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CAV Restaurant, Providence, RI

CAV Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1552 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.


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  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary 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
  • Phone number
    (401) 751-9164
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Josh Herring; Sous-Chef Allison Vanderburg
  • Catering
    CAV provides selective catering and many menu options and price ranges. <br /><br />Catering menus include buffet style events with chef decorated antique platters, or seated dinner parties with upscale individually presented menu items. <br /><br />Custom Planned events and weddings, as per the preferences of our guests.<br /><br />
  • Private party facilities
    EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS CAV offers the lovely Private Antiques Area and Lounge for Private Parties, Business Dinners, Wedding Rehearsal Dinners and more, seating up to 60 guests. On Selected Days,the whole of CAV may be available for larger private parties, up to 125 for dinner.
  • Private party contact
    Alexus Lee: (401) 447-8677
  • Neighborhood
    Providence
  • Cross street
    Bassett St.
  • Parking details
    CAV offers free parking to dinner guests in our parking lot right across our entrance. <br /><br />
  • Public transit
    Trolley stops within a block from CAV; refer to Ripta website <br />Shuttles from Brown and RISD also stop a block from CAV on Bassett St. <br /><br />
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,552 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,552 Reviews
  1. Happy2eat

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is always excellent. The service, the food, the ambiance etc. Favorite Providence restaurant.

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  2. RhodeWorthy

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We wondered whether CAV would continue to meet the high standards of its late owner. But there was nothing to worry about. Everything was as good as ever. For appetizers, the cheese croquettes were good but not excellent. However, the dumplings (I think that's what they were called) where an absolute hit. My friend reported the duck entree to be very good, and my swordfish special entree could not have been prepared or presented better. CAV offers gracious service, excellent live music, and lovely and unique surroundings. My only complaint might be that it was difficult to hear conversation over the live music and background noise. Overall, CAV definitely remains one of the top choices for dining in Providence.

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  3. kh1022

    New York City

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at CAV never disappoints. The scallops were delicious and my dinner partner loved the swordfish. It was a very busy Wednesday night with the jazz trio playing, but the service was excellent. We sat two tables from the band and although they were excellent, they were very loud. So loud we had to virtually yell to hear each other. If you go on a Wednesday night, sit on the side of the restaurant opposite the band.

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  4. MrMrsC

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good stop!! Best french toast! Reception is a bit attitudish but once you sit servers are great. Make a reservation...

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here after a wake down the street to catch up and have a nice evening, and the service and decor was amazing. Our server was amazing- so attentive and great with recommendations. The food was unreal- We got the goat cheese croquettes to start which were much smaller than anticipated (think cheese ball size) and there were only four or five. For the main meal I got the Parmesan crusted chicken and my friend got the fresh cut pasta, and both were fantastic. The sauce that my chicken was in was maybe the most delicious thing I’ve ever had and the chicken was so moist and tender. I wish I was closer to this place- I would for sure be back for fancy occasions as this is a little pricier than I am used to. It may be worth the drive in the future for a repeat trip. Thank you for an amazing meal!

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  6. ecbm

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming interesting atmosphere, perfect for special occasion. Good portions, not too small or overwhelming. We will be back!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The goat cheese croquettes were so small and over priced! High prices for smaller dishes. The pizza was good and the scallops and shrimp dinner was good. The mushroom risotto was not good and got a stomach from it. Really like the decor and ambience but not sure we’ll go back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely date night! Beautiful ambiance! Food was beyond delicious! We ordered the brussel sprouts, lobster bisque, scallops, filet mignon, mashed potatoes and chocolate torte! Brussel sprouts and filet stole the show! Only two very minor complaints: we were seated way too close to other couples and there were plenty of open tables that night, and the sides served with the scallops were bland/basic compared to the last time we dined there. Still had a great evening!

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  9. SuzanneD

    Greater Boston

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pre theater early dinner. We did not want to have a heavy meal so we shared a bruschetta. I had special salad w/chicken delicious dressing! My husband had special salad with Tuna that he raved about We will be back for a “real” dinner!Such a unique and cozy spot , romantic too!

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  10. Brockton

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very romantic venue and I will give them another chance to make up for the cold soup and improper pacing of my meal. The food was at a price point that should require more care in preparation but the ambiance and service were top notch.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here several times. Each time is an exceptional dining experience. My friend and I had the filet and scallops. Amazing!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unreal experience on Valentine’s Day

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal, great service and cool decor

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  14. MAJfromMA

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love CAV and have been coming for years. Brought visitors from Virginia Saturday night and they loved it too.

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  15. Okay

    Greater Boston

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always my favorite Providence restaurant.

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  16. Dina

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Romantic, lovely unique setting. A place where you can feel comfortable being “dressed up” for a date

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  17. BobK

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Cav. This was my first luncheon there. The menu choices were great. My guest loved her salad and I had the Parmesan encrusted chicken. To die for!! I can’t wait to go back and order again. Funky decorations, professional and courteous staff. Free parking A RI gem!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such yummy brunch in intricate surroundings! The omelette with balsamic caramelized onions and goat cheese was phenomenal and is a must try. My husband ordered the feta, mushroom, and spinach omelette and loved it as well. We also ordered the CAV brioche French toast and although it was pretty good too, I found it a bit too sweet and heavy for me so would likely not order again! But totally recommend this incredible brunch spot in providence for all brunch fans. Btw I’m from NYC so my brunch standards are pretty high but I loved CAV a lot!

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  19. mswool

    Greater Boston

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lobster and peas over homemade pappardelle was amazing. Unusual, and delicious! Service was excellent and the ambiance of the restaurant is charming. We had a lovely table that was quiet and on an elevated side area, so very private. A wonderful evening! Thank you.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! A real gem. Very friendly service. We’ll be back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All round excellent

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  22. MelanieK

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best brunch!!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we go we have a great meal I highly recommend it it’s eclectic an a fun place. Try it out if you have not gone.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went there with a family member visiting from out of town. Food was great. They were very accommodating when we came with one more quest than expected. We will be back.

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  25. Neighbor

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrate my mother's birthday over Saturday brunch, and this was the perfect spot. Food was delicious, and our server was attentive without hovering. Highly recommend!

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  26. DaveM

    Greater Boston

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good time getting to enjoy Cav for restaurant week.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was great. Cool mix of French decor and African elements. Funky but sophisticated

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As per usual the food and service was amazing

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  29. chiz66

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    CAV is a hidden gem. We took another couple with us for a nice night out, and they had no idea that a restaurant of this quality existed in its location. Atmosphere is very unique, great service and a dinner that impressed everyone in our group. Well worth the trip!

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  30. JonathanR

    Montreal

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    A romantic dinner for two was marred by poor service, incorrect drinks and an incredibly loud atmosphere.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Great ambiance

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at CAV and we will definitely bring going back. Food was delicious and loved the ambience!

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  33. Purple32

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Because of its unique ambience and because the quality of the food and service are excellent CAV is our favorite restaurant When we entertain out of town guests. We feared that after the death of the owner the high standards would not be kept up but our fears were groundless. CAV has never let us down.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and environment

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  35. Golfer

    Greater Boston

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great restaurant! My wife and I were in the area the other night visiting someone in the hospital and we decide to pop in to get a meal and it was wonderful. The ambiance, service and, of course, the food are all fantastic. You won’t be disappointed.

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  36. Rhonda

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salad was not good. Not the usual, but the waiter was wonderful and he did Comp us on the salad. The drinks were delicious, the ambience was great and I would definitely go back. It was just a bad day with the food

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a nice Sunday brunch

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anniversary dinner. Outstanding food and service with a romantic atmosphere.

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  39. HeatherF

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, CAV provided our group of friends with the perfect spot for a pre-theater lunch. The food is delicious, the wait staff is super attentive and the decor is magical. In a town that has so many wonderful restaurants to visit, it says a lot that CAV is always at the top of our list when we select a place to gather.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I didn’t expect anything lavish, but I put in the reservation this was for an anniversary and that we would like to be seated at the bar. We arrived maybe 10 minutes before reservation and were told our table was being set. I mentioned requesting the bar and was told we could sit there and get a drink until table was ready. Fine. Sat at bar 10 minutes and were never able to give a drink order. Once we got to table, waiter was fine but rushed and real quick with us. Food was pretty good overall but very loud and rushed.

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CAV Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1552 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for CAV Restaurant

14 Imperial Place, Providence, RI 02903

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bassett St.
  • Neighborhood
    Providence
  • 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    CAV offers free parking to dinner guests in our parking lot right across our entrance. <br /><br />
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Josh Herring; Sous-Chef Allison Vanderburg
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (401) 751-9164
  • Catering
    CAV provides selective catering and many menu options and price ranges. <br /><br />Catering menus include buffet style events with chef decorated antique platters, or seated dinner parties with upscale individually presented menu items. <br /><br />Custom Planned events and weddings, as per the preferences of our guests.<br /><br />
  • Private party facilities
    EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS CAV offers the lovely Private Antiques Area and Lounge for Private Parties, Business Dinners, Wedding Rehearsal Dinners and more, seating up to 60 guests. On Selected Days,the whole of CAV may be available for larger private parties, up to 125 for dinner.
  • Private party contact
    Alexus Lee: (401) 447-8677
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