The Dorrance

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560 reviews
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The Dorrance is the perfect combination of old world glamour and majestic architecture. Built in 1901, this beautiful space is surrounded by breathtaking stained glass windows, each depicting a different Coat of Arms from wealthy European banking families. Inside this amazing restaurant you"ll enjoy couture cocktails inspired and designed to awaken the palate and relax the soul. The Dorrance uses only the freshest local ingredients in both their kitchen & beverage menus, reflecting the creativity and passion of the Lester Family. Open Tuesday through Saturday for Dinner and Lounge, The Dorrance is also available for weddings and private events.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Dorrance is a beautiful restaurant with upscale historic charm. Even on a Wednesday night the bar was full, which kept the noise level comfortable . The cocktail menu is unique and delicious. For dinner, the chef was very helpful making replacements for my dietary restrictions. The food was delicious, just expensive. A great place for a special occasion.

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KG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The cocktail list is out of this world. I went for restaurant week and the food was OK. Nothing earth shattering. The ambiance is one-of-a-kind, really fancy enjoyable vibe.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter (Adam) who made the meal so special. Amazing food and great atmosphere. Perfect for a date, and I will definitely be returning when I'm in Providence again.

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MV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow, food tasted very good bit was quite expensive.

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CG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time! Food, Service, everything was just beautiful and delicious!!!!

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ML
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!

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GS
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Don't waste your money on this place. The building and interior are beautiful, but the food has gone steadily downhill since the start. It was very good when it first opened. It now has mostly bar traffic, and I can understand why. The food is really unimpressive. My daughter and I ordered the pasta special, agnolotti stuffed with truffle and potato. There was not a truffle within a mile of this dish. It was essentially pasta stuffed with mashed potatoes. When we drew this to their attention, they agreed and did not charge us for those dishes, which was decent of them. But really, there are so any better places to eat in Providence that it's not worth going here. We would not again except maybe to have a cocktail at the bar. Our server was very kind and attentive but not knowledgeable about the food or the wine.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing. He had great recommendations and fun sense of humor. He was calm and efficient when someone in our party accidentally spilled their red wine all over the table. The food was some of the best I’ve had. Perfect for a date night or fun night after seeing the show. Cool atmosphere and beautiful building!

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EM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Beautiful, charming space, good food but somewhat limited menu. The overly casual waiter spoiled our experience. A place such as the Dorrance requires more professional staff. “No problem” is not a suitable response to any request made by a customer.

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h
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner before a performance at PPAC and loved it! The perfect setting to begin our evening.

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GC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Entrees took quite a while to come. Service was generally very good but we noticed a lot of others were getting small complimentary desserts but we did not.

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CB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is elegant without being overwhelming, since the building is an historic bank building with high ceilings, chandeliers, and marble. The servers were very attentive. The cocktail, oysters and main course all were very good, well presented and of appropriate quantity. We both had beef, which is an occasional food for us, and the short ribs and prime rib were delicious. The meat was served with seasonal fall vegetables.
We opted out on dessert but had espresso.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner at the Dorrance was, as usual a spectacular night. The food was cooked perfectly and full of deliciousness. And the drinks were of course on point!

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c
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I guess I should have read the menu prior to going but we went to the Dorrance for our anniversary. It is such a beautiful building that I made some assumptions about what type of menu it would be. The only two beef options on the menu were shortribs or a hamburger. There was only one fish option, halibut and then chicken. I guess I was hoping the menu would match the venue. It was just an odd menu more suited to a bar than a very nice restaurant. So if you are looking for a celebration dinner with food you don't usually cook then this is not the restaurant, but if you want good sort of regular food then this would be a good choice.

The food quality was good, the portions size on the fish was a bit small but the shortribs was fine. The calamari was not fresh, so it was really chewy. Overall if we had just gone out to dinner this would have been fine but for a special occasion it would not be my first choice.

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

An elegant bar with great cocktails. The food was OK, but in the future, I'd keep it to cocktails there.

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CJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and appetizers. Beautiful restaurant and good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by Adam! Great food...

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i
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our ladies night out so much. The room is beautiful and grand, but the service is very personable and warm so it balances out perfectly. We opted to share plates which is a good decision for trying a few things. The foie gras and waygu steak were stand out, but we enjoyed a variety of cheeses and a pasta dish as well. We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Low key and quiet at first but became very loud when the band started playing. It was the weekend before Halloween so everyone was dressed up.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience! Amazing good!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love The Dorrance. That said, there were a few hiccups this time. Ordered the brussel sprout small plate and they were incredibly undercooked. Then one of my guests ordered the eggplant entree and it was incredibly OVER cooked, to the point if being inedible. I’ve never had a bad meal and while last night was no exception it certainly wasn’t the best.

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BH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was extremely slow! There was a mix-up on our cheese board order, instead of the 4 cheeses we selected only 3 arrived on the table. To add insult to injury, the bill had 3 orders of 5 cheeses totaling $105 worth of cheese board! Luckily I noticed it before paying.

The manager did provide free deserts for everyone at the table after realizing how long we say waiting for our entrees. But, it then took 3 attempts to bring out a cup of hot coffee for my guest. The first 2 walked up from cold to lukewarm.

What was planned as an impressive culinary experience ended up an embarrassment.

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GC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu with small plate options. Extensive drink list. Our waiter was new and the manager was very conscientious to make sure we were satisfied in every way. My first drink order did not come out to my liking and it was promptly whisked away and replaced with something I preferred. Very gracious service, the small plates were excellent.

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall; a genuine, authentic Providence feeling of downtown with interior architectural ambiance.

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Usually great experience here. This time, menu new and significantly reduced. Food ok but not great and not worth cost.

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FS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's great to see the venerable Greater Providence Deposit and Trust lobby morph into a see and be seen tableau for upscale dining. The only detraction is the noise level... It's not always easy to hear your companion, or group members at a table. It was great to see people dining late and enjoying all that Providence had to offer.

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BA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice to see foraged mushrooms on the menu, maitake. Wish it wasn’t used so sparingly

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SK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Dorrance is a beautiful place. The menu offerings are limited and it is well written if you are a very high end chef or super foodie. However if you are the average or even above average person you will need your phone to google much of what is on the menu. The prices are ok for an inner city venue of this caliber, however the portions are very much like the menu...somewhat limited. Fortunately however there are many other places in the city to grab a cappuccino and dessert afterward. The server was very knowledgeable and prompt and did his job well. It is not a write off, but rather an experience. The custom drink menu is definitely worthwhile and I think would pair nicely with an appetizer...which this is really the perfect place for rather than dinner.

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G
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just outstanding on all levels. I only wish I could remember the name of our waiter. A party of 15 can be a challenge and he was beyond professional and so kind. In fact all of the staff I met couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. It was a great evening and the food was delicious.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is very nice inside. I was a bit disappointed in the food. We spent $165 per couple and the food was just okay. I actually left still hungry. The best part of the dinner was the appetizer, the dinner was ok and we did not like the desserts. We thought the price was high for what you got.

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B
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as always. My wife and I love the cocktail list and the seasonal menu changes never disappoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend out to dinner at The Dorrance for date night and we were impressed from the moment we arrived to the moment we left! The valet service was outstanding and the texting feature they use to communicate with worked perfectly. The food was absolutely delicious and in addition to our meals we were given not one, but two surprise samples straight from the kitchen which were also delicious! The atmosphere was beautiful and eloquent. We were greeted with smiles and nothing but politeness from every member of the staff from beginning to end. 10/10. Simply fantastic!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Cocktails are amazing. Unique dining environment

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J
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

COCKTAILS COCKTAILS COCKTAILS!
They were great and so many options to choose from. Food was good as well but drinks were on point.

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The restaurant is great! The food was very good, though the number of items on the menu was limited to one page (not including drinks). The waiter did a great time suggesting both food and helping pick a wine that was great!

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BL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great. Place is beautiful. Just found the music really out of sync with the dining experience. Trying to have good dinner conversation and horrible rap music was blaring. Really distracted from the meal. Need to decide if you are going to be an elegant dinner location or a late night club.
It's hard to be both well.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was spectacular!

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The dorrance is beautiful, best way to describe its interrior. I went with my parents and boyfriend. The food was very unique, I ordered the burger and had to send it back twice due to it being undercooked. Regardless,the staff was very polite and helpful and continued to make the experience a lovely one. An owner was sitting by our table as well and was extremely attentive, and really made our table feel appreciated. The burger was quite good after the end result, and its noted that my fathers risotto was exquisite.

I have never had such great attention as this restaurant, although the food may not be as great as the decor, ambiance, and authenticity of the place, the owner really went out of her way to ensure it was a well worth evening.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing! The atmosphere in an old bank building is phenomenal! Great food & impeccable service. Would definitely go again when we’re in town!

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