Hemenway's

4.7
5215 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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manuelF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service great.
Food was ok.
Great server Diane
Overpriced

Hemenway's
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your feedback. We strive to deliver an all around exceptional experience and never like to hear a guest did not enjoy. We will take your remarks to heart and hope that if you join us again you will have a more typical Hemenway's experience.

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CherylB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never ate at Hemingway's before but had a gift certificate to use - I wish I had (10) more gift certificates to use - This place was amazing - The food, the service, the view out the windows overlooking the bridge that crosses over where they have water fire - I was completely blown away - They are definitely a place I will go back to again
5+ stars for everything!!!!

Hemenway's
Responded a day ago

Thank you for joining us Cheryl. We are glad you had such a nice visit and we are honored to earn your 5+ star review. We hope you will be back again soon.

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vipGEM1
New England
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops entree off the menu was excellent. Cod special was also great!! Right or wrong...I tend to prejudge a restaurant by their bread... Warm buns with salted butter! YUM!
Service was excellent despite us being difficult customers navigating the gift card/credit card/rewards split! :(

Hemenway's
Responded 21 hours ago

Thank you GEM1. So glad you enjoyed and so happy our bread started you off on the right foot. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Taleen
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good and quality, however maybe let the chefs know that in general the food could be more flavorful. the salmon was good but did not have much flavor besides salt and pepper. Same for the swordfish. I understand letting the fresh fish shine but it was quite boring in flavor profile. Maybe include other new flavors/spices/ etc. Still good but not amazing. The appetizers and raw bar blow the entrees out of the water.

Hemenway's
Responded a day ago

Thank you Taleen. We are glad you enjoyed and we appreciate your feedback. We will share with the culinary team. We strive for excellence in all our meals and take our guest feedback seriously.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food and service!

Hemenway's
Responded 21 hours ago

Thank you!

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vipChristine
New England
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Hemenway’s! Our waiter was excellent, too!

Hemenway's
Responded 21 hours ago

We are so glad you did!

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vipRebeccaJ
New England
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST New England Clam Chowder EVER!! Our whole meal was SUPERB!

Hemenway's
Responded 21 hours ago

That's quite the honor! So glad you enjoyed it all.

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Batman
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter our server was excellent! Knew the menu and specials of the night. Pear us with a smooth crispy sweet Resling that went with dinner quite nicely. Awesome job great service! The bartender on staff, love love love the white grape martini he makes. Cant wait to come back for more!

Hemenway's
Responded 21 hours ago

Thank you Batman. We are glad that Peter made a great impression. We will share your feedback with him. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really great time

Hemenway's
Responded 21 hours ago

That is great to hear!

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vipSusanS
New England
76 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemenway’s never fails to impress us with their food or service! We were celebrating Valentines Day a day late and couldn’t have been more pleased. Sara, our server, was over the top in all areas. Thank you , Sara and Hemenway’s staff !!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Susan. We are glad you enjoyed your celebration with us and happy to hear Sara was tops. She really is. We look forward to you joining us again.

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ALee
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food was overpriced server was a little forgetful-

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Sorry to hear this. That's not typical of our usual standards. If you'd like to tell us more about your experience, please reach out to Tobey Sanborn our General Manager at 401-624-6300. He'd be happy to discuss your visit. Your satisfaction is important to us.

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Mary1256
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful romantic dinner at Hemingway’s for Valentine’s Day!! Food was deliciously prepared!! Our waitstaff was excellent...major kudos to Diane!!

We’ll be back!!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Mary! Very happy you enjoyed and we will be sure to thank Diane for making a positive impression.

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MariahC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was satisfied with the service overall just disappointed that they ran out of lobster and the stuffing on the shrimp tasted a bit burnt. But I will be going back again for the lobster and the service was great Diane was very friendly offered specials and had no problem bringing the clams back when my husband accidentally ordered raw instead of steamed. I would definitely recommend to others. thank you

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us Mariah and for sharing your feedback. We always want to deliver a 5-star experience and never like when a guest is disappointed. We will take your note to heart. We are glad that Diane was helpful and we are happy to hear you would recommend us. We hope your next visit is more like our typical outstanding experiences for which we are known.

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BigCtheMilfHunter
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall was a good experience, restaurant was not that full but that was due to COVID 19 restrictions, however the only downfall i had was the waitress we had only came back to the table once and i would have appreciated if she came back a little more often and was more attentive.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us and for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed but never like to hear that our service was anything less than exceptional. We will discuss with the team. We hope that if you join us again we can earn a 5-star rating with our typical service standards.

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vipTimothyR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Hemenway's delivered a terrific dining experience with high quality servcie and food.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Timothy! We are very happy you enjoyed

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TyroneL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve herd great things about this place so I was excited to bring my wife here for Valentine’s Day and I must say the food and service was perfect. We each had the surf & turf with with the baked stuffed lobster for our main entree but we started with bacon scallops and also some fresh oysters washed down with some wine ☺️ Needless to say we will be returning often for now on.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us for Valentine's Day and we are glad you and your wife enjoyed. We look forward to seeing you both back here again soon.

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RichardW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Covid seating makes it more open- nice

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Richard!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Experience ever on Valentines day!! Great accommodations given we had our 2 yr old son with us. Waitress gave us an amazing experience, with curiosity, humor, enlightenment to our dinner there.... Ask for Theresa - Believe me best if the best !!! Oh and the Oysters for Starters is a MUST !!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

What a very kind review and we are so happy we could make your Valentine's celebration special. Thank you for joining us and we hope you come back again soon.

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vipPeterG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hemenway's has been consistent for many years. Great location, great service and food.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Peter! It's been an honor to have served all our guests for so long. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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StevenL
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience once again at Hemenway’s. Food and service was great.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Steven! Glad you enjoyed.

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GregW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I ordered the two lb baked stuffed lobster. The stuffing was outstanding but the lobster meat was kind of tasteless.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback Greg. We will review with our culinary team. We always strive to bring our guests the very best and we are always working to make improvements where we can.

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WokDisWey
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was the first time my wife and I have dined at Hemenway's. The food was great and the service was amazing. We don't go out very often without the children so this was the perfect date day for us. We love to eat and try new things so we will definitely be back at some point.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us and we are thrilled you both enjoyed. We look forward to seeing you again.

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RyanK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. A must stop whenever we’re in Providence.

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Ryan! We appreciate the recommendation.

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vipMalcolm
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to Hemingways a great Providence Restaurant

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

We always look forward to serving you too!

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johnc
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent as usual. I had the baked stuffed lobster. What I liked about the dish is that the stuffing had very little stuffing- it was primarily seafood..

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you John! We are very happy you enjoyed and appreciate the 5-star rating.

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Mantis
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere! Loved the scallops and lobster ravioli but thought that the calamari appetizer needed a lot more peppers.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed although we will pass along your feedback on the calamari to our culinary team. That's usually one of our most popular appetizers.

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vipBelgium
New England
88 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our last dinner at Hemenway's was excellent. Unfortunately this time, it was quite disappointing. First of all our table, tucked away in the corner and too small to be comfortable (while other larger tables were still available and later used for couples). We should have said something.
The wine by the glass is limited and very classic (apart from an Austrian rose). The food was ok, but not extraordinary. My swordfish was in fact quite basic (I could not taste the orange, mint or fennel): just grilled fish with potatoes. Service was pretty much at par.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you for joining us again. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed. That's not the excellence we are known for. We would love to hear more and invite you to give Tobey Sanborn, our Senior General Manager, a call at 401-351-8570. Your satisfaction is important to us.

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vipTimothy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Highly recommend Hemenway's for great customer experience.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you Timothy. We are grateful for the recommendation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire dining experience was fantastic. We sat in a booth near the windows and watched the sun set over the river. Danny, our server, was great and his recommendations were spot on. I had the fisherman’s fra diavolo stew. The array of seafood was outstanding- lobster, swordfish, shrimp, scallops and clams with just the right amount of spice! My husband had a two pound lobster stuffed with scallops, shrimp, lobster claw and white fish. This was the best tasting seafood that we have ever eaten! We ended with a piece of the key lime pie. Delicious.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 9, 2021

That is great to hear. We are glad you enjoyed it all (and especially the key lime pie). We hope you come back and join us agian.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing!!

Hemenway's
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you! That's what we like to hear!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Theresa was our server and she was absolutely perfect! She is classy, genuine, and easy to chat with. We appreciated how much she valued wearing her mask properly and gave us time to put ours on as she arrived to our table. Theresa is a server you want to keep going back to and that’s exactly what we’ll do. Highly recommend her!

The only criticism from our visit are the alcoholic beverages. They are a bit on the pricey side, which is ok with us, except that they were light on the liquor. I got two dirty martinis and felt no differently after drinking them. I usually only have two drinks when I go out and have a nice tipsy vibe.

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Hemenway's
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you and we are glad you enjoyed. Theresa always makes our guests happy - we will pass along the compliment to her. We will also share your feedback with our bar team. We are always looking for ways to make sure our guests are happy with everything.

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CarraC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good! Enjoyed our meal. Service was great, a little rushed with apps and salad but server apologized and held off on our entrees. Nice wine list, reasonable prices. Limited menu due to winter and covid but still plenty to choose from.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you Carra. Glad you enjoyed.

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JeffT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always excellent! A favorite place to dine when I visit the area.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 4, 2021

Thank you Jeff! It's an honor to be a favorite.

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donnaz
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, selection, and service, as always. My favorite seafood restaurant in Rhode Island

Hemenway's
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you Donna!

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LoLo
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect !

Hemenway's
Responded on February 3, 2021

Just the way we like it!

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MorganA
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an all-around great experience! Everything from the service and the food when we walked in, was a 10! Our server Brian made the experience that much better! We were celebrating a birthday, and he and the Hemenway's staff made it such a great experience! The food and drinks were awesome! I appreciate the impression everyone worked hard to leave for my party. I look forward to coming back again!

Hemenway's
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you Morgan! What a very kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed it. We will pass along your compliments to Brian too. We hope we see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best server from Croatia and a lovely meal.❤️

Hemenway's
Responded on February 3, 2021

Happy to hear you enjoyed it all!

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vipRhodyJoJo
New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy to see a local legend and favorite abuzz with diners again! The restaurant has ensured proper distancing between parties and staff observe all required precautions when dealing with clientele and each other. The food was, as always, fabulous, and we were very happy to be dining out again!

Hemenway's
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you RhodyJoJo! We are happy that we continue to be a favorite spot for so many local diners.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good night out--Food was very good-- service was professional/all business

Hemenway's
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you Steve! Glad you enjoyed.

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LynneL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Hemenways was fantastic. Danny, our server, was attentive and funny and made our evening. The food was delicious and came just at the right time. We hope they keep the dividers between the tables as it made the noise level very low.

We will definitely come back again.

Hemenway's
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for sharing your feedback and we are so glad you enjoyed. We will pass along your feedback to Danny too!

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Hemenway's is rated 4.7 stars by 5215 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.