Hemenway's

4.7
5328 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
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4.8
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linda
New England
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on a staycation and wanted excellent dining. We had oysters to start, then a bright and flavorful greens salad, followed by the highly recommended lobster Mac and cheese and build your own surf and turf. All was fabulous. And our wines perfectly complimented our meals. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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vipYumyum
New England
50 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Not rushed. Cabbage salad was delicious. Lovely evening. Easy place to talk to each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
102 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome waiter..Danny..highly recommend
fantastic seafood

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RPec
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All good, food quality, menu, and drinks. Unlike many occasions in the past, the service was just fair to OK at best.

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Pswiader
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overpriced but Excellent seafood - consistently good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diane, the server, went out of her way making recommendations on how the meal should be prepared. She even stopped by to ask if everything was oka few times.

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vipLisaD
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great service!

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DAVIDB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Apps and desert were great. Seafood casserole needs pasta to make it a good dinner and make it worth $32. Zlata our server was great and never rushed us

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CathyD
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent as always.

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RubyD
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Diane as are waiter customer service she is great :)

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Stacey
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was absolutely delicious, and the surf and turf was unbelievable! It was one of the best meals we ever had.

The only issue I had was that they sat us at a table next to the bar for my son’s birthday. There was no view, and the seating was too tight.

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anonymous
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little busy for COVID but great service and food

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vipSAAHP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leila was very attentive. We were seated at the perfect table. The food was fabulous! Holly, was in training, but also kept checking with us. Leila is training her well. We had a wonderful time and could not wait to give this review. Thank you.

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vipJamesR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! It's a little pricy especially the martinis but highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, outstanding food.

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Owen
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The reason we came to eat is because we had heard good things from friends.
Our server was understanding and appreciative about the allergies at the table, which was nice. He offered bread 3 times, and we still had to ask the host for it, and someone else brought it. After the introduction, he visited our table one more time to make sure everything was satisfactory, which was roughly 40 minutes after we had been sat. Someone else ran the appetizer, and due to the allergy a manager ran the food. The oysters were not cleaned well, and at 3$ a piece that’s unacceptable. The hot seafood platter appetizer was a good amount of food for the price, and the seafood was cooked very well, but there was bits of paper and a piece of string left over in the plate which doesn’t speak to the level of care an allergy dish should get. Our server did apologize profusely for this and the item was removed from the menu. The baked stuff shrimp were pretty good, but the green beans were unseasoned and over cooked, and the mashed potato’s were whatever. The paella was alright. To sum it up, both items were taken home and still sit in the fridge unfinished.
Maybe it was an off day, but we probably won’t return anytime soon

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RickM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always great. Danny is a fantastic server.

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vipFan4Chicago
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemenways is one of our favorites! Eating outdoors on their spacious patio was a delightful experience today - our first trip out for lunch in close to a year! The food was delicious and the service excellent! Can’t wait to return!

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AllaR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

While it is a great location and restaurant service is good, I'd rate food medioce. The lobster mac & cheese lobster was chewy and bechamel suacy was not the greatest. We were not impressed and do not plan to come back

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vipMiataLiz
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Hair in food :(

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CoachT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Hemenway's use to be our favorite seafood place in Providence. This time however the food was just "fair". Swordfish was tasteless. Salmon was ok however. For the food and service it was way overpriced at $200 for two of us.
Service was ok but waitress was not very friendly or personable.

Place has gone downhill in last few years

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vipJimC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two birthdays in the party of 4!

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Jaron
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best places I have ever eaten at. To start I was stood up and my waitress Ellie was simply amazing. She made me feel like I wasn’t and was soo very kind. She was very attentive and had great recommendations. If you not getting lobster. SEAFOOD CASSEROLE IS WHERE ITS AT!!! The fresh oysters were sooo good as well. I will definitely be returning and it all thanks to Ellie and how amazing the food tasted. Seriously if you are on the fence. Jump it sooooo worth it! Compliments to the chef as well. I’d give 10 stars if I could.

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vipKellielc7
New England
66 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful! My husband and I enjoyed the experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive.

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vipCatMike
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hemingway’s is amazing. One of Our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was outstanding. Presentation on the plate matched all the flavors in every single bite of our dishes. However, the service, despite them being hospitable left a lack luster taste in my mouth. If I dine here again, I would return only for the food, not the service. With delicious food and an intimate but casual and welcoming ambiance there is a certain level of service to be expected/required. Upon being greeted tap water was automatically poured instead of being asked if we had a preference to which I ordered a bottled of sparkling water. I had to ask for a shellfish fork for my raw bar appetizer. We were never served appetizer plates, and ate our appetizers out of our bread plates, and were not given serving spoons for our first course which included multiple appetizers. Also, after our appetizers the table was never wiped of debris and properly set for the next course, used silverware should have been replaced, bread plates cleared etc. It is truly the small things such as this that people like myself who enjoy a nice evening out notice almost immediately. Such steps should be necessary when looking to give guests a 100% “like no other” dining experience.

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vipBostoncouple1
New England
33 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Oysters amazing as always
Service very good
But disappointed in a menu that continues to be a bit mundane and unchanging
We go out to eat for creative dishes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was Outstanding as always!

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vipKathyJ
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Hemenway's for a memorable luncheon on Sunday April 18th. Every bite of food in all courses was magic! Delicious and plentiful. Our waiter took great pride in
telling us about, when asked, the Rhode Island connection to the food. So interested, attentive and well-trained. Ambiance with water view is outstanding.

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vipAmbivore
New England
46 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph provided the best service and, as always, the food was superb

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Randall
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We frequent the Newport restaurant group often however this was not a great dining experience. The swordfish I had was small, overcooked and bland in the black Seabass my companion had he rated eight out of 10.

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vipEbony
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Hemenway's was great. We love it there. The seafood is as fresh as can be, the staff is amazing and the options are excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Have eaten here a few times. Love the food service and atmosphere!!

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Melinda
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jayson was EXCEPTIONAL. He had knowledge of the foods and flavors was smart, kind and funny!

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Heidi
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Bacon on the scallops & bacon could have been cooked more. Overall, a good experience.

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JoeP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The stuffies and scallops wrapped in bacon were great, our waiter Oscar was excellent, and we have no complaints.

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EmilyT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our anniversary and Hemenway's went above and beyond and placed rose petals on the center of the table. It made us feel celebratory and not just another night out to eat. The food was fantastic, everything we got we loved. Definitely will be back!

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vipLove2eat
New England
48 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner couldn’t be better. Food delicious, table decorated with rose petals, terrific server Oscar... delicious dessert compliments of Hemenway’s.... couldn’t ask for more than that!
Thank you Oscar and staff for a memorable evening!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Theresa was simply amazing, she takes such pride in what she does, she’s so friendly, knowledgeable, and a great trainer !!! As she was trainer a new waitress during our dinner. We’ll deff be back and will ask for her to be our waitress again !!

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Hemenway's is rated 4.7 stars by 5328 OpenTable diners.

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