Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Providence and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Geoff's on Benefit thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Brickway on Wickenden, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Local 121
Local 121, true to its name, has an all organic, all locally grown menu. They work diligently with local farmers and suppliers to make sure all of their food is grown without pesticides and in a way that takes car of the land and the environment around it. The food is also prepared in a healthful manner with extra care taken in not using overly processed ingredients. Offering different menus for each meal of the day, the lunch menu is the standout star, showcasing a wide variety of dishes from seafood to vegetarian soups and salads. (4012742121)

9 Geoff's on Benefit
How about taking a pickle from the pickle barrel as you walk in the door? It's ok! That's what they're there for! Geoff's, home of some of the best sandwiches in town, can get pretty busy at lunchtime, so plan on going early or late. Service is generally with that typical New England wit! (401-751-2248)

8 Spike's Junkyard Dogs
You may learn about some new ways to "dress a dog" at Spike's. From the signature Junkyard Dog (tomato, pickle, scallions, pepperoncini, and Spike's mustard) to the Samurai Dog with teriyaki sauce. There are even veggie versions of all dogs. Eat at least six dogs in an hour and a half and you gain entrance into the prestigious Spike's kennel club (see store for official details). Also seen at Spike's are huge Hub Caps (chocolate chip cookies). (401-861-6888)

7 Olga's Cup and Saucer
Sometimes locals forgo shopping retreats and just meet at Olga's for lunch and an extended chat session. It's an inviting cottage-like space that serves up the freshest breads baked daily. The lunch menu includes everything from muffins and bagels to pizza, pasta and calzones. And the salads are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. There are also plenty of fresh cakes, pies and cookies from which to choose. (401-831-6666)

6 Brickway on Wickenden
The Brickway is usually stuffed with locals and tourists stuffing themselves with the all-day breakfast offerings such as creative omelettes, eggs any style with home fries, and pancakes, as well as sandwiches and salads. (401-751-2477)

5 Café Paragon
The Mediterranean and American menu at this Thayer Street stop includes soups, salads, pizza, and sandwiches. Also features good desserts, an extensive wine list, and seasonal sidewalk dining. Extremely popular with Brown and RISD students, the restaurant gets packed on weekends. (401-331-6200)

4 Gracie's
There's no doubt, Gracie's Restaurant puts the "art" in culinary arts. They put special emphasis on wowing patrons and make sure that every customer's experience is one that they will remember forever. They use only the freshest ingredients to prepare their meals and change their menus seasonally to utilize the changes in produce selections as the months go by. (4012727811)

3 Hemenway's Seafood Bar and Grill
Considered one of the best seafood spots in Providence, this contemporary restaurant offers an impressive selection of the freshest seafood, including the renowned lobster, delicious Holland Dover sole, and local and West Coast oysters. The decor is smooth with leather back chairs and multi-colored tiling. A locla regulars and visitors to the city make the environment youthful and energetic. (401-351-8570)

2 Napa Valley Grille
Muted earth tones highlight the Napa Valley murals that adorn the walls of this Providence Place restaurant. The standout here is the wine list — with over 300 wines to choose from, and 30 available by the glass, finding a vintage to complement your meal (and your price range) is a cinch. Friendly, knowledgeable servers will assist if you find yourself stumped, and in fact can suggest something suitable for everything on the menu. After all, entrees like pennette with lobster and Maine shrimp, sea scallop brochette, and garlic-herb rubbed leg of lamb deserve the perfect wine pairing. (401-270-6272)

1 India
Voted "Best Indian restaurant" by local reviewers for three consecutive years, this Eastern dining delight is a mainstay. The menu offers a variety of chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes. A great mix of traditional and contemporary dining options in a wonderful dining room featuring lovely wooden booths, local art and authentic Indian music. (401-245-4500)


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Local 121 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$
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Geoff's on Benefit 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Delivery, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $
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Spike's Junkyard Dogs 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $
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Olga's Cup and Saucer 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Brickway on Wickenden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $
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Café Paragon 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $
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Gracie's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$
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Hemenway's Seafood Bar and Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: EASTSIDE
COST: $$
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Napa Valley Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California, European, Italian
Dining Options: Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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India 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Live Music, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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