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Hemenway's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hemenwaysrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (401) 351-8570
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Hours
    Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner Hours
    Monday-Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for more information
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Andrade (401) 351-8570

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking is complementary after 5:00pm & a discounted rate at lunch.
A word from Hemenway's
Located on the River in downtown Providence, Hemenway’s is Rhode Island’s premiere seafood address. Aspiring to bring you the freshest and highest quality fin-fish, shellfish and mollusks in the United States while delivering genuine hospitality in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Hemenway’s offers an award-winning wine list, customized private dining for up to 45 guests, seasonal al fresco dining and full menu service in the bar area.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Hemenway's was our all-time favorite seafood experience. Linguini with shrimp was delicious. Paella was off-the charts great. Ellie's stuffed shrimp was delectable."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "What a great find. My husband and I stopped in after Rhode Island best of party. We had already had too much food. We wanted a meal, or so we thought. After we ordered we realized we were not that hungry. Our waiter was excellent and wrapped our food to take home. The food was great even though we couldn't eat it. Excellent leftovers on Friday night when I didn't want to cook anyway. Great views of the river in downtown Providence. I Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a superb time here, mostly due to our waiter, Cory. He made the evening. He paced the meal so we could enjoy our drinks, then our soup and salad, then the main course, without piling everything on top of each other. The food was very good. We splurged and shared a stuffed lobster...very rich! Such an enjoyable experience overall."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We went on a Monday night. Sat outside, street view only. Slow Service.....Took 45 minutes by the time we got appetizers and they were crab cakes and oysters from the raw bar. Dinner took forever arrived at 9:45pm.... We had a 7:45 reservation and was finished dinner at 10:30 we did not order dessert. Eaten alive by mosquitoes. I wish the food was worth the wait."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Four of us had dinner at Hemenway's on Monday evening. Started with a selection of exquisitely fresh oysters and top neck clams steamed in white wine, Granny Smith apples, chorizo and herbs. The broth was so good I could have drunk it from the bowl, but settled for dunking my warm crusty bread in it instead, at our waitress's urging. Followed that with a cup of clam chowder thickened with cream rather than the usual flour. Followed that with succulent, sweet whole bellied clams and grilled artichokes. To top it off, all raw bar items were half price with an entree. Exceptional meal with wonderful service provided by a delightful serve named Nancy. Others had fresh fish & we're equally pleased. Next time I'm in Providence, I'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I had never been to Hemenway's, but it came highly recommended and it was a great experience! We went for a friend's birthday and it was a great place to go. The food was amazing and the wine and drink list was extensive. We went during Providence restaurant week and got a fantastic deal for our meals. I will be going back for sure."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We love Hemenways. It's our go to place for a nice night out. Good is always delicious and service is always great"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "had a great meal went for my wife birthday very nice"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend for restaurant week and it was amazing, we enjoyed ourselves a lot. Great oysters, a really good prix fixe menu, and a great wine and beer list. Our waitress was very attentive as well, and did a fantastic job."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good food good service but can get food just as good and less expensive elsewhere. Not worth spending the money. Even restaurant week. Nothing AMAZING for which I would expect for the price."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I recently dined at Hemenway's for lunch on a warm summer day. Sitting inside in the AC with a view of the river and the park felt like sitting outside without the heat or the noise. The food and drinks were wonderful and a great value on their lunch menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The outside dining was so noisy with traffic from the street that everyone was almost shouting to be heard. Would never eat outside here again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food very tasty. Service very good. Environment very nice."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My colleague and I were there for restaurant week, and the food was great--so was the service, right down to asking if I preferred a black napkin so I didn't leave with white lint on my black pants. The food came out quickly and was very flavorful. I highly recommend Hemenways for lunch and ask for a table with a view of the river."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Key time pie is amazing, would go back just for that."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My partner and I went to Hemenway's for our 2 year anniversary since this was where we had our first date. They sat us by the large windows with an amazing view of the river next to the restaurant. We ordered off the restaurant week menu; I got the lobster bisque, seared salmon, and chocolate torte, while my partner got clam chowder, surf & turf, and key lime pie. It was all so amazing we cleaned our plates, even the whole 10oz steak! When we told our waitress about our special day, she brought over rose petals and 2 glasses of champagne on the house! She was very attentive and anything we asked for was brought over promptly. Amazing service, great food, and a wonderful night for us; Thank you for a wonderful anniversary Hemenway's!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great service and food delicious. Walked to our tour of Brown University from here."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant to meet with friends to celebrate our boys graduating high school. The good and service was outstanding. The table was located near the front window which allowed us privacy. Overall a terrific experience."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "By far the best crab cakes in the area. Extremely delicious."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We celebrated my sons birthday and had a wonderful experience. The ambience is upscale but not overly formal. All bottles of wine are half off on Sundays. Parking is no problem as there is a garage next door or on street parking if you go for lunch, or valet parking for dinner."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I would not recommend this place if you are parent traveling with your college student and looking for an excellent meal in Providence, unless you wanted to be treated like a second class citizen. Where your April 2014 table request is not to be honored and the food order is only done half right. But Hemenway's the perfect place for a place where pushing bottles of wine seems to their top priority. The bottom line is while we don’t expect Hemenway’s to be anywhere close to the caliber of restaurants like those in Boston, New York or Newport. One would expect that considering Hemenway’s has the perfect location for foot traffic and is located in the state’s capital. One would hope the commitment to excellence would be their top priority."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I booked the table for 6:45. I knew Waterfire began around 8:30. I thought that would be good timing. Instead we did not get finished until 9:30. Our waiter said that the kitchen was very busy. Food was good but not worth the wait."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have dined at Hemenways several times, and always find the service to be wonderful."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The excellence started at the door and continued throughout the evening. Our waitress was exceptional... Knowledge of menu, area attractions, choices support, perfection..... Meal was terrific from calamari, chowder, fish and ice cream!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food and perfectly timed service with a wonderful view. Restaurant had extensive menu - we were seated right by the window overlooking the boating on the water."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Fabulous food. This night the service was a tad slow or I would have given a 5 star recommendation. Unfortunately one large table near us was extremely loud, (no fault of the restaurant), which made conversation difficult. We will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We started off with a lot of seafood: Great Beau Solei Oysters! Yummy scallops wrapped in bacon. The calamari was okay and the stuffed clams casino were buttery and dry all at the same time. Not really edible and more like sawdust with butter. I had the short rib for dinner, and although very tender, for some reason they put barbeque sauce on it so you really couldn't taste the beefy flavor. My husband's pork chop also had barbeque sauce on it and it really ruined the flavor of the meat. Service by the main servers was very good, but the food runners are mousy. It was our second time here as this place is 4 hours from home. There are better options in Providence."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch during a Restaurant Week. I hadn't been back I'm about 15 years when I stopped working downtown. It won't be that long again! Because the day was so lovely we chose to,eat outside this the lower scores for ambiance and noise...our choice. I highly recommend this restaurant. Portions were perfect. Fish Tacos and Jonah Crab Salad so fresh. Due to,it's richness the Lobster Bisque, was also a perfect portion. Yummmmm."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was excited to try Hemenway's since I heard such wonderful things about it. We were greeted by a very friendly and accommodating hostess. However, our server was unfriendly and extremely slow. We ordered the lunch special which includes appetizer, entree and dessert. The salad I ordered was a little wilted and disappointing. The beer battered fish and chips were just ok and the fries were soggy. The "dessert" of a "fresh baked cookie" was also disappointing. I thought it would have been presented a little better than thrown at us in a plastic bag! I expected so much more. Won't go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had a great lunch. Food and service very good. Had not been here in a while and was pleased with the visit."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It's hard to believe, but this was our first time at Hemenway's. We got there a half hour before our scheduled reservation time but were seated immediately (with great view of the river and city beyond). It was Restaurant Week in Providence and the menu was excellent. We too advantage of the extensive wine list and settled down for a relaxing dinner. We eat out often and will definitely return to Hemenway's on our next visit to Providence."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A nice restaurant with some great food on the menu, particularly if you like fish & seafood. Servings are on the heartier side so no need to worry about going hungry afterwards. The service was good; there was a miscommunication regarding our order that was taken care of in a very nice way (it ended up almost adding to the experience rather than take away from it). Next time we'll try and ask for a booth or a table by the windows to enhance the experience (as compared to a table in the middle of the isle). All-in-all a very nice experience and we'll definitely return (soon!)."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great seats, window overlooking the park. Disappointed in our choice of using Restaurant Week Menu. I was not thrilled with the steak, It was tough to chew."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went to Hemenways after a show. We were seated right away and was pleasantly surprised to find the tables were not right on top of each other like many city restaurants. Our server was wonderful, attentive but not intrusive. We ordered oysters and let our server pick which ones. They were the best oysters we have had and shucked perfectly! We had the swordfish and mahi mahi. I am very picky about my swordfish and this was one of the best I've had. The asiago potatoes were out if this would and I'd go back just for those alone. The key lime pie was good and I enjoyed the pot of French pressed coffee. I look forward to going back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First time eating at Hemenway's and had lunch on July 4th. Pretty quiet (not unexpected) but enough people to make it interesting. Service was great. The lobster bisque was to die for. Had the fish tacos which were very good. Will definitely return next time we get to Providence."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Host provided a 25th anniversary desert ( flan ) with rose pedals. Great thought!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great food A little noisy as restaurant got busier Going to view water fires nice view"
    Dined on 6/28/2014