Hemenway's
Hemenway's

Hemenway's

  • 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: Steak, Seafood, 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 4013518570x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Hemenway's reviews from OpenTable diners
269 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (159)fit for foodies (123)scenic view (121)romantic (82)good for groups (78)notable wine list (62)neighborhood gem (48)great for lunch (47)hot spot (41)great for outdoor dining (30)vibrant bar scene (29)late-night find (15)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • One of the best restaurants in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We took friends from out of town to Hemenway's because they wanted local seafood. The oysters were fantastic, and everybody loved the Paella. Service and ambiance were great as always.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A forgotten gem
    BC219
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Have not been for a few years. Still as good as remembered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bunnyq
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Celebrated 44 wedding . Flowers on the table complimentary Champagne. Excellent service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RhodyFoodDiva23
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Great place, on the water ,fresh seafood , outstanding service
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Very nice ambiance but food was sub par. My appetizer of clams casino came out in minutes and it was obvious that it was pre -done and just heated up. It was suffocated with bread crumbs which detracted from the dish and was not good. My paella order was also another mass produced item that lacked flavor and was disappointing. An inexperienced bar tender also made the mistake of serving my RobRoy with a cherry instead of a lemon twist. No big deal, but a high end place should know better. When in Providence I usually go to the Capital Grill, but tried Hemingways for a change. Capital Grill is better
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  • We were treated so well.
    Julia
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Wait staff and food are impeccable. Rose petals on the table were a fantastic touch to our anniversary dinner. I also like that deviates dad had a great vocabulary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Sunday brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Hemenway's doesn't have a special brunch menu--they serve their full dinner menu all day. But their bottles of wine are all half-priced! This makes for a great deal! And the food is great too! They always have a wonderful selection of oysters. Great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    luveatingout1
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Unfortunately, as much as we were looking forward to going to Hemenway's,we were very disapointed. We were seated in the main dining room, center aisle. It was like being in the middle of Rt. 95! Waitstaff going back and forth, very distracting. The noise level is beyond tolerable. It was difficult to have a conversation between the noise and the travelling wait staff! My scallops were just about cooked through and luke warm, almost had to send them back and at $30.00 for 5 scallops, it was overall disappointing. My wife's baked stuff shrimp had almost no flavor although the description of the stuffing sounded great. Once again, not hot enough. I believe this restaurant is taking on too many diners and cannot properly handle the volume. they also need to find a way to quiet down the noise level in the main dining room and re-arrange the seating so it's not like being treated like cattle. Won't be back!
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  • Disappointed
    SlitlampVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Hadn't been for a few years. Went for a special occasion. Service was great. Food fell short of expectations. Fish cooked appropriately but bland taste. Better options for restaurants if seafood is your desire. Sorry, just don't see the draw of this restaurant anymore.:(
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  • Great seafood
    dpsjVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great oysters and the freshest seafood. Also great view of providence river
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kathyk
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Fabulous meal before the show at PPAC. The seafood was fresh and uniquely prepared. Block Island swordfish grilled and served over arugula risotto with a putanesca sauce and seafood paella were both delicious. The caesar salad was prepared with homemade dressing and anchovies - the best I've had in a long time. Bottled wine was half price on Sundays with an entree. Wonderful meal at a window table with great service. We will definitely go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    njoyeating
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were in town visiting our daughter at college and we really wanted a great seafood restaurant and we found it . It was the last night of Water Fire. The scene was beautiful and the neighborhood was alive. Service was great and so was our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place to be for Waterfire!
    Overthebridge
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The place was hopping and we had a great table for 7 by the window. The bartender made a great blood orange martini and table service was excellent as well. The only thing that could have been better was the fish...a little dry and the kitchen ran out of Brussels sprouts. We'll try again when it's not quite so busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch
    Pace
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had the seafood sampler, expensive but excellent. Very fresh oysters, clams, lobster and giant shrimp. The home made lobster ravioli from Venda were nicely prepared and not over cooked. Sauce was very tasty. My wife really enjoyed her pan seared scallops. Again very fresh and just the right amount of searing. Dark brown surface and just barely cooked in the middle. Seafood is always fresh and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kristen37
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    What a wonderful surprise. Never been there before. Everything was perfect. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I thought all the fish was quite fresh. I had the seafood over pasta. The menu said it included pieces of lobster. I did not see any. However, the shellfish and swordfish were very good. All in all a very good meal. Not an inexpensive meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Waitstaff was exceptional and especially attentive; food was terrific and nice view of the river; valet parking was convenient and made parking easy; would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Ambience
    CherylBeryl
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Being in RI to visit our son at URI in Kingston, we decided to come to Providence for dinner. We saw great reviews for Hemenway's so we thought we would try it out. We arrived early so we had a drink at the bar. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful with wine recommendations. There were several people at the bar eating, which looked wonderful. When our whole party arrived (we were 7) we were brought to our table. Our waiters Jordan and Ethan were delightful, charming, helpful with menu choices. We were all thrilled with our meals - stuffed lobster (4), special of local scallops(2), lobster mac-n-cheese, seafood salad. Delicious, good portions, lovely presentation. We would definitely come again when in Prov.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    SuzyQ
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had dinner prior to a show at Providence Performing Arts Center and it was a great experience! It started with free parking in the garage next door. We had a delicious bacon wrapped scallop appetizer before dinner. Nice variety on the Wines by the Glass list. For dinner we order a pot roast dish and a baked scrod dish. Both were great! Good house salad although I would have preferred more of the mixed greens and less of the iceberg. House dressing is good! (Honey Curry)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I was celebrating my birthday. My waiter was outstanding. He was attentive and made sure that we were told when our meal was to come out. He was very knowledgeable with the food menu and wine list and assisted my husband and I in selecting a wonderful tasting wine. He was detailed and explained where the seafood came from. I have food allergies and he notified the staff. I was very comfortable and at ease with ordering my meal. The restaurant manager made a point to come to my table to reassure me that my food would be prepared safely. This allowed me to relax and enjoy my birthday celebration. The view was amazing, window table overlooking the river.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a highlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent food, my husband and I were both pleased with our entrees (grilled scallops and fried whole-belly clams) and soups (Hemenway's clam chowder and lobster bisque), and the oysters were also delightful. For dessert, the créme brûlée is a must-try. Our waitress was attentive, and making our reservations through OpenTable gave us fantastic seats by the river. A note for travelers: There is a parking garage next to the restaurant with free valet parking for three hours if you have the host/ess at Hemenway's validate your valet ticket before returning to the garage to get your vehicle. Otherwise, you're at the mercy of street parking. Overall, great food, a great experience, and the quality is worth the price tag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a party of four on a Saturday night with a 7:30 reservation. We had a drink at the bar (hibiscus bellini -- yum) and were seated promptly. The wait staff was excellent and attentive but not annoyingly so. We ordered the seafood sampler app, a half dozen oysters and the antipasti. The appetizers were outstanding!! We should have stopped there. My husband enjoyed his paella and said it was very good. I had the seafood pasta, which was a huge disappointment. I've had this dish at many other restaurants, and this was probably the worst I've ever had. I had two clams, one of which was empty, maybe 5 mussels and maybe 3 medium size shrimp. I would never order this again. My girlfriend had the crab legs. She said they were good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Night
    BuckNitro
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had very nice Friday night dining experience at Hemenway's. Food was superb as was the service. This is such a reliable and delicious spot in Providence. The lump crab appetizer is so fresh and amazing we had to order 2!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced. Over rated.
    Lesli52
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    ordered 2.5 lb lobster. Lobster meat came but up in a bowl. Potatoes cheap like boxed potatoes. Never saw lobster shell. About 8 small pieces of lobster in bowl. Bill was $170 for 2 including 4 drinks and 1 other 2.0 lb lobster. Will not recommend to anyone. Would love to get some of my money back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were there for the first time and loved the treatment! Food was excellent, the view great but, mostly our waitress, Theresa, made the experience special!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    Dontgooutmuch
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were seated right away. Our server Nancy was amazing & patient & informative. Great ambiance!! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sluice
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We enjoyed our time at this restaurant. It was a good selection considering its location near the Water Fire activities, the fine preparation and preparation of the food and the attentive and courteous service. The restaurant is well appointed but a little crowded and noisy. The location is convenient to Brown University and an easy walk from there for us.
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    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Camille
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My family and I visited Rhode Island for the day and decided to dine at Hemenway's based upon the Open Table reviews. The food and service were outstanding. The stuffed lobster, lobster macaroni and cheese, and key lime pie are highly recommended. If I return to Rhode Island, Hemenway's will be a no brainer for dinner.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • It doesn't get better than this
    MatthewRG
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    As a thank you to my mom, I took her here, because of her love of seafood. Needless to say, she was thrilled by the experience from the first pour of water by our very knowledgable server, to the end of the evening which resulted in the delicious cheesecake. Not one thing was wrong, nothing was out of place, and it was nice to see that the staff throughout the evening came to check in and make sure that the entire experience was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Excellent seafood, great service
    FaultyAirlock
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was wonderful. My wife and I enjoyed the phenomenal seafood and sampled Hemenways' own beer, was which fantastic. A great night and a memorable honeymoon experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, but...
    happyvisitor
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food is always reliably good here, but not only was it very noisy Sat nite(probably to be expected), but they were out of the special by just after 6 p.m. Also, our waitress was nice, but a bit discombobulated, forgetting responses to things she had already asked us, bringing us back the wrong card, etc. .
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • knight1458
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Best lobster ever. The lobster was served fisherman style stuffed with whole scallops, shrimp, and the claw meat. Excellant service. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eater
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service here is always impeccable - friendly, professional and just the right amount of attention. The quality of the dishes is high and presentation is lovely.
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  • Seafood Dinner Perfection
    MissDev
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Absolutely the best choice for seafood in Providence. Each part of the meal was delicious in its own right. The service was spectacular. The waiter recommended an amazing swordfish dish that was just what I didn't know I wanted. We are looking forward to dining their again.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    By far one of the best seafood meals I have eaten in a long time!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent lobster/crab cakes. Excellent service with kid friendly server.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great!
    GB51
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Based upon reviews and recommendations I expected more. Food was good but not great. One member of the party had cold fish. No bread brought to table. Desserts were average.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Palmer
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We chose to order off the prix fixe menu, which had some nice selections, and was a good value. Unfortunately, the restaurant was very unaccommodating when it came to swapping out one vegetable for another. I wanted to substitute kale and spaghetti squash for the asparagus or spinach that was offered on the other meals. We were told that was not possible. When my meal came, I found out that it was very possible. The vegetables had no special sauces or presentation - they were what they were. My sole was overstuffed and very salty. The flavor of the fish was completely lost. The key lime pie for dessert was so tart I couldn't eat it. A dish of Sourpatch Kids would have been equal. Very poor experience for a very expensive place.
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  • Memorable Anniversary Dinner
    KimG
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We made a reservation on a Waterfire evening to celebrate our anniversary. We had let them know ahead that it was a special evening and they were wonderful. Great table, rose petals, fantastic service and delicious food.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Lunch with friends
    Caretina
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A window seat overlooking the river. What more is their to ask for having lunch with friends on a sunny afternoon. Maybe, able to linger and converse over a fine lunch with wine. Memories are made on occasions like this. It was just a perfect afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.