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Cafe Paragon

$$ - $$$
College Hill
American, Bar, International, Contemporary, Pub
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234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
(401) 331-6200
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Open now
All 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
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

I was in Providence for a Pre-College program at Brown University. To stray from the bland cafeteria food at the dining hall, my friend and I decided to have lunch one day on Thayer St. Both my friend and I were looking for somewhat healthy food and it seemed that Cafe Paragon had a great selection of salads so we... More 

Thank Madison C
Groton, Connecticut
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

We were really impressed by this place. He ordered a California burger and I got the Thai Wrap. Super delish. We also ordered the giant $25 margarita for two. We went on a wednesday night around 8 pm. There were only a few other tables in there. Our server was great. I think his name was Oscar. We sat in... More 

Thank kristineregine
Providence, Rhode Island
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86 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

I hadn't been to Paragon in quite awhile and to my surprise, it kicked it up a notch. The new interior resembles a 1930s NYC nightclub and it's a classy look. The menu is fairly extensive and there were numerous options that looked delicious. I chose the honey mustard chicken and it was excellent. The drink menu also seduced me... More 

1 Thank Mike P
Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2016

Service was poor. We ordered a drinks, me their chocolate cake, and I actually got a slice of chocolate cake with my date's Margarita. Date chided me to leave more in tip. Broccoli was frozen in vegetable side. After midnight I woke up as my stomach started those noises and then I was in pain for about half an hour.

Thank local_boyfriend
Los Angeles, California
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100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

I ordered a glass of milk and almost gagged after taking a gulp. It had the strangest smell and taste. Not even sour. My filet mignon steak was served in overlooked slices with wilted (old not cooked) arugula. Truly horrible. The best news was I did not get food poisoning from the milk.

Thank Culinary-widow
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

5 for the kitchen staff 3 for the Wait staff 4 my overall rating My husband's family and I went here for Thanksgiving. I have a very severe food allergy; I told the cook who was carving the turkey and he got the chef. Billy (the chef) was very understanding of my allergy, he double-checked the food ingredients, and told... More 

Thank Ashley1C
Bristol, Rhode Island
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2015

I had a casual business lunch at Paragon. It was the perfect place for it. I would recommend it for a cozy lunch, business meeting or just because. Not sure how it is for evening.

Thank Mari R
Coventry, Rhode Island
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1,707 reviews
1,262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2015

if an older man walks up to your table and tells you a lousy old joke it is most likely the great owner of Paragon and a number of other restaurants in the area. His wife tries to stop him but he will never quit.But the jokes may be lousy but the food never is. It is always good with... More 

Thank Barry N
Cumberland, Ri, USA
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150 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

We've been here many times. Lunch today included Veggie Antipasto plate and Bruschetta. These were much larger than we expected. Antipasto was fine although the veggies could have been in smaller pieces. The Bruschetta was average because of the bread. Very thick pieces, totally soggy. My Salmon with rice and bok Choy was pretty good. Her lamb Berger was cooked... More 

Thank JHaakRI
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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301 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2015

My daughter and I ate here after a tour of Brown. She had the margarita pizza and I had a California wrap with baked sweet potato. The food was wonderful. The service was good, but the waitress sometimes disappeared for long periods. Our bill was $25.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar, International, Contemporary, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
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
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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