Bravo Brasserie is a French-inspired American bistro in the heart of Downtown. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch on weekends. 123 Empire St., Downtown. 401-490-5112.Insider Tip: Get Dinner for two, including two salads, two entrees and a bottle of wine every Monday night for only $31.95.
New American, Br, L, D, $$, full bar
Aspire Seasonal Kitchen
Aspire is an award-winning restaurant serving contemporary, locally sourced Rhode Island cuisine in their enchanted courtyard, the A-garden. 311 Westminster St., Downtown. 401-521-3333Insider Tip:Live music is offered every Thursday-Saturday with no cover and free valet.
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Luxe Burger Bar
Build the burger of your dreams and sip alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) milkshakes right in the heart of WaterFire. Bring your best friend to enjoy their doggy menu too. 5 Memorial Blvd., Downtown. 401-621-5893.Insider Tip: Get $2 sliders at the bar, weekdays from 3-5:30pm.
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Spectacular from the Providence Riverwalk set the stage for heavenly fusion of international flavors hailed by the NY Times as "RI's contribution to world class dining." 1 Citizens Plaza, Downtown. 401-421-2525Can't Miss Dish: Crispy Sushi: yellowfin tuna, avocado, Korean chili, enoki, honey-crisp apple.
New American, L, D, $$$, full bar
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Welcome to Ruth's Steak House in Providence, famous for warm hospitality and the finest USDA Prime steaks. 10 Memorial Blvd., Downtown. 401-272-2271Insider Tip: Ruth's steaks are served on 500 degree plates - that signature "sizzle" keeps your steak warm, juicy and delicious down to the last bite.
Classic American, L, D, $$$, full bar
Trinity Brewhouse is Rhode Island's premier brewpub and restaurant, featuring award-winning beers, food and late night fun in a friendly atmosphere. 186 Fountain St., Downtown. 401-453-2337.Insider Tip: Join the Mug Club - benefits include 25oz fill-ups at the pint price, menu discounts, 20 cent wings and more.
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Escape to AQUA, an oasis in the middle of the city offering a temptingly cool retreat for after work cocktails, attending special events or hosting your own. AQUA is perfect for socializing in style. 1 Orms St., Downtown. 401-272-2400Can't Miss Dish Chef Franco's Fish Tacos
Eclectic, L, D, $, full bar
Enjoy al fresco drinks, apps, contemporary lunch and dinner (daily) and weekend brunch in the romantic courtyard and Blue Bar. 14 Imperial Pl., Jewelry District. 401-751-9164.Insider Tip: Daily deals include half-price apps at the bar from 3-6pm, and a three-course prix-fix menu for $29.95.
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Parkside Rotisserie & Bar
Parkside is a Providence institution, famous for its rotisserie cooking, creative cocktails and innovative specials. Its South Main Street location makes it the perfect spot for Waterfire. 76 South Main St., Downtown. 401-331-0003.Insider Tip: Enjoy $1 oysters every Tuesday and Friday evening.
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New Executive Chef Bernie Watson, of the former LJ's BBQ, is cooking up honest, authentic, messy BBQ, great burgers and steaks in a relaxed atmosphere with a huge selection of whiskey. 370 Richmond St., Jewelry District. 401-272-7675.Insider Tip: Try Rick's new weekend brunch menu and Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.
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Mile & a Quarter
Located on the Providence riverfront with amazing views of Downtown, Mile & a Quarter offers live music Wednesdays and weekends in the new Mile High Lounge, and has a pet friendly patio. <1>334 South Water St., Waterfront. 401-331-1500
Insider Tip: Enjoy half-price apps at the bar, Monday-Friday.
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In addition to your everyday grocery essentials, Gourmet Heaven offers breakfast foods, deli sandwiches, burgers, salads, panini and wraps, prepared foods and much more. 173 Weybosset St., Downtown. 401-536-9000. 205 Meeting St., College Hill. 401-400-3607.Can't Miss Dish: Check out the daily national hot and cold buffet.
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Blaze is a longtime East Side favorite, twice awarded Best Neighborhood Restaurant by Rhode Island Monthly. Their American Fusion cuisine celebrates diversity, with regional and global dishes. 776 Hope St., East Side. 401-277-2529.Insider TipThe menu offers man vegan, vegetarian and gluten free items.
New American, Br, L, D, $$, full bar
It has been ten years since Haruki East opened in Wayland Square, in addition to its sister Haruki in Cranston. They are committed to serving the best sushi in New England. 172 Wayland Ave., Wayland Square. 401-223-0332.Can't Miss Cocktail: Sake Martini
Japanese fare & sushi, L, D, $$, full bar
Chez Pascal/Wurst Kitchen
Chez Pascal offers seasonally inspired, French influenced, New England grown fine dining, with The Wurst Kitchen serving house made sausages, frankfurters and small plates. 960 Hope St., East Side. 401-421-4422Insider Tip:> The Wurst Window offers nightly 'To-Go' specials .
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Checz Pascal:French & house made sausages, D, $$-$$$, full bar
Head to McBride's for delicious Irish and American pub favorites in a comfortable atmosphere. Their spacious patio is the perfect place to sip a pint of Guinness. 161 Wayland Ave., Wayland Square. 401-751-3000.Can't Miss Dish:The Corned Beef meals are the best you'll have anywhere.
Irish & American, L, D, $$, full bar.
Swing into summer on India's beautiful garden patio with flower baskets, water fountains and swings. The new menu features summer specials and many vegetarian choices. 1060 Hope St., East Side. 401-421-2600.Insider Tip Their side-walk is pet friendly and offers a "Doggie Menu."
Indian, L, D, $$, full bar.
Hope Street Pizza
Hope Street Pizza is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink, share a pizza or have a fresh salad at a sunny side-walk table. 1060 Hope St., East Side. 401-421-2600.Can't -Miss Dish: Lamb Souvlaki with Greek salad.
Greek & Pizzza, L, D, N, $, full bar.
DiMare Seafood Marketplace, Restaurant & Bar
This family-owned restaurant, bar and gourmet market serves fresh, locally-sourced seafood, house made ravioli and soups, even vegetarian and gluten-free options. 2706 South County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-885-8100.Insider Tip: The Sunset Prix-Fixe for Two is three courses and a bottle of wine for only $40, Tuesday-Saturday, 4-6pm.
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Rocco's Pub & Grub
Rocco's offers an eclectic menu of creative, upscale pub fare for you to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. 55 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. 401-349-2250Insider Tip: Weekly specials include Tuesday trivia night, $4 martinis on Wednesday and 35 cent wings on Thursday.
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Red Stripe is an American brasserie serving French influenced comfort food. Winner of three consecutive Open Table Dinners Choice Awards465 Angell St., Wayland Square. 401-437-6950.Can't -Miss Dish: Red Stripe Grilled Cheesewith basil pesto, prosciutto, pear and cheese, with tomato soup or frites.
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KitchenBar combines French technique with ingredients and inspiration from around the world into a seasonal menu. It's upscale cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere - without upscale prices. 771 Hope St., East Side. 401-331-4100.Can't-Miss Dish: New Zealand Rack of Lamb
Contemporary American, Br, L, D, N, $$, full bar.
Kartabar offers amazing food and exotic cocktails in an upscale atmosphere with down-to-earth prices. Their new chef has crafted an eclectic menu with something for everyone. 284 Thayer St., College Hill. 401-331-8111.Insider Tip: Van Pelt Entertainment hosts karaoke on Thursday nights, 9:30pm-1am.
Mediterranean & Middle Eastern, L, D, N, $$, full bar
Join T's Restaurant on the porch in Cranston or the patio in Narragansett for breakfast, brunch or lunch, and a fun summer dining experience. 1059 Park Ave., Cranston. 401-946-5900. 91 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett. 401-284-3891.Can't Miss Dish:Rose Window Waffle, a light, fluffy Belgian waffle topped with yogurt and fresh fruit.
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