DiningWithDon1
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  • Review Count
    6
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  • First Review
    January 27, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 22, 2014
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DiningWithDon1's Reviews
 
Red Stripe is a traditional brasserie with an edge. Classic, and unique. Red Stripe has the distinction of being upscale yet relaxed, where you will find people from all walks of life enjoying their dining experience. Red Stripe serves comfort food with a French influence – simple in context, yet refined in taste. Food that is reasonably priced and made with passion! Come try one of our originals – like the mouth watering Red Stripe Grilled Cheese, made with prosciutto, poached pear and basil; accompanied by our oven roasted tomato soup or hand cut frites and aioli (surely unlike any grilled cheese you’ve had before) or our wide selection of moules (ten to be exact!) always a house favorite!<br />Red Stripe is located on the East Side of Providence in bustling Wayland Square and was recently awarded “Best Neighborhood Restaurant” by Rhode Island Monthly.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Red Stripe a bit checkered
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/29/2014
 2008
Dined on 3/29/2014
 2008
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"So the room at Red Stripe fills the bill for a fun, lively spot. It looks like a Parisian bistro, unfortunately it devolves into a Providence bistro! Too bad, we have had a good run at a variety of places in Providence. The mussels, which are finished in 10 different styles (one of the main reasons we chose the place), were disappointing: rubbery, overdone. Entrees were similar, no finesse, nothing special. A croque Madame was ok, very little meat - too much cheese and a flavorless hollandaise. A meat pie offering was much less interesting than the menu suggested. I can go on but I don't like ripping restaurants - it may have been a bad night - there are 5 or 6 bistros I can name in Boston that beat this place...'nuf said."
Dined on 3/29/2014
 2008
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BRONWYN is a restaurant and bar located in Union Square, Somerville, featuring the cuisine of Germany and greater Central and Eastern Europe. Chef Tim Wiechmann draws on his cultural heritage to create hand-crafted sausages, schnitzels, traditional noodles and specialties such as Riesling sauerkraut and giant pretzels. An extensive list of bier and regional wein has been curated to enhance the cuisine. The chef’s wife, Bronwyn, is the restaurant’s namesake. The interior of BRONWYN embodies the rusticity of a European tavern and is adorned with the handcrafted treasures of the Chef’s travels and his family’s heirlooms. Upon entering the restaurant, one is reminded of the artistic spirit that imbues the neighborhood of Union Square.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
The Best Wurst
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2009
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We started with cucumber salad & cheese and beer soup (terrific) and shared the Giant Wurst Platter consisting of: smoked kielbasa (my favorite), Lemon Weisswurst, Spicy Bierwurst, CurryWurst, Zungenblutwurst (blood, tongue, pork - surprisingly good!), Thuringer Bratwurst; these were served with sauerkraut (mild and dry -- better than the usual wet), roasted potatoes, homemade grilled bread and spicy mustard. We paired this with an off-dry German Scheurebe, Spaltese. It was a great meal - the sausages were surprisingly delicate and wonderfully flavorful. This isn't heavy German food - it is light and elevated. The room is cramped, the chairs funky, not a lot of room. Casual. If you need a fix in the WURST way, this is the spot!!!"
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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CAV's (foumded in 1989) award winning Restaurant and Bar serves a sophisticated contemporary menu, in a unique loft atmostphere, w/13 ft. Ashwood ceilings and brick walls. Accolades include: One of 5 Best Restaurants in Prov' The N.Y. Times, 'Best Restaurant Atmosphere' and 'Best Bar' R.I. Monthly; , 'Best Restaurant' Providence Monthl, 'Most Unique' N.Y. Details Mag. 'Most Romantic Restaurant' About.Com & Phoenix, 'Most Wordly Bar & Jewel of New England' Phantom Gourmet, Platinimum Plate Boston TV Diner. 'Most Worldly Bar' as well as many culinary awards. Signature dishes: Diver Sea Scallops, Hijiki encrusted Yellowfin Tuna, Filet Mignon, Sauce Bordelaise, Duck Confit,, Braised Lamb shank, as well as handcut pasta and vegetarian dishes. CAV is surrounded by pristine art objects also for sale. Also Al Fresco dining in Flowered Courtyard May-October. <br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Unique Atmosphere if not Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/01/2013
 2009
Dined on 12/01/2013
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The room outshines the menu at CAV. The room is a trip in-a-half: part curio, part antique shop, part world wide flea market, the owner is either well traveled or a hoarder. Knickknack's galore; priced not to sell! Dinner was a pleasant surprise on the Sunday night we visited. The large dining room was very empty at 6:00 (always a cause for concern). Apps were not exciting but frankly, tasty. The French inspired meals for our table of four were made well and enjoyed by all. If not memorable it also was not disappointing! The red wine was too warm when served, taken care of by my asking for it to be slightly brought down in temp by resting in the fridge. It is in an out-of-the-way industrial part of Providence, but, all in all worth the trip"
Dined on 12/01/2013
 2009
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Avellino offers traditional, homemade Italian cuisine in a setting that unites old and new for a truly memorable experience.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Bright Spot in Sturbridge
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/01/2014
 2009
Dined on 02/01/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"So this is a qualified endorsement: if you're in Sturbridge, this is a good place to go. We traveled west to pay this place (the former Whistling Swan) a visit and while it is decent, very nicely appointed it is nothing special. That said, in a town with a lot of chain and pub-type places it is probably one of the better local spots to dine. My biggest complaint was a misrepresentation on the menu. The appetizer was listed as bacala (salt cod, re hydrated) with potato cakes. Instead we received bacala in potato cakes, sort of a "fried/breaded fish cake"; not what I was reading and expecting. The rest of the meal was good to very good. The wine list was a pleasant surprise, some decent Italian choices that paired well. The room is very nice."
Dined on 02/01/2014
 2009
Special Features: notable wine list, special occasion
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Oleana is a neighborhood restaurant with a strong focus on flavors and comfort. The cuisine centers on the Arabic influenced foods of the Mediterranean with a strong lean towards Turkish fare. Winter months feature a roaring fireplace and in the warm weather the gorgeous garden is open for dinner.<br><br><br />** Please note that we do not reserve tables on -- or take requests for -- the garden patio. Patio tables are seated on a first come, first served basis and are weather dependent. All Opentable reservations are for indoor tables only. **
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Flavorful Oleana
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2009
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"If nothing else Oleana is a flavor-explosion! Strong in middle-eastern influences, with a helpful glossary, to understand dishes and their components, on the menu, Oleana is not for the timid. Fortunately the mezze (middle-eastern tapas) offerings are varied and extensive and, shareable. Not every dish was outstanding - but every dish was interesting; well worth even those that might not appeal to you to, in the least, sample. Two from our table of four had the chef's vegetarian tasting menu, another tried meat mezze offerings and the fourth had a crispy duck appetizer. The 4 of us shared the tasting menu dessert, very enjoyable. Very varied and interesting wine list. The room is a little cramped for space and it is noisy --"
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Our Mission<br /><br />Our mission is simple – enhance and educate the palate with the freshest ingredients and flavors. Our guests take center stage with a philosophy focused on surprising and exciting each guest with personal care and service. Our team is motivated by a central goal – making sure each dining experience is memorable.<br /><br /><br />Our Service Philosophy<br /><br />When guests choose to dine at Gracie’s, they do so with an expectation. <br />We are dedicated to perfecting our craft. <br />We are loyal to the brand and to our values. <br />We are continuously educating ourselves. <br />We are fueled by a passion for exceptional food & unrivaled guest service.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
One of New England's Best: Gracies
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/25/2014
 2009
Dined on 01/25/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food, service and attention to detail have stayed top notch at one of our favorite New England restaurant's, Gracie's. While the winter menu may not be as exotic or interesting as the Spring/summer offerings, the quality and tastes were spot on. Looking for a special place, this is it. It will not disappoint!"
Dined on 01/25/2014
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies, special occasion
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