Providence Monthly's Guide to Al Fresco Dining

Potenza
Chef Walter Potenza believes in tradition and innovation, sourcing fresh, sustainable and local ingredients at his Federal Hill fine dining establishment. Outdoor dining and gluten/allergen-free options available. 286 Atwells Avenue, Providence. 273-2652
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
This summer, come and enjoy the hustle and bustle, sights and sounds of Providence’s vibrant downtown scene at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar’s outdoor patio. Unwind after work with a specialty cocktail or book a private reception today. 1 West Exchange Street, Providence. 533-9000
Aspire Seasonal Kitchen
Aspire's A-Garden offers an enchanted dining experience under the stars and in the center of all the downtown action. Enjoy live music in the spacious courtyard every weekend, special weekday events and Sunday brunch. 311 Westminster Street, Providence. 521-3333
Z Bar & Grille
Serving up delicious, creative menu items (including a great brunch featuring vegetarian options), Z Bar serves food, coffee and cocktails in a fun, casual environment. Take advantage of the warm weather and the hip Wickenden location by dining on their cozy back patio. 244 Wickenden Street, Providence. 831-1566
Venda Bar & Pizzeria
Why Venda? The newest member of the Venda family is a stylish bar serving authentic Neapolitan pizza from a wood-fired oven. A true slice of life, Italian style. Wine by the glass, martinis. 275 Atwells Avenue, DePasquale Plaza, Federal Hill, Providence. 421-9105
Costantino's Ristorante
Why Venda? This newly renovated jewel of a restaurant is open for dinner every night. Known for its classic and contemporary Italian cuisine, excellent wine list, superb service. Live music on the plaza. 265 Atwells Avenue, DePasquale Plaza, Federal Hill, Providence. 528-1100
The Caffe at Venda
Why Venda? An authentic Italian caffe, indoors and out on the flower-filled plaza. Enjoy our famous pasta every day of the week. Gelato and espresso. You’ll really think you’re in Italy. 275 Atwells Avenue, DePasquale Plaza, Federal Hill, Providence. 421-9105
Venda Ravioli
Why Venda? It’s Rhode Island’s Italian grocery store, and our direct connection to Italy. Gourmet gift baskets. Fresh pasta and breads, prepared foods, a full deli and high quality meats, all at reasonable prices. 275 Atwells Avenue, DePasquale Plaza, Federal Hill, Providence. 421-9105
Spats
This historic East Side restaurant and pub serves up good food and good times to students, groups and families alike. All lunch items are $5.99 every day. Ample sidewalk seating makes this spot a summer do. 182 Angell Street, Providence. 437-8300
Rick's Roadhouse
Roll up your sleeves for an authentic, messy BBQ experience in a warm, lively atmosphere indoors or out on the patio. The bar stays open late; come by for Tuesday night karaoke. 370 Richmond Street, Providence. 272-7675 (PORK)
Rocco's Pub & Grub
Serving up five-star food in a comfortable atmosphere, experience a delicious twist on pub cuisine infused with Mediterranean and Asian flavors. Enjoy one of Rocco’s signature cocktails while listening to live acoustic guitar. 55 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. 349-2250
Parkside Rotisserie & Bar
This Manhattan-style bistro offers a wide array of eclectic foods, innovative pasta dishes and rotisserie meat items. Enjoy outdoor dining, rotating specials and a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. 76 South Main Street, Providence. 331-0003
Paragon
Offering both European bistro/café style food and a more sophisticated dining experience with a lounge and club music on weekends, you’ll enjoy food and fun at one of their sidewalk tables. 234 Thayer Street, Providence. 331-6200
McBride's Pub
This family-owned Irish pub offers traditional fare such as Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef Reubens. Enjoy a pint outside on their patio. Visit their website or Facebook for a schedule of live entertainment and special happenings at McBride’s Pub. 161 Wayland Avenue, Providence. 751-3000
Luxe Burger Bar
Check out Providence’s most outrageous menu of build-your-own burgers, sandwiches and (hard or non-alcoholic) shakes, at less-than-outrageous prices. During the summer months, pets are welcome for lunch or dinner on the outdoor patio. 5 Memorial Boulevard, Providence. 621-5893 (LUXE)
India
Come swing outside! Featuring a garden patio with swing seats and water fountains. The new menu includes fresh summer salads and vegetarian choices to go with their seafood and meat entrees. Henna artists and belly dancers add a touch of the exotic. 1060 Hope Street, Providence. 421-2600
Haruki East
Haruki East serves delicious sushi and Japanese-inspired cuisine in an upscale, yet comfortable atmosphere. Dine outdoors and see why Haruki has been defining Japanese food in Rhode Island for 26 years. 172 Wayland Avenue, Providence. 223-0332
CAV
CAV is a charming, award-winning restaurant with a large area for private al fresco dining. The New York Times rated it one of Providence’s five best restaurants. Come try their brunch, lunch or dinner on the romantic garden patio. 14 Imperial Place, Providence. 751-9164
Cafe Nuovo
World-class contemporary American cuisine served on the Providence Riverwalk. Enjoy generous cocktails, heavenly entrees, appetizers and desserts while the river rolls by at one of many outdoor tables. 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence. 421-2525
Byblos
The first, and recently voted best, hookah lounge is a hip wi-fi cafe by day and a hopping lounge by night. Lebanese food, two floors, two bars and an outdoor patio rounds out the experience. 235 Meeting Street, Providence. 453-9727
Bravo Brasserie
Bravo is an American bistro inspired by French cafes, in the heart of downtown. Enjoy a meal at a sidewalk table, or stop by before a show. Bravo offers complementary valet parking. 123 Empire Street, Providence. 490-5112
Andreas
This Greek-American cuisine is so delicious you’ll return again and again. Try their famous baked feta or baklava. Enjoy people watching as you dine at one of their many sidewalk tables. 268 Thayer Street, Providence. 331-7879
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