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About Hemenway's

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.

121 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday:
11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday - Saturday:
11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 351-8570

Website:
http://www.hemenwaysrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is complementary after 5:00pm & a discounted rate at lunch.

Private Party Facilities:
Please call the restaurant for more information

Private Party Contact:
Sarah Salem: (888) 759-5557

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Hemenway's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (116)
Good for a Date (99)
Good for Anniversaries (90)
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Business Meals (77)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Romantic (68)
Waterfront (60)
Worth the Drive (59)
Scenic View (56)
Local Ingredients (54)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Pre/post Theatre (47)
Good for Groups (41)
Bar Seating (35)
Authentic (35)
Notable Wine List (35)
Great for Lunch (35)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Fun (28)
Hot Spot (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Casual (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Healthy (23)
People Watching (20)
Happy Hour (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Seasonal (16)
Cozy (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Disabled Access (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Live Sports (4)
Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This had to be one the best restaurants in the country!

Great food, staff, atmosphere!

We will be back in a few weeks and this will be a must for us

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

This restaurant always goes above and beyond. It is the reason why I am constantly coming back for more. My girlfriend and I dine here every anniversary. In the past the wait staff has placed rose petals on the table, offered a complimentary dessert, but this time we were given a champagne toast accompanying our plate of oysters. I will always be thankful for the wonderful service and making every anniversary, birthday, and graduation dinner so so special. You all know how to treat a customer, not the mention the food is top notch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We have enjoyed Hemenway's for a number of years now and have enjoyed a number of their menu items. Our expectations have always been exceeded. The requests made have been from both lunch, dinner, and daily special menus. Occasionally repeating choices in hopes of savoring the experience again never has been a disappointment.

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great seafood - never disappoints! Service is also really good.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went to Hemenway's on WaterFire for my 41st birthday. Our waiter was outstanding and really went above and beyond. The food was fantastic and it was the perfect place to dine before walking the river. We will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went to Providence for the Water Fires and decided to have dinner before hand. We were not disappointed. The food was fabulous and Sara our waitress very knowledgeable and friendly. My husband and I had the Halibut special and it was cooked to perfection. Our other guests each had a steak and also their steaks were cooked perfectly. My only disappointment if I had to say was the dessert. A flourless something or other which was a bit tasteless. It looked beautiful but did not really have any flavor. I would recommend this restaurant and go back again.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Overall great dinner and experience. My one critique would be that our food came out very quick. I would have liked it to have been spaced out slightly in between our appetizers and entrees.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Providence. we have never been disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We have been coming here the last three years, ever since our son started college. Great food, service and ambience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had an amazing meal. Lobster was well worth the cost
The waiter was funny warm and helpful

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our waiter Bill was fantastic .I wish everywhere I go out to eat , I would have someone like him.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

It's where wealthy people go to have poor quality food. If you told me everything was microwaved in the back I would believe you. The food was subpar at best, definitely not worth the price. I had lobster ravioli. It was not even the second best in a 2-mile radius but by far the most expensive. Don't go.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Sports
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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food was great with many seafood options, and RI oysters. It is pricey.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

A little noisy and as the sun sets you can't see across your table. Slow. expensive. $5.50 for a cup of tea.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Everything was very nice except: the ceiling fans create a strobe effect for some tables (ours); it can get really noisy (bad acoustics); and they forgot our soup!

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our visit to Providence was perfect, but Hemenway's made it amazing! As a former JWU student, I was excited to hear the manager was also an Alum during my search for the perfect dining experience. Sarah took care of us, and allowed us plenty of time to look at the menu, as well as Making sure we were happy the entire time. The timing between our salad, and the meal was perfect, and we felt we could enjoy ourselves without the rush to leave that we've experienced at other locations. Save room for dessert, and a coffee! We will be going back to Hemenway's on our return trip down!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

First time at this restaurant. It did not disappoint.

I occasionally visit Providence and wanted to treat the family to seafood. Although on the expensive side, the raw seafood was fresh as was the cooked fish! Worth it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My father proclaimed the New England Clam Chowder "the best ever" and ordered up a second bowl! The grilled octopus with organic white beans....perfection. Great energy and Nancy was an amazing server. Highly recommended if you're going to be in town.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Seated promptly with reservation, friendly staff, great selection of locally sourced seafood.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great experience with delicious food and fantastic service. I have two restaurant pet peeves, one is having the food runner ask who has what order and the other is not having the water glass kept full. I can honestly say that neither one was an issue at Hemenway's. How delightful to have excellent food with service that was attentive but not overbearing. Highly recommended!!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent meal, great service. Catered to all our needs. Thank you.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Diane, our server, took wonderful care of us for our anniversary. We had bonus seats overlooking Water Fire and the downtown skyline. The food was delicious. Thank you, Hemenway's, for making our occasion very special.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. A little pricey but being it was a special occasion it was well worth it:)

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had wonderful meals at Hemenways for our anniversary. Our waiter, Alex, did a superb job! Our cocktails were perfect! The food was delicious ! We will be back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We come here every here for our anniversary and it never disappoints! Danny our server was amazing and made our anniversary special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The first night of our trip was in Providence and the hotel highly recommended the restaurant which was only a short distance from it. Fantastic seafood!!! Had crab cakes for appetizer followed by scallops for me and seafood pasta for my wife. Our server was very helpful and attentive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We were excited to return and celebrate our annivsary. this was the restaurant where we got endagded. Service was goid but we both felt the menu limited and uncreative. I had the chefs special salmon. It was cooked well but dry and the presentation was lacking. My husband had the paella which he thought ok but something was missing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Superb meal, and superb service as well. Waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. Made excellent suggestions. Valet parking is very helpful.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have been here several times before so we brought our out of town guests. Definitely made them feel special. Our server Sarah, was outstanding and the food was prepared perfectly. Gorgeous table by the window.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Waitstaff was excellent, attentive, and helpful. (Michael Cedroni)
Food was excellent and Key Lime Pie was exceptional. Thank you.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

I typically do not take time to write reviews but I must say that my dining experience at Hemenways this past week was so delightful I had to take the time to share. It was my husband's birthday and then we were going to see Les Miserables so it was a special evening. Kira, our server, was extremely pleasant, had a fluid knowledge of all of the offerings, anticipated what we might need or want well in advance, and her suggestions for dinner and dessert choices were perfect. The food was creative, perfectly cooked, full of unique flavors and aesthetically pleasing. Bravo to all there who made that night so lovely !

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Awesome oysters, fantastic food, attentative service!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had a wonderful celebration for our 40th anniversary. Red rose petals on the table and complimentary glasses of champagne. Our waiter Lucas couldn't have been more attentive and the food was delicious. It was exactly as we would have expected. They are always top notch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Very impressed...Great service and excellent food. Will recommend to friends...

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was a lovely evening to sit outside. Service was very good. Food was appetizing.

Tags: Tapas, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Hemenway's was absolutely wonderful. I took my boyfriend there as a surprise lunch date and he and I ate like a king and queen! This place is primarily known for seafood, and definitely didn't disappoint. Since it's seafood, expect those kind of prices. Overall the best parts we got were the oysters, the fresh Lobster and Crab cakes, and the Fishermans style Lobster. Just as great as the food, was our waiter Jeff. Jeff took his time explaining all of the specials well and joining in conversation with us foodies about the different types of Oysters they had that day, all local! He also signed us up to be a part of the food group rewards program that Hemenway's is associated with. He was definitely wonderful, thanks Jeff!

Will be going again in the near future!

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

My favorite seafood place in RI or New England for that matter.
Food is excellent and the atmosphere relaxed and fun.
If you get lobster, be sure to ask for larger than 1.25 lbs though.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had a wonderful time! The service was spectacular and the cuisine was to die for. The restaurant was beautiful and was a mix between nautical and fine dining. The crab and lobster cakes and the seafood pasta will not disappoint!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Our server Jeff? was great and the whole experience was wonderful

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The reservation led to prompt seating :) Although the ambiance was great it was not matched by the demeanor of the server. The presence of the server has a big effect on the experience of the customer. There is certainly room for improvement here. Being a server in my opinion entails smiles, a conversation, and recommendations with your order (i.e. if you order the salmon, then the server could clarify that it is a fairly thin strip of fish so customer can gauge if it is appropriate for his/her appetite). The appetizer (lobster & crab cake) was tasty but the entree (Paella) was quite bland. The best service came from the host(s) upon entry and exit go the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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