It’s great to have dinner plans to look forward to and a reservation squared away weeks in advance – but life doesn’t always work that way. And maybe we don’t want it to! Impromptu dinners out always feel special, whether they’re celebrating a special event or just celebrating a Friday night. These 11 restaurants are all perfect places for those spontaneous outings.
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1. Oberiln, Providence
Despite the fact that Oberlin has received national attention for its fresh, inventive menu, you don't need a reservation - in fact, they don't offer them! It's the perfect spot to celebrate with little notice. If someone in your family gets a great job offer or another piece of good news, this is the place to go. Find it at 186 Union St., Providence, RI 02903.
2. Simpatico Jamestown, Jamestown
This incredible Jamestown spot turns out consistently incredible food, and their seafood is especially great. Check it out at 13 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI 02835.
3. Mission, Newport
Mission's menu is simple - burgers, hot dogs, and falafel — with a number of variations. It's all unbelievably delicious. Try for yourself at 29 Marlborough St., Newport, RI 02840.
4. Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House, Narrangansett
You may have to stand in line at Iggy's, but you certainly won't need a reservation. The wait will be worth it for their fried clams and doughboys! Try it out at 1151 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882.
5. Red Rice, Warwick
This tasty restaurant offers Asian cuisines ranging from Malaysian to Vietnamese, and it's all incredible. They do take reservations, but you're unlikely to need them. Try it at 336 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, RI 02886.
6. Paco's Tacos Mexicali, Cranston
This fun and casual taco spot will fulfill all of your cravings for Mexican food with a California spin. Find it at 100 East St., Cranston, RI 02920.
7. The Beef Barn, North Smithfield
If you have a hankering for some meat - a roast beef sandwich, a burger, a steak - this is the place to go. Eat up at 4 Greenville Rd., North Smithfield, RI 02896.
8. Corner Bistro, North Scituate, RI
This casual spot doesn't take reservations, but it serves up a delightful dish of pasta. It's perfect for those nights when you need some quality comfort food. Find it at 1115 Hartford Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857.
9. Nordic Lodge, Charlestown
There's no need for a reservation at this epic buffet, where you can have everything from steaks to lobster. Bring your appetite to 178 E Pasquiset Trl., Charlestown, RI 02813.
10. El Paisa, Central Falls
You won't need a reservation to feast on Columbian food at this delicious spot. Find it at 598 Dexter St., Central Falls, RI 02863.
11. Chomp Kitchen and Drinks, Warren
This restaurant hasn't been around long, but it's delighting all the locals with its out-of-this world burgers. It doesn't take reservations, but be prepared for a wait since it's so popular. Find it at 440 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.