Outstanding but for the noise
Posted on 08 / 03 / 2013
The Grange is the newest vegetarian option in Providence, run by the same folks as Garden Grille. It's in a cursed location at Dean and Broadway -- a location that has always promised to do so much more than it's accomplished. But it looks like its luck has finally turned.
My partner had a single large plate; I had a soup and a small plate. Every dish was either excellent or spectacular. She said of the corn that lined the bottom of her dish, "This is what summer corn should be", and she was right. My white bean and kale soup was rich and flavorful; my beet salad outstanding.
The staff are friendly to just the right degree. When I asked about quantities our server didn't try to upsell; she just said, "We can bring food out pretty quickly, so if you want more you can always order something else". (Because the menu is split into three sizes, this is in fact a meaningful suggestion.) Furthermore, even though the volume of food was relatively small (and I can tuck away a meal), we left feeling very sated and at just the right proportion to full.
This place isn't cheap (as of Summer 2013, a dinner without drinks, dessert, tax, or tip will set you back $16-18), but it's worth it. The menu, especially for drinks, is somewhere between twee and ironic. But the staff make sure this doesn't turn into snobbery. The decor is very pleasant, and the small lounge area even has a swing. Lots of lovely little touches like that.
People have commented on the noise-level. It is a bit rich. Early in the dinner routine it wasn't too bad. The tables, which are much longer than wide, are an interesting aesthetic choice, but they really don't help in this regard: we had to keep raising our voices at each other, and presumably so did everyone else. (I felt much closer to my counterpart at the adjacent table than I did to my partner.)
excellent food, prices commensurate with quality, great staff and ambiance
noisy!, not cheap