Gay Travel Information: Paragon & Viva – Providence, RI
Paragon & Viva / 234 Thayer Street / Providence, RI 02906 / 401-331-6200
Then there is the alfresco dining. The beautiful interior. Their huge Sunday Brunch and incredibly delicious food.
Café Paragon opened in 1994 serving guests in a friendly European Bistro/Café style atmosphere. In 1997 they expanded to create Viva offering a more sophisticated dining experience including Mediterranean dishes, specialized martinis, and extended bar selections in a comfortable lounge. On weekends the restaurant transforms at night with club music.
Their healthy and appetizing interpretations of American and Mediterranean cuisine have won several awards in RI Monthly and the Providence Pheonix for Best Burgers, Best Salad and Best Octopus. They have also been featured in Yankee Magazine, Providence Journal, and Vanity Fair.
My partner and I recently went here and enjoyed, or shall I say feasted, on their Sunday Brunch which is served 10:00am to 3:00pm.
For my first course, I started with French toast, waffles with strawberries, scrambled eggs and bacon. I knew I was going back so I did not overload my plate. Everything was cooked perfectly and stayed hot and fresh in the buffet trays.
My partner was leaning more toward lunch and started off with garden salad, pasta salad, ham and fresh bread. The pasta salad was so full of flavor and made with fresh ingredients, she couldn’t wait to go back and get a second helping of it.
Hours of Operation
- Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm
- Monday-Thursday 11am-1am
- Friday & Saturday 11am-2am
Kitchen Closes at Midnight Every Night
EVENTS: Click HERE for a list of events at Paragon / Viva.
PRIVATE DINING: Paragon can modify its menus to accommodate any special event whether it is for a bridal or baby shower, rehearsal dinner, cocktail parties, anniversary, birthday, holiday party, graduation dinner, retirement party or any other special event. Whatever the occasion, you’ll be sure to have a memorable one! Their dedicated and talented staff can handle all the details so you and your guests can sit back, relax and enjoy! For more information click HERE.
Gay & Lesbian Factor: With the diversified Brown and RISD crowd and the lively Thayer Street atmosphere, Café Paragon Restaurant can be nothing by gay friendly. It is a great place to meet up with friends, go on a date (maybe even brunch for the extended date that carried over to the next day), or go mingle and meet new people.
Paragon / Viva is perfect whether you are looking to meet some friends for drinks, take mom out for brunch, have a romantic dinner or dance the night away. You couldn’t get a better location or, in my opinion, crowd! The Brown students is what makes Thayer Street and the surrounding area so magical.
See you there!
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