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234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216 (College Hill)
(401) 331-6200
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Ranked #174 of 738 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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  • English first
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English first
Providence, Rhode Island
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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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71 reviews 71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

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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137 reviews 137 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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63 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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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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