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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Theres a ton of options and cheap great places to eat

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Thayer St. and downtown Providence have a variety of good restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Providence as a city has great food. However, there are not many open spots late at night.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of choices in Providence. Something for everyone

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants on Thayer street, where most students go.


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Although most RISD kids stick pretty close to school, there are still a surprising variety of restaurants that are cheap enough for students found on Main, Thayer, and Wickenden streets. Thayer Street is one long chain of restaurants and shops that spans several blocks in the heart of the Brown/RISD radius. In one block, students will walk past Indian, Mexican, pizza, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern food, all of which are small unique restaurants. In fact, other than the occasional McDonald’s downtown, you might have to go outside Providence proper to find a chain restaurant.

Because Johnson & Wales has a culinary academy, there is a wealth of interest and innovation in the immediate area that is constantly replenished, and there are always new and interesting restaurants popping up. There is also a large Asian population that feeds some of the best Asian and Indian restaurants in the area. Finally, the large Italian population makes Federal Hill a Providence version of Little Italy. Thrown into the mix are a few college-hangout places, such as Meeting St. Café and Antonio’s, and a few four-star gourmet places, such as Pastiche, which is a dessert restaurant, and you’ve got an extremely rich and diverse selection to choose from. It’s impossible to get bored, but it helps to have a car or a friend with a car if you want to get to some of the more out-of-the-way places.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Cable Car
  • Nice Slice
  • Sun and Moon
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
The Modern Diner
Best Healthy
Garden Grille
Best Pizza
Nice Slice
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Cuban Revolution
  • Kabob and Curry
  • La Creperie
  • Mill's Tavern

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Eastside Marketplace
165 Pitman St.
(401) 831-7771
Super Stop and Shop
77 Reservoir Ave.
(401) 467-1092
Whole Foods Market
601 N Main St.
(401) 621-5990

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Pizza
258 Thayer St.
(401) 455-3600
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Good pizza, and it's extra cheap.
Food: Chinese
716 Public St.
(401) 758-1490
Price: $5-$10
Bombay Club
Food: Indian
145 Dean St.
(401) 273-6363
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The best Indian in Providence.
Cable Car Cinema and Café
Food: Coffee, sandwiches
204 S. Main St.
(401) 272-3970
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: It's also an independent movie theater
Cuban Revolution Café
Food: Cuban
149 Washington St.
(401) 331-8829
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Lots of cool art on the walls, live music, no cover.
East Side Pockets
Food: Middle Eastern
278 Thayer St.
(401) 453-1100
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: They make it in front of you as you choose what goes in the pocket.
The Garden Grille Café and Juice Bar
Food: Vegetarian
727 East Ave.
(401) 726-2826
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Try the concocted smoothie called "The Crazy Weech."
Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
163 Benefit St.
(401) 751-2248
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Try the sandwich that has every meat known to man on it.
Kabob and Curry
Food: Indian
261 Thayer St.
(401) 273-8844
Price: $10-$17
La Creperie
Food: Crepes of all kinds
82 Fones Alley
(401) 751-5536
Price: $5-$10
Meeting Street Café
Food: Sandwiches, home-cooked meals
220 Meeting St.
(401) 273-1066
Price: $5-$10
Mexico Restaurant
Food: Authentic Mexican
948 Atwells Ave.
(401) 331-4985
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Live mariachi band.
Mill's Tavern
Food: American with a French influence
101 N. Main St.
(401) 272-3331
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Nice atmosphere.
The Modern Diner
Food: Breakfast
364 East Ave.
(401) 726-8390
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Eat in a real old-fashioned diner.
Nice Slice
Food: Pizza
267 Thayer St.
(401) 453-6423
Price: $13-$17
Food: Sushi (Japanese)
231 Wickenden St.
(401) 331-6861
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Sit on the floor Japanese-style, BYOB.
Food: Chinese
272 Thayer St.
(401) 331-0077
Price: $10-$15
Spice Thai Bistro
Food: Thai
110 Waterman St.
(401) 331-5282
Price: $8-$15
Spike's Junkyard Dogs
Food: Hotdogs, every kind you can think of
273 Thayer St.
(401) 454-1459
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: If you eat a 19 hot dogs, you get them all for free.
Sun and Moon
Food: Korean
95 Warren Ave., East Providence
(401) 435-0214
Price: $7-$12

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 27 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 29 responses

  • 52% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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