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Cafe Paragon

234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
+1 401-331-6200
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible14%
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American, Bar, International, Contemporary, Pub
$$ - $$$
234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
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Reviewed 8 December 2015 via mobile

5 for the kitchen staff 3 for the Wait staff 4 my overall rating My husband's family and I went here for Thanksgiving. I have a very severe food allergy; I told the cook who was carving the turkey and he got the chef. Billy...More

Thank Ashley1C
Reviewed 26 November 2015

I had a casual business lunch at Paragon. It was the perfect place for it. I would recommend it for a cozy lunch, business meeting or just because. Not sure how it is for evening.

Thank Mari R
Reviewed 29 September 2015

if an older man walks up to your table and tells you a lousy old joke it is most likely the great owner of Paragon and a number of other restaurants in the area. His wife tries to stop him but he will never quit.But...More

Thank Barry N
Reviewed 26 September 2015

We've been here many times. Lunch today included Veggie Antipasto plate and Bruschetta. These were much larger than we expected. Antipasto was fine although the veggies could have been in smaller pieces. The Bruschetta was average because of the bread. Very thick pieces, totally soggy....More

Thank JHaakRI
Reviewed 6 August 2015

My daughter and I ate here after a tour of Brown. She had the margarita pizza and I had a California wrap with baked sweet potato. The food was wonderful. The service was good, but the waitress sometimes disappeared for long periods. Our bill was...More

Thank StarfishandSeashells
Reviewed 26 July 2015

Was visiting the area, when we decided to stop in for lunch. Brunch assortment pretty good. Quality of the food, not bad. Flow of the setup, awful. Service, not terrible, but not terrific either.

Thank cindy l
Reviewed 7 July 2015

*We didn't eat at the restaurant so keep in mind this review is of the dance club. My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate my 21st birthday. We came in through the cafe, got carded, and waited for ten minutes with no service. We...More

Thank Keyana G
Reviewed 7 July 2015

great location in the heart of Brown campus. decent outdoor seating, and cozy bar. food is only slightly better than average. great for a drink, but certainly better places to eat.

Thank trvlalot312
Reviewed 3 June 2015

Attending my brother's graduation at Brown, we stopped at Paragon & Viva for their "Graduation" buffet brunch. It was downright awful. They offered a variety of entirely unappetizing hot and cold standard breakfast/brunch dishes. Nothing seemed fresh or freshly made, nothing tasted good. The ambience...More

Thank ECrowther
Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

Service better at Mc Donalds, sitting at bar couldn't get a drink. Staff inattentive and the place was empty at 2pm. Food was eh at best salad came out without goat cheese, hummus an falafel app doesn't include pita. There are much better Places to...More

Thank jfahy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, International, Contemporary, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill
  • Neighbourhood: College Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 401-331-6200
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Café Paragon in Providence was first to open it’s doors in 1994. We started serving our valued guests in a friendly European Bistro/Café style atmosphere with a comfortable 32 seats, full bar, and a limited menu. In 1997 we expanded to create Viva offering a more sophisticated dining experience including Mediterranean Mezes, specialized martinis, and extended bar selections in our comfortable lounge. On weekend nights the restaurant transforms with club music. Over the years we have won several awards in RI Monthly and the Providence Pheonix, among them for Best Burgers, Best Salad and Best Octopus and in addition we have been written up in several publications such as Yankee Magazine Travel, Providence Journal, and Vanity Fair.
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