Top Choice French in Providence

Chez Pascal

This friendly French bistro welcomes diners with inspiring homemade pâtés and charcuterie, escargots à la bourguignonne, and slow-roasted duck with a golden raisin and red-wine sauce. Sourcing ingredients from local…
Top Choice Modern American in Providence


With a background at Noma in Copenhagen and the fabulous Dorrance at the Biltmore, chef Benjamin Sukle and his wife, Heidi, have their own place, the understated, but fabulously good birch. Its intimate size and sty…
Top Choice Modern American in Providence

Loie Fullers

This wonderfully original, atmospheric little bistro on the outskirts of the Federal Hill neighborhood is an oasis of fun and deliciousness on an otherwise drab trunk road. Inside, candles, ornate polished woods, fr…
Italian in Providence

Al Forno

Our most recent visit featured scallops with blackened bacon so perfect that they were celestial. Also enjoy wood-grilled leg of lamb, handmade cavatelli with butternut squash and prosciutto, and incredible desserts…
Diner in Providence

Haven Brothers Diner

Parked next to City Hall, this diner sits on the back of a truck that has rolled into the same spot every evening for decades. Climb up a rickety ladder to get basic diner fare alongside everyone from prominent poli…
Modern American in Providence


A messy combination of neon, exposed brick and ductwork in Federal Hill; come here for tattooed cooks preparing a stellar brunch (served until 5pm) with changing blackboard specials (goat's cheese, caper, tomato and…
Modern American in Providence

New Rivers

Every bit as good as they say, this New American bistro has a seasonal menu featuring dishes like rabbit loin with sweet pea sauce, roasted sole, and beef tenderloin with mushrooms and pearl onions. With soft lighti…
Cafe in Providence


Warmed by a fire in winter, this tiny cafe has a robin's-egg-blue facade, beyond which you'll find the cakes, tarts, pies and desserts for which it is famed.
Italian in Providence

Scialo Bros Bakery

Since 1916, the brick ovens at this Federal Hill relic have turned out top-notch butterballs, torrone (a nougat and almond combo), amaretti, and dozens of other kinds of Italian cookies and pastries. Avoid the medio…
Deli in Providence

Friends Market

This old-world-style grocery is tucked in among the trendy coffeehouses, salons and galleries of Providence's Fox Point neighborhood.