Hemenway's

4.7
3796 reviews
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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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New England
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant in Providence. Always consistently good food, service, pleasant staff. They always make you welcome but are not overbearing.

Food is as fresh as it gets and the seafood is amazing!!

I'm not a big fan of Providence's food scene (town too small to keep good chefs) but Hemenway's is never a let down and prices are very fair considering all the above.

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y
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Hemenway's for the first time for the Restaurant Week deal, and it was delicious! Each of the three courses were delicious - I was blown away by the flourless chocolate cake with mint ice cream...

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A
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from beginning to end. The service was outstanding.

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M
New England
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kira was outstanding. The service over all was excellent. The food was great, always the best quality. My only complaint was being stuffed in the back room. There were too many tables there so we were on top of the others next to us.

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S
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! Great service and wonderful vibe!

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ES
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The service was amazing but my food was over cooked and so was a friends food

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RS
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were really impressed by Hemenways. The food was excellent. Terrific, very fresh seafood, well-prepared and delicious. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone. If diners come from a major city, they will be pleasantly surprised by the pricing, which is quite reasonable.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hemenway's was an amazing restaurant! Went away for the weekend to Providence RI and truly had no where to go, so happy to have decided to eat at such a fine establishment. The waitress truly went out of her way to give us truthful information about each menu item and even gave us a hand written note of places to see/ visit while in the city. She was so kind and the food was to die for. I can't get over how delicious the meal was!

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p
New England
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good menu, good food, waitstaff trained in the most unsophisticated way.

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Z
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Providence- food was SO good- we ate 4 meals there in 3 days!
Swordfish out of this world yummy!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food is nothing special, adequate at best. The prices are high given the food quality and prep.

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B
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place ! Food and service was great

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n
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely AMAZING!!! The only thing I wish they would change is the bread.

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SE
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, great personal service. Waiter was very attentive and helpful regarding food allergies.
Booth seating was very comfortable.

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SC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fantastic as well as the service and ambiance.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is truly 5 star quality. The raw bar items are wonderfully fresh, littlenecks are the best. Entrees were, I think, too small. $45 for a baked, stuffed lobster--2 sea scallops, 2 shrimpy shrimps, and the claw meat of only 1 of the claws. I doubt I'll ever order another lobster there.

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the freshest and most delicious seafood I have ever had!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was New Years Eve so it was extremely busy, service was outstanding, our waiter was awesome and very knowledgeable about the menu and also the wine list , was a little disappointed with my wife’s meal, it was the special and I feel
It was rushed and undercooked , maybe rushing food out because of being so busy , But overall always a great place

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KM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to come to Providence for New Year’s Eve and found Hemeneays through a search. It was an excellent meal with excellent service by Ellie. We couldn’t have asked for a better time!

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great
It was awesome

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JF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent early New Years meal. Service perfect. Attention to gluten issues Good food , ambiance and service. One of our favorite places

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for New Years with my boyfriend. The wait staff was very nice to us. The food was amazing. We would like to come back in the future.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with our 3 grown sons and each had a different meal. Everything was excellent, seafood, steak, apps, dessert.

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EM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am mot from the area and was hoping to find a nice restaurant with the good meal for New Years. I was delighted with Hemenway's as were my friends. The food is delicious the service exquisite. It was fantastic

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CB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Hemenways for at least 25 years. It is our go- to place for special occasions. Only complaint is we wish they would bring back their honey curry dressing!

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J
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood...best key lime pie....our waitress was excellent.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Made a reservation for two well in advance but got seated in a back room despite the fact that there were many open two-person tables in the main room. When I questioned the the host, he mumbled something about it being a busy night and would not relent. Uncool.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary, my first time to visit ( always heard very good reviews). Nancy our waitress went above and beyond. She was by far outstanding.

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PD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and cooked to perfection. Ambiance is great and our server Gabby, was professional, attentive, friendly, and informative.

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OT
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The seafood was fresh & phenomenal! I most definitely recommend the seafood tower. The steak however, was severely overcooked. We ordered medium rare and they were medium well. Flavor was still decent though, which was a pleasant surprise after seeing they weren't cooked as ordered. We were enjoying lunch out with visiting family. Everyone agreed it was a good choice overall. Location downtown, by the river, was also lovely.

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K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints .excelkent in all respects, food, service , ambiance.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I booked 2 seats a month prior to my wife’s birthday dinner. We were seated next to the servers station in the corner. I was very disappointed that we were seated in such a poor area for a special occasion.
The food was great. The menu online was also not the same as what was given to us at the restaurant. I would have also expected a celebratory dessert for her birthday, but nothing was offered.

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SA
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my elderly (mid-80's) parents here on Saturday night; they used to go to Hemenway's all the time over twenty years ago, but for whatever reason stopped going. Thought it was a good time to reintroduce them and it was a smash hit. My Dad's seafood casserole was still on the menu and the lobster bisque and NE clam chowder were excellent. Mom had swordfish and my significant other, who doesn't care for fish, had scrumptious pork chops. I had a Mediterranean Sea bass which was very good - like Chilean better, but it was still an enjoyable meal. Ambiance was very good and the service excellent - waitress was professional, knowledgeable, ATTENTIVE, polite and very very cheerful (maybe a little too much for Dad).
Will go back again and kudos to the management and waitstaff.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From out of town, and this is our go-to stop in Providence for a nice seafood dinner and drinks. Never disappoints.

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KT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hemenway's is great due to its consistency. The food is excellent and the service is v good. I highly recommend it for all occasion's.

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D
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We use Hemenway's as a go-to place for special occasions. The food is great. It's convenient to get to with parking next door. We have been there many times and have never beed disappointed. We look forward to ur next visit.

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To start: the server and service was outstanding. Menu was innovative with a wide range of selections. Crab cakes and short rib courses were very good (latter recommended by our server). My companion really enjoyed her lemon flounder; thought the Caesar salad was ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service from Jayson

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TW
New England
36 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We spend every Christmas Eve at Hemenway's and have done so for the past 18 years. It's a busy night but the service is so attentive that the wait is comfortable. We had special dietery requirements for someone in our party and the manager personally visited the table 3 times to ensure that we were pleased. We were! The waiter was Diane, someone we have had 3 or 4 times in the recent past. We will ask for her always now. She is that pleasent to work with. The food...superb! From the scallops, to the seafood casserole to the salmon, everything was prepared exactly as Diane said it would be. See you again soon!

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JR
Aberdeen
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I’ve been going to this establishment for years and was so taken back by the level of service that I will never go back.

I waited for everything, from my beverages to my check.

I waited so long to pay for my bill that I needed to bring it to the hostess, who neglected to ask me how my dining experience was.

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