Unique means many things to a Rhode Island foodie—it might be a unique concept, which the state’s creative entrepreneurs are always brewing up. Or it might be unique in its history, which Rhode Island is teeming with. Or restaurants might be unique in their taste, offering a menu that no other restaurant can. Whatever it is that draws you to one of the Ocean State’s unique restaurants, bring your appetite because you’ll want to dig in!
This Federal Hill spot boasts the very best of chef Derek Wagner’s artistry. The creative menu includes staples made with local ingredients. Definitely try the Point Judith fish and pumpkin bread pudding with poached eggs.
Located in DownCity Providence, CAV is covered from head to toe in fun antiques and wonderful décor. Go for a salad or the duck confit. No matter what you get, you’ll love this seemingly magical atmosphere.
Enjoy beards, tattoos, indie music and unassuming vegan fare? This hipster spot in Providence is a favorite among locals, especially as a brunch spot. Make sure to try the sweet potato steak fries and smoked onion rings.
Even though this is in Newport, don’t be surprised when this little tavern doesn’t turn out to be your classic beachside wine bar. Rather, it’s among the oldest tavern buildings built in the U.S. This one was built in 1673, and you can sip a beer where some of the Founding Fathers may have stood.
This quaint clam shack is the perfect place when your stomach is yearning for some fried seafood. Right near First Beach, enjoy easy access to Flo’s delicious seafood—though it’s definitely a hole in the wall, you’ll love the fish and chips as well as the fresh cut fries.
Even New Yorkers admit that this pizza has something special. When they say “New York style pizza,” the owners of this place aren’t lying. The crust is just thin enough, and the pie just large enough. Make sure to try the mozzarella sticks, too.
A trailer park might not seem like your go-to location for fine dining, but prepare to have your mind blown. This trailer park themed restaurant offers amazing mac and cheese croquettes and French Canadian style tater tots. Enjoy their outdoor fire pit, too.
Looking for a little slice of country in Rhode Island? Enjoy the Beef Barn’s country charms—while the food is served simply on paper plates and plastic cutlery, you’ll love the delicious steak sandwich and BBQ chicken. Still, their burger is bound to blow your socks off.
A staple of DownCity Providence, this local food truck is the perfect spot after a late night out, seeing as it’s open until 4 a.m. on the weekends. These burgers and fries are like a little taste from the past.
With a charming countryside location, this all-you-can-eat restaurant is sure to attract breakfast lovers everywhere. The space is perfect for large groups, and has been a favorite of Rhode Island locals for generations—it almost seems as if nothing has changed.
Want to feel like you’re in a fancy London tearoom, but with a slight hipster flair? With adorable pastels and whimsical décor, there’s nothing not to love about this breakfast nook. Take some of their scrumptious cupcakes to go.
This is the best of Providence’s old school diner scene. Olneyville New York System serves up the best wieners around—don’t call them “hot dogs” or you’ll risk being scorned by the staff. Wash down your wiener and fries with some of that famous Rhode Island coffee milk, too.
Want a truly Italian experience? As soon as you step into this restaurant, the famous host will seat and prepare you for a dining experience you won’t forget. Enjoy their delicious pizza, excellent martinis and truly European vanilla ice cream.
We can’t get enough of Providence’s old Italian roots. Another Federal Hill favorite, Siena prepares the best tiramisu around. On the savory side, make sure to try the penne all vodka—you won’t find another like it.
This diner isn’t only known for its food, but also the fact that it’s listed as a historical site on the National Register. Grab a seat on a vinyl stool, grab a classic American breakfast at a reasonable price, and feel the waves of nostalgia wash over you.