The Dorrance

4.5
665 Reviews
$30 and under
European
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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 665 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was Great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my girlfriend here for her birthday... The food was excellent, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was incredible... Our waiter was awesome... I would highly recommend this restaurant to any couple, who would love a perfect dinner date.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only place we spend our Anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening. Great ambience. Gorgeous venue. Wonderful food. Melinda’s service impeccable.

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, drinks and quality of food were outstanding.

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vipMurasaki
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were returning from Maine and overnighted in Providence. So glad we dined at the Dorrance! We had the best salmon ever and also enjoyed everything else we ordered. Service was superb. Tables were far apart so we felt safe. We would love to return.

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oreo
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere as always, and the service was excellent. All masked, and all courteous

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The space is gorgeous and intimate. Elijah was our server and he was awesome, attentive and professional. The food was excellent as well. Homemade past was delicious and the fish was very fresh. Definitely worth going.

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LynneL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and the food was wonderful. Everyone from The Dorrance was so friendly and Brian, our server, was outstanding. He was attentive but not intrusive and he handled all our requests quickly and with a very positive attitude. We could tell he was smiling even though he wore his mask. Thanks to everyone at The Dorrance for a memorable evening!

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JKURI
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed their restaurant week offer. 3 course dinner menu with cocktail paring. Not very impressive food, but good and really value for money. The staff members were very nice and the interior is gorgeous. A lovely place to visit again.

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Bret
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was lovely. Enjoyed the food and cocktails very much. Loved how spacious the restaurant was

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vipRonaldo
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there on Saturday, 2-15-20, which was Valentine weekend. The food was outstanding and our server, Adam , was equally as good. Our evening was wonderful and Adam contributed to our very positive and enjoyable dining experience. looking forward to going back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at The Dorrance. The food was great and the decor was really different. The music they play is also refreshing.

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AndrewC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring your special someone on any occasion

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SaraC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, delicious from beginning to end. Our server was fantastic, it was like we were the only ones in the room.

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vpnbuilder
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Connor was our waiter and very friendly and attentive. We had the calamari as the appetizer and it was outstanding. My wife had the pan seared fish which was cooked perfectly. My scallops were very good too.
Every thing was brought out quickly, service was excellent and the cooks did an outstanding job. We went to The Dorrance last September and the waiter Adam recognized us and chatted with us. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the local eateries and he told us about some good breakfast places. He even wrote it down so we wouldn’t forget
Highly recommend this place!

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SarahV
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building, excellent service, delicious food!

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vipLovesWine
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time. Food was fabulous and server Jim was excellent.

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Kyw781
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We adored our dining experience at the Dorrance. The ambiance was wonderful: gorgeous architecture with high ceilings, white tablecloths, low lighting. The service was impeccable. We had 4 teens in our party and our server asked if they would like a "mocktail" surprise. He brought beautiful drinks and made their evening. The pasta was handmade that very evening--delicious! We felt like royalty. Several times, we received extra treats on the house: potato appetizers, and later chocolate chip cookies. Our waiter was there at just the right moments: not hovering, yet checking in to see if we needed anything. A wonderful experience. We will definitely return!

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MaxJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great place to relax and have a good bottle of wine ( Bordeaux)
A very pleasant waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited The Dorrance tonight and enjoyed a 3 course meal as part of Providence Restaurant Week. The food was excellent and well presented. The coq au vin and top sirloin were delicious and a perfect portion size. The service was very good and the pace set for courses by the server was just right. The bread knots and chocolate pastries served at the start and end of the meal compliments of the kitchen were a nice touch. The ambiance and decor were very beautiful with the old bank vault set up as a sitting room, windows with different coat of arms and an intricate ceiling design. Wonderful experience and will definitely dine at The Dorrance again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious and the fact that it was restaurant week meant that it was a great value. We loved everything we ordered including a fantastic bottle of Napa Cabernet that was also reasonably priced.
Definitely go!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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Linda
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Five long-time friends had dinner to celebrate our birthdays. The atmosphere is elegant and is perfect for any special occasion. Our waiter, Conor was outstanding. He immediately made us feel welcome and added to our enjoyment of the evening. He recommended meal selections and was extremely attentive. When our desserts came we were surprised to have birthday candles on each plate. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam our server was very knowledgeable and even suggested what ended up being delicious dishes on the menu. Great service all the way around. Oysters were fresh, Dorrance burger was a little under cooked for medium well but still tasty enough to consume. All in all, it was a great experience. highly recommended to give this restaurant a try. The ambience in itself is top notch. We will definitely be back! My gf was very pleased on her birthday!-Mike

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RobertM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and our waiter Adam was the only server doing tables. He was superb as he did a fantastic job as he was alone. The Calamari was probably the best we’ve ever had. I had the Lobster pasta which was delicious and my wife had the Char which she enjoyed immensely. The atmosphere and price was great.
Would highly recommend and visit again.

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BostonBeauty
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and I dined here on New Year's Eve, at the latest time allowed before you had to buy tickets to the party/entertainment part of the evening. We had never been here before but had kept it in the back of our minds for years and thought that the gorgeous 1920s aesthetic of the restaurant would be perfect to ring in the 2020s, and it was! We chose to sit up on the mezzanine level, which was completely empty! Our waitress Hannah was excellent (and I loved her outfit!). The portions were larger than expected, and the food was absolutely outstanding — I'm still thinking about it! Nearly the whole restaurant oozed a splendid, sophisticated ambiance (the disappointingly plain upstairs bathroom being the one exception).

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

This is a genuine error on the part of management. Keep the volume level down until 9:45-10:00. You would not lose a single lounge customer but my date and I skipped two 30 dollar large plates because you can’t hear someone one foot away from you. Band is great—-it’s just the timing and volume.

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VictoriaB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in providence. We got married here and they remember us every year. The food is always phenomenal.

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vipFS25
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go! It’s a great restaurant in a beautiful place - but not at all pretentious. The food was excellent - we had delicious rabbit pasta and perfectly cooked scallops. The server was helpful giving some great suggestions, but did not rush us. They offered us both an amuse guele and a dessert yummy. The wine was delicious and they make a perfect Manhattan!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Dorrance for the atmosphere and dining experience. The food is good and so is the service.

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vipScottL
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at the Dorrance. Although the menu is limited the food is excellent and very reasonably priced. Our waiter Adam, was patient, knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommended.

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ChristopherY
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building, great atmosphere, food and service

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vipDianeDP
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening with friends in a beautiful setting. Our server was excellent.

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Sameera
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most outstanding feature of this restaurant is the service. Put it together with great ambience and food, The Dorrance is an experience in itself and a delightful one at that. Very classy place and a great menu. All the menu items are simple. What ends up being on the plate however is quite unique and phenomenal. We LOVED everything we ordered. Special mention to Agnolotti and the cocktail, Mezteca. Also, they gave us a taste of some items we did not order..Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Truffles. Both of these were so so delicious. Overall, a great place and our casual dinner turned out to be very special!

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MaureenS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have dined at The Dorrance several times and each visit has been a pleasure. Loved the scotch cocktail at my latest visit.

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Interiors
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting Providence, and was attracted by the architecture and live music. The Dorrance is in a former banking hall with Art Nouveau windows and stained glass depicting heraldry from famous banks from centuries past. The musicians -- a jazz/funk trio backing a singer -- were first rate.

For cocktails, I ordered (I think) the Mezcal, which was something different and tasted great. Since it was Rhode Island, my appetizer was clams with preserved tomatoes and scallops for the main course, with pineapple sorbet for dessert -- all recommended.

I'll definitely come back the next time I'm in Providence -- The Dorrance is almost worth a special visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic and the food was great. Overall it was a great experience.

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DonaldF
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The food did not match the beautiful building and wonderful service,

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hermione62
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Great service! Music by Joe Davis and the Funky Autocrats!! Fabulous time!

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The Dorrance is rated 4.5 stars by 665 OpenTable diners.

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