Hemenway's
Hemenway's

Hemenway's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hemenwaysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4013518570x
  • 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
315 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (203)scenic view (143)fit for foodies (131)romantic (105)notable wine list (78)good for groups (71)neighborhood gem (61)great for lunch (53)great for outdoor dining (50)hot spot (32)vibrant bar scene (29)great for brunch (18)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • Unexpectedly romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided the evening before that we would go all out and have a fancy dinner on a Sunday. So, when I made the reservation on OpenTable, I wrote "Anniversary" in the special comments section, just for kicks. Hemenway's took it to heart. Rose petals on the table, champagne on the house...if you want to impress your lady, bring her here and pass it all off as your idea. Food was delightful, service was great, and Sundays = half-off bottles of wine. We had a gift card from a while back to use so we felt free to indulge, but if you do not have a gift card, expect a little bit of sticker shock when the bill comes. For a special experience like this, though, it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best seafood at River Fire Event
    stuB
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Have been to other restaurants in area during River Fire and this is the best by far. Easy to get to, parking plentiful, wait staff was very good, got there early and took us in, would visit again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We dine at Hemenway's every time we come to Providence to experience Waterfire. The food is excellent, especially the baked stuffed shrimp! The view is great as well as convenient parking that can be validated after dining. Every time we have been to Hemenway's our waiter/waitress has been friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. Perfect location to begin or end your evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent service and fantastic food. Went Waterfire after dinner. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food & Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first visit to Hemenway's, as we chose this as our anniversary dinner spot. Very romantic and great views of Waterfire. The food was amazing! The crab cake appetizer is so delicious & the raw bar was the freshest I've ever had, great wine list, stuffed lobster and filet dinner was cooked perfectly, & our server Steve was fabulous! He was very attentive & made our overall experience perfect! Very reasonably priced. We can't wait to come back again! This is the BEST seafood restaurant we have ever been to! I wish we lived closer, but it's well worth the 1.5 hour drive from CT. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Providence that wants an upscale dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    the food and service were both exceptional. the waitstaff are to be commended !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uncharacteristically Disappointing
    Goodfood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I usually love Hemenway's, but this visit was disappointing. They used to have really good rolls, but our waiter informed us that they changed them about six month's ago. I prefer the previous ones. And by the way, we had to ask for them. Also, they now have flavored their butter, which I didn't care for. Finally, my Caesar Salad had an excessive amount of dressing. On a positive note, when the waiter found out my friend was celebrating her birthday, he brought her a piece of cake. That was a nice touch, but overall it was not their best effort.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great !
    DantheDan31
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A great restaurant with an excellence service an impressive wine list and the best seafood of Providence !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We dine hear a lot and its always great food and people.The only thing that changes is the server this time we had Morgan and she was outstanding and you cant beat the Sunday wine special all bottles half price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great!!
    Bill
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of our Favorite restaurants in RI. Always good food and the service always excellent. Tonight we took a friend who had food allergies. Our server Morgan was very attentive and accommodating. The Chef's prepared his Paella perfectly and he was assured of it's clean ingredients. Seafood is their specialty, but I had the Surf & Turf. The NY Sirloin was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat Customer!!!
    TREK620
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great location and Food is always excellent. Great Seafood!! Service was very attentive and not rushed. Great for business meeting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our first time dining at Hemenway's. Extensive menu and a lovely wine list. Excellent, attentive service. We started with a 1/2 dozen local oysters that were wonderful. The Venda Lobster Agnolotti was very tasty and very rich. The Alaska King Crab Legs were a significant disappointment in both quality and presentation and were returned to the kitchen. The dish simply did not meet expectations. The restaurant manager was at our table immediately and was most understanding and gracious. The George's Bank Sea Scallops were the replacement order and were absolutely fabulous. Perfectly prepared, attractively plated and exceptionally flavorful. We will be returning to Hemenway's to explore more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced and poor service
    halfsing
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went to Hemenway's on a moderately busy Sunday night. Dinner service was excruciatingly slow and for extended periods of time our waitress disappeared completely. Two and a half hours for dinner, including a 20 minute wait for cappuccino because "the steamer was in heavy use". Out came the dessert - a scoop of ice cream - that had melted so much if I was the waiter I would have been embarrassed to bring to a customer. of course when I rejected it, it was replaced without question - and without apology. The bill was among the most I have spent on dinner in Providence. And the food only OK. I would stay away - significantly better places exist in Providence - there is no reason to come here.
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  • Definitely go again
    Kyle06716
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was good, ordered the New York Strip, and my wife had the stuffed lobster. Steak was cooked perfectly, served on a bed of mashed potatoes. I'm wold the lobster was phenomenal, with the stuffing including very large, whole scallops, as well as crab. Served with a chosen side of fries that were not touched due to the size of the lobster. Beer list was decent. Nothing to write home about, but they definitely make sure to have a good selection of craft beers including local brews. While the food was very good, it was the service that made the place. Waitress was extremely attentive, brought the lobster to the kitchen to crack it after my wife cut herself. Even brought out Champagne when she found out we were celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, location, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very good food, along the river in Providence. Fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always provide outstanding service, excellent high quality food, but it is not cheap but worth the trip. Nice to splurge once and while.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    HungrySurgeon
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Took a visiting job applicant to business lunch at Hemenway's mid week. Table overlooking waterview as requested, knowledgeable and attentive service, including black napkins to "avoid lint" from the white napkins on our suits -- nice touch! We sampled local oysters from the raw bar which were some of the biggest and freshest I have ever tasted, along with jumbo shrimp cocktail. Excellent clam chowder and delicious entrees including lobster salad plate and seafood broil. Would certainly recommend for lunch and the parking was valet in the adjacent garage which made the visit quick, easy, and professional.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine with a view
    SimpleDiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great spot, can sit inside on canal, or outside by park. Very relaxing and fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary dinner
    Anniversary
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We were looking forward to a dinner out for our 4th year anniversary. We have 4 month old twin boys and don't get out much. My husband ordered the lobster special which was very good. At the suggestion of the waitress I ordered the pork chop. It came out raw, not just under cooked, but raw. The waitress took the piece of pork back to the kitchen. When it was returned to me it was then over cooked, not a bit of pink at all. I did not want to send it back a second time so I kept it. My meal was very disappointing and not enjoyable. I mentioned it to the waitress and we were compensated with a free desert to go. By the time we got home the whipped cream with the desert had melted into the cake. I didn't enjoy desert either.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant
    Eric
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Absolutely recommend to my friend. Everything is great, food, service, and view. Also, has a delicious seafoods and desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OutNAboutVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It always bothers us when your food arrives and it is poorly executed. Unfortunately one of the dinners arrived overdone. The baked stuffed shrimp were tough and dried out. The restaurant was freezing on the evening we were there and the beautiful assorted seafood appetizer platter was not as hot as we would have liked. All of our salads were good but that is not why you go out to dinerOur waitress did an outstanding job and made the evening feel like a birthday celebration !!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    ChopinandCosmoGirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Four of us dined at Hemenway's on a Sunday afternoon. The attention to detail was superb. The meals were great and the chef made sure to take into account food allergies that two of us had in preparing our meals. Oysters, the Paella and the George's Bank Sea Scallops marinated in beets were all delicious. The 1/2 price bottles of wine on Sunday gave us no excuse to sample from their large wine list. A pleasant afternoon spent in Providence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    Shorebum54
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and chose it because of the seafood reviews. I had scallops and they were sweet and tasty! The restaurant honored my Open Table request for a table by the window with a river view. I was very appreciative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually a better experience
    KlunVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was rushed. Fried clams were gooey. Chef's special was excellent. Usually a much nicer experience. I'll definitely go back as this is one of my favorite restaurants. Maybe just a bad night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Too many good places to pic this
    TexasFoodCritic
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wait staff not attentive and food over cooked. For the prices - while not exorbitant but but not cheap - it was not worth the money. Shrimp and lobster if not frozen were very over cooked, tough, and rubbery. A medium rare steak was well done. And never once asked how our food was or if we wanted additional beverages. Used to be a favorite, and not at all indicative of their normal food and service. We won't be back - too many other good local choices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good decent seafood restaurant
    Robsant
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went to Hemenway's on a friend's recommendation. Booked through the OpenTable app at 7:15 for an 8:00 pm reservation. The place was full when we arrived, and still were seated at 8:00, the time of our reservation. Table for two was a tad too small, as in many restaurants today. Service was excellent. Food was good, although not a culinary experience, but then again we were not in Paris. Hemenway's is a good decent restaurant, probably as good as they come in Providence. I will certainly return whenever I am in Providence.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not as good as the first time
    gitanoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Returned after an excellent first visit, but not quite the same. The paella was skimpy. The service was just ok. Felt rushed by the waiter, maybe because of lack of experience. Not a busy Friday night. A long way from Southborough, MA to fall beyond expectations. We like the ambience and décor. May return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was way off
    ptrt
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Heminway's has been my go to spot for businesses lunches for about 3 years. I'm usually there at least 4 times per month, and its typically quite reliable. Unfortunately at my last visit this week, our waiter, a tall gentleman in his 40, was noticeably gruff, and clearly not very happy with his job that day. Working on his time table and not ours, he would consistently approach our table and interrupt our conversations with no attempt to ease in or to gently get our attention. It was very intrusive to the business discussion and felt more like the service at a diner in Queens that an upscale restaurant anywhere. Disappointing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Be Back Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Our daughter is a student at Brown and Hemenway's has become a favorite stop during our visits. The fish is what the restaurant is known for, so that is what I order. During our most recent visit I had two types of raw oysters - - chosen with the advice of our waiter. Both were extremely fresh and flavorful. Speaking of our waiter, he was present without being overbearing and very knowledgeable. We were fortunate enough to have a table by the water and the views at night are lovely. We will be back again, I am sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was a very nice night out service was great and very helpful totally enjoyed the experience will go back again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very busy Saturday night. Had to ask for bread. Food usually outstanding, but out guest had baked stuffed shrimp and thought they were dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and superb service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was excellent! We dined here for our 6th wedding anniversary and we could not have had a better time! It was nice of the restaurant to decorate our table with rose petals and offer us a complimentary champagne toast to start off our night! Jordan our waiter was excellent! We never had to ask for anything, he was always a step ahead! Our apps, dinner entrees and dessert were all excellent and very well portioned for the price! Their lobster bisque is always amazing and they have a great wine selection! I would definitely reccomend hemenways for a romantic night out or for a great meal with friends!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, desserts, and raw bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We luncheoned here for daughters our 21st birthday. Great choice, as she is a culinary arts student and takes restaurant experiences with an eye (and stomach) for detail. She had lobster ravioli, which the waiter described as fresh pasta with a creamy, but light sauce. A+ description and flavor. Our appetizer was bacon-wrapped scallops. I asked for well-done bacon, but tender scallops. Another A+. My wife and daughter had creme brulee, and i had flour-less chocolate cake. The cake was free, 'cause it was her birthday. The cake was delicious, some whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and a strawberry. Brulee surprise! 3 flavors, each delicious and cooked perfectly. The decor was a bit dark but tempered by the river view. 4/4 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every respect!!
    TJMCC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My favorite restaurant so far during this visit to Providence! Food, service and atmosphere all top notch! Guaranteed you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at Hemenway's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Enjoyed our first visit to Hemenway's! Good atmosphere with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful place!
    Mtayala
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent food! lovely place with view to the river
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always outstanding
    J344
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Been to all the so-called seafood specialty places and often disappointed, but never disappointed with Hemenway's - rarely can you say that everything is great like this. parking-service-preparation-quality-seafood-steak-dessert (creme brulee trio!)-coffees... Our go-to restaurant for special occasions, family groups, or just because.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a favorite of Providence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food and ambience were great! You won't be disappointed
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special orders don't upset us...
    comehere2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I needed a special restaurant for a very special 80 th birthday celebration. The guest of honor needed a puréed meal. Heather at Hemenway's was so knowledgeable and helpful. She informed all the staff who served us what was needed and we had a wonderful and 'normal'dinner!!! Thank you so much to everyone at Hemenway's, especially Heather!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food but fair service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our second visit to Hemenway's. The food was quite good; however, the service was not what it should have been. We had to constantly remind our server to bring items we requested including bread. We asked for separate checks (party of 4) which was forgotten about. I had the seafood pasta which was a large dish full of delicious seafood. My wife had fried scallops which she liked very much. We were disappointed with the lack of creativity from the bar when asked for a special martini. Not so sure I would rush back given the many other options in Providence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate