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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Providence County

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Providence County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Boundary Kitchen Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (196)
$30 and under
American
Pawtucket
About the restaurant
Welcome to Boundary Kitchen Bar. Our team is dedicated to giving you a hospitality experience to remember. Our motto TEST YOUR BOUNDARIES is clearly what it reads. Our goal is to challenge your taste palate as well as deliver an eclectic yet upscale interior atmosphere, and vibey exterior patio area. We serve an array of American, barbecue, hand-crafted burgers, smoked meats, inovative appetizers, and steel pan pizza. Our bar and Lounge area represents a feel for the cocktail scene of Manhattan where we display our knowledge and skillset in a way that craft cocktails are served in a comfortable setting. Our kitchen and bar team are passionate and strive to give you the best quality eats & drinks. we are located on the direct border of Attleboro Massachusetts and Pawtucket Rhode Island. We are within seconds off route 95. We look forward to serving you.

Cheers!
Executive Chef
Jarrod Ilkowitz
Boundary Kitchen Bar & Events
Top review
DawnNvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
The staff were very conscientious and the food was really tasty. Try to pickle Pizza. I know it sounds odd but it was really delicious.
A photo of Luigi's Restaurant & Gourmet Express restaurant
4.7
4.7 (128)
$30 and under
Italian
Johnston
About the restaurant
Welcome to Luigi’s, where the Battista Family treats your family like family! Rhode Island families have been coming to meet and share authentic Italian specialties with us for over four decades.

Please call the restaurant for parties of 7 or more at 401-861-3850!

Luigi’s Restaurant has two dining rooms and a bar that are beautifully appointed. We offer a delicious menu featuring traditional Italian favorites, handmade pastas and wine selections from around the world.

The Gourmet Express has prepared foods, soups, sandwiches, pizza, express pasta dinners, fresh baked deserts and much more all ready to go.

Dining Room Hours
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday thru Thursday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Gourmet Express Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday thru Thursday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Top review
Briankeegan71vip
Dined 6 days ago
We took my parents here for Father’s Day. One of my favorite restaurants. Everything from the bread to the soup and salad was excellent. I always get the Chicken Francaise over penne. The service is always excellent.
A photo of Union Station Brewery restaurant
4.6
4.6 (357)
$30 and under
American
Providence
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Providence’s downtown district, our former train station-turned-brew pub features classic pub fare, exceptional craft beers from all around New England, and a select few of our own award-winning beers that are brewed on site.

Nestled inside a courtyard that is a popular place to dine in the warmer months, you will feel the pulse of Providence but experience the warmth and charm of a neighborhood establishment. Our high ceilings, exposed brick and dark wood throughout provide unique character and ambiance.


Whether you are a local Rhode Islander or visiting Providence for a convention, vacation, business meeting, sporting event or concert, we welcome you to USB!
Top review
LeahD
Dined 5 days ago
Food was great and location to the Providence Flea was within walking distance
A photo of Needle & Thread restaurant
4.4
4.4 (307)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Providence
About the restaurant
An inviting craft cocktail bar offering classics, originals, inspired & familiar flavors. We sip, we savor, we share.

The inspiration for Needle and Thread came from the history of the space located at 45 Peck St. in downtown Providence. For more than half a century Antonio Conte dutifully served the professionals in the city's center, with an old world style haberdashery, providing suits, outer ware and evening attire. For more than 2 years the Needle and Thread was constructed piece by piece with the same attention to detail and love Mr. Conte poured into every garment he constructed.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Service was excellent. Waitress and hostess constantly checked in on us and made sure we were taken care of. Drinks were very special and iconic.
A photo of The Patio on Broadway - Providence restaurant
4.4
4.4 (82)
$30 and under
American
Providence
About the restaurant
Brunch, Lunch & Dinner - located on the west end of Providence, right on Broadway!
Top review
Realgoldfingervip
Dined on May 24, 2024
The bar service was extraordinary and cocktails were amazing.Host was extremely accommodating. My food experience last year was excellent. This visit…. My deviled eggs were premade and maybe that’s how they do it but I am not a fan for 15.00 especially. The sandwich my sister had was all bread and home fries served instead of the fries on the menu… maybe from brunch? I would go back for drinks socially and location, but hesitant about ordering food.
A photo of Federal Taphouse and Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1145)
$30 and under
Pub
Providence
About the restaurant
Federal Taphouse & Kitchen, With a creatively constructed menu and Over 75 Craft Beers in cans and bottles and over 20 on Draft, The Federal Taphouse & Kitchen has become an Urban Comfort Food "A must go to dining spot", Located on Historic Federal Hill, Its casual atmosphere invites you to come in and enjoy a Hand Crafted Cocktail, glass of Wine or one of our Locally sourced Craft Beers, while feasting on small plate appetizers, Flatbreads, Wings, Tacos and so much more. Enjoy the company, watch a sporting event try a beer you've never heard of before. We are not just a bar we are a Neighborhood Pub, serving great food, cold beer and fast and efficient service
Top review
LisaFvip
Dined 5 days ago
We went for brunch. My husband had the chicken and biscuit w/gravy and I had the avocado toast with eggs. Both dishes were very good. Loved the bottomless Mimosas. Our server was friendly and helpful.
A photo of Blu Violet Roofbar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (163)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Providence
About the restaurant
Blue Violet is a hidden gem located in the Aloft Hotel with spectacular views of Providence Jewelry District, Providence River, Water Place Park, and the Point Street Bridge.
Serving Dinner and craft cocktails.
We offer Sunday Brunch from 10am to 3pm. Our Rum & B Brunch offers a live DJ playing your favorite R&B hits. Reservations strongly encouraged.
OUTDOOR seating available on a first come first serve basis.

Reservations will be held for 15 minutes unless we are notified of late arrival. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/pvdal-aloft-providence-downtown/
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Drinks were incredible! Nice shareable plates! Fantastic view!
A photo of Viva Mexico Cantina Grill restaurant
4.1
4.1 (31)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Providence
About the restaurant
From a family Food truck in the 90s. To the oldest Mexican Restaurant in Rhode Island. The hospitality and authentic flavors of Mexico are behind everything we do at Viva Mexico. Presently, two fully operated family restaurants. The Ruiz family welcomes everyone to there home and family recipes with open arms. Viva Mexico Cantina Grill is Providence, Rhode Island's huge premiere dining destination for quality Poblano mexican cuisine sits 150 guest. The flavors and aromas truly come alive at our restaurants, with only the freshest ingredients selected for our guests.

Chef Ruiz and his family carefully crafted the menu with Poblano recipes both new and old, time tested traditional favorites alongside exciting new selections. Each dish reflects the rich, authentic style our kitchen has become known for, served with a level of hospitality and ambiance that is simply unmatched on the East Coast!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food was absolutely amazing!! The service was also outstanding!
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Providence restaurant
3.8
3.8 (76)
$30 and under
American
Providence
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
CarlP
Dined 6 days ago
Good family place like it because they play the volume for live sports games and UFC
A photo of Barnaby's Public House restaurant
3.7
3.7 (273)
$30 and under
American
Providence
About the restaurant
Please be aware that during July and August our schedule changes due to summer.

Barnaby’s is a locally-owned neighborhood kitchen and bar located in the iconic Conrad Building in the heart of downtown Providence. We offer fun, creative cocktails, a curated selection of regional craft beer and elevated bar food, featuring hand-crafted burgers, sandwiches, salads, wings and fries ~ all customized to your liking with an eclectic array of sauces and fresh toppings.
Top review
mccalice
Dined on Mar 16, 2024
The neighborhood pub vibe was as anticipated--in a good way--and we appreciated that they honored the request to seat us away from the door (a request born of a recent experience elsewhere where every time someone entered we got a blast of the winter wind). This was a pre-theater meal and as lovely as the service was when the server was at the table, it was clear that they were focused on turnover. We weren't there that long, but as we were finishing up, our check was delivered with no inquiry about whether we would like another drink or dessert.
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