The Dorrance

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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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New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal we had at the Dorrance was exceptional, and the service equally so. The menu is more focused on a certain number of items, all if which are superb, so I would suggest looking at the menu before going to be certain it fits your tastes.
We started with their marinated olives, which are delightful. I found that the oil/garlic/olive marinate makes the best dipping oil for the magnificent bread the restaurant serves.
We had the Marcanda Promis bottle of wine with entrees, which is heavenly and highly recommended. The strawberry shortcake dessert was a perfect ending.
Great food, great service, and the place inside is just stunning.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta was amazing!! And service was perfect!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent drinks at the bar before hand. Food was fresh and tasty.

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b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about the Dorrance. The food was excellent, the service great, the atmosphere was amazing and the noise level was very acceptable for dinner conversation. Overall we had a great time and would definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a graduation dinner. The tea selection was a little bit wonky, as they didn’t have any regular earl grey or English breakfast but instead some interesting blended concoctions that didn’t appeal to everyone in our party. Otherwise, an amazing experience. The chickpea stew and the steak wear to die for. Great service as well.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter, food was delicious, nice high ceilings, good bar

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Long wait for food that was mediocre, given its cost. We ordered the flat iron steak, which was the only beef available on the menu. The meat was tough and not seasoned correctly. The mashed potatoes lacked consistency and were more like a sauce.

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SW
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great pre-show dinner on Saturday night. Service was excellent and waiter ensured we were done by showtime! The calamari was a highlight! Be sure to save room for dessert!

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J
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the bar and the old bank building! Had a great waiter who made suggestions for my daughter who is vegan. We really had a nice experience after a show!

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ML
New England
41 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent after work. By far the best service and culinary delights.

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ST
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ambiance, excellent cuisine. Unmatched service.

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ML
New England
41 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Clean and beautiful inside. Great service and food. The cocktails are by far the best part. Great special occasion place to go.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World class. Lovely space, attentive service, fantastic food and some of the most creative and delicious cocktail recipes I have had. Great downtown Providence location.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for brunch in Providence. Super friendly and informative staff, and I highly recommend the orange cinnamon bun!

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! The food and service are incredible.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of a kind ambience... oh yeah, and the food and service was top notch too! But wow... that gorgeous, wide open, one of a kind ambience makes The Dorrance an absolutely one of a kind dinner experience.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dorrance is always a wonderful experience for special occasions when you want a quality dinner with awesome service.

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E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Nice selection. Good service. Elegant setting.

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EB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very quiet for dinner from 5:30 to 6:30. Phenomenal service by waitress and bartenders. Food was excellent from apps through dessert.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the atmosphere was nice, and when live jazz started playing it all fit together for a great time and overall experiance.

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SB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Dorrance on Saturday of Valentine’s Day weekend. Prior to our visit, we were advised that the Valentine’s Prix Fixe menu would be available Thursday through Saturday, but upon arrival were advised that this was not the case. Adapt and overcome, though - rather than a glorious 4 course meal with drinks, we enjoyed a glorious 3 course meal with drinks, and had a beautiful time. Looking forward to returning, as the cocktail list is phenomenal.

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around. Our waiter was super friendly and knowledgable even gave us some free champagne to help celebrate our anniversary!!

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j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome drink list and great food. Get the Haddock!

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J
Houston
90 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here is outstanding! They were very attentive to our needs and making sure we were happy with our food! We will definitely be going back!!

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r
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety of food. The short ribs were lean and delicious, service was excellent. This is a must try if you haven’t already.

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RD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I got a gift card to The Dorrance for Christmas, so I made reservations here before a show at PPAC. The restaurant was beautiful and the service was great. Fancy, but not enough to make you uncomfortable. I thought the music playing in the background was a little strange and didn't really go with the atmosphere, but whatever. My only problem was that I'm not really a fancy-food kind of girl. I like burgers, mashed potatoes, pub food, etc. There was nothing on the menu that really interested me. I got the braised beef which was just ok to me. I did not like the sides that came with it. My husband on the other hand loved it and thought everything was fabulous. I miss restaurants with normal food. I'm not into the foodie revolution. So overall, a good experience but I probably won't be back just based on the menu. NOTE: If you are planning to go here before a show as well, give yourself a good 2 hours for dinner.

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A
New York Area
321 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely dining room, noisy when private events are taking place. Good value for restaurant week. Would recommend, would return

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent but it was very noisy

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EW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary with a wonderful meal.

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TS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, bartender, food amazing! Love this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
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 on January 15, 2019
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 10, 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
3 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 29, 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
41 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!

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GS
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 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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