Off-Campus Dining

Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Providence has one of the best dining scenes including cheap eats and classy date night restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge variety of restaurants really close to campus that range from very cheap to pretty expensive and upscale. The most popular places are Kabob and Curry, a huge Indian place that does takeout, catering, and an all-you-can-eat buffet on Sundays, and Gourmet Heaven, which is open until 2am and has a wide variety of stuff. Downsides are that there aren't any student discounts, and nothing is open after 2am.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of variety. Be careful, I spent a lot of money on Thayer Street. Also There are great places Downtown too.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The city is diverse enough, so that are are many cuisine oprions.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I eat off campus a good deal. I absolutely love the restaurant variety near campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 557th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
Undecided
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Providence truly caters to the epicurean diner. One need not stray further than the College Hill and the Downtown areas to find all varieties of ethnic food, dining styles, and atmospheres. Without a doubt, Providence is host to an impressive number of off-campus restaurants that offer variety in terms of price and menus. Vegetarian, kosher, and all other diets can be easily accommodated. Great food is truly one of Providence’s greatest assets.

The scariest thing about off-campus eating, however, is the lack of supermarkets that are easily within walking distance to campus. The closest supermarket is over a mile away, which will sound a lot worse in February when it snows and gets dark before dinner. There are a few specialty markets nearby, including a Saturday farmer's market at Hope High School, but you really need a car if you plan to cook on a regular basis.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Antonio's Pizza
  • East Side Pockets
  • India
  • Kabob and Curry
  • Nice Slice
  • Sawadee
  • Viva (at Café Paragon)
24-Hour Dining
None near Brown
Best Asian
Apsara
Best Breakfast
Julian's
Best Healthy
The Garden Grille Café
Best Pizza
  • Antonio's Pizza
  • Nice Slice
Best Wings
Ri~Ra
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Hemenway's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar
  • Mediterraneo
Other Places to Check Out
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Ben and Jerry's
  • Broad Street Tokyo
  • D'Angelo's
  • Gordito Burrito
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Meeting Street Café
  • Mia Sushi
  • Miss Fanny's Soul Food Kitchen
  • Sakura
  • Smoothie King
  • Ten Prime Steak & Sushi

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Eastside Marketplace
165 Pitman St.
(401) 831-7771
Super Stop & Shop
333 W. River St.
(401) 861-9300
Whole Foods Market
261 Waterman St.
(401) 272-1690

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Al Forno
Food: Contemporary Italian
577 S. Main St., Downtown
(401) 273-9760
Price: $15-$50
Cool Features: Nothing says your parents love you like a dinner excursion to Al Forno. Their brick-oven pizza is world-famous and the chocolate soufflé is a must.
Antonio's Pizza
Food: Pizza
258 Thayer St., Providence
(401) 455-3600
Price: $3-$15
Apsara
Food: Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese
716 Public St., Providence
(401) 785-1490
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Although Apsara is a 10-minute drive from campus, it is so good that Brown students cram into the restaurant every night.
Bagel Gourmet Ole
Food: Bagels, Mexican
228 Thayer St., Providence
(401) 331-1311
Price: $5-$5
Cool Features: Interesting mix: bagles and Mexican? Who thought it would work, but it does!
Bickford's Grille
Food: American
1460 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence
(401) 353-9442
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Known for great New England-style breakfast-which is to say breakfast with seafood integrated into it. Bickford's is also a great spot to hit after the bars on weekends; they also offer takeout, which is a big plus.
Byblos
Food: Middle Eastern
235 Meeting St.
(401) 453-9727
www.providencebyblos.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: This is also a hookah bar.
Café Paragon and Viva
Food: American/Mediterranean
234 Thayer St., College Hill
(401) 331-6200
www.paragonandviva.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Despite its reputation as a favorite haunt for Brown's children of privilege, the food is very affordable. After 10 p.m., Viva becomes a hip Euro club scene.
Café Zog
Food: Café and coffee shop
239 Wickenden St., Providence
(401) 421-2213
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Zog features a private back patio and table service.
The Creperie
Food: Crepes and smoothies
82 Fones Alley (off Thayer), College Hill
(401) 751-5536
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Located right off Thayer Street, the Creperie is a great option for any meal of the day. Late hours make it one of the few places to get a post-bar snack.
Cuban Revolution Café
Food: Cuban
149 Washington St., Providence
(401) 331-8829
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: The brilliant cabana atmosphere with live music in the evenings makes eating a pressed Cuban sandwich, fried plantain chips, and flan a welcome treat. Wear camouflage on Saturdays or a Che Guevara print on Mondays for special discounts.
East Side Pockets
Food: Middle Eastern
278 Thayer St., Providence
(401) 453-1100
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: East Side Pockets provides excellent service, great food, and personality that satisfies the demand for affordable munchies.
Fellini Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
166 Wickenden St., Providence
(401) 751-6737
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: Fellini is ridiculously popular among students, and most agree it's some of the best pizza in New England (though it definitely has its detractors). It's particularly popular around midnight and thereafter on Fridays.
The Garden Grille Café and Juice Bar
Food: Vegetarian and vegan cuisine
727 East Ave., Pawtucket
(401) 726-2826
Price: $2-$12
Cool Features: The menu makes it easy for people with all kinds of dietary concerns to eat hearty and tasty meals like Vegan Nachos Supreme, a veggie Rueben or a slice of dark chocolate cake.
Haven Brothers
Food: Diner
72 Spruce St. (sort of) Fulton and Dorrance Sts., Providence
(401) 861-7777
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: For starters, Haven Brothers is not as much a restaurant as a trolley with a diner in it. The establishment is over a hundred years old, and serves a very mixed crowd when it pulls up in front of City Hall and serves diner fare through the morning hours.
Hemenway's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar
Food: Seafood
121 S. Main St., Providence
(401) 351-8570
Price: $15-$40
Cool Features: The raw bar at Hemenway's offers more than 15 varieties of raw shellfish, and the waterfront location makes it a great spot for hip students and Providence yuppies alike.
India
Food: Indian and Pakistani
123 Dorrance St., Downtown
(401) 278-2000
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Providence, particularly the area around Brown, offers a few good Indian restaurants. Although India may be a few dollars more than other options, the food and the service make India the nicest choice.
Julian's
Food: Gourmet/fusion bistro food
318 Broadway Ave., Federal Hill
(401) 861-1770
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Julian's is true boho Providence dining-greasy with a silver spoon. Breakfast is particularly good; you can get eggs benedict with lox and Bourson cheese hash served in a hip, artsy Café.
Kabob and Curry
Food: Indian
261 Thayer St., Providence
(401) 273-8844
www.kabobandcurry.com
Price: $10-$20
Louis
Food: Diner
286 Brook St.
(401) 861-5225
Price: $5-$10
Mediterraneo
Food: Authentic Italian
134 Atwells Ave., Federal Hill
(401) 331-7760
Price: $15-$40
Cool Features: Mediterraneo is one of the few restaurants that features Italian-speaking servers and authentic Tuscan cooking. Many of the eateries on Federal Hill claim to be worth their extravagant price, but Mediterraneo, with its enormous portions, truly is.
Nice Slice
Food: Pizza
267 Thayer St., Providence
(401) 453-6423
www.niceslice.com
Price: $13-$20
Ri~Ra
Food: Irish Pub
50 Exchange Terrace, Downtown
(401) 272-1953
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Ri~Ra is a lively pub, which is a favorite of college students and the Providence happy-hour set. Once you live in Providence, you'll know how unusual that is.
Sawaddee Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai
93 Hope St., Providence
(401) 831-1122
www.sawaddeerestaurant.com
Price: $2-$12
Cool Features: Brown students are lucky to have this authentic, family-run place so close to campus. The takeout is a godsend, and diners will be pleased to see the signature dishes served as spicy as they dare to request them.
Shanghai
Food: Chinese
272 Thayer St., Providence
(401) 331-0077
www.shanghairi.com
Price: $10-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 47 responses

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Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 59 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 27% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 71% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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