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 st…
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…
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…
Modern American in Providence

Local 121

Locavore mania comes to Providence with this opulent, old-school restaurant with contemporary aspirations. Housed in the old Dreyfus hotel (built in the 1890s), a building owned by the arts organization AS220, Local…
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.
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

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…
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…
Noodles in Providence

Ken's Ramen

You'll need to wait for a bench at the counter or a small table at this always pumping and slurping hipster take on a Japanese noodle bar, where nothing is conventional. Try the tuna poke with black corn chips befor…
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…