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
321 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (197)scenic view (147)fit for foodies (138)romantic (108)notable wine list (78)good for groups (78)neighborhood gem (67)great for lunch (60)great for outdoor dining (48)hot spot (41)vibrant bar scene (33)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (14)Show More
  • Really good food and service
    lv2dine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Dinning here was a a great experience. Definitely recommend to all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    Stella
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Super fresh seafood! Oysters were amazing, drinks were tasty and our server was very attentive and intuitive to our needs. Will definitely come again
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    DRTC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Must eat. I have been coming to providence for 18 years and this restaurant has always been great. Great food, great service, great memories.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the Boat
    ob3870
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    While the freshness of the seafood was evident, the manner in preperation and culinary vision was lacking. I would recommend it as an adequate choice but nothing more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    TPSS
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Amazing food, savored every bite. Great variety of menu choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it !
    OceanPearl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The seafood hot app was excellent, though I prefer a chopped clam casino, the whole clam was a bit chewy. The fried clams were worth the wait. Perfect. Clearly, Hemenways is one of Providence's best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Summerwind
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great seafood and service. Was a perfect find for the night of the water fires.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were a party of 3, and each chose a different entrée. All were very pleased with the choices, the food was great, the servings substantial, and the service very attentive. We had a "gluten-free" person, and were surprised at your "gluten-free" menu. The flourless chocolate cake was outstanding, as were the other 2 desserts. We will definitely return to Hemenway's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, 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.
  • Our all-time favorite
    TonyMichaels23VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Hemenway's was our all-time favorite seafood experience. Linguini with shrimp was delicious. Paella was off-the charts great. Ellie's stuffed shrimp was delectable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Trishminty
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    What a great find. My husband and I stopped in after Rhode Island best of party. We had already had too much food. We wanted a meal, or so we thought. After we ordered we realized we were not that hungry. Our waiter was excellent and wrapped our food to take home. The food was great even though we couldn't eat it. Excellent leftovers on Friday night when I didn't want to cook anyway. Great views of the river in downtown Providence. I Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a superb time here, mostly due to our waiter, Cory. He made the evening. He paced the meal so we could enjoy our drinks, then our soup and salad, then the main course, without piling everything on top of each other. The food was very good. We splurged and shared a stuffed lobster...very rich! Such an enjoyable experience overall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go if you have all night...........
    xxxxx
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went on a Monday night. Sat outside, street view only. Slow Service.....Took 45 minutes by the time we got appetizers and they were crab cakes and oysters from the raw bar. Dinner took forever arrived at 9:45pm.... We had a 7:45 reservation and was finished dinner at 10:30 we did not order dessert. Eaten alive by mosquitoes. I wish the food was worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar Again
    Goodnightout99VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We greatly enjoyed Hemenways, the staff stepped up for our special occasion ( we had notified them in advance). It was a beautiful night, great seafood and remarkable service. We have been there dozens of times over the years and they still make it memorable and top shelf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and sustainable
    YazOH
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Four of us had dinner at Hemenway's on Monday evening. Started with a selection of exquisitely fresh oysters and top neck clams steamed in white wine, Granny Smith apples, chorizo and herbs. The broth was so good I could have drunk it from the bowl, but settled for dunking my warm crusty bread in it instead, at our waitress's urging. Followed that with a cup of clam chowder thickened with cream rather than the usual flour. Followed that with succulent, sweet whole bellied clams and grilled artichokes. To top it off, all raw bar items were half price with an entree. Exceptional meal with wonderful service provided by a delightful serve named Nancy. Others had fresh fish & we're equally pleased. Next time I'm in Providence, I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    LovesWineVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had never been to Hemenway's, but it came highly recommended and it was a great experience! We went for a friend's birthday and it was a great place to go. The food was amazing and the wine and drink list was extensive. We went during Providence restaurant week and got a fantastic deal for our meals. I will be going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We love Hemenways. It's our go to place for a nice night out. Good is always delicious and service is always great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • williamg
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    had a great meal went for my wife birthday very nice
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Gemini
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I took my girlfriend for restaurant week and it was amazing, we enjoyed ourselves a lot. Great oysters, a really good prix fixe menu, and a great wine and beer list. Our waitress was very attentive as well, and did a fantastic job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Good food good service but can get food just as good and less expensive elsewhere. Not worth spending the money. Even restaurant week. Nothing AMAZING for which I would expect for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best of both worlds
    danedy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I recently dined at Hemenway's for lunch on a warm summer day. Sitting inside in the AC with a view of the river and the park felt like sitting outside without the heat or the noise. The food and drinks were wonderful and a great value on their lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outside dining too noisy
    Theaterdiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The outside dining was so noisy with traffic from the street that everyone was almost shouting to be heard. Would never eat outside here again!
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  • Taste E
    I8124us
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food very tasty. Service very good. Environment very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    JenD
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My colleague and I were there for restaurant week, and the food was great--so was the service, right down to asking if I preferred a black napkin so I didn't leave with white lint on my black pants. The food came out quickly and was very flavorful. I highly recommend Hemenways for lunch and ask for a table with a view of the river.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Key time pie is amazing, would go back just for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always!
    Alan
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My partner and I went to Hemenway's for our 2 year anniversary since this was where we had our first date. They sat us by the large windows with an amazing view of the river next to the restaurant. We ordered off the restaurant week menu; I got the lobster bisque, seared salmon, and chocolate torte, while my partner got clam chowder, surf & turf, and key lime pie. It was all so amazing we cleaned our plates, even the whole 10oz steak! When we told our waitress about our special day, she brought over rose petals and 2 glasses of champagne on the house! She was very attentive and anything we asked for was brought over promptly. Amazing service, great food, and a wonderful night for us; Thank you for a wonderful anniversary Hemenway's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very much liked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great service and food delicious. Walked to our tour of Brown University from here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I chose this restaurant to meet with friends to celebrate our boys graduating high school. The good and service was outstanding. The table was located near the front window which allowed us privacy. Overall a terrific experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Crab Cakes
    GoBlueProvidence
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    By far the best crab cakes in the area. Extremely delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to Brown University
    Km08
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We celebrated my sons birthday and had a wonderful experience. The ambience is upscale but not overly formal. All bottles of wine are half off on Sundays. Parking is no problem as there is a garage next door or on street parking if you go for lunch, or valet parking for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Believe All The Hype
    Brownparent2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I would not recommend this place if you are parent traveling with your college student and looking for an excellent meal in Providence, unless you wanted to be treated like a second class citizen. Where your April 2014 table request is not to be honored and the food order is only done half right. But Hemenway's the perfect place for a place where pushing bottles of wine seems to their top priority. The bottom line is while we don’t expect Hemenway’s to be anywhere close to the caliber of restaurants like those in Boston, New York or Newport. One would expect that considering Hemenway’s has the perfect location for foot traffic and is located in the state’s capital. One would hope the commitment to excellence would be their top priority.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SLOW and BUSY
    GRAMMYBA
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I booked the table for 6:45. I knew Waterfire began around 8:30. I thought that would be good timing. Instead we did not get finished until 9:30. Our waiter said that the kitchen was very busy. Food was good but not worth the wait.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service is the key
    gjwls
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have dined at Hemenways several times, and always find the service to be wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Evening
    Sham
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The excellence started at the door and continued throughout the evening. Our waitress was exceptional... Knowledge of menu, area attractions, choices support, perfection..... Meal was terrific from calamari, chowder, fish and ice cream!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 1st time dining in Providence
    JupieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food and perfectly timed service with a wonderful view. Restaurant had extensive menu - we were seated right by the window overlooking the boating on the water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a great choice for seafood!
    iluvneweng
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Fabulous food. This night the service was a tad slow or I would have given a 5 star recommendation. Unfortunately one large table near us was extremely loud, (no fault of the restaurant), which made conversation difficult. We will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Review of Food; good service
    CapeCodRhonda
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We started off with a lot of seafood: Great Beau Solei Oysters! Yummy scallops wrapped in bacon. The calamari was okay and the stuffed clams casino were buttery and dry all at the same time. Not really edible and more like sawdust with butter. I had the short rib for dinner, and although very tender, for some reason they put barbeque sauce on it so you really couldn't taste the beefy flavor. My husband's pork chop also had barbeque sauce on it and it really ruined the flavor of the meat. Service by the main servers was very good, but the food runners are mousy. It was our second time here as this place is 4 hours from home. There are better options in Providence.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delocious
    GrammaRae
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wonderful lunch during a Restaurant Week. I hadn't been back I'm about 15 years when I stopped working downtown. It won't be that long again! Because the day was so lovely we chose to,eat outside this the lower scores for ambiance and noise...our choice. I highly recommend this restaurant. Portions were perfect. Fish Tacos and Jonah Crab Salad so fresh. Due to,it's richness the Lobster Bisque, was also a perfect portion. Yummmmm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing experience
    Julieg
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I was excited to try Hemenway's since I heard such wonderful things about it. We were greeted by a very friendly and accommodating hostess. However, our server was unfriendly and extremely slow. We ordered the lunch special which includes appetizer, entree and dessert. The salad I ordered was a little wilted and disappointing. The beer battered fish and chips were just ok and the fries were soggy. The "dessert" of a "fresh baked cookie" was also disappointing. I thought it would have been presented a little better than thrown at us in a plastic bag! I expected so much more. Won't go back.
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  • Fresh seafood
    NadoMom
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The view of the river is beautiful. The seafood is so fresh the fish could flip up and hit me. The service was old-fashioned upscale but the ambience was friendly and warm. Lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Gerry
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had a great lunch. Food and service very good. Had not been here in a while and was pleased with the visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic