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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CB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining here for 20+ years and the food and service has always been consistently good. This time was equally good.

RJ
New England
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Due to it being Restaurant Week we didn't feel things were as good as normal. Very busy and noisy. Steak not prepared as requested tthe first time so that was disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

RI chowder was delicious. Loved the French press coffee, but, $6 is very rich

RL
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I slurped two dozen oysters! Great! Had glazed salmon with grilled asparagus. Salmon was perfectly cooked as was the asparagus. Waiter was friendly and attentive without being overbearing ...
Will definitely be going back!

KG
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Joslyn was amazing! Will definitely ask her to put server again.

Hemenway's
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Kerri and happy to hear Joslyn made your experience better. We will pass along the compliments.

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M
New England
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The food was delicious and the services was exceptional.

Hemenway's
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Martini! That is what we strive to deliver. We are glad you enjoyed it all.

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great !!!people . The guy at the door friendly and a great greeter!

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Joe! We are glad you enjoyed. We have a great team and we love to hear when they make our guests happy.

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L
New England
100 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our anniversary..The waitress was wonderful..Food was exceptional...The restaurant gave us a free dessert..a very nice gesture...We love Hemingways..always a step above other seafood restaurants..

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Libbby! We are thrilled you chose to celebrate with us and happy you both enjoyed. Hope we will see you again soon.

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OC
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had steamed mussels for appetizer. It was phenomenal and you get a great amount of mussels as well. For dinner I had a 2lb lobster baked with the Hemenway’s stuffing (shrimp, scallops, and crab meat). It was beyond what I thought it would have been. Highly recommend this dish to anyone!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Orlando and glad you enjoyed. The stuffed lobster is always a favorite. Glad you enjoyed and we appreciate your recommendation.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty standard. Service a little slow but probably due to the weather.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback Michael. Hearing from our guests is important to us.

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BD
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Original table was not acceptable but staff was able to relocate use. It was late Saturday and was a bit noisy at first

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us and we are glad our team could change your table. Making sure our guests feel comfortable and relaxed is important to us.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food is always very good. But this time around, our waiter was not good at all... WE had to remind him of the specials, he was just awkward, he forgot my asparagus then was like "still want it?" And worst of all, I specified in the reservation that it was my fiance's birthday and the front desk said happy birthday but he didn't even acknowledge it or even have us our dessert with a candle in it... We were not happy about the service today at all. We didn't even order from the "restaurant week" menu. It was a special occasion that was not special because of him.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Very sorry to hear this. Exceptional service is what we have built our reputation upon and we never want to disappoint our guests especially when they are here to celebrate a special occasion. We would love to hear more so we can address these issue with our team. Please give our manager James Buckley a call at 401-351-8570 to discuss. That's not the kind of service you should expect from Hemenway's and making sure we take steps to improve is important to us as is your satisfaction.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I consider Hemingway’s is the best restaurant in Providence, certainly my personal favorite. The staff is excellent and you do get the feeling that they are all working together to ensure that every guest has a great experience not just the diners in their section.

The permeable cocktails were delicious and the ceviche app and 1/2 doz oysters were super fresh. We lucked-out that it happened to be restaurant week and both did the pre fixe menu. I had the “fisherman style” lobster which was amazing. My wife had the filet which she was able to cut up with a butter knife.

They were busy but we didn’t wait very long for anything...

Can’t wait to go back.

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you! It's an honor to be considered the best in Providence and we are thrilled you have enjoyed your visits with us. We are glad you were able to enjoy Restaurant Week too. We really appreciate your review and look forward to seeing you both back here again soon.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food! Special treatment for my birthday.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for celebrating with us! Glad you enjoyed.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been twice with my family. Both times service and food were absolutely outstanding!!

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

We are glad you joined us and very happy you have enjoyed. We hope we will see you and your family again soon.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went after a show during restaraunt week. Good food, and willing to suggest good options.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for restaurant week. Had the Baked Stuffed Lobster and it was amazing! Hemenways never disappoints.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you! We are very happy you enjoyed.

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PD
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were awesome. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and they had rose petals on the table and everything. Food was awesome and the staff was incredible.

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Patrick! We are always honored when guests choose to celebrate special occasions with us and we try to make the night as special as we can. We are glad you both enjoyed.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food/ service!

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!

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NV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner at a favorite spot. The Restaurant Week menu could have been larger. It would have been nice to have a salad choice for the first course. Waiter, Brian was very good.

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Nancy! We are glad you enjoyed and happy to hear Brian took good care of you. We will share your Restaurant Week menu feedback with our culinary team. We are always looking to hear what our guests enjoy and suggest so our next offering will be even better.

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Z
New England
130 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming to Hemenway's for many years. Great food, great service...nothing more to say!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your continued patronage Zimmy. We are glad you enjoy and that you keep coming back.

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l
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, easy walk from the downtown hotels. Well appointed, tables not crowded together. Loved the RI clam chowder, and it especially hit the spot on a night when the feels-like temps were probably in the teens. My grilled scallops were delicious, served over a bed of greens. My husband had the clam-stuffed shrimp, and he was equally pleased.

Portions were not enormous (thankfully) but I actually thought I had one scallop too many.

Service was perfect - attentive, but not hovering. meal was well-paced.

And finally, because we are old and our hearing is shot LOL, we thought it was pretty easy to have a conversation.

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you lizlaurel. We are glad you joined us and happy to hear you enjoyed. Clam chowder is always the perfect warm-up for a cold New England night. We are glad everything was to your liking and happy you could have an enjoyable dinner conversation too. We hope you come back and join us again.

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FR
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This particular evening, as with many of the NRG’s establishments, Hemenway’s was at it’s best.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you FallRiverFoodie. We are glad you enjoy it here.

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LO
New England
39 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madison was our waitress and she was wonderful!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Lynn! We will pass along your compliments.

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JO
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Gracious setting, excellent attentive service, nice wine list, fine food well served, lovely bar.

Hemenway's
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Joyce! Very kind words and we appreciate it. We hope you will come back and join us again.

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MB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Disappointed that the vegetable part of my hot meal was cold. Waitress apologized and replaced them, but this was a first ever disappointment with food at Hemenways.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 17, 2020

Sorry to hear this Martin. We strive to deliver exceptional food each and every time and we never like to hear we let a guest down. We will review with the culinary team so we can take measures to assure our food is always served correctly. We hope your next visit is more typical of the excellence you have come to expect from Hemenway's. Your satisfaction means a lot to us.

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W
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hemenway's is participating in the Restaurant Week in Providence event with a prix fixe dinner set. My wife and I made the drive down from Boston to add to our experience in this wonderful restaurant city, and Hemenway's did not disappoint.

We tried their beet salad (good, but should have larger chunks and colors of beets other than red) and blue crab beignets with habanero aioli (excellent!) for appetizers; and their "signature" baked stuffed lobster ($12 supplement, and worth it!) for main. The "stuffing" was a far cry from the usual chopped seafood and bread melange. This was bits of buttery, toasted crumbs packed with whole scallops and lump crab. Fantastic!

Desserts were good, as well. Chocolate lovers have to try the flourless cake. It is sinfully rich, dark and moist.

Our server, Anya, was note-perfect - personable, knowledgeable about menu items, and attentive without ever being intrusive. The space is clean and attractive, the menu broad, and the quality of food and service excellent.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you Whaleboy! We are grateful you drove down from Boston and glad it was worth it. We appreciate all your feedback too - we will pass along your compliments to the culinary team (and to Anya too who does a great job.) We hope you can come back and join us again.

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z
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around!

Hemenway's
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you! That's what we love to hear. Hope you will join us again soon.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Hemenway's as a treat for my 25th birthday, by myself. From the start, I had excellent service. My waitress was kind, and willing to give my recommendations on what portion size to get, since I had never been there before. I would definitely go again!

Hemenway's
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you Miranda! We are truly honored that you chose to celebrate your special day with us. We look forward to your next visit and hope you had a very happy birthday.

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PD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure going to Hemenway’s on a Sunday Night. Excellent ambiance, service and food.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you Paul! It's always a pleasure to serve you. We look forward to your next Sunday visit.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went unknowingly during restaurant week. Had the stuffed lobster special. It was excellent as was the entire dinner. The service was excellent also!

Hemenway's
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed and happy that you could indulge in our Restaurant Week special.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We’ve eaten at this restaurant many times. Lately we’ve noticed all waiters and waitress’s try to up sell you. Told my daughter that a 1-1/2 lb stuffed lobster was not adequate for her. She told her to get a 2-1/2...... that’s just one example. The worst was 5 of our 6 meals were served 9 minutes prior to the last meal arriving. Not acceptable for any restaurant. For a “fine” restaurant totally unacceptable.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 13, 2020

Very sorry to hear you did not have an enjoyable experience. That's not the typical feedback for us and we are dismayed to hear your meal was anything less than great. We'd love to hear more and encourage you to contact Nicole Christie, our Assistant General Manager, at 401-351-8570 so we can get a better understanding of your observations. Your satisfaction is important to us.

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P
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jolsin was amazing!! Our food was top notch as always!!

Hemenway's
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you Phoodie! Glad you enjoyed. You were in good hands with Jolsin.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobe it here

Hemenway's
Responded on January 13, 2020

We are glad you do!

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RH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food choice, while large, the actual number of local sourced was very low.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Robert and glad you enjoyed. We do our best to source locally wherever we can. There are some limitations to what is available in New England in the winter but our culinary team tries to deliver the best. We have a great relationship with our local farmers and fisherman and support them where we can.

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RI
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An outstanding seafood restaurant in a City noted for great cuisine. Food, service and setting are all at the top.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for joining us and glad you enjoyed.

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r
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waitress was very friendly but overall service was quite slow. We had to ask for the bread basket, the dessert menu took a while to arrive and it took her a while to bring and pickup our check. Good timing on food delivery though.

All of the food we ate was delicious!

Hemenway's
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for the feedback and glad you enjoyed your food. We do apologize your service was not up to standards. We take pride in having the best service and never want our guests to be disappointed in that area. We will work hard to make sure you see us at our best on your next visit.

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MP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal and superior staff. The window seating was chilly and they brought me a blanket. Food is outstanding. Well worth the trip

Hemenway's
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you Melis! Very happy you enjoyed and glad you find it worth the trip.

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SL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with a great atmosphere. We’ll never stop coming back.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you Steven. We hope you never stop coming back too!

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w
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is very nice. Our wait staff was excellent from being seated to leaving and someone getting our coats for us. The foods is excellent however, I do find it to be a little pricey for the portions.

Hemenway's
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you William. We appreciate the rating and glad you enjoyed. We will take your feedback to heart.

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