Karen Deutsch

Red Fin Crudo and Kitchen

Local ingredients plus friendly service equal a spicy debut for this Downcity tapas bar.

71 Washington St., Providence, 454-1335, redfincrudo.com. Open Tues.–Sat. for dinner, Thurs.–Sat. for lunch, Sun. for brunch. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Cuisine A New Englander walking the Camino. Capacity Seventy with additional outdoor seating. Vibe Industrial cottage. Prices Appetizers $9–$32 (for a four-year-old Iberico ham); entrees $9–$26; dessert $7–$10. Karen’s picks Tapas, octopus, roasted carrots, duck confit mofongo, house-made…

Clean Plate

Cheerful, casual and ever so satisfying, the menu at Clean Plate equals indulgent pleasure.

345 South Water St., Providence, 621-8888, cleanplateri.com. Open for lunch Tues.–Fri.; dinner Tues.–Sat.; brunch Sat.–Sun. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessibility is difficult through the front door. Some lot and street parking. Cuisine Breakfast and snack foods on steroids. Capacity Seventy with bar seating. Vibe An indoor picnic with booze. Prices Breakfast $5–$12; appetizers $6–$11; entrees $7.50–$14; dessert $7. Karen’s picks Breakfast…

Diego’s

The mood at this Newport favorite may be relaxed Mexican summer, but the menu is surprisingly adventurous, and successful.

11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 619-2640, diegosnewport.com. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible but not easy. Some street and lot parking. Cuisine Modern Mexican. Capacity Forty-nine with bar seating, doubles in summer. Vibe After hours all the time. Prices Appetizers $5–$17; entrees $13.50–$33; dessert $5–$6. Karen’s picks Duck empanadas, pulled…

Christian's

The menu at this chef-owned Bristol restaurant is a satisfying combination of big flavors and bold dishes.

Beef short rib ragu with rigatoni, oyster mushrooms and parmigiana. 382 Thames St., Bristol, 396-9811, christiansri.com. Open for dinner seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Some lot and street parking. Cuisine A cow and a pig walked into a bar…. Capacity Fifty including the bar. Vibe Like your wife made you put on a tie but allowed you…

Garde de la Mer

At this new downtown bistro, the sleek, eye-catching interior is matched by its equally successful menu.

86 Dorrance St., Providence, 632-4799, gardedelamer.com. Open for dinner seven nights a week. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Valet and street parking. Cuisine Modern American with a French backbone. Capacity About ninety, including bar seating. Vibe Seriously polished without losing its edge. Like David Beckham in suit. Prices Appetizers $8–$19; entrees $25–$38; dessert $10. Karen’s picks Lamb sirloin, tuna tartare, foie…

Flan

Wine bar serves up Andalusian flair without pretension.

Diego Luis Perez mans the bar. 186 Union St., Providence, 432-6656. Wheelchair accessibility is doubtful; most tables are high. Street parking. Capacity Just more than forty split between the bar proper and the dining room (which is also the kitchen). Vibe Spanish bar in the heart of the Andalusian countryside — so remote that they refuse to give you a…

The Eddy

Cozy and tucked away, the bar is front and center.

Cuban sliders paired with a Brooklyn cocktail. 95 Eddy St., Providence, 831-3339, eddybar.com. Not wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Capacity Thirteen at the bar, another two dozen at the perimeter of the room. Vibe European. In the good way. Prices $4–$12. The Eddy’s physical appearance may be easier to describe than its clientele — and even that ain’t so simple. A…

Local 121

Sophisticated cocktails and décor pair with delicious appetizers.

Foie gras The bar that sits on the border of Local 121’s dining room is old school. As in the Bronte sisters’ school, if they managed to get away from the moors and into a proper watering hole. Coated in ornately carved wood and stained glass, it’s a space that exudes such sophistication that one can’t help looking more attractive…

Metacom Kitchen

At Metacom Kitchen, the elegant menu and rustic decor reflect the quiet confidence of its talented chef.

322 Metacom Ave., Warren, 245-1193, metacomkitchen.com. Open Wed.–Mon. (closed Tuesday). Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Lot parking. Cuisine American in its mature years: Old enough to know better but still young enough to kick it. Capacity Sixty. Vibe Like an island hangout after the irritating tourists have left and real life begins. Prices Appetizers $7–$17; entrees $13–$24; dessert $6. Karen’s picks…

Bocado

This tapas bar heats up the West Side with an expansive menu of spicy fan favorites.

  60 Valley St., Providence, 270-6080, bocadotapasbar.com. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Valet parking. Cuisine Tapas that read 90 percent Spanish and 10 percent American. Capacity Roughly 100 with bar seating. Vibe Industrial Alhambra. Prices Tapas $3–$14; entrees $28–$34; dessert $5–$8. Karen’s picks Charcuterie y queso, sollomillo de carne roja (steak with…