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Kartabar Restaurant

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284 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1548
+1 401-331-8111
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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los angeles
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201 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Best restaurant we have tried on Thayer. Our lunch - roasted tomato soup, crab and lobster cakes, cheese tortellini, swordfish - all delicious. Our server, Tony, was helpful and attentive. We will definitely be back on our next visit!

Thank shawnCA
Taunton, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I have been to this restaurant several times. The food is ok, the restaurant is clean, but when the owner is there he treats the staff like crap. It makes for a VERY uncomfortable atmosphere, and it is unpredictable as to when he will be there. If you can plan your patronage around him you will be fine. I have... More 

3 Thank CHRIS L
Cleveland, Ohio
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Fabulous lunch; beautiful presentation. Enjoyed bruschetta and Caesar salad and beet arugula salad. Commented to our waitress Molly that Caesar dressing was best my daughter tasted and owner came over and gave us some to take home! They could not have been more accommodating, friendly, or helpful. The owner personally checked on us to ensure we were enjoying our meal.... More 

1 Thank PeleeTraveler
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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306 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I can't say enough good things about this place! The food is exception, as is the service. I've been twice now, and each time the owner came over to make sure we were happy. Very hospitable, like you're family! We had a large group but it didn't matter, we still got great service. Parking can be tough on busy nights... More 

1 Thank renat6
Providence, Rhode Island
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88 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

While the service remains good, the food quality is getting worse with each occasional visit. The last straw was using what looks like some cheap, bagged lettuce for my Caesar salad and not that fresh I might add. A note to the owner, your restaurant is seriously going down hill.

Thank Mike P
Chappaqua, New York
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

Found Kartabar while walking on Thayer St. near Brown University. Nice and varied menu. Good food and service, decent prices. Would return

2 Thank Linda E
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190 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Kartabar is located on Thayer Ave. in Providence, pretty much ground zero for Brown, Univ. We expected a college type food and drink establishment. We were wrong. Ambience is nicely done, outstanding bar set up, with windows that open to the street and outside dining. Food is mostly hand food but some entrees that looked inviting. We had burgers (salmon... More 

2 Thank 3142013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

Great location on Thayer street in the middle of all the restaurants on the block. They have cafe windows that open up to the street and is a great place to sit away from the sun but still get the feeling of being outside. The food is Mediterranean and has some nice options. I felt the food was underseasoned and... More 

1 Thank Matthew R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015 via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant in Providence. The tuna is always fresh and cooked perfectly rare; the way I like it.. The homemade hummus is fabulous and the chocolate banana dessert is Delish & to die for..

2 Thank SaulCindyS
Providence, Rhode Island
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

5 stars with only one fault that can't be put on the restaurant itself. The regular clientele are AWFUL. This is a great place to go with a group of friends. Maybe good for a date, but be careful about late night, it can get ugly depending on what your scene is. Ever seen "My New Haircut" on YouTube? Yeah,... More 

2 Thank Craig M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
American, Italian, Bar, Mediterranean, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 284 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906-1548
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill
  • Neighbourhood: College Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 401-331-8111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?