I love brunch. Especially Sunday Brunch. And Easter is certainly one of the most festive Sundays to brunch, whether at home or at an excellent restaurant. Living in Providence this year gave us the perfect opportunity to sample one of the many unique brunch options this city has to offer, so I invited my sister Amy and booked our family a table at Waterman Grille in Richmond Square on Providence’s East Side.
The morning was a bit chilly and gray, as Easter’s in New England sometimes are, so walking into the bar of this renovated 1871 gatehouse and being greeted with a cozy fire burning in the fireplace was wonderfully welcoming. I love old buildings where brick, wood and stone combine to give warmth and character to the space, and the cheerful interior of the Waterman Grille did not disappoint.
We were shown to our table in the dining room, which offered a lovely view of the Seekonk River, and immediately ordered Blood Orange Mimosa’s (delicious!) and a pot of French press coffee for the table.
After studying the menu, we ordered the Artisan Cheese Plate and the Sunrise Basket of fresh muffins, breads and bagels to start our Easter feast. The cheese plate had an especially nice mix of sweet and savory flavors. Local honey served in its honeycomb, Divine Providence local gouda style cheese, Vermont goat cheese and an unhomogenized blue were served with grapes, toasted almonds and grilled housemade bread.
With drinks in hand, we sat back, thoroughly enjoying both the sampling of treats and our water view. There is a special kind of tranquility that goes along with watching winding river currents, and seeing the occasional crew team glide by that truly enhances dining the experience.
Neither Tori nor I can resist the siren call of the perfectly poached egg. Tori went traditional with Eggs Benedict. I opted for the Potato Pancakes with Swiss chard, Swiss cheese with two white, fluffy, poached eggs on top.
Greg and Cassie chose the Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit compote and whipped cream and Amy, the Cassoulet with Duck Confit.
As we finished our delicious meals the clouds began to clear, so Tori and I decided to take a peak downstairs at their event space.
The bar was warm and inviting with exposed brick and stone floors and just beyond, was a fabulous waterview room, charmingly decorated for a nautical themed wedding (love the rope knots!). Just down the hall there was a smaller room and stone patio perfect for a shower or smaller dinner celebration.
Love the rope knots!
A lovely meal, a serene view and an elegant venue to consider for family events. Waterman Grille gave us an Easter brunch we won’t soon forget!
Monday through Friday: 4pm – 10pm,
Saturday: 10:30am – 10am,
Sunday: 10:30am – 9pm
WATERMAN GRILLE: $ – $$
Key $: $14 and under $$: $15 to $30 $$$: $31 to $50 $$$$ More than $50
Four Richmond Square
Providence, RI 02906
*Please note menu items and prices subject to change.
Parking is available in lot or on street.