Off-Campus Dining

Providence, RI
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of different places to eat, but they are usually expensive for even low quality food.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: While its not the best, most PC students love the off-campus dining

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It is refreshing to know that I can order anything else out side of campus when ever I want.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of different options. A lot of Italian style. But there are other options as well that are great, J&W is a cooking school so there is always a great place to go if you are looking for good food.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a ton of great restaurants around Providence, with most students going to those on Thayer Street or Federal Hill.


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  • 458th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 626th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Groton, CT
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Providence provides residents and visitors with a plethora of dining choices. From upscale Italian on Federal Hill to the more eclectic flavors of Thayer Street, the city has something to offer every gourmet, except, of course, the indecisive. Certain local spots become staples in the PC collegiate dining experience. Lili Wok is ideal for ordering in on those frigid nights when it’s just too cold to warrant walking anywhere else. When you have stayed out so late, it becomes folly to return home without some sort of nourishment, and many PC students turn to Admiral Spa for sustenance in those wee morning hours. But, at 2 a.m., nothing is more appetizing than a slice of Golden Crust with bleu cheese. (Warning: Do not eat sober!) The ritual parents’ weekend would not be complete without an outing to Federal Hill, especially when you know the 'rents are paying. While everyone maintains a personal favorite suitable to their palette, all appreciate the innumerable choices available.

The closest thing to a NY slice of pizza is Antonio’s on Thayer Street, but unfortunately, they do not deliver. However, many eateries do deliver, including Sicilia’s on Federal Hill, but a drawback to delivery is that in the snow it can take up to two hours. Some places, such as Mai Tai, accept credit cards for those running short on cash. Dining out and delivery are an excellent option when you’ve run out of Slavin money and Ray disappoints yet again. Offering a diverse selection of cuisine for all budgets, Providence restaurants subscribe to the old adage, "Variety is the spice of life."

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Student Favorites
  • The Abbey
  • Café 412
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Golden Crust
  • Lili Wok
  • Uno's Pizzeria
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Lili Wok
Best Breakfast
Admiral Spa Inc.
Best Healthy
La Creperie
Best Pizza
Antonio's Pizza
Best Wings
  • The Abbey
  • Joe's American Bar and Grille
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Blue Grotto
  • Capital Grille
  • Hemenway's Seafood Grille and Oyster Bar
  • Meditteraneo
Other Places to Check Out
  • Brickway (Breakfast)
  • Kartabar Restaurant (Mediterranean)
  • Olives
  • Pastiche Fine Desserts Café
  • Phillepe's (Deli)
Did You Know?
  • Mondays are college night at Fire & Ice. Present your college ID and you eat for $10.
  • When ordering from Golden Crust, make sure to get bleu cheese and throw in a side of golden fries.
  • Want more than just a regular slice? Antonio's specializes in gourmet pizza. Chicken pesto and tomato basil are to die for!
  • Meditteraneo's turns into a salsa club after hours on the weekend.
  • Most local restaurants offer free delivery to campus, making delicious picnics in your dorm room always an option.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

North Providence Food Mart
1370 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence
(401) 353-6760
Shaw's Supermarkets
15 Smithfield Road, North Providence
(401) 353-2075
Whole Foods Market
601 N. Main St., Providence
(401) 621-5990

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The Abbey
Food: Wings, burgers and sandwiches
686 Admiral St.
(401) 351-4346
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: More than 90 types of beer.
Admiral Spa Inc.
Food: Breakfast
624 Admiral St.
(401) 831-5178
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great breakfast food for drunk students.
Antonio's Pizza
Food: Pizza
256 Thayer St.
(401) 455-3600
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Gourmet pizza.
Blue Grotto
Food: Southern Italian
210 Atwells Ave.
(401) 272-9030
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Patio dining.
Café 412
Food: Panninis and wood grilled pizzas
414 Douglas Ave.
(401) 270-2233
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Amazing fresh fruit crepes.
Café Paragon and Viva
Food: American/Mediterranean
234 Thayer St., College Hill
(401) 331-6200
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Great ambiance.
Capital Grille
Food: Steakhouse
1 Union Station
(401) 521-5600
Price: $18-$35
Cassarino's Restaurant
Food: Italian
177 Atwells Ave.
(401) 751-3333
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Romantic atmosphere.
Casserta's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian
121 Spruce St.
(401) 272- 3618
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Delivery.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: Eclectic and international
94 Providence Place
(401) 270-4010
Price: $15-$30
Fire + Ice
Food: Asian
48 Providence Place
(401) 270-4040
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat, personalized stir-fry buffet.
The Gatehouse Restaurant
Food: American
4 Richmond Sq., Suite 100B
(401) 521-9229
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Elegant athmosphere.
Golden Crust Pizza
Food: Pizza
228 Oakland Ave.
(401) 273-2288
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Proximity to late-night parties.
Hemenway's Seafood Grille and Oyster Bar
Food: Seafood
121 S. Main St.
(401) 351-8570
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Raw bar.
Joe's American Bar and Grille
Food: American
148 Providence Pl.
(401) 270-4737
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The revolving door.
La Creperie
Food: Crepes and salads
82 Fones Alley
(401) 751-5536
Price: $2-$5
Lili Wok
Food: Chinese
600 Douglas Ave.
(401) 331-8188
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery.
Mai Tai
Food: Asian
101 Mineral Springs
(401) 354-6868
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Resealable plastic containers-great for leftovers.
Food: Italian
134 Atwells Ave.
(401) 331-7760
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Turns into a Salsa Club on the weekends.
Sicilia's Pizza
Food: Pizza
181 Atwells Ave.
(401) 273-9222
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: Delivery.
Union Station Brewery
Food: American
36 Exchange Terrace
(401) 274-2739
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Late-night food.
Uno Chicago Grill
Food: American
82 Providence Place
(401) 270-4866
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 40 responses

Very poor
  • 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 41 responses

  • 12% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 10% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 34% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 44% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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