The Dorrance

4.5
539 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Global, International, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Kitchen: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Cocktails: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(401) 521-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alberto Lopez
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Private party facilities
The Dorrance is available for weddings, private parties, and special events 7 days a week. Please call the restaurant to set up an appointment and discuss details.
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Private party contact
Lindsay Houle: (401) 521-6000
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Westminster Street
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Parking details
The Dorrance offers Valet parking Friday and Saturday after 5:00pm. Valet is also available for special events.
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Public transit
The Dorrance is located in the heart of downtown Providence walking distance from Kennedy Plaza and the train station. There are 7 local hotels within a 5 mile radius of The Dorrance.
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Entertainment
Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Special events & promotions
Wedding & Special Occasion menus available upon request
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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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
4 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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PK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent cocktails, attentive and helpful server, even though he was stretched.

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. Great cocktails paired with our meal at the recommendation of the restaurant. Beautiful atmosphere with live music that was not too loud. Can't wait to go back!!

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MD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my dear friends and I went to The Dorrance in celebration of restaurant week and it did not disappoint! The portions were more than enough, the flavors were delicious, and all of the wait staff and staff were accommodating and lovely. I would definitely return!

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DD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Providence Restaurant week at The Dorrance. The server was great. The food was awesome. We had been disappointed with an earlier restaurant week choice. The tastes the chef sent out were amazing. We will go back for sure.

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our entire experience at The Dorrance last week. My wife and I plan to become regular patrons!

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EB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff and the ambiance make this place. The drinks are amazing, and the food is good, but really we went for the ambiance anyway.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything excellent, except tiny portions (while I understand Fine dining doesn’t mean quantity). Thus, overall value, despite Restaurant week, was diminished.
Our waiter was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reward staff for hard work dinner.....

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never give ratings, but this restaurant deserved a five star. The service and food were excellent. The chef even sent a special dessert to the table! Delicious food, amazing atmosphere, and impeccable service!

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant staff called to confirm our reservation the day of. The restaurant interior is beautiful and well lit. The food was delicious (from both the restaurant week menu and regular menu) and environment was comfortable. Their drink selection is vast. Cocktails were impeccable. Service was timely and the restaurant was very accommodating. Overall a positive experience. Thank you for having us!

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T
New England
60 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent, the food was even better! Definitely will return.

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LH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was wonderful. Great upbeat vibe and the inside was beautiful. However it was frustrating that they seemed to be out of everything we wanted. Also the sirloin was not as good as expected. The drinks however were very good. Overall it was a fun date night but a little overpriced for the amount of food you get and the lack of selection.

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent dinners, outstanding dessert.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a favorite of mine. It is a go to for special occasions. The food, service and ambiance are amazing every time. They pay special attention to detail - the service is outstanding. We had several appetizers to start - the hummus, oysters and calamari, all delicious. I highly, highly recommend the lobster tortellini as well. It's mouth watering! And there is a great portion of lobster in the dish. This restaurant is a must try!

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was to die for. We LOVED our drinks and the food was amazing. I loved the complimentary mini appetizer and dessert. We will definitely be back.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been trying to get there for three years. It was worth the drive from Boston! Great service, fabulous food, gorgeous setting, and that ceiling! They knew it was a reunion for my family and they sent out surprises through our meal and complimentary prosceco which added to our experience! Can’t wait to return!

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R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the finest restaurants in Providence. The chef was very creative and the presentations were fantastic. Each ingredient was carefully matched with other ingredients and their cocktails are top drawer.

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P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed our meal and drinks at The Dorrance. The food was fresh, not overly seasoned (you could taste everything), the service great and the cocktails were very nice. No room for dessert, unfortunately.

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t
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good, great service, great decor, great drinks. what more could you want?

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been meaning to make it to The Dorrance for a while and a friend's birthday came up, making it the perfect occasion. It is such a beautiful location and the food was phenomenal. My friend and I both had the Filet Mignon and boy was it worth it. The portion was perfect too. Our cocktails we're so delicious and creative. There is definitely something for everyone. The wait staff were friendly, helpful and just wonderful al around. Can't wait to go back!

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