One of the best meals I have
One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Will return soon for another.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding Drinks, Food, Service
The Dorrance was perfect for our needs. I wanted an unusual spot with "fancy" decor and great food, that would be special for my wife's birthday. This place fit the bill perfectly. The drinks were incredibly good, and changed my mind about how interesting and delicious a cocktail could be. I haven't stopped telling people about the "Kentucky Campfire" bourbon cocktails I had, and I've already tried to duplicate it at home (without success). All 4 in our group LOVED our apps and dinners. The desert couldn't measure up to the rest of the meal in my opinion. I would have had another cocktail instead, had I known. As it was, our waiter surprised us all with a complimentary birthday drink, in honor of my sweetheart, and it was terrific.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had the six course tasting
We had the six course tasting menu. Starting with 3 small snacks. I loved the crab salad with toasted seeds wrapped in daikon with orange zest and then Cerviche with fluke and parsnips, a soup with roasted celeriac and Parmesan broth, tile fish ringed with mustard greens and cauliflower and sirloin. The deserts were a special carrot cake and panacotta with oat chips and celery granita.
Our server Caitlin was excellent. She explained all the courses and answered all our questions. She was our server the last time and is a real asset to this restaurant.
This chef is extremely creative and does an excellent job.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Dorrance had such amazing
The Dorrance had such amazing food. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Providence.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spectacular building, beautiful dining room, and friendly staff. The blind tasting menu was exciting and did not disappoint. And the service was the outstanding. Jon, our server, was the perfect combination of unintrusive, knowledgable, efficient, and entertaining. An extraordinary dining experience all around.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wow! A Proividence Gem
I searched for a restaurant to go to before a concert, and found The Dorrance mentioned in a New York Times article. Am I glad that I found it! Awesome cocktails and a delicious, creative menu. The restaurant is housed in a old bank, with large windows and beautiful detail. I live in Boston, and I would drive the 45 minutes or so it takes to get there just to have dinner at The Dorrance.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Surprising Gem
As our third choice restaurant for the evening, we expected a good meal but nothing over the top amazing. We were wrong. Every.single.bite was perfect. The drinks were well crafted and got our night off to a great start. The braised veal was melt in your mouth perfect, and each bite of beef was so tender that even the butter knife was more than what I needed. I would highly recommend this location to anyone looking for a nice evening out, whether to celebrate or to just enjoy a really amazing meal!!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding! Welcome Chef Mariotta!
New Chef at The Dorrance. Creative European style.
I had the Scallop Mattapoisett and the house made pasta.
Warm chocolate chip cookies and house made sorbet with our coffee.
Divine, not to be missed!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
New chef, Awesome food
The Dorrance had the reputation already to be a good restaurant with great food already. we went there a couple of time to either enjoy one of their fantastic cocktail creation or to dine. the location is beautiful and the service is amazing. but this last time we went, the food was a step up. from Starter to dessert, it was very delicate and subtil. and there we found out they have a new chef, originally from Switzerland, whom work in places like Shanghai, Zurich, and New-York before coming to the Dorrance.
so I think I quite found my new favorite restaurant in Providence!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful place and very good food
We had a very nice meal at the Dorrance. The place is lovely, and the food is quite good. The scallops one of us ordered were the best, but the fish of the day was also good. Our waiter was wonderful, although there was an unusually long pause between appetizer and entrees. Probably not his fault. It was a birthday dinner, and they served nice treats at the end. I recommend it.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Chef: Even Better!
I was planning a birthday dinner and she LOVED the tasting menu we had on Valentine's Day here. When I saw that the chef had changed since then, and that the tasting menu was not listed anymore, I was nervous. I called the Dorrance the day prior and they assured me that they still prepared tasing menus. We went and it was a fantsatic experience! The chef came to our table throughout our meal to explain the concepts of certain dishes, solicit our feedback, hunger level and protein choices. Our server, David, selected the wine and cocktail pairings perfectly (I would recommend NOT drinking every drink served if you want to avoid being wobbly when you leave). Every dish was excellent from our amuse bouche to our dessert. Tremendous!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time at the Dorrance
We decided to check out the Dorrance for restuarant week and had a great time. The service was spectacular, however be prepared for a dining experience (our whole meal took about 2 hours). Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions. He even brough us Coozies with our beer! The portions were smaller than expected but there was still plenty to eat (for me anyhow, my boyfriend could used a little more food).
Overall we had a great time and will be back but we'll probably save this for a special occasion next time!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was an amazing restaurant that gave 2 foodies a night to remember. From the Owner, the staff and the Chef came memorable and delicious food. Everyone made us feel like we were part of their family. We can't wait to go back and bring our friends.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is it!
WOW, was this place amazing. The old bank as a backdrop acts as a perfect scene for gastronomic pleasure. Almost everything we had from the tiny little pre-meal teaser to our desserts were spectacular. Combinatons of textures and tastes that tickled our tounges and made us swoon with delight. I would definitely place this restaurant on the top 10 in Providence or the US. If you are reading this, stop! Just make the reservation and go...you will not be disapointed. Oh, one exception...dont order the free range chicken. It wasnt bad but compared to the other dishes it was truly disapointing.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice experience
First time dining at The Dorrance, it is a beautifully detailed space worth going into just to appreciate the architecture. The food was very good and the service was terrific. I plan on returning.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We celebrated a double anniversary at the Dorrance and the 4 of us all agree it was a memorable evening thanks to the great service and amazing meal. Every aspect of the meal and service were first rate. Of all the favors the most memorable was the corn creme brûlée. It was the perfect end to a carefully prepared and delicious meal.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
service was excellent. Food
service was excellent. Food and presentation lovely. Portions a bit small but rich in flavors. Lovely atmosphere. Executive Chief came out to the table and introduced our appetizers. Nice touch
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and Atmosphere - excellent
The different butter combinations are outstanding. The oysters were delectable and the entrees were superb. We had the duck with spaetzle, the Brasato, the sirloin and the Pt Judith Day Boat Fish. All were equally excellent. The amuse bouche being outstanding. We had a small refresher between course of elderberry sorbet. Incredibly innovative and delicious. Our water was attentive. We love the atmosphere because of its elegance. The chef came to our table and explained the food concept as well as enhancing our dining experience with stories of events to come including the new restaurant being created in the upstairs lobby where raclete and swiss fondue will be served. Yum! Can't wait to return. Our guest enjoyed the experience.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really, really good
The food was delicious. The staff were friendly, personable, and professional. The ambient (perhaps the most striking part of an overall excellent restaurant) is a beautiful, lavishly decorated, high-ceilinged room in downtown Providence. A great date spot or place to bring someone you'd like to impress :)
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
History and good food
Met a friend for drinks and dinner here. The food was good - portion sizes were smaller, but satisfying. Well presented food and beautiful ambiance - old Federal Reserve building nicely restored. The drink prices were high - and I felt like the value for the money was not there. I'd return, but not regularly
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Massimiliano is one chef on his way
When a chef stops by your table three times during the leisurely dining experience, you know he cares about the food. It shows.
My duck was tender and the fig cocktail was interesting and satisfying. My husband equally enjoyed his fish and we both loved our desserts. Too bad I didn't take a picture since the presentations were picture perfect, but I was enjoying the beautiful restaurant and the chats with the waiters and the chef. Praise enough? It is conveniently located in the historic downtown area. Make a reservation and go.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
5 stars every time!!!
We have been here multiple times and are NEVER dissapointed. The food is amazing and creative. If you are looking for the ordinary stay away but if you want an interesting dining experience in a beautiful setting with incredible service this is the place for you.
I loved that the chef came to our table and that there was no problem subsitutuing sides for my gluten free needs. For starters I had the roasted beet salad which was excellent and liked that they used orange and red beets because the flavors are different. I had the duck which was so tender and moist. My husband had braised beef for his antree and the lemon tart for dessert. Both excellent.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visited the Dorrance on the Providence Foodie Tour and decided to return for dinner. The chef has a farm where he grows his own vegetables and herbs and the flavors that he puts together are amazing. The menu is obviously seasonal, so I won't comment on a particular dish. Suffice it to say that it is a true dining experience.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
In addition to the amazing food and wine, my server gave me a tour of the beautiful historic venue.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unbelieveably beautiful restaurant,
Unbelieveably beautiful restaurant, in an historic bank. The food is delicious and very gourmet. This is one of the best restaurants in Providence.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy conference group
The food was excellently prepared by the new chef Massimo. Several of us had sea scallops which were wonderfully prepared in a light sauce that didn't hide but enhanced the very fresh seafood. Another had the duck which she also said was excellent. Two men had the beef; they were a bit underwhelmed by that entree. The chocolate mousse was just the right sweet bitter combo accompanied by cantaloupe sorbet. The co-owner Regina happily accommodated us when I called early in the day of the date of our dinner to ask whether we could expand the group from 8 to 10. We actually arrived with one more (11) and the hostess happily added another seat. The Dorrance is well worth visiting.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Providence Gem
Excellent food, attentive and friendly wait staff ... i only wish the 3 piece band wasn't so loud when they started playing at about 10 pm .... those glorious high ceilings made it hard to converse. Definitely would dine here again!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding on every count
The entire experience was perfect. Excellent service, exquisite food and an excecptional environment. Beautiful. Thank you!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was really flawless in taste and presentation. Every single dish was delicious and beautiful without being ostentatious. The space is stunning, though a little cavernous. Our server was helpful without being intrusive.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fine Dining and Cocktail Experience
Great Providence downtown location, ambiance, romantic setting, outstanding cuisine choices and most selection of excellent cocktails. Best choice to dine and have after hours cocktails. Bartenders are awesome!!!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Ambiance & Service
A beautiful building with great ambiance...but a little loud for dinner conversation.
The service was exceptional....which is not common in Providence.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing and the
The food was amazing and the building is beautiful!!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best you'll ever have
If amazing service, food, drink and atmosphere is what you enjoy then this is definitely the place! The Dorrance is a perfect place to go with a group of people, friends or a date. The bar was absolutely amazing along with the drinks, the up & cucumber was light and refreshing. My date and I basically ordered everything on the menu and started arguing about what one was the best. Needless to say, it was the best food I've ever had. Picking the food and drink choices were easy because our waiter knew every drink and food so well and was able to describe and recommend according to what I've said I liked. Unbelievable experience, everyone must go! Every night is a the night to be at the Dorrance!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect date spot
I booked a reservation at The Dorrance for a little Christmas get together with some of the guys at work and the wives. The table was ready right away and they didn't mind holding off until our whole party was present. The drinks were perfect, eclectic and rich in local spirits. I highly recommend the smoking gun a twist on a manhattan with tobacco bitters served in a rocks glass and an ashtray( my kind of drink). The food was amazing. The waiter top notch, personable and humorous. The architecture was breathtaking and just added to the already perfect evening. I would highly recommend this resturant for any special occasion, date night or nice night out on the town.. Well done
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM