Wow! A Proividence GemI 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.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacularSpectacular 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.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Dorrance had such amazingThe Dorrance had such amazing food. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Providence.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the six course tastingWe 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.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWell prepared food but smallWell prepared food but small portions and only five entree choices. Wine list of perhaps 70 bottles but only European wines.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding Drinks, Food, ServiceThe 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.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best meals I haveOne of the best meals I have ever eaten. Will return soon for another.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM