262 South Water Street, Providence, RI | Directions 0290341.821712 -71.405136
Neighborhoods: Downtown Providence
Amazing – I went to dinner here on my birthday with 9 friends and it was one of the best dining experiences i have had in a long time. The first thing that struck me was how incredibly welcoming and friendly the entire staff is...I truly have not felt so comfortable and welcome in a restaurant ever. Second is the decor and the music....perfect. And of course -- the food. Exceptional, The sampler basket of all types of naan is a must!
No Recession Here! – II dined at Bacaro this past Saturday evening after hearing so many great reviews and all I can say is what an intoxicating experience! Now don't take that the wrong way, I had some great wines, but my intoxication was of my overall senses- touch, smell, sound, sight and most of all, TASTE. With the economy the way it is right now, I figured it would be very little trouble to walk in and get a table...first mistake. Luckily, due to a last minute cancellation while I was enjoying a cocktail at this very busy bar, the hostess was able to get me into a table and much under the hour plus wait quoted. It was obvious based on how busy this place was and how delicious the food was that this chef has been at this for a while. The pizza we started with was wood-grilled, thin, crispy but most of all, balanced. It had just the right amount of tomato, cheese and olive oil. The prosciutto on top with the wild arugula just threw it over the top. Like I said, "intoxicating". I was apparently raving so loudly that the table next to me heard me and told me that this was the long time chef from the world renowned Al Forno. Now it makes sense. This guy didn't just pop on the scene, he has been doing this wonderful stuff for some time now. My wife had a dish of paper thin slices of what the menu called Jerusalem artichokes although they didn't look like any artichokes that I have ever seen before. He drizzled these with honey, truffle, grated pecans and smoked sea salt. I didn't really care what they were anymore, all I know is that the texture and flavors are still lingering in my mouth. I can go on forever about the food here. I guess a lot of people keep coming back to this place because it almost seemed as if the staff knew everyone around us. All I can say is that I will be back and often enough where someday I will take notice of that unsuspecting first time Bacaro diner and just watch as his or her elation expands with each bite!
worst pizza ever – Dont get me started,the so called owner thinks he is mr. puck.the pizza was soggy.the wait for the soggy pizza was 45minutes. we did not need to order anything else. as we observed the chef trying to make small talk with the custermers. he should be in the kitchen were he belongs.or maybe he belongs at joes dinner.never again run and run fast.
Consistently a Winner, and a New Favorite Spot – I have been to Bacaro on three occasions, and each visit tops the last. On the first visit, my boyfriend and I were informed of the Salumeria/Tapas menu, but were slightly overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the extensive choices throughout the menus and stuck with a more "a-la-carte" style dinner. The standouts from that evening were the Caesar salad, which came perfectly dressed and topped with a pile of still-warm grilled croutons, and the sweet potato tart which also arrived still-warm and covered with a crunchy, sweet praline topping. The second visit we were a bit more ambitious and ordered a few cheeses (our server suggested Taleggio, which has now become a household name because we buy it whenever we see it) and meats, and were suggested a delightful wine - a sparkling, chilled red whose name I've since forgotten, but would like to ask about next time we go. We tried the Pasta Funghi, and boy if you like mushrooms, this is an absolute must! The aroma alone is worth it! My boyfriend had the Crispy Chicken, and loved it enough to get it to go last week. Not to be outdone, the dessert was fantastic again, this time a whipped Marscapone cheesecake on a spongey-cake with carmelized pineapple, yum! On out last visit, we arrived at 7:30 on a Saturday night, forgetting that this is primetime for restaurants, and decided to snag the only empty seats at the bar. I had a glass of wine, and the boyfriend had the unforgettable Basil Gimlet, wow that thing is good! We split a meal of cheeses, meats and tapas (try the squash blossom and foie gras crostini!) followed by a shared Peach Tarte and left completely sated. All in all, if you're looking for amazing food, engaging service, stellar wine and cocktails at a not-unreasonable price, check out my new favorite, Bacaro.
Best Lounge for Ladies Night Out! – Last week, a large group of us went out for a ladies night out. We were a group of 15 and wanted a young but sophisticated atmosphere where we could get great food and cocktails. Bacaro was the perfect setting for an awesome night out! We arrived at Bacaro around 9:30pm, intending on having some appetizers and then moving on to somewhere else in the city for drinks. When we arrived we were pleasantly suprised to learn that they had extended their hours on the weekends, and we were able to stay all night. For starters, we ordered a variety of cocktails, from margharitas made with fresh lime juice to pomagranite martinis. We were fortunate to get our seats by the window where we got a picturesque view of downtown Providence. The salumeria gave us a chance to design our own boards of warm and cold snacks. The Crostini with local wild flower honey and Prosciuotto di parma and Arancinni were among some of the group's favorites. The grilled pizza was outstanding and was a perfect late night snack. We truly enjoyed our Bacaro experience and look forward to visiting again in the near future!
Fantastic! – I have been to Bacaro two times now and feel that I have now seen and tasted enough to write about it. It is very difficult to offer something different to todays diner and Bacaro does it in spades! I must admit the first time I arrived, I was a bit intimidated by the wonderful assortment of cichetti sp? or as it is becoming known to the droves of people flocking to this restaurant, Italian Tapas. Our server quickly and thoughly explained this part of the menu and we passed on the interesting approach to stay more traditional and order appetizers, entrees and desserts from the main menu instead. Our meal was exquisit! We started with a Strawberry & Field Greens Salad which was and incredible balance of the sweetest strawberries, feta-i think, and toasted walnuts over an assortment of really tasty greens. We split the Pasta Funghi as a seperate course as suggest by our server. This dish has got to be one of the best dishes I have ever had. The pasta arrived at the table with a poached egg on top. The aroma of earthy mushrooms and truffle coming off this dish was intoxicating. Our server suggested that we break the egg and toss the pasta to create the sauce. Our entree was steak with slices of avocado, cherry tomatoes, shallots and cilantro. I am still lusting over this pasta, but our steak was fantastic too. We finished with the Chef's Suggestion of homemade chocolates with grappa pairing...wow! I didn't know the first time we dined here, but I heard the chef was the chef at Al Forno before opening Bacaro which explains his pedigree. There are not enough letters left for me to write about our next experience, but lets just say, we went back for the tapas and cured meats and cheeses and had another incredible experience, completely different from the last. We ate on the first floor this time which has a different atmosphere to it and a great vibe. Two times, with two completely different experiences, both incredlble. I can't wait to go back.
Without a doubt the best dining in Rhode Island – Last Friday evening I was going out to dinner with friends and I suggested Bacaro. Having dined there before on their Salumeria menu I was anxious to see what the rest of the menu had in store for me. To start we each had a different cocktail from their cocktail menu. Now don?t think this is your typical cocktail menu because its not. The basil gimlet was my personal favorite but not to be outdone by the sangria or their signature drink a Bacaro Cocktail.
We started with some selections from the Salumeria , the spicy sopresatta was sliced perfectly, as was the prosciutto. Our server was very knowledgable in helping us decipher between all of the cheeses. To top it off we had the best pizza I have ever had the chance to eat.
When our entrees came the manager was more than happy to advise us on our wine selection. None of us really know too much about wine but what we were served paired with our dishes perfectly and was delicious. For dinner we each ordered a dish and shared, every one I tried was better than the next. The rigatoni Bolognese was to die for, as was the scallops and short ribs.
Dessert is something we were told was a must but given how much we had already eaten we decided to share one. The peach tart ? I?m not sure there are enough words to describe how amazing this tart was.
Given all of the restaurants there are to choose from in the state of Rhode Island not to mention the city of Providence one would have to be very unique and unparallel in order to stand out. This is what you find at Bacaro. From their delicious Italian Tapas to their exquisite wine list not to mention their entrees I don?t see how anyone could come here and not enjoy every minute of it.
I can't wait to go back!
Lack Luster – A recent trip to Bacaro left a fetid taste on the toungue. While the atmosphere was nice, the restaurant mostly attended by local business workers and older, well-dressed patrons, the food did not match the decor. The tapas were actually appetizing, especially the fried risotto. For the main dish, I ordered "Pasta a funghi", which the waitress insisted on pronouncing incorrectly. The main meal took an hour to prepare because of a mixup in one of our party's orders. During the long wait (about 45 minutes into the wait), the kitchen offered us a rather stale Ceasar salad in the interim. The salad was practically dead, and obvious made with pity and the intent to make us want to still tip after such an atrocity. Furthermore, when mentioned that I'm a vegetarian, I okayed the use of anchovies on the salad, and it contained none.
Finally, the main dish arrived. The pasta was inconsistent, some of which was obnoxiously undercooked. The mushrooms lacked flavor, and the ingredients did not create a uniform meal. It was underwhelming and disappointingly anticlimactic after such a long wait, which included the limp, dull salad.
And to top off the night, we ordered the "sorbet" for dessert, which was more the consistency of an ice cream (because it WAS ice cream), and it consisted of nothing but sugar in the raw, granulated sugar, brownulated sugar, honey, corn syrup, and maybe one crystal of salt. No mango flavor whatsoever.
After our attrocious service and even worse meal (outside of the tapas), no reduction in our check was given, and the prices here are rather steep.
If you've dined here before and you have your favorites, stick with them. If not, try Al Forno, if you can get passed the attitudes.
By far the best dining experience in Providence – After a particularly trying day, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. We sure picked the right place to go--Bacaro. We were shown upstairs where we had a beautiful view of the river as the sunset. The aromas, as we passed the open kitchen, made us anxious to order our meal. We began with the Salumeria menu, ordering prosciutto, cheeses,dry sausages,olives and the best grilled pizza ever. For our entrees, we chose butter-poached sea scallops with mushrooms, wood-grilled rib eye and Bacaro carbonara. Our server on task and his recommended wine selections were a fine complement to each course. Though we were full we couldn't pass up ordering a special dessert to share-- Mascarpone cheese cake and the house churned vanilla ice cream. The meal was extraordinary. The service was superb. Bacaro-- we will be back!!
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