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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2014

Service was unbelieveable, fast, extremely friendly, smart and on point! Made excellent recommendations, specials sounded amazing. We will def be back soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2014

Hemenway's just gets better and better. Our dinner on Saturday evening was delicious and the service was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2014

Absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. It was classy without being snobby, had amazing food, and excellent serivce! My boyfriend and I dined here this last weekend and we both had an amazing time. I'd definitely recommended Hemenway's!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2014

My boyfriend and I were celebrating an early Valentines, his birthday, and our 3 year anniversary. We were placed in a very nice romantic spot, where it was quiet and quite pleasing. Our waitress made all the difference. The place itself was very nice and welcoming, but our server, Ellie was especially sweet and so kind, and the service was very fast. The food came out in a very fashionable manner, everything was just right! The towels to wipe our hands after a delicious lobster dinner was a pleasant surprise.
We had a great time, and cannot wait to be back. I have already spread the word to many how terrific our experience had been. Thank you Hemenway's for a great night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2014

Great place for an afternoon or evening meal. Excellent raw bar.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 31, 2014

The food was average, with no uniqueness or anything out of the ordinary. At the menu price points, one can find uniqueness elsewhere in the area (e.g. Farmstead and Chez). Had the Seafood Paella, which was bland in flavor. Lacked a good amount of seasoning. Also sampled the Shrimp Scampi, which turned out to be an average pasta dish. The Shrimp Scampi had dependable and expected flavor profile.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2014

I had the filet and my wife had the sole. Both were outstanding, we will definitely be back again!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2014

We love coming to Hemenways. Annie was our server for the second time and she did a great job keeping our courses coming smoothly and efficiently and kept our glasses full so we could make it to our show in time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2014

I've been going here since it opened and have never been disappointed. Never met a less-than professional server; never had to send anything back; never had less than a memorable experience. I guess that's why we still come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2014

It was a wonderful dining experience from the time we set foot in to the time we set foot out!! Will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2014

It was a snowy night so relatively quiet at the restaurant but the service was great as well as the food; had to get to the PC game so our waitress, Louise, did a nice job getting our order and food out right away; the lobster bisque was awesome; yellow fin tuna salad was perfect as well. Ambience is really nice; nice place for any occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2014

We celebrated my neice's birthday at Hemenways. The restaurant is beautiful inside with a great view of the city. Our waitress, Hollie was excellent! She explained the menu and brought a gluten free menu for my daughter in law. She even brought gluten free rolls to her. The food was delicious. There was a large party near us, but the restaurant wasn't noisy at all. I was happy to use my restaurant points since Hemenways belongs to The Newport Restaurant Group. I will definitely visit again. They have been in business for a very long time (25 yrs+) and it's obvious why. Thank you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2014

From the moment I walked in the door the staff made me feel special! This was my second visit and the service, food and cocktails were wonderful. My lunch was oysters on the half shell and the Ceaser salad had plenty of fresh seafood. The salad was crisp and the dressing was tasty but not overwhelming. We were seated by the window overlooking the canal which was very pleasant. I drive from Cape Cod to meet friends at this restaurant and find it to be well worth the 60+ mile trip!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We always love coming to Hemenway's. This was another great dinner. It was restaurant week (which we didn't realize), so it was crazy. We had later reservations for the dining room, but we tried to dine at the bar which is always our preference. Cody was outstanding. I have experienced his service a few times in the past and he is always on top of his game. Saturday was a huge success primarily because of him. He went out of his way to keep us occupied with drinks and snacks until we could get to the bar. Very professional, very engaging, and a lot of fun to interact with. He made the crazy crowd seem less painful. Take good care of him!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We like to go during restaurant week because it is such a great deal. Otherwise, we usually save it for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2014

I went to Hemenways with a friend from Boston for Restaurant Week.The Service was fantastic and the food was so delicious that i cant wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 14, 2014

Hemenways did a GREAT job from the moment we arrived till we left the door!! VERY impressed with the hostess, lady in coats, manager and our wonderful waiter, Cory! Food was EXCELLENT and we were NOT rushed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2014

Best of the 4 restaurants we went to during Providence Restaurant week - can't wait to go back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2014

Excellent food, excellent service. Perfect dinner after a show at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2014

If I could fix on one thing that was not worthy of FIVE STARS...I would...but I can't!
You have a remarkable restaurant. Thanks for being where you are, in "Providence."
Continue to be, what you are - an extraordinary place to eat...providing an unforgetable dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2014

The food and service were excellent. I felt very taken care of. The view is gorgeous, too. Very romantic. The drink menu is lacking though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Tried during restaurant week. Had the specials and were happy we did. Both fish dishes were very good. You always need one of their famous Stollie Dollies when you go. Yum but remember to limit yourself.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2014

steak was chewy, and shrimp was somewhat spicy which menu did not indicate.

clams in linguine with clams were ok, but some very chewy. the meal itself was bland.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Best meal I've had in a while! Plus you enbraced restaurant week. While other restaurants make you ask for the menu then only give you one menu we were automatically shown the special. I can't wait to go back on a regular day. Thank you for the wonderful food experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2014

We went for lunch on Saturday during restaurant week. After reading outstanding reviews we were left somewhat disappointed. It wasn't that anything was "bad", it just was barely "good".

Our server was excellent. The little maitre'd guy was overenthusiastic, unexperienced, and frankly a little bit annoying.

Starters were fine but nothing special. Presentation was dull. Main courses, one was decent, with nice roasted seasonal vegetables. The second was greasy and flavorless, but not terrible. Dessert: one was yummy, the other did not taste fresh, and would have been better had it been warm, the cranberry sorbet it was served with was very good however.

Disappointing considering they supposedly pride themselves on their seafood.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2014

I made reservations over the phone for my 50th birthday. We sat in a window seat overlooking the Providence skyline. Bill, our waiter, who has been employed at Hemingways for the past 24 years, is no doubt the best waiter in RI. Attending to all your needs without even asking him to do so and eager to make suggestions as well. I have dietary restrictions (gluten/dairy free) . There was an gluten free menu for me, and kodos to Chef Lee for providing a gluten/dairy free dessert for my special 50th birthday. I placed my request for a special dessert on my reservations and not only did Chef Lee make a delicious speciality, he served it to me and then returned to the table to see if I liked his creation. Hemingways is consistently wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2014

We did this for a friend's bday during restaurant week. We stuck to the menu but had drinks and oysters too. Great service and the food was amazing. Even for the discounted rate the portions were large. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2014

Every visit is a special occasion -- food and service are always top notch and specials are always worth trying.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2014

Hemmenways gets it. Food is excellent. Service was great. Atmosphere finds an excellent balance of classy but not pretentious. "Additional Information" provided through open table when booking had been relayed and acknowledged by each of the members of staff we interacted with. One of our favorite restaurants!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2014

I've been to Hemenways for Restaurant Week before, and they do not disappoint. The lobster chowder is - as always - excellent, very creamy with a few chunks of lobster in it. Skip the crackers; there's enough salt in the chowder that they add a little too much to the cup/bowl. The grilled salmon with miso was just wonderful, and the grilled artichokes go very nicely, making a dish that's not too heavy. I finished my meal off with the flour less chocolate torte, which is supremely tasty and very decadent. We had a group, and everybody loved their meals, even without sampling the house specialty - oysters. Definitely recommend for groups, and I would think it would make a great romantic dinner for seafood lovers!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2014

I had the Restaurant week special, the main course was a seafood Medley. The Seafood was overcooked and dry!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2014

Very good food, excellent service and attention.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2014

We were in town celebrating our anniversary and chose this resturaunt simply because we enjoy seafood. We couldn't have been happier with our choice! We arived a little early and were warmly met. Easily found a seat at the bar and waited for our table. It was ready before we finished our first drink. The table was excactly as requested, Window seat with a River view and rose peddles on the table. The Server was excelent, the food was delicious (Seafood Pasta and Paella), and finished with a compementary anniversary dessert and coffee. We will go again the next time we're close.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2014

Since Ned Grace created it, Hemenway's has (with only a short time where it fell off the rails a bit) always been a Rhode Island culinary landmark. One of the first daily fresh fish restaurants in the region, the menus hasn't strayed too far from its roots. The new menus brings forward a little more chef-i-ness to the preparation of its signature seafood selections, but the server will tell you each time, you can have it as plain or fancy as you like. We enjoyed rare tuna and salmon prepared a few different ways. The meals were dead on and nothing was left for the doggie bag. Our server was a pro, with our neighbors extolling their seats, "We get Annie to wait us from this table!"

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2014

This spot was super impressive the 1st time we visited.
Each and every time back has been just phenomenal.
Kudos to our server Brandi..Awesome food, service and ambience..
Try it.. You'll like it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2013

We waited a bit for our table but we were in no rush, our server Annie was great, food was good, drinks were good. Great night out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Went on NYE. Crowded but orderly. Food and service were excellent. A great place for a special occasion.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2013

we have gone here once or twice a year for about 20 years and it's always very good or excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2013

We have always had great seafood at Hemenways. They know how to prepare seafood perfectly. My husband is very particular about seafood is prepared and even at the best restaurants it can be overcooked, but not at Hemenways. The wait staff is attentive without hovering and the atmosphere is lively without being too loud and distracting.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2013

Everything was top notch. From the wonderful greeting by staff to the sparkling environment and delicious food. There are no negatives at Hemenways.

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