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The 6 best restaurants in Providence

You’ll find a lot more than buttery lobster rolls and oyster platters at the best restaurants in Providence

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Bao Ong
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There is never a bad time to eat excellent food, and hungry visitors will find plenty of it at the best restaurants in Providence. The last couple of years haven’t been kind to eateries here in New England, with closures becoming far too regular, but the restaurant scene in Rhode Island remains as vibrant as it is delicious.

Providence is best known for its intellectuals and creative community, but culinary innovation is alive and well here. Highly respected culinary school Johnson & Wales makes sure of that, making for a city full of talented young chefs and plenty of opportunities to cook. Providence is a brilliant city, and it shines brightest on the plate.

Best restaurants in Providence

Mexican dishes, often seen as simple street food, get upgraded at Jake Rojas’ fast-casual eatery. Hand-crafted tacos are filled with slow-roasted and braised meats with simple toppings, whether you order a burrito, quesadilla, torta, or bowl (you really can’t go wrong with any of their options).

Italian food reigns supreme in Providence, but chef Benjamin Sukle puts his own take on Italian-American cooking. The crudo (often sourced locally), a big ol’ bowl of pasta, and an even bigger glass of sake or vermouth make for a flawless meal.

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While this restaurant is about 45 minutes outside Providence proper, it is worth the trek. Matunuck's Oyster Bar is located on the water, so the oysters, scallops, and other aquatic treasures are plucked out of the sea right in front of your eyes. Add some sunshine and water views with fresh seafood, and there is no way you will be disappointed.

Providence boasts the first outlet of this popular Greek brand located across two floors of the historic Tilden-Thurber building. It’s just as easy to grab pita on the run from the deli shop as it is to sit down with a mezze spread with a glass of Greek wine at Topos restaurant.

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Buzzwords like local and sustainable are fine and dandy, but that’s not what you’re fixated on when eating chef Derek Wagner’s food. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu for dinner, but it’s brunch and the convivial vibe that’s the biggest hit among locals.

Champe and Lisa Speidel didn’t lose any personal touches when moving their restaurant from Bristol to the East Side of Providence. The beautiful plates, whether featuring pristine seafood or locally sourced produce, showcase Champe’s impeccable technique and attention to detail. Hanging out at the bar with one of their refreshing cocktails is just as fun.

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