So I definitely have a bit of a bias towards reviewing beer-centric restaurants so far. What can I say- it's Octoberfest time...
Located in the midst of downtown, Union Station Brewery is a popular restaurant that also happens to brew their own beer. Every week they have a beer special on tap- at $3.50 for a pint of in-house beer its pretty hard to pass up! I had a tasty brown ale this visit that showed a good balance of malt and hops. I would also recommend their sampler tray- you get a five ounce taste of all six of their current beers.
Service was friendly and attentive and water glasses were kept topped off. You tend wait a little while for your food at Union Station Brewery, but with good beer and comfortable booths to keep you happy, this is not a problem. The menu is relatively diverse if not amazingly unique: from a thai salad, to the requisite pizza, salad, and burger options, with a couple down-home cooking type options a la chicken pot pie. The lobster macaroni and cheese actually is pretty full of lobster and appropriately decadent- the best dish we enjoyed that night. The rack of ribs was only average, and while the buffalo chicken salad is tasty- the breading was a bit thicker than I would prefer.
A relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with dependable food and homemade beer make Union Station a reliable place to dine. This is certainly not the pinnacle of food in Providence, but a place well worth visiting every few months.