Fall Guide

Restaurants to Try This Fall

Sideline your go-to grub spot and explore some of Rhode Island’s noteworthy new hangouts


With an extensive bar program that’s crafted just as meticulously as their crowd-pleasing menu, The East End on Providence’s East Side makes it easy to sit around a table with friends and lose track of time. Play catchy bar games, experiment with one-of-a-kind cocktails, sample over 300 whiskeys with their whiskey flights and snack on made-for-sharing platters with a group of friends.

A passion project inspired by chef and owner Adam Baffoni’s upbringing on a poultry farm, Pastaio on the west side of Providence utilizes simple, locally sourced ingredients and – with care and attention to detail – turns them into truly sublime dishes. Their deliberately small but brilliant menu features fresh hand-made pasta and is constantly changing to suit the growing seasons.

Jahunger is a recent addition to the East Side, and offers deliciously authentic Uyghur fare that will broaden your purview of Asian food. What distinguishes this particular type of cuisine is the highly specialized preparation of ingredients and nuanced flavors that oftentimes more closely resemble Middle Eastern fare. Indulge your palate’s curiosity and try the mouth-watering lamb kebabs or a delicious noodle dish like the Ding Ding Noodles.

Go beyond Greek food staples like the gyro and experience dishes that you’d only find on the table at a big Greek family gathering. Kleos offers a family-friendly spot in downtown Providence with an upscale Mediterranean spirit. It’ll make you feel like you’ve crossed the ocean and arrived in the Land of Gods.

579 Benefit Street Restaurant, is brought to you by the same restaurant group responsible for much-loved places like Chardonnay’s and Meritage. 579 Benefit serves top-rated food at attractive prices. ($1.99 kids menu? Lobster mac and cheese for $11? Yes please.) Every day of the week offers noteworthy specials, like Margarita Monday (free tapas with your order of a margarita), Burger & Beer Wednesday and Wine Enthusiast Sunday, just to name a few.

Tucked back from Main Street in East Greenwich Feast Sandwich Company specializes in the ultimate American delicacy: sandwiches. Choose among mouthwatering appetizers, tasty handcrafted burgers, savory artisan wraps, pressed sandwiches and refined frankfurters. A perfect cure for a hangry afternoon.

Enjoy a wide assortment of small plates along with a glass of red or white at Merienda Tapas in Warren. Take a friend or a sweetheart for an intimate date where you can have fun trying out different dishes and alcohol pairings. The patatas bravas, bacon-wrapped dates and citrus-marinated olives are all a great place to start.

Kai Bar is a chic cocktail bar that brings the beautiful flavors and leisurely vibe of the tropics to East Greenwich. You’ll often find a lively and spirited crowd enjoying delicious small plates along with innovative cocktails crafted by a renowned mixologist. Plus, tables are equipped with card games like Uno or Cards Against Humanity to keep guests entertained throughout their visit.

TigerFish’s seafood-driven Asian fusion offers a fun and delicious departure from what you typically find on the Block Island food scene. Banana Leaf Red Snapper, Spicy Lobster Red Curry, Dragon Style Seafood Salad, Fresh Watermelon Juice… we could go on and on. It’s the perfect way to top off your Block Island vacation or day trip.

Stoneacre Brasserie’s new location in Newport’s beautiful Washington Square hasn’t changed their mission: Stoneacre remains focused on providing exceptional dishes made with ingredients that have been ethically sourced from local farms and fishermen. A small seasonal menu and newly redone dining room will be sure to deliver a five-star evening.