The Dorrance
The Dorrance

The Dorrance

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedorrance.com/
  • Phone: 4015216000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Cocktails: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Dorrance is available for weddings, private parties, and special events 7 days a week. Please call the restaurant to set up an appointment and discuss details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsay Houle 4015216000x
  • Entertainment: Live music on Fridays
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  • Special Events: Wedding & Special Occasion menus available upon request

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Westminster Street
  • Public Transit: The Dorrance is located in the heart of downtown Providence walking distance from Kennedy Plaza and the train station. There are 7 local hotels within a 5 mile radius of The Dorrance.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Dorrance offers Valet parking Friday and Saturday after 5:00pm. Valet is also available for special events.
A word from The Dorrance
The Dorrance is the perfect combination of old world glamour and majestic architecture. Built in 1901, this beautiful space is surrounded by breathtaking stain glass windows, each depicting a different Coat of Arms from wealthy European banking families. Inside this amazing restaurant you"ll enjoy couture cocktails inspired and designed to awaken the palate and relax the soul. The Dorrance uses only the freshest local ingredients in both their kitchen & beverage menus, reflecting the creativity and passion of the Lester Family. Open Tuesday through Saturday for Dinner and Lounge, The Dorrance will host Weddings and private events on Saturdays & Sundays along with specialty wine dinners and uniquely designed celebrations open to the public.
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The Dorrance reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)romantic (31)special occasion (30)vibrant bar scene (19)good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (14)notable wine list (10)hot spot (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Magical Night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time at the Dorrance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Chef: Even Better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place and very good food
    GSRehobo
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New chef, Awesome food
    sunshine
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding! Welcome Chef Mariotta!
    Daisy67
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Surprising Gem
    Wife2Grad
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mix up at the Dorrance
    Audra
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    When making the reservation I wrote vegetarian in the comment section, they never mentioned a thing about it. The menu only had one entree listed on it that did not contain meat, which was supposedly an asparagus risotto. When it arrived at the table though it had scallops on top of it and was made with chicken stock. It ends up that it was printed wrong on the menu, instead of asparagus it was supposed to say scallops. The food runner that brought the dish out though made out as if we were crazy for thinking that it didn't say scallops on the menu. They took it back and gave me a potato pancake with a fried egg on top, which was not only unseasoned but they charged me $20 for. Other than that, the service was incredibly slow.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! A Proividence Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Dorrance had such amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    The Dorrance had such amazing food. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Providence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the six course tasting
    mjm814VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Drinks, Food, Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well prepared food but small
    bostonlarryVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Well prepared food but small portions and only five entree choices. Wine list of perhaps 70 bottles but only European wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    I was very disappointed with The Dorrance. I had read good things, but was not impressed at all. The good portions were very small, which I would have been fine with, except they were not very good. The cocktails were good, but I wasn't that impressed with them either. On top of all that, everything was very expensive and the ambiance was poor. The reataurant was half empty and it seemed to be a much older crowd. The service however was very good. For the amount of money we spent, we could have definitely gotten a much better meal at another restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best meals I have
    arthur
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Will return soon for another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience at the Dorrance.
    LeighCooper
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Great experience at the Dorrance. I can't wait to go back and bring all of my friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ordered some appetizers and
    may091VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Ordered some appetizers and entrees to share as none of us were very hungry. Our waiter was really nice and friendly. We ordered some specialty cocktails which were light and refreshing. The appetizers and entrees were all good and the portion size was just right, given our limited appetites that night. The best part was hands down the pretzel bread! They were served warm and fluffy on the inside! Only negative was when we asled for more bread, the waiter didn't tell us it would cost money - only $3 a roll which we gladly paid, however would be nice to know ahead of time next time of the fees associated with it. Overall, good experience and would come back to try out more dishes from the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The decor at the Dorrance
    JPSPATHVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    The decor at the Dorrance was awesome especially the stained glass windows. We absolutely enjoyed every course of the tasting with the wine pairings. Our waitress was knowledgable about the food and drink menu and was attentive to us throughout the meal. Of all the good restaurants in Providence we would certainly rank The Dorrance high on our list of favorites.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining at the Dorrance was
    PvdfoodsnobsVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Dining at the Dorrance was an absolutely unforgettable experience. My party and I did the six course tasting menu with courses and snacks that were beautifully plated and as appealing to the eyes as it was to the palate. Everything from the appetizer courses, with dishes such as coffee roasted beets, to an amazing peruvian ceviche, perfectly cooked sirloin, and the most mouth watering and artistically crafted desserts, there was not a single dish which disappointed. The environment itself was elegant, and luxurious, and the service was unmatched. Our server, David, was knowledgable and friendly and was an irreplaceable part of our dining experience, as was the entire staff. We shall be dining here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best of Providence
    Muncho1VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    You must try The Dorrance. Perfect for foo-foo-foodies. Recently At a top ten Fremch restaurant in NYC. It has nothing on The Dorrance. Best duck I have had anywhere. Tile fish cooked to perfection. Fantastic cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was wonderful. Great
    nono
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    This was wonderful. Great dinner, great service. The staff enjoys their jobs and it shows. What a great evening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown Destination for Foodies
    EaterSFVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    The chef's tasting menu was creative and outstanding. Even though one at our table didn't eat red meat, the chef seemed to instantly concoct a meal centered around seafood. Some of the dishes were magical, including the grilled cohog. So delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AAA+++
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    I have been living in Providence for 23 years, & must say that the Dorrance has been the greatest dining experience I've ever had in here in the Capital City, hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Great food, great service. Loved the tasting menu - fun & the 4 course was just the right amount of food. Cocktails were fab too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome cocktail list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Had a great Valentine's day dinner, Heidi was a superb server. Food was very original but the cocktails steal the show ... the ex bank makes a wonderful space, music was good as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried the tasting menu for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Tried the tasting menu for Valentine's day: excellent. Not a cheap way to dine, but a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Dorrance is an exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The Dorrance is an exquisite piece of history made better by fine food, attentive staff and a lively bar! It is a special night out every time and a personal favorite.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food lost in the crowd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Our table of 4 decided to order the 6-course Tasting Menu with wine pairings. The food was impeccable - creative, surprising, beautiful, and delicious. The wine pairings were wonderfully well selected. The cocktails (for which The Dorrance generates a great deal of buzz) were terrific. The Dorrance had booked TWO holiday parties on the night we visited. After our 1st course, things came to a standstill. The entire staff was friendly and attentive and our server apologized (many times as the evening continued, though we never complained) "for the wait" and seemed to pour our wine a bit more generously to make up for it. We went to get great food...and we did! Unfortunately, the overbooked, deafening venue made it difficult to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    I thought the food and service was very good. Plate presentations where decorative but the portion sizes had much to be desired. Left hungry and went to another restaurant for an after dinner cheese plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting menu was just okay.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Tasting menu was just okay. I enjoyed it but it was a bit uneven. One dish was shockingly salty. Still, overall an enjoyable experience and I'm willing to give it another go sometime.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't wait for a special occasion -
    steaklover
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    If you are looking for a special place that will offer fantastic and innovative food, an intelligently paired wine list, attentive service professionals, interesting craft cocktails in an interesting venue, look no further than the Dorrance. We had the 4-course tasting menu, paired with wines. Highly recommend this to anyone. Next time, we will plan ahead with just a little more time and indulge in the 6 or even 8-course tasting menu. Every dish was spot on with flavor, presentation, and size. This night was a special occasion for us, but I think a meal at the Dorrance will make any night memorable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in Providence
    mjm814VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Tasting menu was fantastic. Service was attentive The only problem was the music was so loud we had to keep asking the server to repeat herself as she described the dishes. Also it was very cold I wore my winter coat during the whole meal.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful place. Very nice
    Pefuti
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Beautiful place. Very nice service. So so pretentious food. Also, while the building itself is gorgeous, the tables, chairs and other decor of the restaurant were surprisingly and disappointingly cheap. Still, great fun, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent first courses and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Excellent first courses and desserts. Also, very good drinks, which were creative revisions to classics (Manhattan and Bond Martini). Main courses also quite good, though not as 'creative' as first courses and desserts. Beautiful restaurant setting (former Federal Reserve building) with good use of public space. Reasaonable prices. Overall, a very high quality dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    Eliza
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    The food and service were outstanding, but unfortunately our romantic evening was ruined by a holiday party which was loud and carried throughout the entire restaurant. This included a PA system with all sorts of announcements from the group leader, followed by shouts and screams. It made for a very distressing evening, for which the waiter apologized repeatedly. They should have closed the restaurant to the general public.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the Dorrance!!!
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    We LOVED Dorrance, even though there was a VERY noisy holiday party going on in the other side of the restaurant. The food was fabulous, the atmosphere exquisite and the tables so nicely spaced out. It was a family dinner and we were able to enjoy each other's company and conversation. The waiter was extremely pleasant and helpful. I will definitely come back when visiting my daughter in Providence!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal, very creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Excellent meal, very creative with appropriate portions. Nicely done. Cocktails are excellent, there is no end to the creativity.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing - at best
    JESC
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    This restaurant is truly a study in contradictions. The most exceptional feature is the stunning decor from a glorious bygone era. The bar scene was extremely loud on Saturday evening. Seemed to be a 'pick-up' atmosphere. Not what one would expect from a fine dining establishment. The menu looked to be a showcase of chef talents, with a few too many componenets in each dish - fussy and complex - nothing was really extraordinary. We were surprised to discover upon paying the bill that the 'special' (a steak) was double the price of all entrees on the menu. With so many choices in the Providence dining arena offering suberb food and service, it is hard to think about going back to the Dorrance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We made reservations for 7:30
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    We made reservations for 7:30 in order to see/hear the Sinatra Tribute band, though we didn't realize that the band would not start playing until 10. We explained this to the waitress (we didn't want to be holding up a table), but she told us that there was no problem. And, in fact, there wasn't, even though, by 9:30, the resataurant was pretty jammed. The menu, though small, if you discount the various tasting menus, was exceedingly imaginative, and the food was delicious. The cocktail menu was as imaginative, and contained many ingredients with which we were not familar (and we drink and dine out frequently). The waitress explained that many of the ingredients are created in-house. Service was excellent...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic