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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PaulC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! They give great portions. My wife even left with a doggy-bag. Fantastic service even considering the amount of employees working.

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vipMartini
New England
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 43rd anniversary and Hemenway’s was great.

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DaveR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant itself was immaculate and the seating arrangements were great and made for great dining.
Being the first ones back opening day we were greeted by your great service folks and our waitress Theresa was super.
All the CDC protocols were in place right down to the paper menus and our meals were excellent as they were 70 some days ago.
We joked with Theresa about the absence of some of our favorites but she assured us that as time goes by with phase 2, primarily the Alaskan King crab cocktail and the Silver Stars Olive breads.
Overall we expected all to be in order as it was before the pandemic and everything was great as before and we look forward to our next culinary experience.
Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!
🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
Dave Robitaille
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vipRebeccaJ
New England
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal with exceptional service! Hemenway's NEVER disappoints

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Peerssa
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was Diane and she was excellent. She was attentive, responsive, accurate, professional and funny! The seating by the window overlooking the river was a pleasant surprise and much appreciated. The meal was absolutely superb in every way from the Bread selections to the Stags Leap Chardonnay, to the Shrimp Cocktail appetizer, to the baby greens salad, to the Ahi Tuna for my wife and the whole Black Bass (for me) to the Key Lime Pie that made for a scrumptious dessert. I highly recommend Hemenway's for those special occasions where quality of presentation and dining are of great importance!

Hemenway's
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you Peerssa. What a very kind review. We are glad you enjoyed the food and service and we are grateful for your recommendation.

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afs56
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. Our server was outstanding! It was a wonderful evening.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you afs56! We are glad you had such a great evening with us.

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JenniferR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood is great. The lobster and filet was cooked perfectly

Hemenway's
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you Jennifer. We are glad you enjoyed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebratory occasion for new large account.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you for celebrating with us (and congratulations).

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vipPadre
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! The restaurant was not too busy that night, most likely because of the current health crisis. The food and the service were excellent!

Hemenway's
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you for joining us Padre and glad you enjoyed. We will pass along your compliments to Brian too.

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daniellem
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visit and our meal. We asked for a small modification on the appetizer platter (crab instead of calamari - no problem!)

hang in there!

Hemenway's
Responded on March 17, 2020

Thank you daniellem. We are very happy you enjoyed.

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David
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. We were served promptly and the food was delicious.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thank you David! Very happy you enjoyed.

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gfwt
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - we were very impressed. Not cheap, but worth it

Hemenway's
Responded on March 11, 2020

We are very happy you enjoyed gfwt and hope we will see you again.

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ChrisM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was excellent and service was great! We were seated immediately upon arrival.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you Chris! Happy you enjoyed and happy to hear you we sat you immediately. We are grateful for your review.

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PatrickK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

Hemenway's
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for celebrating with us.

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CFTR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my husband to Hemenway's for his birthday this past weekend and we had a fantastic time! Jayson was our server and was incredibly knowledgeable and his service was excellent- while we didn't have too many questions for him, you could tell that he knew the menu inside and out.
We ordered the stuffed lobster and grilled halibut special which were absolutely wonderful. The only "feedback" we had was that that the lobster didn't come out as hot as expected, but my husband thoroughly enjoyed every bite despite of that. We also had a key lime pie for dessert (in addition to the wonderful chef's plate dessert the restaurant extended to us complimentary for his birthday- also incredible) and being from FL originally, I can say that this was one of the best I have ever had. Perfect mix of tart and sweet- just how a key lime pie should be.
Hemenway's is great for date night or even a nice night out with your family. We highly recommend it!

Hemenway's
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for choosing Hemenway's for your birthday celebration and we are glad you and your husband enjoyed. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Jayson too. We are thrilled to earn your recommendation and we look forward to seeing you again.

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dlombardi
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion Hemenway's has the best seafood in Rhode Island. It never disappoints...
service, food all outstanding. I don't go there for a deal, so the price is never an issue

Hemenway's
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you dlombardi. It's a true honor to be considered the very best in Rhode Island and we appreciate the kind words. More importantly, we are glad you enjoyed and we look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was Devine! Great portions.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice evening. Server was very attentive, food was delicious.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you. We are happy to hear the food and service was to your liking. We hope you will join us again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Small pieces of dry fish with no flavor. Never got any bread until after dinner came. This place has gone downhill big time. What a disappointment

Hemenway's
Responded on March 9, 2020

Sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your meal. We are still committed to providing our guests an exceptional meal and experience and never like to know a guest felt otherwise. We would love to hear more and encourage you to reach out to Tobey Sanborn, our Senior General Manager, at 401-351-8570. Your satisfaction means a lot to us.

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vipVincentP
New England
33 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service (Nancy from Scotland) and excellent view. The halibut special was outstanding.
A very enjoyable experience.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you Vincent! We are happy you enjoyed and we will be sure to thank Nancy from Scotland for doing a great job. We hope you come back and join us again soon.

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JerryM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great! Had a nice table by the window. Food was delicious.
A bit tight so allowed for noise.
Heard everyone’s conversations.
All and all
We will be back

Hemenway's
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you Jerry! We are very happy you enjoyed and we are glad that Ellie's service was a standout. We will be sure to pass along your compliments. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a very pleasant experience. My second time here with my girlfriend and I got to say it was delightful. The food is just as good as it was before. I have never been let down by their food. The ambiance is always pleasant at night, with the lighting just right. Service was very good as well, offering detailed explanations of items on the menu. We’ll be back soon!

Hemenway's
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for joining us again and we are glad that you and your girlfriend enjoyed. We always love to hear our food and service made a great impression. We are looking forward to seeing you both again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

Hemenway's
Responded on March 3, 2020

That is great to hear. Thank you!

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Bdaygurl
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We’ve eaten here before and had a pleasant experience. Hoping it was just an off night. Drinks were made wrong, steak was under cooked, both burgers were undercooked. Ordered Surf n turf and received no surf. Disappointing birthday dinner.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 3, 2020

Very sorry to hear this. That's not typical for our usual quality. We will discuss your feedback with our culinary team to ensure we remain vigilant. We are sorry your birthday dinner was not what you expected. We would be happy to hear more and encourage you to give Tobey Sanborn, our Senior General Manager, a call at 401-351-8570 to discuss. We always want our guests to be satisfied.

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vipJohnBetsy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at 6:00pm on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy but the noise level was very acceptable. Our waiter, John, was attentive and helpful. We had the 2 lb baked stuffed lobster "fisherman's style" which was delicious, and deliberately kept the appetizers light. The Coppola "Claret" was a great wine and good value by the glass.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you JohnBetsy. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner with us. You can't go wrong with the baked stuffed lobster and the Claret was an excellent choice. We look forward to seeing you again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best lobster rolls I have ever had.

Hemenway's
Responded on March 3, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed. We are proud of our lobster roll.

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RyanO
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was spectacular! Best paella I've ever had, I would eat there again in a heartbeat.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thank you Ryan! Very happy you enjoyed the paella - it's one of our favorites too. We look forward to seeing you back here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our waitress failed to tell us of the fresh fish t

Hemenway's
Responded on February 26, 2020

Sorry to hear that. We are known for our exceptional service and our team always tries to inform our guests about all our featured specials. We will discuss your comment with the team and we hope that if you join us again, our service can truly make your experience better.

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vipRobertD
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemenways was excellent as usual.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you Robert! We are glad you enjoyed.

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PatriciaB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit this month. ALWAYS good. Raw seafood is excellent. Crab cakes wonderful. Have never had a bad appetizer. We tend to load up on those and skip the main plates. Service is professional. Free valet parking next door makes Hemenway's irresistible for an adults night out. We are becoming regulars.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thank you Patricia and we are glad you joined us again. More importantly however, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again for another adults night out.

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OscarG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and LOVE it even more this time ! Environment and employees just blend so well.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you Oscar. We are very glad you came back and happy it was as good as you remembered.

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vipSheila
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and frequently come visit here when in town!

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

We are glad you like it here Sheila! We look forward to seeing you again.

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RobertS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambiance was very nice. And we were hosting my son's friend who had never had seafood near the coast, and was blown away by how different it tasted. The only negative was the room was a little cold.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you Robert! We are glad you enjoyed and happy we could give your son's friend some authentic seafood. We hope we made him a believer. Thank you for your feedback.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visiting from out of town. Dinner with college age son.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for stopping in and we hope you enjoyed it all.

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AngelaB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve been there a couple of times. Food was not flavorful. I had shimp it was rubbery the steak can with mash not fry of sauce from the steak. We were not impressed. Waiter was nice but all over the place forgetting stuff.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 27, 2020

Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your most recent visit Angela. We are dedicated to providing our guests with an exceptional experience and we never want our guests to be disappointed. We will take your feedback to heart and hope that if you join us again, we can deliver on the more typical experience for which we are known. Making sure you are satisfied is important to us.

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JimF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here often and we have always had a great dinner or lunch. The food, service, and atmosphere are all top notch! Highly recommend!

Hemenway's
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thank you Jim! We are glad you enjoy and really appreciate your recommendation. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Craig
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thursday night with colleagues. Great server and great food well prepared. Always a solid choice.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks for joining us Craig. Glad you enjoyed.

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KevinD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always I do patron Hemenway's pretty often and it is always terrific. Love the Food & wait staff always. To Notch

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

We are glad you enjoy it here Kevin and glad it's always terrific. Thanks for sharing and we look forward to your next visit.

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StephenC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for our 20th anniversary. We had never been and had always heard good things so we wanted to see for ourselves. The atmosphere was nice. We had a window seat with a view of the river. The service was very good and the food was excellent - I had Stuffies as an appetizer and the Rib Eye special and my wife had the pan-seared Cod. I would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for celebrating with us and we are glad you both enjoyed. We are happy to know you would come back and we appreciate your recommendations.

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SeanP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent selection and reasonably priced. Our waitress was a joy.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you Sean! We are glad you enjoyed and we will pass along your gratitude to your server.

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