Providence Oyster Bar
Providence Oyster Bar

Providence Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.providenceoysterbar.com/
  • Phone: 4012728866x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday through Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Brunch:Sundays 11:30am-2pm Dinner 2pm-9:00pm
    Appy Hour: Every Day: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
    Bar Open Later Nightly
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Timothy Stewart
  • 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Providence Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)vibrant bar scene (30)special occasion (25)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (22)hot spot (17)romantic (15)great for lunch (15)good for groups (13)great for brunch (11)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Great Little Place!
    HelloK
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Almost always when we visit Federal Hill in Providence for the weekend, we eat at the Oyster Bar. It is small, but has a nice atmosphere, the service is always very attentive and the food very good as well, we usually have dinner on Saturday night and then sometimes go back for lunch on Sunday. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service!
    nycbostonfoodie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend who used to live in Providence, and it was definitely worth it! The food was amazing--the moules frites appetizer was one of the best mussel dishes I've ever had. The bacon wrapped scallop salad was delicious, and the scallops were cooked perfectly. The service was great--our waiter was attentive and nice, and the bus boys consistently kept our water glasses full. Definitely recommend this to anyone who loves seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Federal Hill Retreat
    Bakerman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Ouster Bar is fantastic. It's our second "go-to" restaurant in Providence. The food and atmosphere are wonderful and I've never failed to have a anything but satisfaction when I done here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I was very pleased with the over all experience. It was my first time there and I enjoyed it very much. Would be interested in coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    collchar
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We sat at a table in the far end of the restaurant. Great table, nice level of noise so that we all were able to hear each other talk easily. generous portions. Especially liked the lobster wontons. Nice selection on the menu. Water glasses were always full. Great timing and attention from wait staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    SVH227
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had to request that A/C be turned down. Had to prod waiter to "move things along," as one of our party had a train to catch. It was an expensive dinner. On the positive side, the food was great, and everyone seem to enjoy their entrees. The seafood was very fresh. Service was inconsistent, but mostly attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent raw bar;
    DaveyBoy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Excellent raw bar; the main reason why I drive to Providence is for appi hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic New England Fare w/ a twist
    JohnJVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We came here with our family on a Sunday night. The restaurant is long and fairly narrow with a long bar on the left side, four person booths lined up along the right wall, and tables in between. It was busy but not crowded. The service was very attentive and allowed us to order in waves as our chatty group couldn't make ay decisions. The oysters were (expectedly) terrific. As were the maple-espresso glazed scallops wrapped in bacon. The cioppino was HUGE and definitely could have served two. One person tried the sushi, which was also quite good. We would certainly come back, though now that we've eaten our way through the menu we might order a bit less when we return.
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  • wonderful evening
    notoutoften
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Some family from Texas came visiting and we wanted to treat them to an upscale new england dining experience, Providence style. Providence Oyster Bar delivered! Most ordered off the Restaurant Week menu (great timing!) some the regular menu. None were disappointed. Every meal was superb. The atmosphere was very comfortable (party of 8) and the service was impeccable. If I'm expecting to drop a considerable sum on a dining experience, I better walk away happy that I did. I left elated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mrslj
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We always have an enjoyable early evening dinner when we come here. The menu offers good seafood choices. It is close to home so we don't have to drive to Matunuck to get oysters. They are really fresh here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overdone
    KelseyT
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our shrimp and asparagus pasta dish was overdone on both counts.
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  • Disappointed but still delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ordered a steak medium rare and it came out rare. In fairness, they offered to cook it longer however for $37.00, the expectation is that my steak is going to come out the way I order it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    rjl8125
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was excellent, as was the service. Nice Atmosphere. A little pricey, but overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Was our 34th wedding anniversary, reservation made over a week in advance. No special attention was given to us or our table. Not even a free drink, or a shrimp, or even a visit to our table by manager or chef. Food was excellent but would not recommend this restaurant for any special occasion. they did not go out of they're way to make it a special one. I expected more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Staff, incredible food!
    Sara63
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We went for the oysters and were surprised by how many varieties they had. We tried a platter of a dozen mixed and they all came labeled (something a pricier seafood place nearby doesn't even do) and then had soup and salad. The food was amazing! The staff was very un-rushed and helpful and even the valet parking guy went out of his way to make sure we could go stroll around the hill after and be able to get to our car when we were ready to go. We will definitely go back to this small, well-appointed place with a great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    hungryboom
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food and service. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters and more!
    QuincyAnonymous
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We read the many positive reviews and decided to try it out. There were 11 varieties of oysters that night and we settled on 2. The red wine mignonette was a nice touch! Our meals were beautifully presented and though my cod was a tad overcooked and dry, it was delicious. Next time I will try the sushi options as I saw several tables enjoying them. If you want a special seafood dining option to the Italian restaurant dominated Federal Hill scene, I would highly recommend The Oyster Bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fresh
    DLO13
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Some of the best seafood in RI great dinner specials and some of the best oysters around. The sea food tower is fantastic and a must have...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Providence Oyster Bar
    Antonelia
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This restaurant has an exquisite selection of seafood and never disappoints. Again this weekend it was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok local food
    foodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    oysters were fresh. Steamed lobster was dried out, i believe they cook it open and when served it was too chewy. On this night, given it was graduation wknd, they ran out of bread and service was a little slow. It's ok, but i'm sure tehre are better restaurants for these prices and fresh food.
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  • Superb seafood
    Cdog
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    If you like excellent seafood this is your place, from multiple kinds of oysters to a fabulous lobster (or lobster roll, or lobster mashed potatoes--don't miss these), you'll love the food. Fabulous happy hour! Great neighborhood feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of our favorites in Providence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We have been visiting Providence at least once and often twice a year while our daughter has been a student at Brown. POB remains one of our favorite restaurants. The oysters are among the best we've had anywhere in the US...only Hog Island in San Francisco competes. A few of our other favorites include the cod bianco and steamed littlenecks (Cannellini beans, sweet Italian sausage, rabe). POB knows what it does well and does just that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing seafood!
    Gretchen
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Largest selection of seafood I have seen, and enough items for non-seafood lovers to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch
    luv2eat
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Lunch date with friend, took advantage of halibut/risotto special. Delicious!! Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Rose
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    High quality ingredients cooked to average quality results. Nothing was completely bad, but nothing was memorable either, and the price was very high. Seafood was fresh and high-quality, but preparations were heavy handed and there was no subtlety or imagination. I would not return since for the same costs one can get a phenomenal meal in several other Providence restaurants. Too bad, since I was hoping to find a great local seafood place that isn't a chain.
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  • consistently awesome
    DonDVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been going to the POB since it first opened and have never been disappointed. The menu is usually the same, but the specials are creative and intriguing. The freshest seafood around can be enjoyed here.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    bry49
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    we never left the starters side of the menu service & food were great
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Whoa!
    Jansreviews
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    From the time I made the reservation to valet bringing around my car to leave, the service was excellent. The restaurant is in a great location. The restaurant only allows you to reserve for a maximum party of 8. But I ended up having 9 people and the hostess didn't even sweat it. The dining area is pretty compact and I was nervous that our party of 9 wouldn't fit comfortably, but that was not the case. We were sat near the kitchen and I always smell foul kitchen mats when in other restaurants, but I didn't here. I even forgot how close we were to it. The waitress was super friendly & on point. Her tip was included but she didn't act like it. She definitely earned every penny. Valet is free which is great. AND THE FOOD IS AWESOOOOOME!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 255 reviews are from the Providence Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • business lunch
    cthg
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    table for six. food very good, service polite and attentative but a bit slow in delivering lunch. Our server just started. I would go back however.. definately worth the trip
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place.
    Rocky
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Service was good as well as the food. Drinks were very good. Atmosphere was energetic. It was a little noisy and our table was about six inches from the kitchen. Lots of kitchen noise. If you are going to come here, make sure you make a reservation and ask not to sit near the kitchen.
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    Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & 9 Kinds of Oysters
    TTGRAD94
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We found this online and am so glad we did! The service was outstanding and our waitress made the experience so amazing we came back the next night too! We learned that they served 9 kinds of oysters and their wine list was varied. I would recommend their happy hour....$1 per oyster is a great price. Bring your friends, but maybe not your kids, for a fun evening out!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD, GREAT PLACE
    Nojv
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    jack
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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
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  • All around great restaurant!!
    AJC1VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters in RI
    Oysters
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find In Federal Hill.
    HelloK
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious experience
    PFar
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was our first visit.. Food was outstanding! Lobster wontons, seared tuna, Pt Judith Calamari. Definitely coming back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service, but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch with excellent food
    4merboz
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRUNCH!!
    EWilk
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.