Hemenway's

4.8
5666 Reviews
$50 and over
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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Minority
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Food is pretty good. Ambiance is good. This was my second time there the only thing I wish is that our waitress would have been more attentive or shall I say attentive at all but we pretty much well left waiting for refills of drinks which is too bad we were celebrating so they would have made a lot more money how do we been able to get a second or third cocktail. It was tough for my husband to even get his first one because the waitress did not return with it. Overall it was great first time was better because we had amazing service.

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SteveC
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and excellent service, especially from our waiter Sascha, who was particularly helpful with identifying gluten-free options for my spouse.

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HeatherM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I was visiting from out of town and was looking forward to revisiting here for my 17th wedding anniversary. The experience started out great with drinks and good appetizers. I did inform my server that I was dairy free when selecting my entree of blackened scallops and asparagus. The quality of service quickly changed after we received our apps when we sat with app plates and clam shells in front of us until our entrees arrived, she then cleared one app plate and I had to look at cold , half eaten calamari the rest of the night. My scallops weren’t just blackened they were burnt black and very over cooked… visually unappealing to even look at. While I waited to see my server return to ask about our meal ( she never did) I heard another server presenting different entrees to the table next to me that I would of had interest in. When my server returned after I sat there with an untouched entree and no drink..,I expressed my disappointment in my meal and she agreed my scallops appeared burnt ( why would you attempt to serve this to me) and her response “why didn’t you say anything”, she never came back to our table after delivering the entrees for me to discuss or request another meal. I also asked her why did another table have different specials available to them, her response was “ those specials were not assigned to her and so we were not allowed to have them”. She implied if I sat at another table I would of had different specials and could of had the steak special. I also asked why we did not receive bread basket, she said because I’m dairy free and the bread is baked off site she couldn’t bring it to the table… so she decided that my husband wasn’t getting a dinner roll either. She offered no apologies and was argumentative the entire time. She did remove the scallops from my bill however my husband ate alone, the experience was stressful and I left with only have a few pieces of calamari for dinner. Very disappointed!

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CervisiaViator
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent both the seafood, and their other options for the non-seafood fan. The whole fish special was very well prepared and my dining partners steak was one of the best I've ever had dining out.

Service was ok: it was adequate, but the waitress really wasn't on her game. A little slow, would bring on of two drinks in an order and then disappear.

I would love to revisit when back in town!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing-I just want to start with that! She asked if we had a special occasion and we said it was my son’s 21st bday. No big deal…but after dinner, unexpectedly, she brought out cake with a candle for him! It was so thoughtful and unexpected!!!

The meal was fantastic-there were 5 of us and we had the seafood app with some stuffies and scallops in bacon-All were fantastic. The raw bar item were so fresh too!

Every one of us loved our main courses-The flavors were really great and the fish was perfectly cooked, not over cooked like so many places. We were thoughtfully taken care of by our waitress, who was really delightful. We had great wine and drinks-all of it was really great!

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service. Food was delicious. Price was reasonable

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vipMarkS
New England
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danielle made it a relaxing, fun and memorable occasision. As ususal, the food was excellent and beautifully presented.

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vipPdrift
New England
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual. Diane our regular server was outstanding.

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WJEVANSON
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In Providence for only one evening before leaving for Cape Cod. Cocktails, Oysters, Dinner and Desert. Every aspect of the evening was simply outstanding and an amazing experience. The only thing that surpassed the food and ambiance was the world class service by our server, Connor. His knowledge, attentiveness and warmth made us feel like old friends gathering for an evening of food and hospitality.

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JimF
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the meal, service, and ambiance at Hemenways! Everything is first class. The staff does a tremendous job! Thank you.

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vipMaca
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Paella y la langosta estuvieron muy buenas, el servicio muy bien

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Charles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants that Rhode Island has to offer!

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MarineMVA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and a beautiful place. The food is super amazing. Fresh and just top notch.

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CraigC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Service was excellent. Food very good.

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Bobert
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, as always. Fine dining. Great food and service.

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MaureenS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed our lunch! Food was delicious, waiter was attentive ... overall a wonderful dining experience

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VeeP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delightful. Service was great. Really enjoyed ourselves.

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vipRUHungry
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my sister and brother-in-laws wedding anniversary, which was noted. The food was delicious and the drinks were very good. My only complaint is that every table next to us must have also been celebrating a special occasion which was acknowledged by a dessert with a candle in it! So I was very disappointed when our special occasion was not acknowledged! We all ordered dessert too.

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience!!! Kimberli, our waitress was wonderful. She made our first time at the restaurant ~ celebrating two milestone birthdays ~ extremely memorable. Thank you for the wonderful dinner and the special dessert. We definitely want to come back!!!

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HopeK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service for price.
Server was very kind and made our visit special.

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Gerry
New England
61 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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ERIC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! No complaints. Love the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING !!!!!!

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vipStevenL
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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Puglover
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was ok. Our waiter was unfriendly. I was very disappointed.

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Mss7
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service

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BillN
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with awesome food

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JesseTraha
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were moving our son into Brown and wanted to have a special meal to see him off. I was impressed with Heminway's reviews, local sourcing, and website so decided to give it a go. The ambience is energetic--a good mix of people dressed casually all the way into full suits around a grand two-story bar. Our server was casual but obviously very experienced--attentive and passing by often without ever interrupting us. The food was incredible. We shared the RHODE ISLAND STYLE CALAMARI and it was delicious. I ordered the SEAFOOD CASSEROLE, which was packed with very large scallops, chunks of cod, whole shrimp, and surprisingly big pieces of lobster. It was creamy with a nice sherry undertone. Absolutely delicious. The grilled asparagus side was very good but nothing special. My wife ordered the GEORGES BANK SEA SCALLOPS, a satisfyingly rich dish. My son ordered a two-pound LIVE MAINE LOBSTER with Hemenway’s shrimp, scallop & crab stuffing. This was impressive! The stuffing appeared bready but was chock full of whole shrimp, scallops, and large lumps of crab meat. My son loved it. For dessert my son ordered the FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE, which was rich, warm, dense, and decadent. I got the KEY LIME PIE and I have to say that it dethroned my wife's as the very best I've ever had--the crust was a thick, moist graham cracker affair, the filling was dense, rich, and wonderfully tart and the topping was a combination of whipped cream and absolutely incredible candied lime zest. This was not an inexpensive experience but was well worth it.

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MikeC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My girlfriends father & his wife were in town from California and being that Hemenway’s is my girlfriends favorite restaurant in RI we decided to take them to dinner
Our server was fantastic! Everybody’s food was fantastic! It was a tad loud but my girlfriends father and I are both hard of hearing so it’s difficult in general! My only complaint (for lack of a better word) is there was no pasta option with any of the dishes. I know it’s a fantastic seafood restaurant but I was hoping for some type of shrimp scampi or frutti-de-mare for dinner!
Other than that; everything else was perfect!

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AlyssaT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my 27th birthday and it was GREAT! They were very friendly from the moment I walked in. The service was excellent and my waitress was awesome. She was vey thorough and never failed to check in to make sure we were all set. The surf and turf was absolutely delicious!!! They even gave me a free birthday desert! :)

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KerriM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner and a wonderful waitress, Brandi. Thank you!

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vipjimmy
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ate outside. Lovely setting and great service. Chicken sandwich was great. Swordfish sandwich was over done.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bryan (without the beard) was fantastic! Hemenways is lucky to have such an outstanding customer service representative!

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ziyag
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always!

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Brian
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, table by the window overlooking the river.. lovely, comfortable atmosphere.. GREAT service, delicious food and drinks
We chose Hemenway's because it was a very special occasion, and it was the perfect choice!

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Erik
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great, but for the price food was not amazing.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and food were great. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy

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Lauren
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt at the bar was fantastic, we had a wonderful anniversary dinner!

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vipTGvan
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was very good but the food was marginal at best. The stuffed lobster was dry and bland. Overall the food seemed to lack seasoning.

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DarS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, wonderful food. A bit pricey for us to go on a regular basis, but very nice for an occasion like our wedding anniversary.

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Hemenway's is rated 4.8 stars by 5666 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.