Providence Oyster Bar

4.8
1622 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located on Historic Federal Hill, Providence Oyster Bar stands out as Rhode Island's premiere Seafood House. Upscale, yet casual, the Providence Oyster Bar welcomes you to be spoiled by the freshest selection of oysters and clams.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 1622 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in town!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We arrived early and had bar seating - I asked if there was a possibility for a table. The hostess said yes but it was towards the back of the restaurant. We said that wasn’t an issue. It was freezing and towards the back door. It took over two hours for us to get our food. Our waitress was very apologetic and nice. We saw at least two tables after us get their food before us and check out before we ate our dinner. The food was ok. I wouldn’t go back.

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linav
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Kylie was amazing! So sweet and very attentive.

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vipLynne
New England
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and the bartender, Caitlyn was superb !!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While traveling to the Providence area to visit family, we visited the Providence Oyster Bar at the recommendation of our local family. The food was outstanding (some of the best lobster bisque I’ve ever had), the service was as good as it gets, and the atmosphere was just perfect for our party of three. I would definitely return if in the area again! The photo is of a halibut special that was fantastic!

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vippaul
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular as always! Sat at the bar where you get exemplary service. If you want an app that tastes so good it should be illegal (LOL) then try the Asian Sticky Wings…we got TWO orders!! Great atmosphere and the staff is super friendly. Great food and drinks also!

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vipLauraI
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I ordered the entree special of the day…Salmon Oscar. It was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive wine list and impressive menu!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our dinner was planned to be a celebratory one, capping off the holiday week with our adult children. We were seated quickly and the ambiance was nice. However we seemed to be an inconvenience to our server, Vanessa I believe her name was. My husband chose the special, which he needed to explain was being offered. I chose the cod, which to me had too much sweetness But the rest of the family enjoyed their meals. My son flagged down the manager for a second round of drinks. Vanessa never returned to the table except to deliver that round of drinks and to drop off the tab. The meal was hardly worth the tab or the service. I’m a heavy tipper but it hurt to leave the one I did. I hope the manager took a cut. There are lots of great restaurants in the hill. Don’t waste your money on this one.

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vipAlyson
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming here! Excellent experience, superb food, and always incredible and entertaining service! Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve celebration. Great atmosphere, service was excellent and food delicious. Free valet parking is a bonus. Downside is bar area is crowded so if you get there before table is ready you may need to head to one of the bars next door while you wait.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Kiley was phenomenal!

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vippedort
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was an excellent experience for all of us. All-around top both time!

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James
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently excellent! … oysters and all seafood entrees are amazing!

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four dinners and three appetizers were above delicious. The service was spot on. Just enough to satisfy our needs and not too much to be annoying. The ambiance was nice and for two days before Christmas the noise level was pleasantly quiet. We’ll be going back and would highly recommend this restaurant to all.

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amrar
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT FUN MENU
we ordered all sorts of items from Raw Bar and Appetizer Menu lots of fun

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam behind the bar is one of the BEST bartenders I’ve ever had the pleasure of. Ring served with! Service and cocktails are simply the best!

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vipbeeg
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. Energetic work staff. Very accommodating to my request to move my reservation. Bartenders, Steven and Adam, were awesome.

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vipLaurieS
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. From the time we walked in, to the time we left, everything was great!

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vipFoodcritic2
New England
37 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 7:45pm reservation and was promptly seated. We ordered the oysters (always good here) and the cod and halibut. Both dishes had a nice presentation, served hot and were flavorful. The expresso martinis and cheesecake were perfect! I loved how creamy and light the cheesecake was verses gritty and heavy. Our waitress was exceptional!!! Would definitely recommend this place. Have been here a dozen times, never disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ! Tray ! Adam ! Steve! Are the best ! Hands down.

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vipGaryP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with family.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time . from vallet to the dinner everything was amazing.

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AllyK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was amazing and my final choice, the Alaskan Halibut over risotto, was absolutely amazing!!! I can't wait to go back!

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vippaul
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects as always

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MF401
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful evening. Happy hour was great, fantastic mussels. Entrees we’re outstanding. We sat at the bar, service was excellent, can’t wait to go back. Thank you providence oyster bar.

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vipStephS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartenders are awesome

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Julied
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jordan was fantastic! We told him we were going to play and he helped get our orders in so that we were on time. Jordan was extremely attentive we didn't have to wait for a thing we asked for. A great meal and overall ambiance. Loved it, we will be back!

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Sarah
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was fun and enjoyable and the waitstaff was great. The food was acceptable—not great, but decent. The fancier the dish, the lower the quality. Fried seafood was excellent, more complex dishes mediocre. Same with the drinks. The more basic cocktails were reasonable, the more innovative were not good. This is a good place to go for basic food and drink. But avoid the more ambitious food and drink.

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vipLaxman
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great; your bartender Adam was professional and the reason we’ll return! Great experience from valet parking to professional and timely service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with the experience at Providence Oyster Bar! Friendly bar staff, well crafted cocktails, and the BEST buck-a-shuck!

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LauraW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal here was a highlight of our trip to Providence. We sat at a high top in the bar area, and the bartender and our server were exceptional. Everything we ordered, food and drinks, was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual.

AH
vipAHT4139
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Per usual we had a wonderful experience. Service was slow at first but once we were attended to service was excellent. Food was delicious! The noise is moderate but to be expected from a busy federal hill restaurant. The only complaint I have is the constant banging sound from the bar. All through out our dinner there was a constant loud banging sound coming from the bar area and it was definitely annoying and took away from the overall ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my friends 26th birthday. The atmosphere was great. We ordered drinks and appetizers for dinner which was amazing. I dine at POB at least twice a month. It’s my favorite restaurant on Federal Hill. Love love love the Fuego cocktail !

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vipClintH
New Mexico
33 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great bar with excellent happy hour and the dinner.

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Alwaysdining2018
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great . But every time the entrance door opened, there was a swoosh of cold air coming down the Bar. Very uncomfortable. Can that be remedied? Oysters are up in price, not a buck a shuck anymore ! Disappointing.

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vipPeter
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Busy restaurant but well staffed and food was very good.

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Coleslaw was a bit ginger heavy, everything else was good

DC
DrewC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Providence Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. Providence Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 272-8866.

Providence Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1622 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.