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Cafe Paragon

$$$
College Hill
Mediterranean, Contemporary, Eclectic
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234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
(401) 331-6200
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Café Paragon in Providence was first to open it’s doors in 1994. We...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good for those who want a fun evening

This place sits in the middle of Brown college campus and anyone who goes in here expecting a fine dining meal should reconsider. Any negative review here seems to be mislead as to what this place is going for in terms of scene, food, and service styles. The staff, mostly pretty girls and lively... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
Craig M
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Providence, Rhode Island
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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83 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Providence, Rhode Island
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This place sits in the middle of Brown college campus and anyone who goes in here expecting a fine dining meal should reconsider. Any negative review here seems to be mislead as to what this place is going for in terms of scene, food, and service styles. The staff, mostly pretty girls and lively bartenders, are pleasant, attentive, and excellent... More 

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NJ
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71 reviews 71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Paragon is a great place to meet friends for a drink or dinner or just to relax over good, value priced food

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Millis, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed a night out to have a very good home cooked meal. The restaurant was unpretentious, service was good and we had generous helpings in a comfortable atmosphere. Prices were very reasonable for being close to Brown University. Would go again!

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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145 reviews 145 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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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Auckland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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5 reviews 5 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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rome
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84 reviews 84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill
  • Neighborhood: College Hill
  • Phone Number: (401) 331-6200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • 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.
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?