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The Dorrance
The Dorrance

The Dorrance Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedorrance.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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I had oysters, a strawberry gazpacho, and a flat iron steak. All were pretty good. The drink menu and atmosphere take this restaurant to the next level though."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I loved everything about this place. The service was top notch as well as the food. I will be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Honestly, I'm too damn old to worry about impressing people anymore. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed my entire experience at The Dorrance. The restaurant's architecture is breathtaking and the location is convenient to other Providence attractions. The wine and beer selection is ample and the cocktail creative. The food selection was local and varied and don't leave without tasting the chocolate Pot de creme. However, the most impressive feature of all was the hospitality and customer service. No pretence just an overall lovely experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My spouse and I love this place! We always choose it for celebratory dinners, one of our anniversaries this time. The pretzel rolls were delicious, as was the crispy cauliflower appetizer. We were totally satisfied, indeed entranced, with the scallops (my spouse) and the tiny, delicate gnocchi (me). We didn't really need the Chocolate Pot au Creme, but who could resist! Wine and prosecco accompanied this fabulous meal. All of this was fantastically enhanced by the professionalism and warmth of our server, David. He is a gem!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We have been back several times and never dissapointed. Had a wonderful 35th wedding anniversary dinner. I was impressed to see that they are now labeling gluten free items on the menu and have added a bar menu too. I had local oysters, also new from our last visit. Followed by the Chicken Three Ways with coconut rice. Excellent! Drink menu is nice and with the new bar menu will also consider coming back for just a drink and snack on a Waterfire night."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We started with the charcuterie and really liked it--different! We asked the waiter if the chef could make an entree out of the soft shell crab appetizer. We both love soft shell crabs. He created the dish on the fly and they were served with excellent gnocchi and a great mixture of vegetables. Thanks, Nathan! Please keep the volume of the music low when people are dining."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went Sat night and the restaurant was very nicely decorated down to the fancy moldings and stain glass. The evening would have been perfect if not for the beach boys cover band blasting away inside the restaurant. They were so loud you couldn't hear the person speaking across the table from you. I understand it's Sat night but for one of Bon Appetit's "50" best restaurants you would expect a more romantic ambience. The food was unbelievable though and the service was great. I had the flank steak with marrow and my wife had the pork chop. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and flavorful! I would certainly recommend going there just be prepared for a loud evening or it may have just been a one off as it was our first time there"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent in fine dining, I will be returning soon"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We needed a night out. There was 8 of us and we were in our own closed off room. Philip was fantastic, he took great care of us. Food and drinks were exceptional. Perfect for a special occasion. Portions are gourmet sized, allowing for a full appetizer - dessert experience. There's nothing I would have changed."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Chicken is a great entree. Chocolate pot de creme was so yummy. Grilled octopus was not to my liking. Service was exceptional."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Drinks were amazing, their cocktails are some of the best around. Food was excellent, not overwhelming in flavor but many more subtle notes."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This was a rare Sunday evening dining night at Dorrance since they are usually closed. The interior facilities are superb from the bar decor to the marble flooring. Our waiter David was experienced and familiar with the bar offerings, the wines and excellent at describing and recommending all menu items. Our cocktails, appetizers, meals and the shared dessert were all perfectly prepared and seasoned, elegantly served, substantial and came as described. We will be returning at our first opportunity."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "When last I was at the Dorrance in August 2013 the food was sensational, inventive and service top notch. Everything that the restaurant is not know. The service was lack luster, impersonal and perfunctory. The food was a mess at best. I had the curried cauliflower, because the description in the menu sounded like it was inventive, instead it just reeked, and left a bilious after taste of mint. The main course was scallops on couscous. The scallops were well done, but the gruel like substance they rested on was something that should have remained in Oliver Twist. The fact that the waiter insisted we order desert at the beginning of the meal, should be a WARNING to one and all. Go for the BAR not for the lousy food."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My family and I went there for a graduation celebration dinner. We love good food and ordered appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. The cauliflower appetizer was especially tasty as was the chicken three ways and the duck. Big shout out to the bartenders who make incredible unique drinks. The table service was also excellent and the setting is a beautiful 100 year old bank building. Am looking forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Celebrated our wedding anniversary before a concert at the Dorrance midweek so it was very quiet. Service very good - we were taken care of by a self identified new waiter but he was very well supervised. Food and service met our expectations in a very romantic setting."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The quality and quantity of food is not worth the expensive prices you pay for them. My sirloin was $32 for a very small thin piece of steak filled with grizzle and fat. One sister ordered the black pasta dish which turned out to be 'chocolate cocoa' flavored pasta in a lemon sauce-yuck. My other sister ordered the pork chop, which was a good size and thickness, just dangerously undercooked. My mother had the duck which she claimed was fine but I think she was just being polite because we were paying. Atmosphere was elegant in restaurant, but the bathrooms were horrible. Very dirty and very sticky floors with old fixtures, low toilet positioned so your knees hit the wall, and a musty locker room odor. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Service was excellent, our waiter Celal was always there but without hovering or being obtrusive. The food was very interesting and well prepared. All in all, an experience worth repeating. The Dorrance is a 3 minute walk to the Providence Theater, very convenient. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "There is no more beautiful place in Providence than The Dorrance-the drinks and service are fantastic and it is a feast for the eyes. The food is fantastic-but the portions are way too small. When my entrée came, I said to the waiter "maybe I should have ordered two."...it was appetizer size. The dessert portions could be eaten in 3 bites. In short; fantastic, but portions too small, and should be increased by at least a third."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "After the highly creative Ben Sukle's departure in early 2013, Massimilano Mariotta took over, with equal creativity and grand plans for The Dorrance. For whatever reason, he left late 2013, and The Dorrance hit a bit of a rough patch, in which the owners couldn't commit to an executive chef, and it showed in the food's inconsistency. Fortunately there is a new Executive chef, and the early results are extremely promising. Creativity at its best — trying to impress not with fancy descriptions or just fancy plating but with novel combinations of ingredients and flavors that make for new and beautifully complex experiences. There is still room to improve (e.g., desserts), but The Dorrence is back among Providence's top restaurants. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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