Cook & Brown Public House

4.2
440 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(401) 273-7275
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nemo Bolin
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Private party facilities
Please contact for information.
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Private party contact
Nemo Bolin: (401) 273-7275
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Catering
Please contact us through our web site to set up.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North St
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Parking details
Plenty of on street parking on Hope St.
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Public transit
RIPTA Bus 42. The bus runs to and from Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence and stops just steps from our doorstep.
Additional
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
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I had been there about a year ago and had an AMAZING meal. It was a night when they had gotten a pig from a local farm so everyone in the restaurant got ham with delicious jams and side dishes and it was really exquisite. But I could not have been more disappointed with this most recent visit. We had (way) under-cooked (almost raw), extremely tough steak, porkchops that were ice cold and a brussel-sprout salad that had so much vinegar, it almost made me choke. We left before dessert but I would never go back.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Cozy atmosphere. Craft cocktails. Homey and warm.

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's just a brilliant restaurant, from drinks to service to food. Nemo Bolin is an amazing chef and restaurateur. Go!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Stopped in for drinks and a casual dinner. The food and drinks were good, but the service was really slow. It took 40 minutes for us to get all of our drinks. In fact, two sets of customers left because the service was so slow. Another issue was the bathroom. It smelled. It smelled so strongly, that we asked for another table in order to be away from the "aroma." And it wasn't busy, it was our party and three people at the bar. Not a place I'd recommend.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a good time at restaurant. They were ready for us by the time of the reservation and served us quickly. I have no complaints.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good for. Chicken was undercooked but had great flavor. Too many peppers in the calamari. Bartender was great

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE TESS!

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B
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique and delicious menu -- limited choices but enough to cover all the bases. Outstanding and attentive service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a double date. It was a nice relaxed atmosphere with great ambiance. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive without being a bother. The food was an experience for the taste buds. Every bite was savored while we enjoyed great conversation. We had to look up a few words from the menu, but this just added to the fun.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wedding Anniversary

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RI
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The meal was absolutely horrible. Even the water glasses smelled. Totally overrated. Skip it.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

First of all they require a credit card for the reservation. Annoying to be honest.
The food seemed to be missing that one ingredient. Or chef was trying to hard with certain ingredients. Only 4 entrees and priced relatively high for the value you got. Then gratuity was included. 20% for a party of six. Not expecting that. Won’t dine there again

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MH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Valentines

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The duck wasn’t available as it appeared in the menu but my son had the available version which he loved .. the mussels were disappointing.

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SG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very limited options on the dinner menu and really not broad based appealing. The web site gives the indication that the menu would be larger. Being a chef myself, I always perplexed that most chef in restaurants don't have a feel for salt. Most dishes are under salted. At restaurant, the cassoulet was extremely salty. I think what made i worse was they used a toasted bread crumb topping made from heir house bread which had a salted crust. Also, for a menu that only had four entree choices (and no specials) they had a substitution for one of their specials. My wife had the Steak Frites and I have to say the Frites were great but were served with no dipping sauce. They serve an Aoili with Moules Frites, why not with the Steak Frites. I think they are more interested in pleasing the drinking crowd and not the dining crowd.

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b
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Haven’t been in a year and was happy to see the drinks are still fantastic and the food even better.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My first dining experience at Cook & Brown and hope for more in future! Food is pricey but the quality makes it worthwhile. Creative combinations of foods, from salad to dessert. For example, the salad (crisp and fresh) included duck cracklings and a whipped cheese dressing. Entree was a fluffy cod cake surrounded by delicious mussels in a base of savory tomato broth. Try the fluffy rice pudding drenched in a maple praline sauce. wine list includes lots of out of the ordinary choices.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose Cook and Brown based on the selections chosen for Restaurant Week and we were not disappointed by the choices! From the salads, to the entrees, to the desserts, everything we ate was delicious and creatively plated. We enjoyed unique and tasty cocktails and German beers we hadn't tried before. Our waitress was helpful and attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and are already planning on returning next week with friends!

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TD
New England
61 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint local neighborhood quality restaurant. Great knowledgeable server, braised pork belly and Seaford Stew outstanding. Cocktails seriously good.

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KG
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great. Our server when we started the night was outstanding. Her shift ended during our meal, the person who took over wasn't as attentive & left us waiting for the check for a while. Other than that it was a perfect night out. Great menu (albeit limited, call ahead to see what the offerings are) we caught the end of the german experiment. Just delightful. The smoked trout was so good.

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RM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Visited last year just before xmas as we pick up our kids at train station from NYC. We all Loved the cocktails and food so decided to go again this year. Unfortunately was offering only the winter menu which was limited and nothing on it met our appetites that evening so we only had cocktails and pretzel bread and left to visit another restaurant for dinner. Suggest updating the menu shown on OpenTable. All that being said we continue to be impressed with the cocktails (and service was pleasant) and will definitely come back - but will call before to check on menu.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

What an extraordinary, transcendent meal! They got a pig from a local farm and served the most exquisite ham. Everything was so fresh and seasonal, from the inventive salad with shaved cabbage, rye seeds and raisins, to the wonderful roasted veggies and, of course, the ham. I can't wait to go back. This place is special. And also a wonderful value.

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AS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was a complete disappointment. As a "Farm to Table" restaurant, you would expect fresh, local ingredients prepared simply with appropriate seasonings. From the start, we had difficulty even finding anything on the menu that would make us want to stay and try it. Since we had little time before we had to go to see a show, we decided to try to make it work. The first couple of small dishes we ordered were good...fresh cucumber salad with mint and giant radish...it was nice and we thought "OK...maybe this will be worth it". Unfortunately, that was as good as it got. The smoked trout was just bad. It did not look fresh, was really cold and seemed like something that was opened from a deli package. The brussel sprouts were not fresh...they looked like they had been cooked few days earlier, warmed back up in a dish covered with olive oil and mixed with fatty bacon. What is with the over pouring of olive oil on everything? Sometimes less is more...and in this case, it's going to be way less.

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our server was curt and seemed annoyed to serve us. The food was great!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service is exceptional--everyone was very attentive, the food was served with perfect timing and the staff very friendly, conversational and efficient. The food is good--a lot of butter was used and of course that makes things delicious. I liked everything we ordered and will definitely go back. It was rich but healthy tasting.
The one thing that could use a bit of a boost is the decor--rugs on the wall? it felt slightly dirty which is not good. Given the food is austrian the decor should reflect this--good art on the wall and maybe a different paint color.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant made a small
Mistake with one of our orders and really went above and beyond in making it right.

Could have clearly used 1 (or 2) more waitstaff in their dining area, but the staff that there was was very kind. Will be back soon! Cool place

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SJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here and still very impressed. It’s not often you get a great neighborhood feel with such inventive menu, quality products and knowledgeable staff.

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KP
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delighted to hear that Cook & Brown Public House had a special menu featuring small dishes inspired by Central and Eastern Europe. It was an unexpected and tasty treat!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was extremely slow. Menu online was not the menu we were given. Food was AWFUL!

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MK
New England
40 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It had been awhile since we had been to Cook and Brown, but we've always enjoyed it in the past. Always loved the eclectic menu and that it was not only seasonal but used local foods. Something has changed however. The recent menu with a beach theme was more suited to a clam shack. Fried foods and salads, and very limited protein options (lobster, fried fish, or fried chicken). We left. My advice - if you want to try Cook and Brown, call ahead of time and see what the menu is. The menu on their website does not even approach reality. We won't be back any time soon.

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HO
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, low key yet special-feeling. Lovely, attentive server. Will return ASAP!

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OF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We have enjoyed this place a number of times in the past. Maybe not a top tier place, but good food, interesting menu, and the Sunday "Family Night" was great fun. We often visited on our way to the Gamm. But on our recent visit, there was only a summer "Beach" menu that would have been more appropriate at a clam shack. The food was mediocre, too. What's up? Is the chef on summer vacation? Has the place changed hands? We won't be back soon.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I very much missed the bartender who left last week. He gave Cook and Brown a particularly friendly ambience in my opinion. It's in my neighborhood, so I liked it as a place to dine comfortably alone, have a drink and an appetizer, or a small dinner.

Service was fine the last time, efficient and attentive. But not what it had been before. My friend, who had never been to Cook and Brown, didn't miss anything. But I did. I do think it is a bit expensive, by the way.

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p
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great bar and restaurant. The drinks were good, the meals were delicious and plentiful, and the wait staff was excellent.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, but menu not a variety

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AG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Appetizers were almost meal sized, great variety for vegetarian and non. Mains of fresh pasta we're delicious!

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k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Table was far too small. Service was slow. Food is very very good. And they have a solid/excellent selection of beers.

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R
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and pasta!

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EZ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Menu was unusual. It was a Mexican theme - not what we expected. Plates were very small - somewhat salty. Octopus was charred - There was no salads on the menu at all
Zucchini blossoms were excellent and the Carmel rice pudding was delicious- perfect to share. Overall experience was just okay -

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Although the food was delicious, and the service was great, we were a bit disappointed that it was not their regular menu but instead the "pop-up" Mexican restaurant. We have been dying to go to Cook and Brown for some time now and finally had a night free from our baby, so we were bummed that we could not try any of the food so many of our friends have talked about. The best part of dinner was our after dinner cocktail at the bar. The bartender made a perfect Boulevardier and had such extensive knowledge on all things alcohol, it was a great conversation.

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