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$$ - $$$
Upper South Providence
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14 Imperial Pl, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02903-4638 (Bassett St.)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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All hours
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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Maui, Hawaii
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When we were seated, the server told us we were in an active antique business and any decoration we see was available for purchase. The food and service were excellent. It was a longer walk from the hotel than we expected and the staff called us a cab.

Thank davekcpa1
Providence, Rhode Island
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit in years...I had brought with me my fiance and although we ran late for our reservation, they seated us. The atmosphere is a feast for the eyes with delightful art everywhere to be taken in. We enjoyed three courses and each was just perfect! Everything from the bruschetta to the wild mushroom risotto was delightful. Our server, Casey,... More 

Thank jojocruzin
Rhode Island
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30 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to visit on a Monday evening and definitely did not need reservations. The decor is different and more casual than formal. Parking was easy in a lot just across the street. If it had not been for so many excellent ratings, I would have said the food was average, some good, some okay. The curry mussels were tasty,... More 

Thank WHH
Cumberland, Rhode Island
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Unique interior design with Asian, African antiques and handicrafts at to a beautiful atmosphere in a converted factory now filled with lofts. Food is eclectic contemporary and absolutely delicious. Perfect portions, earthy and inventive sides and main proteins or pasta all expertly crafted and executed. Always, always been satisfied.

Thank DavidU4444
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

We are very picky with food and we really enjoyed CAV. We went for lunch. Service was a 5 star and food 5 star as well!

Thank Juliana F
Providence, Rhode Island
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We went for a friends birthday and had a lovely time! The food was made to perfection while still able to captivate our attention. We all got something different and spent the night trying each others dishes. The overall winner of the night was the wheat berries. No idea why we liked them so much, but it was the first... More 

Thank Annie B. F
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

I recently had dinner here, with a friend, for a special occasion. CAV, again, did not fail to amaze me. The dinner was great. The atmosphere was delightful. The staff were, as always, so accommodating.

Thank dbro
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Our only night in Providence, en route to Cape Cod, wound up being a special treat, especially our dinner at CAV. Decorated with antiques, the quiet dining room was a respite from the road. My pappardelle with lobster meat and English peas came with a generous serving of lobster. The sauce was perhaps a bit rich for my taste, but... More 

Thank Robert B
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We had heard rave reviews about this place for a long time and finally got to check it out. Oh my was it amazing!! The ambiance is warm and eclectic and Vinny our server was so attentive and soft spoken, so welcome in contrast to the in your face waitstaff that seems to be the trend these days. The brie... More 

Thank AS81305
Providence, Rhode Island
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

We've eaten a Cav a few times. We recently returned after forgetting about the place for awhile. We were hoping that we would be more impressed than in the past. Unfortunately, that was not the case. While there is nothing wrong with the place, there are far better options in Providence. Nothing ever stands out to us here. The service... More 

Thank Sophie M

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
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: 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?