Hemenway's

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Seafood
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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4.7
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4.6
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New England
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The pluses from foursome at lunch - delicious, authentic Rhode Island clam chowder, perfectly glazed salmon with crispy asparagus, huge lobster roll, wonderful crisps of two varieties, tasty tacos

The one negative was one of our diners thought the fish & chips plate was just average.

Loved the booth and the noise level allowed for conversation.

Anya was adequately attentive to our needs, and of good humor.

Deb, at reception, knew who we were as soon as we walked in the door and had time for conversation.

Hemenway's
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you CeCe43! We are very happy you enjoyed your lunch with us and that you enjoyed our authentic and delicious flavors. We look forward to serving you again in the future.

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MM
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were visiting Providence for the weekend from New York and our server was also from there. We ordered our dinner and our server brought us a cup of Rhode Island Clam Chowder which neither of us had ever heard of. It was a completely different recipe from Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder. We both enjoyed it very much. The food was excellent, it was Sunday and bottles of wine were half price, the decor was elegant, great service. We highly recommend the restaurant and we will definitely eat there again when we return to Providence.

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you MrsMarron. We are very happy you and your husband joined us on your trip to Providence and glad we could introduce you to Rhode Island Clam Chowder. We're glad you enjoyed. We are grateful for your recommendation and we hope we see you again someday.

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LC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fabulous and so was the food. Server overheard us talking about self ratings our anniversary and she brought us a dessert on the house.

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Laura. Glad you enjoyed and we are happy that our server made a positive impression. We look forward to seeing you again.

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RC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great pre-theater dinner. Food was delicious and our server was great - she even brought us a complimentary cup of lobster bisque to try. It was delicious.

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Rebecca! We are glad you joined us and happy you enjoyed. Hope you enjoyed your night at the theater too.

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A
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great lunch spot! We really enjoyed the fresh seafood, the wine list, and the amazing service. Would definitely go back again.

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Alsvball. Really glad you enjoyed your lunch and we look forward to serving you again.

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RL
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemenway's was the perfect choice to celebrate my parents' 50th anniversary. We told them ahead of time and they made it perfect, from seating to bringing over a special dessert with a candle for them. The food was stellar, and the waitress just happened to be from the same region of the world as my father, leaving them speaking in their native tongue. All in all a fabulous lunch, made more so by Hemenway's staff and food. Thank you!

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Rachel and congratulations to your parents. We are honored to have hosted their special lunch and glad that everyone enjoyed. We are grateful for your kind review.

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KS
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brian was the best server that we have had at a restaurant in awhile. His attentiveness, helpfulness, and aura made the experience that much more enjoyable apart from the food. The drinks were very good — stoli doli and margarita were both very well made. The stuffies were a fantastic appetizer to start the night with full clams in each one. For the entrees we had the Lobster Mac and Cheese and Stuffed Lobster with Shrimp, Scallops, and Crab Stuffing. Both were filled with lobster and definitely worth the price. The warm butter cake absolutely hit the spot to tap off the night. Overall, 10/10 experience as always!

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Kadie! You were in good hands with Brian - we will pass along the compliment. We are glad you enjoyed your meal too. It's always an honor and a thrill to earn a 10/10 from our guests. We hope you come back and join us again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Menu is quite expensive. Could barely hear anything because the noise level was excessive. Would not recommend for an intimate place to go on a Saturday night, however food was delicious and service was excellent.

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

We are glad the food was delicious although we are sorry if the atmosphere was a bit noisy. We have a wonderful building but the tall ceilings will sometimes bring up the din of the restaurant. We do have some cozier nooks and corners that you may find more suitable if you decide to come back. We are grateful for the feedback.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diane is a wonderful server. Great food. We could relax and was not rushed.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

She is indeed! We will pass along the compliments to Diane. So glad you enjoyed.

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Z
New England
127 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We‘be been coming to Hemenway’s for many years. Food is consistently excellent...doesn’t matter what you order. Service is superb. Dan our server is the best of the best. You can rely on anything he recommends. My only additional comment, is notwithstanding Hemenway’s deserved reputation for outstanding seafood , don’t shy from the steaks which are equally great. Highly recommend!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Zimmy! We are very happy you enjoy it here and glad that Dan took good care of you. We will pass along the compliments. We appreciate your recommendation too, especially your steak advice too. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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l
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often recommend Hemenway's to others. Excellent menu of food and beverages backed by outstanding service.

Hemenway's
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you luvdining. We are glad you enjoy and really appreciate your recommendations.

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d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Brian was awesome. The food was outstanding. Lobster with toppings! Comfortable dining room. Great view of the water.

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you denised! We are really glad you enjoyed and glad that Brian made such a positive impact.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

While the food was very good, our experience was soured by the service. There were multiple issues- wrong orders being delivered, then those wrong items being taken off our plates with her bare hands, charged for items we didn’t order, and more. Regardless, my dining companion and I were very understanding since the waitress was clearly new and/or in training and we were trying to enjoy our vacation. We let all of the aforementioned mistakes slide once the billing issues were corrected.
The final straw was the manager. The waitress must not have been properly trained in how to use the credit machine and attempted to swipe my card so many times my bank marked it as fraud and locked my card. When we calmly explained this and the myriad of service issues to the manager he shamed us in front of other diners. He also condescendingly offered us a round of drinks so we could “calm down”. Implying we were being rude or overreacting couldn’t have been further from the truth. Unfortunately, due to this patronizing and rude manager this was our first and last visit to Hemenway’s.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

We are very sorry to hear this. We have built our reputation by providing the very best in exceptional service and never like to know a guest's experience was anything less. I will discuss your experience with our team but I would love the opportunity to hear more about what happened and to ensure your billing issues were properly resolved. Please call me at your conveneince so we can discuss and so I can extend my personal apologies. Nicole Christie Assistant General Manager 401-351-8570

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NB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Providence from Alabama. Food was excellent and the service was over the top. We definitely will be back!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us on your trip and so glad you enjoyed. We look forward to serving you again.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Great service date had the octopus it was a confusing array of flavors I had the chicken that was just again confusing array of flavors seemed greasy and poorly done

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy. Our culinary team is always striving to deliver tasty and enjoyable flavors to all our offerings and we never like to disappoint a guest. We will take your feedback to heart. Your experience is not typical of our quality and we do apologize for letting you down.

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F
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at Hemenway's for decades and they never disappoint. The raw bar, wine selection, entree's, desserts, and cappuccino we all on point and delicious. Service is professional and attentive.
We were entertaining a client from Holland and he was impressed with the entire evening.

Hemenway's
Responded on November 8, 2019

We are grateful for your many years of patronage and happy to know we never disappoint. We are honored that you entrust us to bring your guests and we are happy all was enjoyed. We look forward to your next visit.

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MD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wife’s birthday

MT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was amazing

Hemenway's
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you MrTee! We will pass along the compliment.

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JG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an outstanding Dinning experience. The oysters were amazing, The haddock exceptional, the calamari unique and excellent, the stuffed shrimp delicious, the cocktails delicious and the key line pie amazing. The service was exceptional, not intrusive but there when we needed her. Go you will love it!

Hemenway's
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you John. We are thrilled you had such a delicious meal and that you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope you come back again soon.

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h
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the special a fresh fish from Nova Scotia
Delicious. Our server was excellent
4 of us shared baked Alaska Perfection!

Hemenway's
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you hopalong. You made a great selection (especially with the Baked Alaska). Hope you join us again soon.

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AS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for my daughter's birthday. The restaurant was everything we wanted. The ambiance is fun ad lively. The food was perfect, with top-notch service. Our server, Danny, was attentive without being smothering. We'll eat here again.

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you Albert. We are thrilled you chose to celebrate your daughter's birthday with us and happy everything was enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again.

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N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Always a bit noisy on Waterfire night Good experience overall.

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you for joining us Nancy. It does get busy around here for Waterfire. We are glad you still had a good experience and we hope you can come back and join us again.

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m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

3 couples. Called ahead and got a beautiful table with a waterfire view. Z our waitress was excellent- not over the top but available. Good as always and perfectly timed. Loved the feeling that we weren’t being rushed.

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you for joining us Megb and glad you and your party enjoyed it all. We are happy to hear that our service had a positive impact on your visit too.

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TM
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps our favorite seafood restaurant. If in Providence, especially during Water Fire, don't miss Henenways.

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you TonyMichaels23. We are honored to be considered one of your favorites. We look forward to serving you again.

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K
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices, food, and service. The waitress was pleasant and attentive and the food was perfectly prepared.

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you Kathleen. Very happy you enjoyed. Thank you for sharing your review.

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PJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, superior service from the wait staff!!

Hemenway's
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you Peter. Glad you enjoyed and happy to hear our staff made a positive impression.

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CB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

Hemenway's
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you Chris!

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a
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood in all it foodie glory this is THE place in Providence RI
Has the best managed and friendly efficient service staff of any restaurant anywhere.
Atmosphere is great for a date or a business meeting.
Views of Providence are a great backdrop.
First class experience all the way!

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you Amrar. We are truly humbled by your review and glad you have enjoyed our restaurant. We are looking forward to having the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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KG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The water view is spectacular and the staff are always so pleasant and helpful. We ate at the bar and had delicious raw seafood and drinks. I look forward to the next time!

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you Kelleye. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner with us and we too are looking forward to seeing you back here again.

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TD
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment. Excellent food, atmosphere & Service. My go to place top enjoy a meal. Chef Terry

Hemenway's
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you Chef. Very happy to hear you enjoyed and honored to be your go to place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The shrimp in my stuffed shrimp entree were tough. Everything else was good.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback. We are sorry your shrimp was anything less than perfect. We always strive to deliver excellence in all our meals.

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had one of the best dining experiences of our adult lives. Our server, Diane was fantastic! Personable, knowledgeable and an absolute professional dealing with wife’s food allergies. So clear, thorough and reassuring, she left us at ease and enjoyed a truly amazing night with close friends ( who are now also fans of Hemenway’s )... We can’t thank you enough! See you again soon!

Hemenway's
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you Luis. It's a true honor to read your review and glad we could deliver such a memorable meal. Thank you and hope we see you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and attentive service. Food awesome if you like seafood!! Everyone loved it. Lol “vegan options” though... it’s the usual, there’s one entree that if you don’t like... well the sides are good!!

Hemenway's
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you! Glad you enjoy the seafood and happy to hear everyone loved it.

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SL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and awesome food.

Hemenway's
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you Steven.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, beautiful restaurant, wonderful experience. Will definitely be returning for dinner.

Hemenway's
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you Winelady. We are really glad to know you enjoyed and happy to hear you will be coming back.

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M
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great water view restaurant, excellent sea food selection.

Hemenway's
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for joining us Musya! Glad you enjoyed.

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KA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food
And accommodated a large group quickly

Hemenway's
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you Karen and glad you and your group enjoyed. Hope we see you again.

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NL
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner – creative menu, with excellent service.

Hemenway's
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you NLandLL! We are very happy you enjoyed.

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CK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked this place for a long overdue reconnection with friends and it was perfect! Food was divine, service was even better! Joe was attentive without being pushy and made sure we had a stellar evening!

Hemenway's
Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for picking us Cindy and happy you could enjoy your reconnection with us. We are glad you enjoyed it all.

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e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

Hemenway's
Responded on October 24, 2019

Thank you Elvam!

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