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What to Eat in Providence

Though Providence's culinary chops are often outshined by other East Coast foodie cities like New York City and Washington, D.C., Rhode Island's capital remains a favorite among discerning foodies. Oysters (and seafood in general) aren't hard to come by in Providence, but if you've got your own set of wheels and are willing to make the trek, consider driving about 40 miles south of the capital to South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Here you'll find the Matunuck Oyster Bar, an oyster farm that expanded to a full restaurant serving a mouthwatering array of seafood dishes (best enjoyed on the waterfront patio, according to recent diners).

If you'd rather stick closer to Providence, Birch, Oberlin (both new American) and Tallulah's Taqueria (Mexican) are all recommended by recent visitors. Another traveler and local favorite: The Eddy. Come here for snacks and inventive cocktails (and if you're not picky about your liquor, consider leaving your drink order in the bartender's hands). If you're celebrating a special occasion, you can't go wrong with The Dorrance. Though reviewers praised the European-influenced fare on the menu, visitors were most impressed with the restaurant's interiors. The Dorrance is housed in the building formerly occupied by the Federal Reserve Bank and features dramatic high ceilings, stained-glass windows and marble floors.

For light bites (and other goods and entertainment), head to the Providence Flea. Amid all of the troubadours, vintage wares and artists, you'll find plenty of food trucks lined up along the waterfront.

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  • #1
    Los Andes
    #1 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1341 reviewsTripadvisor (1341)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, South American, Central American
    903 Chalkstone Ave, Providence, RI 02908-3558
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  • #2
    Pastiche Fine Desserts
    #2 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 737 reviewsTripadvisor (737)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    92 Spruce St, Providence, RI 02903-1532
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  • #3
    Waterman Grille
    #3 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 705 reviewsTripadvisor (705)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    4 Richmond Sq Suite 100B, Providence, RI 02906-5117
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  • #4
    Gracie's
    #4 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 532 reviewsTripadvisor (532)
    $$ | American
    194 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903-3212
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  • #5
    East Side Pocket
    #5 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 296 reviewsTripadvisor (296)
    $ | Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    278 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1548
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  • #6
    Hemenway's Restaurant
    #6 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1496 reviewsTripadvisor (1496)
    $$ | American
    121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903
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  • #7
    Massimo Restaurant
    #7 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 636 reviewsTripadvisor (636)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    134 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1632
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  • #8
    Pane E Vino
    #8 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 507 reviewsTripadvisor (507)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    365 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1456
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  • #9
    Ellie's
    #9 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 195 reviewsTripadvisor (195)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Bar, European, Pub
    61 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903-1726
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  • #10
    Camille's
    #10 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 329 reviewsTripadvisor (329)
    $$ | Italian
    71 Bradford St, Providence, RI 02903-1671
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  • #11
    Siena Restaurant
    #11 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 848 reviewsTripadvisor (848)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    238 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1529
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  • #12
    Seven Stars Bakery
    #12 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripadvisor (191)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    820 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906-3744
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  • #13
    The Capital Grille
    #13 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 559 reviewsTripadvisor (559)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    10 Memorial Blvd Ste 101, Providence, RI 02903-1152
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  • #14
    Circe
    #14 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 296 reviewsTripadvisor (296)
    $$ | American
    50 Weybosset St, Providence, RI 02903-2809
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  • #15
    Cafe Nuovo
    #15 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 495 reviewsTripadvisor (495)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    1 Citizens Plz Ste 1, Providence, RI 02903-1345
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  • #16
    CAV
    #16 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 364 reviewsTripadvisor (364)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    14 Imperial Pl Suite 101, Providence, RI 02903-4638
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  • #17
    The Grange
    #17 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 254 reviewsTripadvisor (254)
    $ - $$ | American
    166 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903-3014
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  • #18
    Providence Oyster Bar
    #18 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 359 reviewsTripadvisor (359)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Soups
    283 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1522
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  • #19
    Nick's on Broadway
    #19 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 312 reviewsTripadvisor (312)
    $ - $$ | American
    500 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909-1623
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  • #20
    Julian's
    #20 of 778 Places to Eat in Providence
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 300 reviewsTripadvisor (300)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International, Contemporary
    318 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909-1102
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