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Providence Oyster Bar
Providence Oyster Bar

Providence Oyster Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.providenceoysterbar.com
  • Email: ProvidenceOysterBar@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (401) 272-8866
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Brunch:Sundays 10am-2pm
    Appy Hour: Every Day: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Carmello Correnti
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Providence Oyster Bar
Located in historic Federal Hill, Providence Oyster Bar stands out as Rhode Island"s premiere seafood house. Upscale, yet casual, the Providence Oyster Bar welcomes you to be spoiled by the freshest selection of oysters and clams.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Must say, the overall experience was great. Went for Easter brunch and the food and service was so good we went back for dinner. BC oysters a MUST try, great wine, great bar... "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was good but way too expensive. $15 for 6 small oysters, and $36 for mostly calamari and mussels. Got me once, wont get me again"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Oyster Bar is consistently delicious. The quality of the oysters never fails. They make the best ginger gimlet as well. Great night out with my husband."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Whenever I visit downtown Providence, I make it a point to visit the Providence Oyster Bar. The oysters are fresh, great variety. The rest of the menu is heaven! Every entree is great! The swordfish is amazing! Lively and busy bar. make reservations!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had lunch here at 12 noon one day (they open at 12 so don't expect much going on when you arrive promptly. The lunch menu had a nice selection of seafood sandwiches and entrees and I had the Oyster Po'Boy Sandwich. Oysters were super fresh and clean and succulent. My business associate had the blackened swordfish which was a nice portion and he remarked how great the taste was. Overall very good, waiter was good but was a little green around the edges (little confused on the menu) but was extremely nice and wanted to please"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "As anyone knows who has been to Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, there are many restaurants and bars to choose from. The Oyster Bar is a nice spot to go for dinner. The menu has some great choices, along with the specials of the evening. The service was super!!! Roast Beet salad was wonderful. Chilean Sea Bass, very good, as well as, the duck. I was a little scared about the cherry demi glaze that was served with the duck, so I ordered it on the side, it was delicious!!! So, when in Federal Hill, check out The Oyster Bar on Atwells Avenue, I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit.. Food was outstanding! Lobster wontons, seared tuna, Pt Judith Calamari. Definitely coming back again!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The place was a little bit noisy, but not too bad. The seafood was fresh and delicious and the menu had a lot of interesting offerings. The service was superb. The bill was a bit of an eye-popper!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was the most delicious Sunday brunch I ever could have hoped for. The design-your-own bloody mary option is fun and accessible, and was a great addition to everything else I ate. As a table of four we split the stuffed french toast (seasonal stuffing: bananas foster!!) which was divine, and the perfect shared sweet addition to the rest of our meal. I also had a half dozen oysters from the raw bar, of which the local (RI) options were not the greatest, but the others were delicious. Finally I split the crabcakes benedict with my mother, which was absolutely perfect. The crabcakes are thick, warm, and perfectly spiced, the eggs seem very fresh, the sauce is great, and it's served on toasted french bread which is delicious. SO GREAT."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "First off, the food was outstanding! The hollandaise sauce is one of the best I've had, and the eggs benedict were very good. One thing to watch out for is the price. Two people at Brunch...$100! That's a bit much for brunch (and it wasn't a buffet). The other complaint I had was the service. We waited 10 minutes, and had to go to the manager, before a server visited our table. However, once the server came over, she was great! I do recommend this restaurant, if you're not watching out for your cash."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food was great. Varied, fresh, interesting. Ambiance of a big city restaurant, excellent service. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The best food I've had in a long time! I won't be a regular as I thought it was really expensive. Down side was the bar was so overcrowded we couldn't sit and have a drink before dinner. We tried to stand but it's such a narrow area our drinks were spilling from people banging into us. Our server was unsmiling and looked like he wanted to be somewhere else! The hostess was lively and the bartender was friendly even though he was overwhelmed ! We appreciated that. Will go back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Perfect atmosphere for a romantic date night. There were rose petals on the table and everything."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was the fourth or fifth time I have been to the Oyster Bar and I have enjoyed every visit. The seafood is wonderful, although yesterday I was disappointed with the pasta. Service is prompt and friendly. Valet parking a big plus since parking in the neighborhood is so difficult."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The service was outstanding. From the valet, coat check, to the waitress. A+ & the food matched the service. OUTSTANDING!!! Price wise I was pleasantly surprised. Very fair. I'd recommend this restaurant to any and everyone."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Haven't been there for a while and it was only for lunch, but my wife and I went last night and it was such a good experience. In addition to the service, food, and quality being excellent, the atmosphere is very lively and the we'll have to experience the fun looking bar scene the next time around. Be assured that we will be back soon!!!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Looked this place up online and saw the great reviews so decided to try it for my boyfriends birthday. Staff and waitress were all polite and answered all questions. Food was excellent! Definitely would recommend."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "This is a favorite- the Tuna is amazing. Everyone in our group loved the choices and their fish was cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "My first trip to the Providence Oyster Bar was in January, 2014, and it won't be my last. While the food is very expensive, it truely was wonderful. We started with a sampler of oysters and some shooters (tequila shot with an oyster inside). For my main course, I had scallops with spinach and polenta - my friend had sole with wild rice. Both meals were outstanding."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Restaurant was much too noisy to carry on a conversation. The half wall separating the dining room is far from adequate."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We arrived a little early for our reservation, but were seated within a few minutes. It was a table in the back . I asked the waiter if the back door was open because it was freezing. He replied there was a draft from the back door but there was a curtain to insulate against it. The door must be left open for ventilation purposes because it was really cold. It could not have been just drafty.I think our table was really the only one affected, The front of the restaurant was warm. I don't think that particular table should be used during this season. Food was very good, but unfortunately our experiences was affected but the uncomfortable temperature."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of my favorites on the hill. The wasabi ginger calamari is amazing, I will keep going back just for that. I have tried many other items on the menu as well and everything is delicious. They also have great sushi. I will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in RI. From beginning to end it is always a great experience."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We went during Providence restaurant week. The oysters were delicious and the wasabi ginger calamari was the best calamari we've ever had. The salmon entree was fantastic and light. The bistro siloin was a little overcooked but still tasted great. Overall we want to go back and try the sushi. The regular menu looks amazing."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I had expected by the name - oyster bar -- that raw and close to fresh would be the theme. The food was good, but for me cooked with a 'heavy hand' which 'dated' the entrees. While the meal and ambience was enjoyable, the service staff was pressing to get the food out and cleared and us out the door in the least amount of time available. If I had not purposefully sipped my drink at the end of the meal - I think we might have mae it thru an entire dinner with appetizers and entrees in under 45 minutes -- which for me is akin to a fast food experience. Please slow it down so we can enjoy the ambience."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We sat at the bar. Great service. Oysters to die for! The tuna was outstanding. You can share apps and one entree, more than enough food for two people."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This is the third or fourth time I have dined @ POB and every meal has been great. Poseidon Platter was a great starter for the shellfish eaters, with all the different Oysters clearly identified and beautiful King Crab meat in the center of the platter. Ginger-Wasabi fried calamari was a great change of pace from traditional RI calamari. Sesame seared tuna with lobster wontons is conssitently excellent. Great mixed drinks, although I always go for the jalapeno and cilantro tequila drink. We were too full of seafood and shellfish for dessert. Not a cheap night out, but always worth the price."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I have never left here with the least bit of disappointment, all the way thru the valet, great experience and the freshest seafood."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Overall it was a nice experience despite the fact that we were sitting so close to the bar I felt like some times the patrons were screaming in my ear. (Really folks? It's a classy joint - inside voices only.) Anyhow, I had been there several times before. The service was more than I Could ask for as our server and the staff were so attentive. As soon as I dropped my knife (on accident) or the bowls were filled to capacity of shells, someone was always there to help get a new knife/bowl. Hubs and I had the Moules and frites which were a little bland compared to other times, but other than that the blue point oysters and stuffed lobster were fantastic. Hubs ordered the clam bake and did not complain. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Went with friends to sample the rock crab featured in an online ad. Disappointing that they had run out the day before and had none available. Oyesters were great. Don't bother with the Alaskan King Crab, it's tasteless and pretty expensive. Two of us had the Sea Bass and two had the Swordfish for entrees. Food was fabulous and portions were very generous. Had wine by the glass which was good and the selection was reasonable. Ambience was nice and waitstaff was very good. Highly recommend the Providence Oyster Bar for any occasion."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "spectacular food. Quick, knowledgable and very friendly service."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I had the coconut shrimp starter and the baked scallops entree. Both absolutely delicious! Would go back in a heartbeat"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Another great dinner at the Providence Oyster Bar. Food is always great and service (with Kelly) is alway OUTSTANDING! We'll be back again soon."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I took my husband for a birthday dinner after checking out the Jackolantern Spectacular and the food was outstanding! They had a full raw bar and sushi bar featuring local fresh caught seafood from RI. It was delicious especially the chilean sea bass and I'm not a big fish eater! I actually ordered a NY strip and it was out of this world and I go frequently to Peter Lugers in NY and am hard to please. They also have these delicious parmesean truffle fries OMG you can not stop eating them. If you are ever in Providence stop into this little pearl in the heart of the Italian section you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Amongst all the mediocre/good Italian restaurants on Federal Hill, the Providence Oyster Bar stands out as a wonderful, casual seafood restaurant with a delightful variety of seafood offerings. The oyster sampler was terrific, especially the local Rhode Island variety, and their baked bay scallops serves to remind one why they are so prized over their larger, more abundant sea scallop cousins. More casual than Hemenway's (another fine seafood option in Providence), with a more focused menu, the Providence Oyster Bar has immediately become my favorite restaurant on Federal Hill."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "A very difficult menu. Oysters, yes, but so much more tantalizing fare, it was very difficult to make a choice. We had a group of three, and everyone enjoyed their food. The only down-note was that the sirloin was so large, it was not evenly cooked, and what had been requested as medium rare was half uncooked."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The Oyster Bar is GOOD. It's a little too brightly lit making the atmosphere a bit stark and cold. The Sushi staff is amazing and will bend over backwards to accommodate. I will go back for a second try."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "My wife and I have been to many restaurants in Ri and have decided that the Oyster Bar is the best ever!! We look forward to going every time and dont even want to take a chance at another place that may not be as fantastic."
    Dined on 8/3/2013