after a little while. But for the periodically clueless service and the chairs, we would have rated this five starts in every category. The food and its presentation are fabulous, equal to the best locavore driven cuisine anywhere. Prices were quite fair for this caliber of cuisine, given the modesty of the premises.
Comfortable neighborhood bistro with delicious appetizers and entrees. Interesting combinations perfectly executed. We particularly enjoyed the the peach and ricotta brushetta (smoky, sweet, creamy, soft, crunchy--all of the above) and the fritters. And the corn soup. Dessert was disappointing, adequate but did not live up to the rest of the meal.
Well priced, given the quality. A place where the diner is satisfied by taste and texture, not by large portions.
C&B has gone down-hill over the last 6 months. Perhaps Nemo's Beard nomination went to his head and he no longer monitors the quality of his food? We've been there many times, we'll never go back.
First, the good:
-our server Brian was lovely (it was his last night there)
-the appetizers were fantastic, nice heirloom tomato salad, and a chicken of the woods mushroom dish
-Entrees were awful; swordfish was so well done it was dry. The presentation on the scallops was unappetizing - smeared caper puree. Nothing was seasoned. It's called salt. We sent back half of each unfinished.
-The rice-pudding needed sugar, the caramel was visibly burned.
-The tiny cocktails are a huge rip-off, served in a champagne coupe
I've now had half a dozen meals (dinners and brunches) at Cook & Brown. Every one has been exceptional. The menu changes often and always includes a creative, delicious vegetarian option for each course. The emphasis is on seasonal and local ingredients. There's a strong neighborhood presence that makes the place feel comfortable and relaxed. The staff is uniformly pleasant and helpful. Dinner is on the pricey side, but I always feel I've gotten what I've paid for.
wonderful food, artfully presented, great but not overly-effusive service. The scallops were fresh and perfectly cooked. The lamb was also just perfect--tender and not overdone. And the waiter gave helpful advice, answered questions, even brought 2 samples of wine for us to try, but never seemed to be intrusive or get in the way of our conversation. I can't wait to return.
I went with a friend, came back again later that week, and then again the next day just for drinks. The drink specials were really wonderful and a treat that shouldn't be missed-- I say this as someone who usually only drinks wine and so there's got to be a good reason to order a drink (and these were wonderful!) I had sea bass the first time I ate there, and mahi mahi the second time. The preparation is absolute perfection and the presentation is gorgeous. This is one of the few places where I trust whatever decision the chef has made and don't need to make any substitutions to anything, because I know so much thought has gone into every tiny detail. My co-worker and I have decided to make this a regular drink spot this year-- can't wait!
The quality of the food and presentation were top-notch, amazing flavor combinations, the fact that the menu changes daily is a plus, but the menu is almost too limited. I would love to see what the chef could do with other appetizer and entree choices. The ambience is lacking, somewhat spartan; Also the bartender is excellent, a real mixologist, with some really unique cocktails; the wine list is somewhat limited, but the choices available are all very good to excellent. I'm going to really hate it when this place is discovered and i have to wait weeks for a table. This restaurant is a work in progress, a masterpiece in the making.
Everyone was happy with their food. I had the beet salad and duet of beef. The quantity of beef was small, but extremely well-prepared flavorful. The tomatoes it was served with were very fresh and flavorful. Someone else had gnocchi, which was very nice and light. We all had cocktails. They were delicious and deceptively strong. Overall it was a good experience and I will definitely return. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and competent. They have a nice bar, but it closes a bit early (10pm on Saturday).
Food was delicious, service was excellent. A little on the expensive side though--definitely more restaurant than pub. One in our party was wheelchair-bound and the restaurant was very accomodating. Main door has one step, but there is a second front door (usually locked) with no step.
we thought the place was very nice inside. The food was good but everything we ordered was very small. The Cosmopolitans were tiny. the meal we ordered was rib eye steak and i think they split one steak between the two of us, again very tiny portions. We thought it tasted great but left very hungry. wouldn't return...spending $100 and leaving hungry, not too good!
Not super impressed. Food was mediocre, especially for the price and the service was slow. It was also an odd place to sit. Didn't care for the restaurant in its previous life as "Oak" and I can't say I care for Cooke-Brown anymore. Pretty disappointing experience.
This is my favorite restaurant in Providence by far. The food was beautiful, fresh and perfectly cooked. The cocktail I had (blueberry and lemon something- the special of the night) was perfect. Probably my favorite thing about the restaurant is how their menu changes so often to reflect the local produce. The restaurant is also the perfect size- it feels intimate and uncrowded, like you are the only ones there. It has big windows that look over the park, which made us feel like we were outside on a summer night. I can't say enough about this place. It was elegant, comfortable, peaceful and delicious in the most effortless way.
As part of Restaurantweeks, I really enjoyed a glass of red with the pork meatballs uniquely combined with rabe and fennel puree, somewhat liked the ricotta gnocchi if only the pesto sauce had more punch (just returned from Italy where garlic pesto is never meant to be this subtle), and the lemon cake with berry creme was perfectly light with a generous cup of robust coffee.
While the service was impeccable, I don't really get the gastropub look of the place. . .more like college campus on-a-shoestring feel. Mind you, I usually don't fuss about ambiance if the food is top-notch yet parts of the physical experience distracted me from the great food, namely, very uncomfortable chair that actually squeaked and rocked back with my every mov
The choices on the "Restaurant Week" menu from which we ordered were, of course, limited; however, the pork meatball appetizer was very nice; the chicken confit entree was perfectly cooked and seasoned; and the dessert(s)--I had a rhubard parfait and my dining companion had a bread pudding--were also tasty and appropriately light. The service was fine; unobtrusive and efficient. I look forward to going back to try the regular menu items (particularly the hamburger, which seemed a favorite.)
The bluefish appetizer was outstanding, as was the pea soup and ribs. Duck Confit was beautifully prepared, but so salty it was not fun to eat. The bluefish entree was also oversalted. I was disappointed, having had outstanding food the first time we dined there. I plan to call and let them know.
Second visit - wonderful food, the Bibb Salad with Duck Ham and Buttermilk dressing was light, uncommon and delicious. The Pesto Fettuccine with zucchini and fried capers was light, full of flavor and more than enough for dinner - cocktails were perfect, service excellent, highly recommend it.
I dined at Cook and Brown Public House based on the reviews from other Open Table members and it did not disappoint. A small boutique restaurant tucked away in a sweet neighborhood of Providence...almost in Pawtucket, offered a small but varying menu. The drink menu was extensive and fun to read through before choosing. Our waitress was friendly, but not hovering and didn't rush the meal. We sat in the window and watched all the neighborhood walk or run by. Great feeling. There are a few tables outside on the sidewalk if you wish to be outside during the nice weather. This could easily be a neighborhood favorite if you live close by! If you go, be sure to make it to the dessert course! Absolutely my favorite part of the meal!
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