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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I feel there's a lot of the same thing and it's hard to find healthy options. The cheapest place is Au Bon Pain and probably my favorite, although service isn't very good. There's a few restaurants on Thayer, but unless it's a special occasion, it's not a good option.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A large variety of foods. great food on thayer and federal hill. very convenient

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer Street sucks...but once you get to Wickenden, Benefit, downtown, Wayland Square, or to Federal Hill there're lots of amazing restaurants. It's worth the trip! I've spent wayyyy too much eating out this year.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer has pretty good variety, and so does Wickenden, which is a little farther away but within walking distance. It's not New York City, but you won't get bored. My biggest complaint is the lack of a grocery store near campus (the closest one is about a mile away, and buses are sporadic).

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Easy to stop into Bajas, Antonio's or Mike's at 2 am, when everything else is closed. The food is quite fun off campus, and Thayer actually has lots of options.


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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
Best Breakfast
Best Healthy
The Garden Grille Café
Best Pizza
  • Antonio's Pizza
  • Nice Slice
Best Wings
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
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.
Food: Middle Eastern
235 Meeting St.
(401) 453-9727
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
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.
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.
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
Price: $10-$20
Food: Diner
286 Brook St.
(401) 861-5225
Price: $5-$10
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
Price: $13-$20
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
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.
Food: Chinese
272 Thayer St., Providence
(401) 331-0077
Price: $10-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 82 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 94 responses

  • 67% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 31% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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