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Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen

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120 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1630
401-751-5544
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Old school Italian

Very enjoyable experience. Reservations not required, but recommended. Located atop Federal Hill, valet parking suggested. Prepare yourself for the pink decor (walls/table clothes) and give your eyes time to adjust. Wait staff was very social and helpful. For $2 you can make your meal 4 courses... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Very enjoyable experience. Reservations not required, but recommended. Located atop Federal Hill, valet parking suggested. Prepare yourself for the pink decor (walls/table clothes) and give your eyes time to adjust. Wait staff was very social and helpful. For $2 you can make your meal 4 courses - salad, soup, entree w/side, and dessert w/coffee - worth it. Portions were large,... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The Old Canteen is a classic family restaurant. Sal runs the place and it seems like most of the staff have been there for years. Friendly, warm, delicious. I'm a regular with family and friends and have never been disappointed. Valet parking in a lot next door and the best menu and menu combinations in the city. In the highly... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My wife and I stopped in for dinner on the Tuesday night between Christmas and New Years during a trip to visit family. we've always loved this restaurant and again, it did not disappoint. Excellent, friendly wait staff, very good menu, good pricing and valet parking on site makes for a great experience. The restaurant is as adept at two... More 

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Silver Spring, MD
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Beautiful, old fashioned atmosphere where people will still take a martini lunch. Pink dining room with white linens and well-dressed servers. Menu is extensive and remarkable selection even at lunch. The food is delicious in almost every way, with generous servings and complete courses (most served with soup and dessert). Attentive local service---what it might lack in polish it makes... More 

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I go to Joe Marzilli's Old Canteen often and I always walk away satisfied. The service and food are top notch. You always feel you are eating fine dining with the pleasant table settings and atmosphere.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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166 reviews 166 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

When I was a kid, my Mom would take my sister and I to the Old Canteen for special occasions. It was consistently excellent and always a favorite. It's nice to know that some places never change. Today, the Old Canteen is still known for its excellent food and traditional ambiance and a visit there brings back great memories.

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Waterville, Maine
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This was our first visit to The Old Canteen, it having been recommended by a friend who had previously lived in Providence for many years, and whose relatives still reside in the area. This is one of the old favorites in the Federal Hill section of Providence whose reputation as one of the better ristorantes in the area is still... More 

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

After our experience with Mumus my friend decided it would be easier to eat in an Italian restaurant. We passed Camille's as too high standard and went into the Old Canteen. The menu and the explanations from the waiter contained the sort of language the Daleks spoke. No description used one word where five would do. Goodness knows how you... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Great place great food. Don't see it on the menu ask. The veal is especially good. Like going to your grandmother's house. A place where they know the regulars name

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Ledyard, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went to the 'Old Canteen' this past weekend to celebrate my wife's very special birthday. This was our first visit but will not be our last. When we entered, we were pleased by the ambiance of the restaurant and the the old world charm that this gem provides. The pink walls, linen tablecloths and pink napkins made for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1630
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > Federal Hill
  • Neighborhood: Federal Hill
  • Phone Number: 401-751-5544

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?