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
325 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (199)scenic view (147)fit for foodies (137)romantic (109)good for groups (79)notable wine list (77)neighborhood gem (67)great for lunch (59)great for outdoor dining (48)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (33)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (14)great for brunch (13)Show More
  • 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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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duane
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Hemenway's cuisine was prepared to perfection -- our plates were spotless after we enjoyed our meal :) The prices were reasonable. The bright, spacious, open ambience was relaxing and conducive to casual conversation. Definitely a place that is a return-to-venue any time I am in Providence. If you love fresh seafood, it's nearly impossible to beat. The neighborhood is also lovely for an after-lunch or after-dinner walk. If your guests are from out-of-town, Hemenway's is easy off-easy on relative to either I-195 or I-95.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, and just not that good.
    enjoymyfood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I find that there are restaurants that have very trendy menus, are very expensive and just aren't that good. It's a seafood place (there are numerous in Rhode Island), and the entire meal (including tartar sauce and cocktail sauce) were just bland. The server was great. It's too expensive for what we got. But even at a less expensive price I wouldn't recommend it. There are just toooooooo many places in Rhode Island and Southern Mass to get fantastic seafood.
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  • Great anniversary dinner!
    nickysticks
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My girlfriend and I came with my parents to celebrate their anniversary. I let Hemenway's know ahead of time and our table was adorned with rose petals on arriving and we were treated to a round of champagne, on the house for my parents. Dinner was fantastic all around and the service was great. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    feliciaC
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Excellent food and great service!! My boyfriend and I are serious foodies, and we like to try various things so we end up ordering lots of appetizers. The fig stuffed with goat cheese wrapped with bacon was one of our favorites! Highly recommend the blood orange martini as well... and ask about the pineapple infused vodka! Overall a great experience and would absolutely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waitress service
    Mark
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First, a waitress served us. Her attitude was not bad. However, after her serving water and drink, no one came to our table for 10 min. I wanted to order wine and waived at her several times when she was passing our table. She looked at me but ignored and passed me without saying anything or changing her expression. Ten min later another waitress showed up to take orders. It might be because the first waitress was supposed to serve just drinks. However, we were not informed of anything and were kept waiting for some one to serve us. I had chosen your restaurant because service quality had been high before then and had parties with my students and researchers working for me. I feel quite discouraged to continue to do so.
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  • Disappointed!
    foodie135
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The scallops, special of the day, were delicious and a large portion. The paella, was dry, "sandy" and cold, it was taken off the check but the damage was done. The signature coffee was cold, the server said he would bring a warmer one but neglected to tell me he had microwaved and it was now scallding -- I took a sip through the straw and burnt my mouth! We have been here many times, but this was a total disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Girls
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our server, Theresa, made our girls night out a great experience. The food was great, she was so attentive, and let us take our time to catch up and enjoy! We did not feel rushed and were able to enjoy our food and table talk. Will definitely visit again soon! Always have a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly romantic
    Anniversary
    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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  • Great time!
    Kpmass
    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
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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.
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    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food & Service!
    AMM1224
    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.
  • happy
    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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  • 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.
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  • Great !
    DantheDan31
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A great restaurant with an excellence service an impressive wine list and the best seafood of Providence !
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    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
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • 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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    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.
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate