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$$ - $$$
Upper South Providence
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14 Imperial Pl, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02903-4638 (Bassett St.)
+1 401-751-9164
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 12:00 am
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

CAV is much over- rated. The atmosphere is appealing but the good and the service are mediocre at best

1 Thank Bob M
New Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

I was somewhat disappointed in my experience at CAV. Our server seemed annoyed with our large party. We were not well positioned in the restaurant. Seemed like they were always trying to get by us or around us. Charged more for some things than originally quoted. They could not really handle a party of 15.

Thank Shmau1
Warwick, Rhode Island
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434 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

I went with a group of 5 women. The restaurant was dead with the exception of one other table. The service was horrible. The server was not knowledgeable of the menu. I had to ask several times for water refills. We had to look for our waiter to put in our order. Salads were good. Crab cake was great. Dessert... More 

Thank Bobbie W
Providence, Rhode Island
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228 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

Had dinner with my wife tonight and started with the bruschetta which was great. My wife had a wine which measured out to about 4oz of wine, a bit light on the pour. We split the filet for $35, which we were told was 10oz, but I don't think that made the cut for the price, maybe 8oz. Steak was... More 

Thank Brr4346AD
Providence, Rhode Island
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252 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

This was not our first time at CAV, but in the past we've been there for lunch or dinner. We met some friends here for Sunday brunch, and the place was jammed. (Definitely make a reservation - fortunately we did as I don't think walk-ins could have been accommodated). As others have said, the food is eclectic, as is the... More 

Thank KLGri
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Went with a group of 6. The atmosphere was great, the food was delicious, there was something on the menu for everyone & all loved their meal.

Thank Jessica T
Reston, Virginia
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

You will be well in your right to expect whimsical dishes to match the grandeur of this vast and quaint eatery sprinkled with antiques, African and Asian art covering a large array of genres and styles. But the contents of your plate will fall well short of your expectations. While the menu promises a few original offerings, the average tastiness... More 

1 Thank Ocalas
Franklin, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Everything was so great! Atmosphere, food and service. Made reservations and was sat right on time. Server made great suggestions about food and drink pairing. Would def come back!

Thank angief1006
Darien, Connecticut
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Saturday night dinner during Family Weekend at Brown. The place was packed. We made reservations online but still had to wait about 1/2 hour when we arrived - the place was a made house. But once we were seated, everything was just fine. We had a nice table towards the back, away from the noisier large, central room. The food... More 

Thank FlyerMike427
Boston, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

The dining room alone makes this place worth a visit - it's quaint and cozy and you feel like you've visited someplace special - a nice little getaway without getting away. But the food is also pretty tasty, mostly. (Some dishes are better than others. The egg dishes were all delicious; oddly, the much-acclaimed French toast was unappealing: thrown on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $50
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Imperial Pl, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02903-4638
    (Bassett St.)
  • Public Transportation: Trolley stops within a block from CAV; refer to Ripta website Shuttles from Brown and RISD also stop a block from CAV on Bassett St.
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > Upper South Providence
  • Neighborhood: Upper South Providence
  • Phone Number: +1 401-751-9164

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