Providence, the Creative Capital of Rhode Island, may be a small city but it has developed a big reputation among foodies. From a city that embraces its Italian and Portuguese roots, to a food scene influenced by the chefs coming out of Johnson & Wales’ culinary school in town, there are Providence brunch spots for all budgets and tastes.
Looking for a quick bite? Pick up hand-rolled bagels, house-cured lox, and custom spreads from Rebelle Artisan Bagels. Vegan? Try the amazing pastries and juices at Wildflour Bakery Cafe or the options at Plant City, a plant-based food hall.
But if a proper Sunday brunch, complete with Bloody Marys and Benedicts, is what you had in mind, try one of these Providence brunch restaurants.
Best Providence Brunch Places
2020 has done serious damage to Providence restaurants. As of this writing, the following restaurants are still open, at least partially. However, please check websites for current hours as these are subject to change.
Nick’s on Broadway
Derek Wagner, owner and executive chef at Nick’s on Broadway, is a pioneer of the Providence local food movement. With a menu that changes frequently, Nick’s on Broadway serves up brunch five days a week that foodies will love. The menu features seasonal options like apple caramel French toast or steak and eggs featuring beef from local Blackbird Farms.
On nice days, the back patio is a lovely spot for a sunny brunch date in Providence’s West End neighborhood. The fresh selections and personal service at Nick’s is always spot on.
Just down the street from Nick’s, Julian’s caters to the hipster crowd and is now offering brunch all day. As you might expect from a place offering all day brunch, the menu is extensive to satisfy the sweet or the savory cravings. Julian’s offers up an assortment of Benedicts, hashes, omelets, pancakes, French toasts, and vegan specials.
In good times, expect to line up and wait on a weekend, but now you can enjoy the convenience of curbside pick up.
Julian’s is located at 318 Broadway, Providence, RI, offering indoor and outdoor dining.
Rogue Island, offering farm-to-table cuisine and located in The Arcade in Downcity, is serious about its brunch. Serious enough that right now you need to leave a credit card deposit to make a reservation. No worries though, it is worth it. Start with the brunch poutine made with tater tots, it is the perfect thing to soak up your Bloody Mary.
From there it is hard to choose between the chicken and biscuit benny and healthier options like heirloom tomato or avocado toast. Be prepared for generously-sized portions that are worth their price. Outdoor dining in its cozy, private booths is a nice option on a pleasant day.
Rogue Island is located at 65 Weybosset St, Providence, RI. Reservations can be made online or by calling 401.831.3733.
Circe Restaurant and Bar
Located in Downcity near Rogue Island, Circe is a perfect spot for a pre-theater matinee brunch (remember those days!) Serving Sunday brunch only, Circe offers up a selection of upscale options from a lobster omelette to a Waygu beef burger or a braised short rib Benedict.
If you want a little of everything, try the Bloody Sunday, complete with a Bloody Mary, blue cheese bacon slider, shrimp cocktail, and a fried oyster. The valet parking (when available) is a bonus!
Circe Providence is located at 50 Weybosset St., Providence, RI. Reservations are available through OpenTable.
The River Social
Newer on the Providence restaurant scene, The River Social is perched on the river’s edge, not far from Waterplace Park. Outdoor dining offers great views with enough space that you don’t feel crowded or on display to people strolling by. Between the location and the food, this is one of our favorite Providence brunch places.
This is also one spot where the cocktails rival the food — plus they serve up Italian Illy coffee! We give high marks to the shakshuka, smoked salmon Benedict, and the eggs and tots. Honestly the tater tots are some of the best we have ever tasted and the portion is large enough to share.
The River Social is located at Waterplace Park, 200 Exchange Street, River Ave, Providence, RI. Reservations are available through OpenTable.
Located on the Seekonk River on Providence’s East Side, and with newly expanded outdoor dining, Waterman Grille offers Sunday brunch with a view. The menu isn’t extensive but it satisfies both sweet and savory cravings with options such as challah French toast and mushroom grilled cheese.
This is the spot to celebrate a special occasion or for college students to take their parents when they come to visit. Parking is also easy, which is another plus.
Waterman Grille is located at 4 Richmond Square, Providence, RI. Reservations are available through OpenTable.
The Salted Slate
This locally-sourced restaurant in Wayland Square on Providence’s East Side serves up brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The are also currently offering up “brunch to go” options, which include frittata, biscuits, donuts, sausage and bacon, and home fries for everyone.
In-house brunch options include delicious lemon ricotta pancakes, smoked salmon, eggs benedict, and, of course, frittata.
The Salted Slate is located at 186 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI. For reservations, please call 401.270.3737.
Black Duck Tavern
The Black Duck Tavern in East Providence offers one of the broadest Sunday brunch menus around. This speakeasy-style tavern has also built out a large and attractive outdoor dining space with a pergola, string lights, and patio heaters.
In addition to craft cocktails, Black Duck Tavern serves up bottomless mimosas during Sunday brunch. Portions are large to fill up on everything from breakfast tacos to the most amazing dark chocolate pancakes with fresh banana and Nutella syrup. Pro tip: Black Duck Tavern knows how to make the perfect piece of bacon!
Black Duck Tavern is located at 31 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI. Reservations are available through OpenTable.
This tiny little place in the West End is a bit of a hidden gem. Known for its thick-cut bacon and flaky croissants, Kitchen serves up delicious breakfast and brunch options (currently for take out only.) If you have a sweet tooth, also try the sweet bread French toast.
Just give yourself time to find parking and, once indoor dining is a thing again, be prepared for a wait.
Kitchen is located at 94 Carpenter St, Providence, RI.
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