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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
  • "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
  • "Host provided a 25th anniversary desert ( flan ) with rose pedals. Great thought!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Been to a lot of seafood places in RI and I don't think you will find a better place. They are expensive, but it is a great place with great food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food A little noisy as restaurant got busier Going to view water fires nice view"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I shared dinner with a friend. Sharing is always fun as you can sample so many more offerings. The scallops were superb. The side salads fresh. My husband enjoyed the chowder. The salmon was the best of our temptations. Never have lentils been more thoroughly enjoyed. We finished with dessert that just made the meal complete. Next night we returned with our daughter. It was that good."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our waitress was very friendly but a little scatterbrained. She kept forgetting things. We took friends who had never been there before and they were very pleased. We drove from Connecticut to have them see Waterfire. They loved it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Stopped for dinner at Hemenways. Had not been in a while and enjoyed the fresh seafood, local ingredients and a nice glass of wine. There was a water fire the same night so the service was a tad rushed but we went early enough that we were able to hang around at the end of our meal and talk a bit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We are very happy we chose Hemenway's on the same night Providence had Waterfire. The restaurant is on the water and we were able to see the activities while dining. We were pleasantly surprised to see that this restaurant was offering a special Waterfire menu and it was the choice of everyone at the table. Our waitress was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu and we thoroughly had a great time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We started with oysters Hemenway, a twist on oysters Rockefeller. The oysters themselves were good but the panko bread crumbs were white, not brown from the broiler and there was no visible sauce. The clam chowder was good but little evidence of clams. The fried scallops were a hit, very tender and fried perfect. The seafood on the Caesar salad was very good and a generous serving, the Caesar salad itself was something you would find in a chain restaurant. The server was great - very pleasant and attentive as well as the front desk staff."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fabulous: every wait detail and food was lovely So easy with Open Table"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our server, Jason, was fantastic. We ordered many apps and took our time - it was lovely. Because we were eating early before a concert, we even made a reservation for 10pm to return that night!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I just happen to find this gem when I was looking for a restaurant near the Fire Water In Providence. I could not believe how nice the place was. We went with another couple and loved it too. There location is right next to where the Fire Water in Providence Starts. We had a table right next to the window overlooking canal. The food was fabulous. Plenty of places to part."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our second time here and again the food service and overall atmosphere were top notch !"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "In an area known for seafood, the fare was average. Service was overtly insincere and, at best, average. Setting is nice and nice vibe with jazz trio on the patio. But food and service don't recommend Hemenways."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "the grilled swordfish was excellent: juicy and flavorful. Several recent Yelp reviews said the swordfish was dry, and I beg to differ."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Hemenway's simply always delivers a superb seafood meal. We've been several times in the last year and we have never been disappointed. The wait staff also is terrific- hard working, attentive, knowledgeable, and without any attitude or airs. The space is on the noisy side, but the tall ceilings accommodate that well. We can't recommend it highly enough!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great oysters, good food and service - just wish they air conditioning was on so high."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food and ambiance was excellent. Service was great and we were sat quickly. It was 8:30 on a Saturday so we might have missed the "rush" but no matter, it was a great dinner and worthy of a return trip. I would reccomend this restaraunt to others who can enjoy seafood."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The top neck clam appetizer was tasty but the clams were too tough to chew."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I were married in the City of Providence and went to Hemenway's for lunch afterword. We took my parents and enjoyed a delicious luncheon. We have been there several times since. Last week we celebrated our 4 year anniversary there. The food was delicious, the wait staff was impeccable. We will be back again."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We always have a delightful experience. Top notch food and service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Took my husband here for Father's Day, we had been here a few years ago on an anniversary weekend. Food was great as always and although I have a soybean allergy, they were accomodating."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The seafood was very, very fresh and delicious. We shared three appetizers which were all outstanding. The salad entrees were terrific with very tasty seafood. Great Bloody Mary."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great restaurant with excellent service and fantastic food!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have always looked forward to excellent food at Hemenway's but was disappointed on this last occasion. From appetizer, salad, entree, the food was mediocre. I had forgotten how loud the restaurant can be and our table of four had some difficulty hearing each other over the noise. It was a very busy night and the service was slow and inattentive at the beginning of the meal, when you most want the service. It was obvious that the restaurant overbooked. The view is wonderful, if you get a window table. It will be a while before I return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was there for a conference at the Biltmore - and went searching for the best seafood within walking distance. Hemenway's fit the bill. I went for two meals - one lunch and one dinner. Both were excellent. The lobster bisque is to die for."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Seating was fast and the food came faster. They made a mistake on my dish but it was replaced and made exactly how i wanted. We had a great waitress that kept pouring my bottle of moėt with out me having to ask. Great place great atmosphere, aside from a few people that were also dining felt like they was in my business with a salty face because they couldn't eat as good as me and my date."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I took my wife out for a night in Providence to enjoy the waterfire event and was fortunate enough to choose Hemenways as our sunset dining place. The location is right off the waterpark trail and the seafood from appetizer to entree was absolutely OFF THE HOOK DELICIOUS ! It was my wife's first time there, not mine, and Hemenways is our 1st choice on a return visit."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We usually plan to attend Hemenway's prior to Water Fire evenings. It's always a great start to a wonderful night. The Papasquash Oysters are superb and our waiter, Bill, aims to please. Thumbs up for all four of us!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our party of 4 was extremely pleased and satisfied with our entire dining experience. Amazing food, very attentive & professional service. It was worth every penny spent. We will be sure to visit again"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Seafood selection is very good. Standard, straightforward choices for the usual New England fish/shellfish, meat for non-fish eaters, and chef's "specialties" including paella and a few shellfish-pasta dishes. Portions are generous. Salad was fresh, but not exciting. We shared the sesame seared tuna with wasabi and coconut curried mussels as appetizers. Both were very good. The mussels are served with grilled baguette, but despite a large bowl of mussels, there was only one small slice of baguette for dipping in the sauce. The paella was good, but not outstanding. It included some swordfish which was very moist yet cooked through. We shared a 3-part creme brulee dessert, chocolate, Earl Grey, vanilla. Delicious. Would go again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Awful service. My wife's food (pork dish) was a combination of hard and dry and raw....I suspect it was a frozen piece. Our friend's food was lukewarm. Never refilled our water glasses."
    Dined on 6/14/2014