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The Dorrance
The Dorrance

The Dorrance Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedorrance.com
  • Email: thedorrance@gmail.com
  • Phone: (401) 521-6000
  • 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 (401) 521-6000
  • Entertainment: Live music on Fridays
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  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Dorrance great open room and ambiance, waiter was spot on, Food not so much. Fluke undercooked, pork chop overcooked. Overheated restaurant. Fantastic bar stall"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went for an extremely early dinner, so it was pretty quiet. The service was great. The cocktails were awesome. I had the pea appetizer it was very refreshing and the chicken three ways which was delicious. My partner had the curried cauliflower appetizer which she thought was alright and ordered a special made vegetarian dish. That was a risotto which needed more seasoning. I am a bit more of a foodie than my partner and I love The Dorrance. She enjoyed the evening and would go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Waiter and bartenders outstanding Food while excellent definitely pricey for portions but of high quality would definitely go back and make trip from Boston because we loved look and feel of the place"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Reading reviews definitely pays off - The Dorrance was an absolutely wonderful experience. The room was elegant. The menu inventive but still accessible. The staff was everything staff should be - knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive. And, of course, the food was outstanding. It was well worth the drive from Boston and a lovely, lovely evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Dorrance is an exciting restaurant with wonderfully prepared, sophisticated dishes made from local products. The setting is impressive and carefully designed, the staff is enthusiastic and attentive and the food is superb."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The building is amazing with stained glass windows, 20 foot plaster ceilings, just a fabulous atmosphere. Service was friendly yet not nosy, the waiter even went looking for a black napkin when my wife expressed concern that the white would leave lint. He returned to assure her that the owner stated that all napkins were lint free and not to worry (and he was correct ). The food was excellent, local scallops for my wife while I enjoyed a perfectly cooked duck breast. Portions were nice, with a tomato bisque for an appetizer and the duck entree I had just enough room for a - to die for- chocolate creme dessert and a wonderful espresso."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "A great place for dinner, although slightly disappointed as it was not as good as our first time. Long waits for bread when we arrived and also between courses. Menu, food, and location in the former Fed Building still combine to make this a great restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Wonderful meal and drinks and service. We had duck, the perch special and red wine pasta, all of which were excellent. Carpaccio was unimpressive but roasted tomato soup and chicken wings were great. Their Manhattans are delicious."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Excellent friendly service, delicious food, and an overall delightful dining experience"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My wife and I took another couple to The Dorrance because they have always been critical to many places we have gone in the past. They were blown away by the food, service and ambiance. An example: The ordered appetizer was not what my friend thought it would be...immediately the waitress (Caitlin I believe) had it adjusted to suit her wishes. This restaurant goes above and beyond to please every guest and satisfy every taste."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "As a party of two, we arrived about a half hour early with res. @ 7:30 and sat at the bar for a couple drinks. Valet parking available. Food was available at the bar but we decided to wait for our table and watched the bartenders shaking drink after drink and they all were good and really worked hard. A party in the next room was a little loud but not overly distracting. They have a limited menu that changes slightly but we had no problem finding something we would like. The Scallops were spot on as was the Orange Perch which was cooked to perfection. The portions were fair but don't expect a plate full. We finished our meal with cobbler and coffee and were not rushed at all. A very nice spot which we will definitely visit many more times."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A city dwellers delight. Located in the heart of the capital city; formerly the Federal Reserve. Diners are exposed to fine food & drink in a gilded age setting. Exquisite!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Service and food were excellent and I recommend this establishment highly. However, don't order a martini. I ordered one very dry (and I stressed VERY dry), and I got one with too much vermouth in a champagne coupe style glass - what's up with that? Heck, I don't like them for champagne, either. To add insult to injury (we martini drinkers take our beverage seriously, you know), it was perhaps the smallest martini I have ever been offered at a restaurant or bar. I almost wanted to check who the bartender was to see if he or she was just messin' with me, or what. Again, other than that, the meal and service were excellent and my wife and I will return there. But I won't order a martini."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is so gorgeous inside, I've never seen anything like it except in movies. The food is delicious, tables have plenty of room between them so you can feel comfortable that no ones overhearing your romantic conversation. We started dinner at 8 and despite all try tables being full it was quite quiet. By the time we left at 11 the bar area was full and a live jazz band had started, adding to the atmosphere. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Don't let the menu scare you. The food was outstanding. From salad, to the duck and on to desert (cheese cake a new way) it was a taste treat. For your next special treat...a must try!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The duck was very undercooked, near raw. Tiny glasses of wine. Service was excellent, as was the quiet atmosphere, but it was nearly empty."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We chose The Dorrance for dinner after a flight home. It is a wonderful restaurant with great, imaginative food, attentive service, and a good wine list. We had perfect oysters on the half-shell with an excellent pear vinaigrette sauce (they were wonderful unsauced), a rabbit ragout, and perfectly cooked tenderloin with roasted winter vegetables. We will certainly go back and will recommend it without hesitation."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Located in the grand lobby of a former bank building, the Dorrance is a fine restaurant in a beautiful setting. The staff is courteous and professional. The food is terrific. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions or just to go for a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Many drinks to pick from. Price on the high side for Providence. Sixteen dollars for a small martini. Food was very good. Noise was very loud. Wedding on the upper level was making a lot of noise. Worth a trip if only to enjoy the beautiful building."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The Dorrance is a lovely setting and the meal I enjoyed was delicious. Too bad there were no other diners on a Wednesday night. There were a handful of folks in the bar and it seems like that is their best attribute - good cocktails and a unique building."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to dine at The Dorrance, remembering that the building was once our bank, before it closed in a major RI banking scandal in the early 1990's. Thought we'd exorcise the place. And it turned out great--the reception was warm and inviting, the room is still spectacular, although a bit cavernous, and the service and food were top-notch. Oysters were briny, fresh and clean, the squid "frites" were delicious and fun. Main courses--chicken three ways and the pork chop were managed perfectly, all with sides that truly complemented the mains. Freshness, simplicity, and abundance. Our waiter was charming, witty and very, very attentive, without ever being overbearing. We will look forward to coming again."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Beautiful old building, great service, fantastic drink menu and wonderful food"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "From the time I walked in to the restaurant, I felt as if it was warm and inviting. The waitress we had was so personable that it was a welcome reprieve. She was such a delight that I enjoyed her company. She was very knowledgeable about the food, wine, and drinks that any restaurant would scoop her up and take her away. I enjoyed every minute of my residents ime at the Dorrance because of her."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We liked the atmosphere. The food was very good. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. Drinks were creative. We will be back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Excellent dining experience. From the service to ambience to the food - it was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The cocktails were outstanding, duck and dish delicious, and the blackberry cobbler among the best desserts I've had in a while. The wait was often slow-- we had reservations and still had to wait 15 minutes for our table, and each course took a long time to come out (even though the service was very friendly and responsive). Other than the long waits though, a fantastic dinner and gorgeous ambience!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Impressed by the food, friendly service, and atmosphere"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "The food was amazing and the building is beautiful!!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "A beautiful building with great ambiance...but a little loud for dinner conversation. The service was exceptional....which is not common in Providence."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The entire experience was perfect. Excellent service, exquisite food and an excecptional environment. Beautiful. Thank you!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2013