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Cafe Paragon

234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216 (College Hill)
(401) 331-6200
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Ranked #196 of 727 Restaurants in Providence
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Eclectic
Neighborhood: College Hill
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Café Paragon in Providence was first to open it’s doors in 1994. We started serving our valued guests in a friendly European Bistro/Café style atmosphere with a comfortable 32 seats, full bar, and a limited menu. In 1997 we expanded to create Viva offering a more sophisticated dining experience including Mediterranean Mezes, specialized martinis, and extended bar selections in our comfortable lounge. On weekend nights the restaurant transforms with club music. Over the years we have won several awards in RI Monthly and the Providence Pheonix, among them for Best Burgers, Best Salad and Best Octopus and in addition we have been written up in several publications such as Yankee Magazine Travel, Providence Journal, and Vanity Fair.
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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76 reviews 76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I've eaten here a few times now, and always had a great experience. The food is always delicious with interesting specials and regular menu items. Service is always fast and friendly.

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76 reviews 76 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Dingy restaurant/cafe with unpleasant decor and un-inviting atmosphere. Waitress had an attitude and forcefully slapped down menus and bill. Food very mediocre. My fries tasted awful and were cold. After complaining and having to request a refund this was reluctantly sorted. Coffee was also barely luke warm. Very disappointing and not recommended.

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Boxborough, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We hit the brunch buffet at Paragon. The service was great, cool joint, neat part of College Hill area across the Brown Book Store. There was variety, and a made-to-order pasta and omelet station. The scrambled eggs were that solid chunk that you sort of spoon-slice your eggs out of, the hoe fries were okay, but nothing exciting. A lot... More

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Riverside, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We was in Providence to visit our Son at Brown University. We ate at several restaurants. When we went to Paragon, I ordered the fish stew. It was amazing. The best I ever had. My wife got the Turkey Club. We also ordered the Brie and the Fillet Mignon Sliders for appetizers. Everything was excellent. The presentation was perfect and... More

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79 reviews 79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

we really enjoyed this place, portions are huge, there are plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. particularly the french fries were one of the best i have had ina restaurant. prices are reasonable. I truly suggest to try it

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los angeles
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183 reviews 183 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We sat outside on a warm night. Good corner for people watching. Food was hearty, flavorful and large portions. Seemed to be an unusually good value, geared to the college area. The scallops appetizer had 5 scallops which is more than most entrees. Good lobster mac. Server was super friendly.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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125 reviews 125 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been here several times for a couple of drinks and to sample the different foods. This establishment primarily caters to the local college kids. The invitingly elegant interior and appealing exterior along energetic Thayer Street is deceptive considering the food quality is at par with what one would find at an average pub. This is a decent place... More

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White Plains, New York
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93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The tables were not clean, falling apart and it just looks beaten up and unsavory. On top of that one of the ovens was broken so no pizzas. We walked out.

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Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Went there for the first time for brunch. The selection was varied and the food tasty. They did have an issue with keeping enough cold plates available(vs the warmed plates, which no one wants to use for cold food such as salad/fruit, etc.) It was very busy. There was a child around 4years old there coughing in direct line with... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Went there a couple of times for birthdays, they have a large menu with a selection of succulent burgers all reasonably priced- the last one i had was goat cheese, bacon and beef burger with fries. The veggies, and bread is always fresh. There are fancier entrees that looked delicious however you have to be willing to spend a bit... More

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Additional Information about Cafe Paragon

Address: 234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
Phone Number: (401) 331-6200
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Eclectic

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