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Cafe Paragon

$$ - $$$
College Hill
American, Bar, International, Contemporary, Pub
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234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
+1 401-331-6200
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 10:00 - 01:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 10:00 - 02:00
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Bristol, Rhode Island
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2015

I had a casual business lunch at Paragon. It was the perfect place for it. I would recommend it for a cozy lunch, business meeting or just because. Not sure how it is for evening.

Thank Mari R
Coventry, Rhode Island
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1,836 reviews
1,356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 416 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

if an older man walks up to your table and tells you a lousy old joke it is most likely the great owner of Paragon and a number of other restaurants in the area. His wife tries to stop him but he will never quit.But the jokes may be lousy but the food never is. It is always good with... More 

Thank Barry N
Cumberland, Ri, USA
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175 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

We've been here many times. Lunch today included Veggie Antipasto plate and Bruschetta. These were much larger than we expected. Antipasto was fine although the veggies could have been in smaller pieces. The Bruschetta was average because of the bread. Very thick pieces, totally soggy. My Salmon with rice and bok Choy was pretty good. Her lamb Berger was cooked... More 

Thank JHaakRI
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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314 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

My daughter and I ate here after a tour of Brown. She had the margarita pizza and I had a California wrap with baked sweet potato. The food was wonderful. The service was good, but the waitress sometimes disappeared for long periods. Our bill was $25.

Thank StarfishandSeashells
Somerset, New Jersey
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156 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Was visiting the area, when we decided to stop in for lunch. Brunch assortment pretty good. Quality of the food, not bad. Flow of the setup, awful. Service, not terrible, but not terrific either.

Thank cindy l
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

*We didn't eat at the restaurant so keep in mind this review is of the dance club. My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate my 21st birthday. We came in through the cafe, got carded, and waited for ten minutes with no service. We just gave up then went into the club and tried to grab a drink at... More 

Thank Keyana G
Chicago, Illinois
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

great location in the heart of Brown campus. decent outdoor seating, and cozy bar. food is only slightly better than average. great for a drink, but certainly better places to eat.

Thank trvlalot312
Los Angeles, California
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393 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2015

Attending my brother's graduation at Brown, we stopped at Paragon & Viva for their "Graduation" buffet brunch. It was downright awful. They offered a variety of entirely unappetizing hot and cold standard breakfast/brunch dishes. Nothing seemed fresh or freshly made, nothing tasted good. The ambience is drab. Service was decent and polite, but what good is it when you cannot... More 

Thank ECrowther
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

Service better at Mc Donalds, sitting at bar couldn't get a drink. Staff inattentive and the place was empty at 2pm. Food was eh at best salad came out without goat cheese, hummus an falafel app doesn't include pita. There are much better Places to go in Providence

Thank jfahy
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2015

On graduation weekend 6 of us attempted to go to VIVA at 4pm on Saturday for drinks. We entered the open door at VIVA and requested a table but were told to see the Host next door at Paragon, He refused to seat us at A TABLE STATING THE TABLES WERE FOR MEALS. hE IGNORED ME WHEN i TOLD HIM... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, International, Contemporary, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 234 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1216
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill
  • Neighbourhood: College Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 401-331-6200
Café Paragon in Providence was first to open it’s doors in 1994. We started serving our valued guests in a friendly European Bistro/Café style atmosphere with a comfortable 32 seats, full bar, and a limited menu. In 1997 we expanded to create Viva offering a more sophisticated dining experience including Mediterranean Mezes, specialized martinis, and extended bar selections in our comfortable lounge. On weekend nights the restaurant transforms with club music. Over the years we have won several awards in RI Monthly and the Providence Pheonix, among them for Best Burgers, Best Salad and Best Octopus and in addition we have been written up in several publications such as Yankee Magazine Travel, Providence Journal, and Vanity Fair.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?