Dining Out

Eat Your Way Through Thayer Street

The students are gone, so summer is the perfect time to enjoy some of your East Side favorites without the crowds

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Paragon and Viva
234 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Paragon and Viva are two fun places to meet friends after work or get dinner before heading downtown. Paragon is a self-described “European bistro,” while Viva offers a more sophisticated experience, with a wide variety of tasty Mediterranean appetizers and dinner items, all reasonably priced.
401-331-6200. Find on the web
Kabob and Curry
261 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
A Thayer Street institution, Kabob and Curry has been a reliable stop for some of the best Indian food in Rhode Island for over 20 years. The menu offers up meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes for both lunch and dinner, and their friendly staff are always helpful with suggestions if you want to try something new. Make sure to download their handy new iPhone app for easy ordering.
401-273-8844. Find on the web
Froyo World
219 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Froyo World offers up a variety of flavors and toppings with large tubs to pile it all in. Your edible art project is then priced by its weight. It gives new meaning to the phrase “fun late night stop.”
401-865-6055. Find on the web
Kartabar
284 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912
Kartabar has become a hot property as of late. With their doors wide open to the street, it serves as both a fun hang out for drinks and a nice place to have dinner.
401-331-8111. Find on the web
Juniper Frozen Yogurt
229 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Although ice cream and summer feel inseparable, your hard-earned beach body will appreciate a healthier alternative: Frozen yogurt. Juniper Frozen Yogurt is a family-owned business that serves up organic frozen yogurt, toppings and healthy smoothies. Juniper is easy on your waistline: a half-cup of their yogurt is under 100 calories.
401-421-4851. Find on Facebook
Hercules Mulligan's
272 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Hercules Mulligan’s is newer to the hood but well-received. Stop in for some wings and an Irish pint. Guinness anyone?
401-431-7182. Find on the web
Spats
182 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
Spats has been serving up food and drink for many years. Stop in for a draft beer or a tube special – 100 ounces of Sangria or Mojito, perhaps.
401-437-8300.
Andreas
268 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
One of the fancier restaurants on Thayer, Andreas is the perfect spot when you want a nice sit-down experience with a unique menu of Greek-American cuisine. They are known for their comfortable outdoor seating, too. Besides lunch and dinner on weekdays, Andreas serves authentic Greek breakfasts on weekends.
401-331-7879. Find on the web
East Side Pockets
278 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
With their quick service and late hours, East Side Pockets is a great place to satisfy a falafel jones and their grape leaves and tabouleh are equally delish. Esquire magazine called their gyro “the best Syrian street food outside Damascus.”
401-453-1100. Find on the web
Providence Byblos
235 Meeting Street
Providence, RI 02906
Providence Byblos, Rhode Island’s first hookah lounge, serves traditional Lebanese cuisine, all made from scratch. With two bars and an outside patio out back, Byblos offers a quiet retreat from the city bustle.
401-453-9727. Find on the web
Antonio's Pizza
256 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Antonio’s is fast-paced and energetic; their wide variety of pizza selections makes it easy to find something you’ll like. Visit their hypnotic online “pizza-simulator” to get a sense of what they can do.
401-455-3600. Find on the web
Nice Slice
267 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
With pizza names like “Bounty Killer” and punk rock decor, Nice Slice stands out as the hippest pizza joint in Providence. They offer a nice selection for vegans and gluten-free diners, too.
401-453-6423. Find on the web
Coco Pazzo
165 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
Newly opened Coco Pazzo offers pizzas baked in a Mugnaini wood fired oven.
401-454-3434. Find on the web
Gordito Burrito
258 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Found in the same location as Antonio’s Pizza, Gordito is an affordable place to get a massive burrito, all made fresh with options for meat lovers and vegetarians.
401-455-3666.
Chipotle
235 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Although a nationwide chain, Chipotle serves up good Mexican food and the company has adopted many sustainable practices into its business model.
401-621-2503. Find on the web
Baja Tex-Mex
273 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Baja Tex-Mex is the place to hit late night. Family- owned and affordable, Baja offers Mexican, but also burgers, wings and more. It’s a great spot to stop into during a night out on the town.
401-383-7079. Find on the web
Shark Bar & Grill
275 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 06906
At Shark Bar and Grill, house music pumps through the dark interior (but there is the option to sit outside).
401-490-0212. Find on the web
Sushi Express
283 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Sushi Express is super tiny, so take out is a smarter bet.
401-831-1919.
Better Burger Company
217 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Better Burger Company is all about burgers and fries – but what sets them apart from your average greasy spoon is their commitment to fresh, wholesome and, whenever possible, local ingredients. They also serve fish and veggie options, and made to order breakfasts.
401-228-7373. Find on the web
Shanghai
272 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
Shanghai Restaurant’s food is a mix of Chinese and Japanese. Did we mention they make a great Scorpion Bowl?
401-331-0077. Find on the web
Soban Korean Eatery
272 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
At Soban Korean, the portion sizes are typically large and at reasonable prices.
401-751-1234. Find on Facebook

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