Restaurants & Bars


Avoid Cafe L'Elizabeth's in Providence


Live your best food life.

Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts.
Sign Up For Free
Restaurants & Bars 18

Avoid Cafe L'Elizabeth's in Providence

TrollKing | Aug 18, 2008 11:21 AM

Ugh. Where to begin. Myself, my wife, and three other couples went this past weekend for dessert during Waterfire. Never again.

The prices aren't on the menu and we didn't ask. Our bad. Buyer beware from now on.

The atmosphere is quaint at first glance, but when you look beyond the mismatched furniture from your Aunt Ruth's house, you'll see it to be dingy and rundown.

The Sir Thomas chocolate dessert was average at best. It could have been Sara Lee pound cake for all I know, but the whipped cream was good. My friend had the torte cake and said it was good. They were out of the cheesecake special, so my friend ordered plain cheesecake and said it was very good. The coffee drinks were average.

They were out of milk for the tea, but provided half/half. They didn't bring sugar, we had to ask. The credit card machine was down, so we were all lucky to have enough cash.

We ordered 4 pots of tea, 3 coffees with liquor, 1 soda, and 4 desserts. Grand total = $170. The cheapest item was a $6 can of Coke, the coffees were more than 2x that. They automatically added a 20% tip for our group of 8, although the service didn't merit that much. When my friend asked one of the hosts about the accuracy of the soda cost, the man didn't return with an answer.

This was a somewhat spontaneous decision to visit. I had been 8-10 years ago and remembered it to be a charming place with great desserts. I didn't even know if it was still in business, but as were were out already walking for Waterfire, I had no means to research and had to draw from memory. If I had prepared, I would have checked the web beforehand. In doing so, I would have found most people had the same experience (or worse) and I could have saved my friends and myself a quite a bit of money.

This place offers average food and mediocre service for criminally high prices. In fact, our dinner earlier (for 10 people) at Uno's was less $. Even if you have money to burn, you can do better elsewhere.

Want to stay up to date with this post?