Top 10 Restaurants In Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Angela Lee

Home of the first fully mechanized cotton-spinning mill in America, Pawtucket is a city in Rhode Island, Pawtucket has built upon its industrial successes with a growing reputation for its arts, culture and, of course, food. Here is our updated guide to the 10 best restaurants around.

Modern Diner Exterior

1. Modern Diner

Diner, Restaurant, American

One of the oldest and most historic American diners in the nation, Modern Diner is featured among the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently one of two diners in the USA shaped like streamlined trains and still able to operate despite having been established more than 70 years ago.

2. The Heritage Tap

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub

The Heritage Restaurant Tap Bar & Grill, Pawtucket
Courtesy of Doherty's Irish Pub
A friendly and casual local restaurant in Rhode Island, the Heritage Tap Bar & Grill welcomes all for mouthwatering and unforgettable experiences. Visitors leave happy with the high-quality meals, particularly the thin-crust pizzas, marinated steak tips, the crab cake or the kale soup.

3. Doherty's Irish Pub

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, American

One of the most popular nightspots in town, Doherty’s Irish Pub is a unique eatery that offers a menu full of comfort food, vegan options and beer, along with special events such as weekly Trivia Nights. Doherty’s is also known for its vast selection of draft beers, with a wide variety of ales on offer.

4. The Bread Lab

Restaurant, Italian, American

Pabellon Criollo
© Nelson Suarez/Flickr
With at least 20 years of operation and service to the community, The Bread Lab has developed a dedicated following. The bread is famous for its soft and expandable content, even though the crust is firm and crunchy. The Bread Lab uses extreme care to prepare its bread without the use of machinery, which allows the bread to maintain its uncontaminated, unbleached flour. Their freshly made bread captivates guests’ attention with its aromatic and fresh qualities.

5. La Arepa

Restaurant, Venezuelan, Spanish, South American

La Arepa represents Pawtucket’s Venezuelan culinary culture. Its name ‘Arepa’ is derived from the South American term for flatbread that is made of ground maize dough, which is an common ingredient in Venezuelan food. La Arepa features traditional Venezuelan cuisine such as sweet-corn cakes, filled-corn cakes, and pabellon criollo, all of which are common dishes in Venezuelan culture. Interior of Garden Grille | © John Eckman/Flickr

6. Garden Grille

Cafe, Vegetarian, Vegan

A small vegetarian café, Garden Grille is known for its support for the sustainable, organic movement and its effort in procuring healthy organic ingredients from local food sources whenever possible. With Garden Grille’s endeavor in selecting organic and non-GMO merchandise, the quality of food is noticeably on distinctive and delicious.

7. Boundary Brewhouse

Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub

Boundary Brewhouse does not only produce and serve beer. It is a world-class burger restaurant and bar scene that is popular among friends as well as families. Every burger is handmade with thick, juicy slices of meat and fresh toppings and homemade sauces of the customer’s choice, and served with ice-cold beverages.

8. Spumoni's

Restaurant, Italian

Established in 1978, Spumoni’s is a locals’ favorite, high-end Italian seafood restaurant that was founded by an Italian immigrant, Papa George. It has been built based upon Mr. George’s principle that eating meals and spending time together are daily routines as well as occasions; thus, the staff emphasizes the importance of gatherings, whether it is for simply a meal or for a banquet.

9. Wildflour

Bakery, Healthy, Dessert

Wildflour is an unusual combination of three separate culinary establishments: a vegan bakery, a juice bar and a café. Wildflour’s objective is to provide the community with healthy yet delicious options ranging from baked goods to juices. The bakery aims to combat obesity and unhealthy lifestyles by using organic ingredients and unrefined sweeteners as often as possible, and by procuring ingredients from local sources.

10. Rasoi

Restaurant, Indian

Award-winning Rasoi Restaurant is one of the best, if not the best, Indian restaurants in the state. It offers a vast arrangement of traditional Indian dishes. As a result, the surrounding community is able to taste great Indian cuisine close to home.

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