Providence Oyster Bar

4.8
1410 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1410 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmark
New England
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam is a Rock Star Bartender!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat out often. One of the best meals I have ever had. The Cioppino had an amazing amount of seafood, by far more than I have ever had with similar dishes. We sat at the bar and Adam and Steve were amazing.

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JoshuaC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Probably the best oysters that I have had, delicious drinks, fabulous dinner served fresh and hot, and great service. Two times in the same week and loved each time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We had multiple people take care of us thru the night, all of which were very friendly, funny, knowledgeable and attentive! The vibe inside was super chill, loved the playlist. The bartender Adam was great! He remembered us from the last time we were there which was very surprising since we didn’t even get to eat at POB, we were on the other side, their sister restaurant! And our designated server, I can’t remember his name sadly, some super handsome young guy, was fantastic as well! Definitely recommending this joint for future customers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go because of your Awesome bar staff !

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat at the bar. Bartenders were great (thanks Trey, Zach and Adam!)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Appetizers were great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was great! Service was great but drinks were slow- granted it was very busy. Overall enjoyed this place but it was a little hard to hear my date.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

This had to be the worst experience we ever had in Providence dining! We have gone to several upscale and casual restaurants in Providence and have had the best experiences & the most amazing food ever! We honestly feel like we were literally robbed! We ordered what they called "Alaskan King crab" leg for $45 for a half a pound! What we were served was a major disappointment. We got the bottom part of some sort of crab that was completely knuckle and claw, and they were very tiny pieces of crab inside that we had to use tiny forks for. The only thing that weighed a half a pound was the shell!
As far as the rest of the meal, we ordered some seafood stew that was all miniature so we really did not need a real fork the entire meal, we had to use the tiny forks to eat everything. They said on the menu that they were clams in the stew, but in reality those were little necks! The manager came over and we expressed our disappointment however we were charged full price for the miniature meal that we were served! The quality of food at this place used to actually be good, they’ve changed their menu into mostly everything fried. We mainly went there for sushi, however, all of their sushi is now made with fried tempura! Why??
But you should never serve a customer something other than what you have explained on the menu and charge as much as they do! Do not dare go to this place or you will feel like you just burned $150! We were still starving when we left too. Had 2 disgusting apps as well that were just basic bar food.

BH
BridgetH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood and sushi was amazing! Wait staff was extremely friendly and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food mediocre. Not terrible, but no wow factor at all.

JW
JacobW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks.

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vipanneh
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steve and Trae were the best!

CM
CentralMassDiner
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We reserved an outside table for our party of three. The Providence Oyster Bar only has about six table outside the front of their narrow and long restaurant, which is quite typical for restaurants in this busy Federal Hill venue. The Federal Hill neighborhood has a prominent role in history and is best known for its Italian American community and abundance restaurants, especially Italian restaurants.

Federal Hill got its name after a 1788 Fourth of July ox roast celebration. The celebration organizers intended to celebrate the ratification of the Federal Constitution by the 9 of the 13 states needed to create the United States. Because anti-federalist sentiment was strong in Rhode Island, General William West led 1,000 armed farmers to Providence to stop the celebration. Eventually, a compromise was reached and the celebrants agreed to celebrate Independence Day only (not the ratification of the Federal Constitution). The issue remained hotly controversial in Rhode Island for two more years until the state finally became the last of the original thirteen states to join the union (Wikipedia).

Today we were simply celebrating a pleasant Saturday afternoon, as two or our party were craving oysters. For our lunches we ordered:

Lobster Roll: $29
Oysters (8): $24
Rhode Island Calamari: $14
Sushi Spicy Tuna Roll: $13

The lobster roll is served with warm lobster, as opposed to the traditional New England lobster roll, and was tasty and substantial, as one would expect from a $29 lobster roll. The oysters were good, though I've certainly had better. The calamari was also tasty, but got soggy after a short while. The tuna roll was good, but not at all spicy. Service was excellent throughout the meal. Total cost was about $115 with tip. Overall we thought the lunch was good albeit not exceptional, but on the pricey side. As the cost increases, so do expectations. Overall we agreed this eked out a four star visit.

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!! The lobster roll with butter was AMAZING

EC
EricC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A nice variety of excellently prepared seafood, as well as a nice selection of regional oysters and other shellfish. Service was excellent: friendly, knowledge and attentive without being overly in your face. Crowded, of course, and a bit noisy, but it's well worth putting up with those inconveniences for the great food. Expensive, so maybe a special occasion kind of place, but definitely worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Thanks for having us. We enjoyed the fresh seafood and oysters especially. We missed that they bo longer have the Chilean sea bass on their menu.

JC
JulieC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was not what we were use to and the service was poor. They use to have the best wings and aps but the wings were the worst wings I’ve ever had... Anything that wasn’t the raw bar was HORRIBLE!!! I can not express how horrible the wings were. I will not be back it cost us $100 for crap food and we didn’t even get drinks.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a mix up with my reservation but the manager was so kind enough to accommodate me. He was able to sit me and my friends inside for happy hour even though inside was booked. I was happy with the service and had a great time my friends! Food and drinks was amazing! Thank you Oysters bar! Will be back again..

BJ
BrookeJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the perfect spot for the best in seafood, ambiance, and great service. Will never forget our trip to Providence Oyster House!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! As always!

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vipFoodcritic2
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We liked the lobster wontons and the sauce it was served with went well with it. We found the vegetable roll a bit bland for our taste. Oysters are ALWAYS good there. We have never had any there we didn’t like. We enjoy their espresso martinis as well. Service at the bar was a bit crazy. Had to just grab whoever was walking by to help you order verses just one server but, thankfully there was someone walking by pretty often :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tray I love you !!!!!

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vipGeoffrey
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food is always outstanding!

TG
vipTheGreat
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaitlyn was a lovely server. We were outside (still playing it safe) and the awning made being outside with the hot sun comfortable. But the loud bikes that run around really make some noise!

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Wjean4
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and amazing seafood!

JM
JoeM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipBarbara
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a great dinner. The Alaskan halibut was outstanding. The swordfish with lobster mashed potatoes was also excellent. Warm, friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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BenL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a double date night with friends from the Midwest who wanted some NewEngland seafood. Thought we try the Providence Oyster Bar and was not disappointed. It was worth the drive. Great atmosphere, our waiter Rigo was the Best, food and drinks were delicious. Ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell, ciopino, Cobb salad with salmon, sesame seared ahi tuna and baked halibut. Perfect portions, fresh and absolutely delectable. Definitely highly recommend and will return soon.

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viplabloom
New England
63 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Our server was great...introduced me to a dirty, spicy martini, which is my new fave. We shared a sushi roll which was great! Them my friend and I had the fried oyster dinner. To be honest, it was just okay...the cole slaw didn't have much flavor, and neither did the oysters or the french fries. This is the first time I have ever ordered it, and the first time in all the many times I have been there, that I was not pleased with my dinner choice.

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Bdiner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Shrimp cocktail, oysters and sushi were excellent. Salmon was undercooked. Good drinks and service.

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Judith
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters and shrimp cocktail are so fresh and delicious. The cocktail was exactly as ordered. Overall, a wonderful experience and great place to bring an out-of-towner who wanted to enjoy our state's fabulous fish.

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JOHND
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sword fish I ever had!!!
Happy hour specials also a great deal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an incredible dining experience. Accommodating, welcoming, and just all around stellar. Adam and the other bartenders, along with the kitchen and management provide a+ hospitality, delicious food with great value, keeping us coming back from Boston every few weeks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go weekly and took some out of state friends last night and we arrived to find out I only booked for 2 when in fact it was 6..... they accommodated us regardless and the service was as good as the food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. Reasonable pricing for the quality of food. Will return!

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SoulerFlare
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A small but nice spot on Federal Hill with convenient valet parking. Friendly service with prompt food. Excellent raw bar. Good for a special lunch or similar.

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NayelineF
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Although we loved the food and the service but cause we chose a table outside it kind of ruined our night since the cars and motorcycles driving by were so loud. The wsit time for the actual meal was ver long as well. We would definitely go again but choose to sit inside instead of outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! The filet was melt in your mouth, and the mussels and fries appetizer was to die for!!!

CM
CM1234
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, food was delicious, and our waiter was exceptional!

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 1410 OpenTable diners.

Providence Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/791/atwell-group.

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.