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There is a wide variety of excellent dining in the Down City area of Providence that is within easy reach of PPAC. From casual to fine dining, Providence is known as one of the hottest culinary spots in the country! Be sure to make time to experience the finest cuisine before or after your visit to PPAC.

Backstage Kitchen + Bar, located at Hotel Providence, is downtown's newest restaurant located in the heart of the city's arts and theater district. Offering creative twists and local favorites, Backstage celebrates the city's thriving theater scene and is just steps away from the world renowned Providence Performing Arts Center and Trinity Repertory Company.

Sample one of our delectable entrees, inspired by the creativity that surrounds us every day. Start your day off with a West Side Omelet or Buttermilk Pancakes before exploring the city. Come back for dinner and try our Lemoncello Salmon, the Caprese Chicken, or our irresistible Seafood Pasta Portuguese. Mix and mingle at the bar or enjoy a cocktail in our outdoor courtyard before catching a show.

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Located at 385 Westminster Street in downtown Providence, Barnaby’s is a vintage public house established as a place for friends to gather and enjoy heavenly bites and legendary pours. We specialize in serving pre-prohibition era cocktails, a wide selection of whiskey, rye, scotch and bourbon, craft beers and fine wines.

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Craft-Beer and Craft- Food – all made with passion and pride! We carry only the finest craft beers and we make all of our food from scratch, each and every day! Our pretzels are baked to order, hot and fresh from the oven. Gluten free? We have it!

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Providence Coal Fired Pizza is Rhode Island’s first coal fired pizza restaurant, offering handcrafted, gourmet pizzas, along with other coal-inspired creative menu items. We use fresh and local ingredients to create robust and remarkable dishes. We also have a full bar, serving creative cocktails, a diverse wine list and a selection of popular craft beers. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Providence Coal Fired Pizza has a warm, welcoming and upscale ambience that the whole family will enjoy.

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Brothers Anthony and Chris Tarro own all three restaurants in the Siena Restaurant Group.

Located in the heart of Providence’s Federal Hill, Siena Restaurant was opened in 2005 and features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. While the brothers were raised in Warwick, R.I., their family has deep roots in the Italian-American community on Federal Hill making it the perfect location for their first restaurant.

Siena Cucina · Enoteca opened in 2007 just a few miles from where they grew up in East Greenwich. Siena Cucina · Enoteca compliments the trusted menu from the original Siena Restaurant, with many of the warm touches and great food found in kitchens and wine bars all over Italy.

The third Siena restaurant, Tavola da Siena located in Smithfield, opened in 2013.  Stepping into Tavola da Siena feels like being transported to an upscale Tuscan farmhouse with the same great menu and warmth of service.

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Blake’s Tavern is Providence's Premier Irish Pub! Watch PC Basketball Games here. Hold your private party or event at Blake’s right in Downcity Providence, RI. We have Private Rooms for Events and Special Occasions. Reserve your Private room for that Special Occasion or Holiday Party and let us cater to your every need. 5 Minutes from Trinity, Lupos, PPAC, and Dunkin Donuts Convention Center. Reserve a private room, or we can deliver it to your location. Gift Certificates are available in-house! Now serving brick-oven pizzas.

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In February 1990, Gregg Davenport and his mother, Claire, opened Davenport’s Family Restaurant at 1070 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI.

At that time, the entire restaurant consisted of one room.  One year later, we expanded the menu with the addition of beer and wine. With the loyalty and support of our wonderful clientele, it was only a few short months later before we acquired the entire building. We felt like we hit the lottery when we received a full liquor license which enabled us to build the lounge area.

In February 2000, Davenport’s Bar & Grill was opened at 1925 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI as our second location. Today this location consists of three dining rooms, a lounge area, outside patio dining, and a banquet room which accommodates 80 people for various functions.

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Inspired by flavors of the Mediterranean and presented with an American flair, the Parkside’s selection of inspired cuisine features only the freshest in local meats, produce, and seafood. At the heart of the Parkside’s menu is its authentic, handmade “Labesse Giraudon” rotisserie, which uses a perfected slow-turning process over an open flame, allowing delicacies to baste in their natural flavors and juices. What results are remarkably tenders dishes; crisp on the outside with juices seared on the inside, offering a quality of flavor and taste unsurpassed. Under the direction of owner and award-winning chef Steven Davenport, Executive Chef Robert Cirillo expertly prepares the signature dishes loyal Parkside patrons have come to expect, and regularly enhances the menu with an inventive selection of daily specials featuring the finest in seasonal ingredients, as well as a tempting assortment of desserts made on the premises. An extensive wine list and full bar are also available to enhance the dining experience.

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Hemenway’s, an icon in the Rhode Island food scene and the go-to destination for fresh, top-of-catch seafood has been serving both locals and visitors to the capital city for decades. Constantly innovating, Chef Max Peterson delights in creating dishes that utilize the freshest selections from New England’s fishmongers and purveyors. At the heart of the restaurant is our heralded Raw Bar, where guests indulge in our signature Shellfish Platter while enjoying views of the Providence skyline. Centrally located, the proximity of the restaurant to PPAC, the RISD Museum, Waterfire, Brown University, Johnson & Wales, hotels, and the RI Convention Center make us an ideal destination for those visiting the city. 

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Sakis Pizzeria was established on August 5, 1982 and was founded by owner Dionisios (Dennis) Sampalis. The goal was to create a pizzeria serving delicious, affordable food with a Greek twist to the downtown Providence public. The small family business was opened in one of Providence’s oldest historic buildings, across the street from the Providence Preforming Arts Center and Johnson & Wales University. In 2010, after years of planning, the Sampalis family undertook the renovations of the historic building and the restaurant, transforming Sakis Pizzeria to include a full service pizzeria, bar and grille.

Today, as you enter the pizzeria, a winding staircase leads you to the new mezzanine overlooking Weybosset Street, where our clientele can enjoy a few drinks while sampling our new menu and watching a sports game. Our redesigned menu features new items and old favorites including specialty pizzas, salads, wraps, paninis, grinders, pasta dishes, club sandwiches, various seafood platters, Greek sandwiches and Greek pastries.

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Ellie’s first opened her doors in the winter of 2012 as Ellie’s Bakery on Washington Street. This tiny 7-seat bakery aimed to serve fresh breads, unique pastries, and unparalleled hospitality. Ellie’s quickly became a part of the neighborhood.

Over the years, the menu and team have grown, from testing the perfect croissant daily over the better part of a year to the barista team developing a single-origin coffee program and signature coffee blend. Ellie’s started with the simple mission of nourishing the community and has grown into something greater than anyone could have imagined.

The idea of expanding Ellie’s started when the demand for pastry pushed the baking operation to Hope & Main in Warren, which allowed the team to really dive into pastry production while we searched for a new home for Ellie’s. After years of looking for a place that could bring the bakers back under the same roof, we discovered 225 Weybosset. The stars must have aligned with this opportunity, as 225 Weybosset Street, much like her sister Gracie’s, is directly across the street from a historic theater; in this case the dining room of Ellie’s is illuminated by the marquee lights of PPAC theater. Restoring a building that was constructed in 1920 was no easy task, but has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

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The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau has a complete listing of Providence Restaurants on their website. Visit the CVB Restaurant Page at