Cav Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 14 Imperial Pl Ste 101

    Providence, RI 02903

    Cross street: Near Basset St, Around Town

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  • 401-751-9164

About Cav Restaurant

Hours
Mon 11:00 AM-10:30 PM;Tue 11:00 AM-10:30 PM;Wed 11:00 AM-10:30 PM;Thu 11:00 AM-10:30 PM;Fri 11:00 AM-10:30 PM;Sat 11:00 AM-11:00 PM;Sun 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

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I love, love, love this place. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is so funky, unique, romantic, etc. Great service, good prices, this place is exceptional!

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★★★★★

I love, love, love this place. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is so funky, unique, romantic, etc. Great service, good prices, this place is exceptional!

Pros: food, decor, atmosphere

Cons: none

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Service was friendly but haphazard. Appetizers took a long time and then the main course arrived before we had finished the appetizers. The food was mediocre. Lack of flavor was overcompensated by excessive butter, cream, and oil.

1
★★☆☆☆

Service was friendly but haphazard. Appetizers took a long time and then the main course arrived before we had finished the appetizers. The food was mediocre. Lack of flavor was overcompensated by excessive butter, cream, and oil.

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The food here is delicious and the atmosphere is interesting-rustic yet funky. The desserts are amazing as well. All in all a great dining experience!

5
★★★★★

The food here is delicious and the atmosphere is interesting-rustic yet funky. The desserts are amazing as well. All in all a great dining experience!

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I haven't been, but I recently found out that this establishment NO LONGER HAS JAZZ AND BLUES ON SATURDAYS!!!!! bummer.

1
★★★☆☆

I haven't been, but I recently found out that this establishment NO LONGER HAS JAZZ AND BLUES ON SATURDAYS!!!!! bummer.

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This place has more to entertain you with hanging on the walls than it does on the menu. Not that the food doesn't taste good, it's actually quite yummy. But I kind of felt like I was in some old mansion somwhere that was having an estate sale of centuries worth of family heirlooms. You've definitely got to experience it at least once.

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★★★★☆

This place has more to entertain you with hanging on the walls than it does on the menu. Not that the food doesn't taste good, it's actually quite yummy. But I kind of felt like I was in some old mansion somwhere that was having an estate sale of centuries worth of family heirlooms. You've definitely got to experience it at least once.

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African art everywhere and a menu that has nothing to do with Africa, the food is well thought out and very good. However they haven't changed their menu much and only have a special or two each night that I can tell.

Drinks are well thought out and the bartenders usually have a few new ones you can try out.

2
★★★★★

African art everywhere and a menu that has nothing to do with Africa, the food is well thought out and very good. However they haven't changed their menu much and only have a special or two each night that I can tell.

Drinks are well thought out and the bartenders usually have a few new ones you can try out.

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unique decor, attentive service, great food. That pretty much says it all. One of my favorite restaurants. A "must see"

2
★★★★★

unique decor, attentive service, great food. That pretty much says it all. One of my favorite restaurants. A "must see"

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This is totally Providence's little untapped resource. Trendy but NOT pretentious. We arrived early on a Wednesday (Halloween) so the place was a little on the quiet side. But the ambiance is so eclectic and cozy, we quickly forgot we were the only patrons there! Dim, romantic, just a great vibe.

Our waiter was attentive and very polite, but not stuffy, and his name was Vinnie. Service was perfect. No one hovered, noone acted like they were reading off a script, just warm, good service.

But the food. OH...the food.

The appetizers and salads are EXTREMELY reasonably priced. Most under $12.00. We splurged and ordered the Crabcake, but it was worth every penny. A little spicy, perfectly crisp on the outside, encrusted lightly with pistachios, with a savory sauce underneath. And the plating! Gorgeous! Just like on Top Chef, with all the ingredients insanity piled high, with the fried lotus root on the top! We were practically licking the plate.

My boyfriend ordered the duck, with an incredible reduction sauce and a sweet potato mash underneath. Delicious, perfectly cooked and not too gamy! Also, the plating was gorgeous. This ran about $26.00 - but he loved every bite.

But I MUST rave about the Chicken and Pear dish. "Poulet aux Poires". It's a pan-seared chicken breast cooked perfectly (2, and they are HUGE!) with red pears in a red wine & ginger pear sauce. Underneath the chicken is a little surprise which offsets the dish perfectly! They are little Asian Chive Dumplings, flattened, crisp and tasty. This was a reasonable at $21.95. Everything sang perfectly, the ginger pear sauce was delicious and the chive dumplings were an interesting addition. A MUST try.

Altogether, with a nice mid-price bottle of wine, the meal cost about $90.00. But for a satisfactory "special occasion" dinner, it was WORTH IT. We can't wait to go back, get some salads and appetizers, and spend the same $40 we would at some steakhouse for dinner.

2
★★★★★

This is totally Providence's little untapped resource. Trendy but NOT pretentious. We arrived early on a Wednesday (Halloween) so the place was a little on the quiet side. But the ambiance is so eclectic and cozy, we quickly forgot we were the only patrons there! Dim, romantic, just a great vibe.

Our waiter was attentive and very polite, but not stuffy, and his name was Vinnie. Service was perfect. No one hovered, noone acted like they were reading off a script, just warm, good service.

But the food. OH...the food.

The appetizers and salads are EXTREMELY reasonably priced. Most under $12.00. We splurged and ordered the Crabcake, but it was worth every penny. A little spicy, perfectly crisp on the outside, encrusted lightly with pistachios, with a savory sauce underneath. And the plating! Gorgeous! Just like on Top Chef, with all the ingredients insanity piled high, with the fried lotus root on the top! We were practically licking the plate.

My boyfriend ordered the duck, with an incredible reduction sauce and a sweet potato mash underneath. Delicious, perfectly cooked and not too gamy! Also, the plating was gorgeous. This ran about $26.00 - but he loved every bite.

But I MUST rave about the Chicken and Pear dish. "Poulet aux Poires". It's a pan-seared chicken breast cooked perfectly (2, and they are HUGE!) with red pears in a red wine & ginger pear sauce. Underneath the chicken is a little surprise which offsets the dish perfectly! They are little Asian Chive Dumplings, flattened, crisp and tasty. This was a reasonable at $21.95. Everything sang perfectly, the ginger pear sauce was delicious and the chive dumplings were an interesting addition. A MUST try.

Altogether, with a nice mid-price bottle of wine, the meal cost about $90.00. But for a satisfactory "special occasion" dinner, it was WORTH IT. We can't wait to go back, get some salads and appetizers, and spend the same $40 we would at some steakhouse for dinner.

Pros: Ambiance, Food Presentation, Taste, Service...The whole thing!

Cons: A little difficult to find the place if you don't know the Providence area!

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I fell in love with CAV. The dining area is large, with plenty of seating, so waits are usually short, if at all. The dining area is decorated like Charles Foster Kane's dreams, with loads of antiques, and pieces of art from the four corners of the globe. While lunch is a treat, and a good deal, nighttime meals are the star. During the summer, you can sit outside in the small courtyard that houses Jerry's Art Supply and Framing. The small area exudes a quiet Bohemia that isn't nearly as pretentious as Thayer Street. As such, the clientele isn't as young and trendy as many of the places in Providence. Instead, it's replaced by a well lived, older group in their 30's-50's. If you didn't know, this is a good thing. If you choose to sit inside, you're treated to a dining area that literally glitters. Small lights and candles illuminate the area and all its artistic wonders. It can only be described as ethereal. The staff is young, but not too young, and boy howdy are they friendly and attentive. The menu is suitably large for both lunch and dinner, and specials round out the offerings. Their crab cakes and bruschetta are delicious, and for entrees its hard to pick a favorite. From the delectably sweet and savory Poulet aux Poires (chicken with pears), to a Shrimp Scampy in vodka butter sauce that had me crying it was so good. Their dessert offerings are not as good as their dinner and lunch offerings, but that's like complaining that that a 24k gold necklace isn't platinum. They are quite excellent and change frequently. You will never be faced with the same choice multiple times. I ordered a chocolate thing, the name escapes me, that had me actually licking my dish. And I'm not sure where they get their biscotti, but it was fantastic. CAV is a wonder of Providence and all of New England. Restaurants in New York that charge twice the price don't offer as much. CAV is, without doubt, one of the best.

2
★★★★★

I fell in love with CAV. The dining area is large, with plenty of seating, so waits are usually short, if at all. The dining area is decorated like Charles Foster Kane's dreams, with loads of antiques, and pieces of art from the four corners of the globe. While lunch is a treat, and a good deal, nighttime meals are the star. During the summer, you can sit outside in the small courtyard that houses Jerry's Art Supply and Framing. The small area exudes a quiet Bohemia that isn't nearly as pretentious as Thayer Street. As such, the clientele isn't as young and trendy as many of the places in Providence. Instead, it's replaced by a well lived, older group in their 30's-50's. If you didn't know, this is a good thing. If you choose to sit inside, you're treated to a dining area that literally glitters. Small lights and candles illuminate the area and all its artistic wonders. It can only be described as ethereal. The staff is young, but not too young, and boy howdy are they friendly and attentive. The menu is suitably large for both lunch and dinner, and specials round out the offerings. Their crab cakes and bruschetta are delicious, and for entrees its hard to pick a favorite. From the delectably sweet and savory Poulet aux Poires (chicken with pears), to a Shrimp Scampy in vodka butter sauce that had me crying it was so good. Their dessert offerings are not as good as their dinner and lunch offerings, but that's like complaining that that a 24k gold necklace isn't platinum. They are quite excellent and change frequently. You will never be faced with the same choice multiple times. I ordered a chocolate thing, the name escapes me, that had me actually licking my dish. And I'm not sure where they get their biscotti, but it was fantastic. CAV is a wonder of Providence and all of New England. Restaurants in New York that charge twice the price don't offer as much. CAV is, without doubt, one of the best.

Pros: Atmosphere, meal presentation, tastes. Well, everything.

Cons: Menu could be larger. Risotto is unimpressive.

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I took my girlfriend here for dinner once, and it was perfect. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was funky - decorated with old rugs and antiques. The food is a little on the pricey side, but they do have a bistro menu as well.

5
★★★★★

I took my girlfriend here for dinner once, and it was perfect. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was funky - decorated with old rugs and antiques. The food is a little on the pricey side, but they do have a bistro menu as well.

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Best Experience Ever. A Very Romantic Restaurant And The Food Is Excellent!

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Best Experience Ever. A Very Romantic Restaurant And The Food Is Excellent!

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Cav is one of those places that never ceases to surprise me. It is so ecclectic, and inviting and is one of my favorite places to be. The owner always welcomes us and has even given us tokens of her appreciation. Everything there is collected from different countries and are for sale. The food is fabulous, the ambience is delightful. Couldn't ask for anything more.

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★★★★★

Cav is one of those places that never ceases to surprise me. It is so ecclectic, and inviting and is one of my favorite places to be. The owner always welcomes us and has even given us tokens of her appreciation. Everything there is collected from different countries and are for sale. The food is fabulous, the ambience is delightful. Couldn't ask for anything more.

Pros: food, service, creativity

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We really liked everything we tried at CAV, but were most impressed by the beautiful and inviting space and the wonderful service. The servers were incredibly attentive without being overbearing, and had perfect timing. We went early so no reservations were not a problem. Salads were lovely, the tuna and salmon entrees both very good, fabulous fresh pasta dish was my favorite.ice vegetarian options. Worth the drive from Boston.

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★★★★★

We really liked everything we tried at CAV, but were most impressed by the beautiful and inviting space and the wonderful service. The servers were incredibly attentive without being overbearing, and had perfect timing. We went early so no reservations were not a problem. Salads were lovely, the tuna and salmon entrees both very good, fabulous fresh pasta dish was my favorite.ice vegetarian options. Worth the drive from Boston.

Pros: lovely atmosphere, good parking, great service

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A unique restaurant with great drinks, creative food, and wonderful ambience. Too bad the service doesn't match the warmth of the food and decor. From the haughty, arrogant hostess to the inattentive staff, Cav's service is in stark contrast to the rest of the experience. Even with a reservation, it takes forever to get seated. Add to this a bizzare "cover charge" for the misfortune of being seated too close to the often inconsistent music, and the painful picture is complete.

1
★★★☆☆

A unique restaurant with great drinks, creative food, and wonderful ambience. Too bad the service doesn't match the warmth of the food and decor. From the haughty, arrogant hostess to the inattentive staff, Cav's service is in stark contrast to the rest of the experience. Even with a reservation, it takes forever to get seated. Add to this a bizzare "cover charge" for the misfortune of being seated too close to the often inconsistent music, and the painful picture is complete.

Pros: Creative food, Great drinks, Warm environment

Cons: , Expensive

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Although the food is fabulous and the decorum is fun to browse (everthing but the table settings is for sale) I walked away from my experience here knowing that we had just spent $200 on a meal worth $100.

Yes, it is scrumpious food.

Yes, the ambience is lovely.

Yes, the sorbet is flown in direct from Italy every Tuesday.

But perhaps just a tad OVERpriced even for highend dining.

1
★★★☆☆

Although the food is fabulous and the decorum is fun to browse (everthing but the table settings is for sale) I walked away from my experience here knowing that we had just spent $200 on a meal worth $100.

Yes, it is scrumpious food.

Yes, the ambience is lovely.

Yes, the sorbet is flown in direct from Italy every Tuesday.

But perhaps just a tad OVERpriced even for highend dining.

Cons: Expense, creepy neighborhood

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The food was excellent, but the service was not on par with either the quality of the food, or the high prices on the menu. I'm willing to pay for a nice meal, but I get a little annoyed when I have to wait roughly 40 minutes for my $28 filet to arrive. And we were told that there would be live jazz, which we paid a $6 cover charge for, but the "jazz" turned out to be a single ukelele player. I have no problem with the ukelele, but it does not qualify as jazz in my book....

Overall: great food, interesting setting, poor service -- not really worth the price.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food was excellent, but the service was not on par with either the quality of the food, or the high prices on the menu. I'm willing to pay for a nice meal, but I get a little annoyed when I have to wait roughly 40 minutes for my $28 filet to arrive. And we were told that there would be live jazz, which we paid a $6 cover charge for, but the "jazz" turned out to be a single ukelele player. I have no problem with the ukelele, but it does not qualify as jazz in my book....

Overall: great food, interesting setting, poor service -- not really worth the price.

Pros: good food, nice ambience

Cons: poor service, unfriendly

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Our dinner at CAV was simply a wonderful experience -- the food, decor, atmosphere, and service were all impeccable and impressive. i had the chicken dish (i can't remember what it was called, but it was a chicken breast served over asian dumplings in a ginger pear sauce), and it was absolutely amazing. i don't live anywhere near Providence (i'm in California) but you can bet that any trip i take to the east coast from now on will involve a visit to CAV.

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★★★★★

Our dinner at CAV was simply a wonderful experience -- the food, decor, atmosphere, and service were all impeccable and impressive. i had the chicken dish (i can't remember what it was called, but it was a chicken breast served over asian dumplings in a ginger pear sauce), and it was absolutely amazing. i don't live anywhere near Providence (i'm in California) but you can bet that any trip i take to the east coast from now on will involve a visit to CAV.

 

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