Food & Drink in Bristol

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Rhode Island Monthly named Beehive Cafe Best of Rhode Island Editors' Pick in 2008 and Best Lunch of Rhode Island in 2010. The Providence Phoenix reviewed The Beehive Cafe and gave it an average of four stars, and 100% of Urbanspooners recommend it.

10 Franklin St
Bristol,
RI
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Cavalieri's Wood Street Pizza is a family-owned-and-operated cookery that has been serving up house favorites and custom creations for 18 years. While the basic variety of pizza exists ($6.75 for 10" to $16.25 for a full sheet), Wood Street's pizza menu shines with exotic topped discs, such as buffalo chicken pizza, taco pizza fiesta, and a lasagna pizza pie. Specialty pizzas are $9, $18, or $27 (or $18.25 for thin crust), depending on size. If you prefer your pizza folded into a crescenty pocket of flavor, opt for one of the 20 varieties of calzones ($2.75 for single up to $27 for a 25" giant). Wood Street also whips up appetizers, grinders ($5.75–$6.75), a soup of the day ($4.25), salads ($2.50 for a side salad, others $4.50–$7.25), and pasta creations ($6–$9.95). Check the menu for changing specials for lunch, dinner, sandwiches, soups, and pizza, such as June's chicken Caesar.

366 Wood St
Bristol,
RI
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Le Central's classic bistro atmosphere charms visitors from the onset with black-and-white-checked floors framed by red and yellow walls. The eatery's farm-to-table approach to French fare keeps admiration flowing, and even helped garner a head-nod and Best Neighborhood Restaurant distinction from Rhode Island Monthly. Below modern hanging lights, tables populate with starters of butter and herb-roasted mussels, house-made charcuterie, and salads rife with roquefort and gruyere cheese. Entrees of locally sourced fish and traditional coq au vin steam with olive tapenade, house-cured bacon, and chili-glazed duck confit.

While sipping on a cocktail or wine at the weathered wooden bar, guests can question the bartender about the bistro's Sunday brunch crepes or the architectural possibilities of crafting a beer hat out of a classic French beret.

483 Hope St
Bristol,
RI
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Named one of Esquire's 20 Best New Restaurants when it opened in 2005, DeWolf Tavern crafts unique dishes that blend fresh, local seafood with the culinary traditions of America and India. Seasoned chef Sai Viswanath cooks locally sourced lobster over natural lump charcoal in a 900-degree tandoor oven, which uses high heat to create a crisp outside while retaining natural juices inside. In addition to house-made pastas and grilled swordfish, the eatery quells thirst with an extensive selection of wines, refreshing beers on tap, and soft drinks. Situated in a renovated 1818 warehouse, the restaurant beckons diners to gather warmth from its brick fireplace in the winter and wall-mounted light fixtures in the summer, when no heat is actually needed

267 Thames St
Bristol,
RI
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European and American flags crown Redlefsen's Rotisserie & Grill, symbolizing the cuisine that can be found within. The restaurant specializes in German cuisine, particularly wiener schnitzel. When preparing this dish, cooks observe traditional techniques: they pound out the veal with a German dictionary, and then bread, fry, and accentuate it with lemon, capers, and anchovies. Chefs also create French-inspired chicken Provence and draw inspiration from Italian and Portuguese cookbooks. To complement meals, the restaurant maintains a diverse collection of imported beer, including Leffe Blond and Warsteiner.

Every Wednesday and Thursday in October, the restaurant celebrates Oktoberfest. Accordion players fill the beer hall with traditional melodies and the Alpenblumen Bavarian dancers perform folk dances.

444 Thames St
Bristol,
RI
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The menu offers seafood, veal, pasta, and chicken prepared from time-tested family recipes. Rev an appetite engine with coconut shrimp ($11) or homemade fennel-sausage antipasti ($9) and a glass of wine, such as Beringer Pinot Grigio ($6.50) or Trivento Pinot Noir ($7). Traditional Italian entrees include lobster, shrimp, and scallop cannelloni gratineé ($16); chicken campagnolo (egg-battered medallions with prosciutto, mozzarella, sherry, and mushroom demi-glace, $19); and veal bella Napoli (sautéed veal, shrimp, asparagus, portobello, tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella, $23). Point Judith clams with shrimp and your choice of white, red, or fiery fra diavolo sauce over linguine ($22) and shrimp and scallop della casa ($22) will make any fisherman fondly remember his finest seafood- or mermaid-catching sprees. The trattoria experience would be incomplete without dessert, so sweeten endings with crème-brûlée cheesecake, tiramisu, or spumoni (all desserts are $7).

200 Gooding Ave
Bristol,
RI
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