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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Rhode Island

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Rhode Island? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (4191)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Providence
About the restaurant
Gracie’s is committed to providing an unforgettable dining experience. Great lengths are taken to ensure each dish highlights local seasonal ingredients. Our team works closely with local farmers, fishermen, brewers, winemakers, and distillers to bring you the freshest ingredients available. Gracie’s team is trained to accommodate food allergies and a wide range of dietary restrictions.

We are conveniently located in downtown Providence’s theater district (across from Trinity Rep and a short walk from PPAC). We are also close to the Dunkin Donuts Center, the RI Convention Center, Brown University, RISD, Johnson and Wales University, and Providence College.

We believe in full transparency; a 22% service fee (Teamshare) is added to each check to compensate our team of trained professionals with a consistent and reliable salary. Additional gratuity is optional and will be dispersed to the Hospitality Team.

Thank you for choosing Gracie’s and supporting our passion.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
One of the best meals I’ve had ever in my life. The knowledge of the staff is impressive and the chef is so thoughtful in their food choices.
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4.9
4.9 (3105)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Providence
About the restaurant
Casually elegant Cafe Nuovo, at the Gondola Landing on Providence's famed Riverwalk, has been hailed by the New York Times and singled out by the Providence Journal as "RI's contribution to world class dining." The scenic waterside setting is matched only by the "fresh, seasonal flavor of Cafe Nuovo's contemporary American cuisine and heavenly dessert creations." Through glass curtain walls or while dining al fresco on the piazza, patrons enjoy attentive service and commanding city views while the river and gondolas roll by. Free valet parking evenings. **Sunday Open for Waterfire, Graduations, some Holidays or private functions
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DLB0115
Dined 2 days ago
Saw this restaurant across the street from my hotel. Decided to give it a try. One of the specials was pasta with garlic/butter sauce, shrimp, peas, corn, radicchio. Strange combination, but it was quite tasty. I always order crème brûlée when it’s on the menu, and Cafe Nuovo’s was excellent!
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4.7
4.7 (1695)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Providence
About the restaurant
Providence Coal Fired Pizza is Rhode Island’s only Coal-Fired Pizza Restaurant using authentic Pennsylvania coal. Our coal oven is even more unique - designed and manufactured in Bellingham, Washington, our custom oven cooks authentic pizza recipes, along with other coal-inspired menu items such as wings, chicken, and other traditional menu items.
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PaulUvip
Dined 7 days ago
Great service and food perfect for post meeting dinner
A photo of Mill's Tavern restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2474)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Providence
About the restaurant
Taverns have had a constant important presence in American life since the late 1600's. Many of them, which were attached to inns, were opened as resting places for travelers needing a place to stop, relax and fortify themselves. Of course the local residents frequented the taverns too, purchasing drinks and meals as well as participating in lively conversations. Taverns were the focal point for neighbors to come together, exchange news, talk of politics, and share in the general feeling of conviviality. Taverns were firmly established as gathering places for the light hearted socializing, serious talk, and of course, a
hearty meal accompanied by a tasty libation or two.
In this American tradition, we at Mill’s Tavern welcome you with genuine enthusiasm. Our staff is warm, friendly, caring, and knowledgeable. So please come, relax, visit with friends and family. You will leave refreshed and nourished, body and soul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great food great service a little pricey but worth the money
A photo of The Red Dory restaurant
4.7
4.7 (521)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Tiverton
About the restaurant
The Red Dory is a casual fine-dining restaurant located in the Stone Bridge village of Tiverton, Rhode Island, overlooking the Sakonnet River. Chef/owner Aaron DeRego offers his personal versions of Mediterranean-style seafood dishes and sources most of his ingredients from the area’s farmers and fishermen.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
As usual, the Res Dory didn’t disappoint. The noise level is high which makes conversation within a larger group (4+) sometime a challenge but no real problem for a smaller group. Ambiance/atmosphere is good, 4 out of 5, is not as good as the service and food and vibe. Some of the menu standards are iconic like the oysters, squid and bucatini, are very reliable. Not a bad choice on the menu.
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4.7
4.7 (877)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
East Greenwich
About the restaurant
Welcome to Circe East Greenwich, a new opening by Carlo Carlozzi and Kyle Poland!

The menu consists of American-infused, Italian dishes and drinks that are "exotic and special."
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The perfect dinner! Our server was extremely kind and was so efficient. The food was excellent and our seat was in the room facing the course. Beautiful view!
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4.7
4.7 (2706)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Newport
About the restaurant
A fresh take on American cuisine using the finest ingredients, served in a classy yet casual setting with a family-friendly atmosphere. We prepare delectable seafood, numerous gluten-free options, and natural meats raised without hormones or antibiotics wherever possible.

All reservations will only be held for 15 minutes. Please call if a later arrival is needed and we will tell you our next available reservation.

We are unable to honor more guests than made on the original reservation due to limited seating. Please call the restaurant directly to see if changes to your guest number can be accommodated. We apologize, but guest number increases will not be able to be accommodated upon arrival to the restaurant. We also are not able to honor additional numbers left in the notes.
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Christo
Dined 3 days ago
First time, we stopped in for a quick bite after attending an opening at the Art Museum, it was really nice. Casual yet thoughtful menu, perfect negroni, hot from the oven crusty yeast roll was delicious with salty butter , calamari was tasty although I didn't detect any Thai chili as stated in menu. Burger with bacon onion jam was big and sloppy and spot on, and my husband's Lobster Carbonara was really good, the pasta was so tasty, the sauce was slightly sweet and the Lobster fresh and succulent. The owner made the rounds to check on everyone which was nice and a complimentary creme brulee for my birthday was the perfect end to a nice meal
A photo of Parkside Rotisserie & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2132)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Providence
About the restaurant
The Parkside Rotisserie and Bar is a Manhattan-style bistro centrally located in the heart of Rhode Island"s capital city, Providence. One of the best restaurants in Providence since 1994. Serving lunch and dinner daily, the Parkside is surely a fantastic choice anytime. The Parkside offers a wide array of upbeat foods ranging from spicy crab cakes to grilled tenderloin and portobello salad. There are also several innovative pasta dishes as well as the Parkside's signature rotisserie meat items and daily specials. The Parkside's unique atmosphere is accented by an open kitchen where guests can enjoy watching our talented culinary staff prepare all of the enticing entrees found on the menu. Join us at the Parkside for a relaxing dining experience that is "casual elegance."
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andreb
Dined 2 days ago
Food and Service was fantastic! Steven, our server was excellent. Very attentive and professional with a nice friendly personality! Not our first dinner at Parkside and won’t be our last!
A photo of Palmer River Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1009)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Warren
About the restaurant
YOU'LL LOVE OUR AMERICAN RESTAURANT IN WARREN, RI Are you craving Rhode Island seafood? What about a juicy steak cooked to perfection? When you're in the mood for delicious food and uncompromising service, visit us at Palmer River Grille LLC. Located in Warren, RI, our American restaurant is a picturesque place to order lunch or dinner while enjoying the beauty of our town and the Palmer River. Palmer River Grille is part of the Gorman family of restaurants, which include the Sakonnet River Grille and Four Corners Grille in Tiverton, RI. Our family has been running these restaurants since 1998 and 2015, respectively. From the cooks to the wait staff, our entire crew is dedicated to providing the highest quality food and fast, friendly service. There's something on our dinner menu and lunch menu for everyone. We also have a full bar serving your favorite cocktails, mixed drinks, beer and wine.
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DrCamaravip
Dined 6 days ago
Book club dinner - food was delicious and served as ordered. Staff was attentive and kind - seating location wasn’t the best - we were in a corner booth Over all great night!
A photo of Circe Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2124)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Providence
About the restaurant
Carlo Carlozzi, the popular bartender from Ten Prime Steak and Sushi for the past decade opened Circe, his first restaurant.
The menu consists of American-infused, Mediterranean dishes and drinks that are "exotic and special."
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Nice ambience. Food is good, but a little on the saltier side for my taste.
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