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Hemenway's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hemenwaysrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@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
  • Executive Chef: Lee Sonsky
  • 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 Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "It was my first time and it definitely won't be my last. Great wine selection, fresh oysters from a multitude of locations, and phenomenal service make for a great dining selection."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have dined here countless times since it opened many years ago. We have never been disappointed, including when we brought 50 of our closest loved ones for a very special event. Dan K our waiter was as good as it gets, and assures a return visit."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Very disappointed that my clam dinner was full of sand and a few bits of clamshell. Never expected that from this quality restaurant which we go to often."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Hemenway's has been around a long time, and that means they are consistent and well deserved! I've had groups of 40 to a pair, and each event has been perfect."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I enjoyed the restaurant very much with my guest from Chicago. The service and food was excellent. Minor note; I was very cramped in my seat as the table behind us had no room to move their chairs as we were directly touching when i sat down - little uncomfortable. Thank you"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great seafood restaurant in providence, you won't find any better. I got the special, which was fresh fluke and it was amazing. Someone else got the lobster mac and cheese and it was not only amazing, but it was served in the 2 lb lobster which was mixed in the mac and cheese. Overall, great meal, nice place and friendly people."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "For a restaurant touting its fish, the selection was very limited. Scallops appetizer was delicious, but swordfish entree for my tastes was somewhat overdone. Disappointing that there were no special treatments. We are used to the culinary creativity of Boston."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I used to go here often but had not been for quite a while and was looking forward to it. I was a little disappointed. The place itself was very nice. The appetizers were great. The mixed drink I ordered is very standard but was not made correctly. It was done over and was correct. My meal was not prepared as ordered. I sent it back and it was OK. The other two people with me had better luck. There meal was fine. The waiter was fair to good. Not what you'd expect in this type of place. I would get it another try. Maybe it was an off night."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great experience from start to finish; Including the food, service, and ambiance. A Must try beverage is, the Hibiscus Belini cocktail! They had two waiting for us at our table upon our arrival, just as I requested through opentable. To our surprise and pleasure, the waiter brought over a slice of cake for my boyfiends's birthday, without even requesting one. Would highly recommend for seafood lovers especially!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Hemenway's is our place to take guests for wonderful seafood."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We love Hemenways, it is our favorite restaurant as a family and to bring people to. it was an extreme pleasure to be able to eat and feel secure , being celiac, that the food was treated and served as it needed to be. Thank you for making this a priority. The entire staff are pleasant and desire to make your visit as special as it can be. Thank You"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My wife and had a great time. The service was outstanding everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcomed. The food was amazing, I had the steak and my wife had the lobster. A+."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great food and ambience. Desserts uninspired. Bring back the white chocolate mousse."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "In a word....fabulous! Food, service, atmosphere five star all the way."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Our entire experience was wonderful. From the minute we were seated the staff was very attentive. Food was excellent and service top notch. Our waitress was fantastic. We decided to have after dinner drinks at the bar and she went over a saved 2 seats for us. we go out to eat weekly and our night at Hemenway's takes the top prize."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had an excellent time. We were celebrating a 50th birthday and the staff was wonderful! The food was great! They even coordinated a gift bottle of wine from out of state siblings. Definitely a class act! I will definitely be returning in the future! Thanks for a wonderful night!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Chicago-based, there's lots of great restaurants to choose from...and traveling the country, I've eaten all over, but Hemenway's has definitely made my top 3 of 'best restaurant experiences'. From the food to the service, everything was impeccable. Having a shellfish allergy, they made sure from the way the scallops were cooked to the executive chef bringing out my fish for dinner, that everything was perfect...and sure it was. Fantabulous bread, apps, fish, sides, dessert, port, and of course the fume blanc that complimented everything. Our server was extremely attentive, beyond helpful, pleasant and genuinely interested that we have a great dinner. I visit Providence once/yr and wish it was more often so I can dine here more!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love dining at Hemenway's. It's always a delightful experience."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I had gone to Legal seafood the weekend before. 360 degree difference. I haven't one bad thing to say about Hemingway's. The Rhode Island wild oysters were the best I've ever had. We were seated quickly. Staff was friendly and attentive. Atmosphere nice. I strongly recommend this place for dinner!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Four friends had dinner to celebrate an anniversary. Service was wonderful and the food was great. The 1/2 off wine special on Sunday night was a fantastic surprise. Whenever we have a special event and we're thinking seafood - we head to Hemingways. We've never been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing. Each dish was cooked perfectly. We did have to send back one dish. It was a veal chop. However, the server and manager took care of us well. They asked no questions and brought an appetizer and another meal very promptly. The new meal and app were fantastic as was everything else. All seafood was cooked to perfection and delivered by smiling servers. We will certainly go back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Hemenway's has been around for so long and has been so consistently fine that it is easy to overlook how good a restaurant it is...particularly in the midst of the vibrant food scene in Providence. Our party had scallops, paella, fried clams, and a veal chop. All we're perfectly prepared, and beautifully presented, including the fried clams. Hemenway's definitely tilts to the high end in terms of cost, but the food quality, the service, and the overall ambience make it a regular in our restaurant rotation. Recommend you go...,"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I worked at a seafood restaurant for 7 years. Hemenway's food was very fresh and great quality. We sampled a little of everything from the seafood restaurant, and I can't find a complaint about a single thing. The drinks were strong, the service was great, the atmosphere was pleasant. There is even free parking the parking garage just under Hemenway's (free if you stay less than 3 hours). My only regret is that I didn't visit Hemenway's sooner! I highly recommend Hemenway's!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Met a long time friend for dinner. Arrived a bit late but no problem with the reservation. High table with a terrific view of the river walk. Good selection of wine by the glass (my friend does not drink) and excellent food. Great service, attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I have dined at Hemenway's a number of times and have never been disappointed. The service is always fantastic, the food is consistently good and the wine list is fairly priced. Highly recommended to anyone wanting a pleasurable dining experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We visit Hemenways a lot the food is always great and the service the same. Steve was our waiter this visit he was fun and very knowledgeable of the specials of the night.The restaurant was not busy as it was a Sunday night. Big plus is every Sunday half price on their entire wine menu. This is a great way to try some top end wines"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We were looking for a restaurant midway between our home in MA and our friend's in CT. We decided on Providence and scoured the internet to find a seafood place that looked good. What a good decision! Our waiter was attentive and not at all pushy when we had to wait for our friends and then spent a half hour catching up before ordering. He made great suggestions and was there whenever we needed him throughout the meal (another drink, a question, ready for dessert). The food - oh so good. We ordered the swordfish special, the salmon, shrimp scampi and on our waiter's suggestion the seafood casserole and not one of us was disappointed. Dessert was shared warm tart and heavenly cheesecake. We will make the trip again for Hemenway's!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner before PPAC. No waiting, service was excellent & food was prepared to our liking."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have been dining here for 10+ years and always pleasure able. This evening was my daughters 19th birthday celebration I had reserved a table by the window 2 days prior. When we arrived we were seated by a miserably rude host. He took us to a table in the bar area. When I told him I had asked for a window table he told me that all window tables had already been taken. I pointed out that I had reserved a table two days prior due to this special occasion. He replied with there are non available, when in fact there wer two able empty! To make matters worse we were seated at a table more comfortable for TWO NOT FOUR! We were all squished in! He never even apologized! Not sure I'll return."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "After 20 years of dining with my husband in some great restaurants, Hemenway's service was among the top 3, if not the best we've had. Not only our server, Diane, but any server we encountered or overheard at the table behind ours. Great food as well, but I'd go back just for the service at this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My family had a lovely Saturday lunch at Hemenway's for my daughter's 25th birthday. She was able to have a gluten-free meal which she thoroughly enjoyed, and the rest of us all had wonderful seafood meals also. The staff was very welcoming and we had the pleasure of being served by Jason who was truly professional and very kind. One of the best moments was when he brought a piece of delicious flourless chocolate cake, with lit candle and all...as a total surprise to all of us. Thank you all at at Hemenway's for making her 25th a very happy occasion!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We hosted several friends for a special birthday dinner and were once again very pleased with the attentive service of our wait staff, the excellent quality of our meals, and we all enjoyed the drinks and wine selections. Hemenway's is a special occasion place for us and we will look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My wife & I were tired of eating the same old "pub food" that is served in our usual last minute restaurants. I used my OpenTable app to see where I could get a reservation for 3 on the last minute on a Saturday evening. My wife was in the mood for seafood and luckily Hemenways had a table available. I used the app to make the reservation and we headed to the restaurant. We were seated as soon as we arrived. It was a typically busy Saturday evening. We were seated in a booth. My only complaint is that the booth was rather tight, as my son& I are on the husky side. The service and the food was excellent. Hemenways remains on of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "my wife and I had a terrific time, we really thought our server was so nice, and another staff member took a nice picture of us there too. Hems is our favorite nice restaurant in Providence, we usually eat there a few times a year. We feel you get the greatest steaks, filet, and seafood of coarse. Thanks to our server, I wish I remembered her name, she was awesome."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our waitress was outstanding! The only reason for a lesser rating on food was due to the mussels. I was very disappointed. They were way undercooked and half of them weren't open. Our main dish was great though!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The seafood was outstanding ! Great service ? I am definitely going back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "parking was easy, complimentary free valet ... service excellent, server very knowledgeable. Food was good."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Loved it celebrated our 45th anniversary at your wonderful establishment."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Whenever we are in providence, this us a favorite!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We found ourselves in the fortunate position of no kids at home so we headed out to a favorite restaurant. Our table was ready right on time. The wine selection was great and I highly recommend the Stoli Dolie martini. The lobster and crab cakes were the best I've ever had. We each ordered one of that evenings specials. My veal chop oscar style was fantastic. Finished with a great piece of cheese cake. Thanks to Annie our server, it was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. I'd tell you more but I'm hungry now so I'm heading back to Hemenways!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014