Great setting. Food was all good and nice proportions. Not too big. Nice wine selection. Had a good Barolo. Got pretty loud towards the end of the meal with a band playing. Hard to hear the conversation.
Service was good and so was most of the food. The steak tasted a little old. The place is beautiful. It was really slow on the night we went, so it was a little weird eating in such this big space without anyone around you. Might be back on a weekend when it's busier.
We started at the bar, which is great. They have a great selection, and very knowledgeable bartenders. We then moved to dinner. The service was good, but the food was just ok. We tried to order something off-menu, and it was relatively disappointing. I would suggest you stick to menu items.
It was love at first sight then again at first bite. The site is unique, decor is elegant and the dinning area and bar are well appointed. The food was delicious and each plate so meticulously presented as to border on fine art. My wife and I are looking forward to our next visit. She even suggested that we get married again so that we could have the reception there. Thank you to everyone at The Dorrance for a truly memorable experience.
I enjoyed the dinner at The Dorrance. The live band was a bit loud for dinner time; the type of music clashed a bit with the elegant environment. Very enthusiastic wait staff. Delicious cocktails.
Beautiful building in down town Providence. The chilled corn and crab soup was fantastic and my lamb dish was wonderful. My wife had the ceasar salad and enjoyed it , but felt that the tuna special was a little lacking in flavor and presentation .
We where both disappointed that, the cheese board, that was on their online menu was not available when we got to the restaurant .
It was our first time at the Dorrance, and will give it another go!
Our group of 7 dined here on Saturday night. Beautiful building, and wonderful service. We all enjoyed our meals and found the creative drink menu fun. Tried several of the drinks -- all were delicious. My only complaint was the music. It was a bit loud and made it difficult for our older diner (90 years old!) to hear. Other than that it was a great choice. If we lived closer, we would go back.
The ambience is great. Amazing converted former bank space. Dishes all sounded very interesting when viewed on menu but the flavors did not come together. Curried cauliflower very good but little dabs of sauces did not really add anything. Scallops on a corn succotash with pancetta where the pancetta completely overwhelmed the delicious seared scallops. Rack of lamb had an an olive tapenade that masked the flavor of the lamb. Chef is over reaching with ingredient combinations that just don't come together and mask rather than enhance the wonderful flavors of he main ingredients.
Let's start with the positives.... great romantic ambiance, likeable waiter, reasonable noise level for a cavernous room (former bank), and good food. We had a good time! It is great for a special occasion or a group gathering. However, like too many restaurants these days, they seem to have forgotten that the purpose of dining is eating! Small portions and overpriced meals, even during Providence Restaurant Week ($35 for three small courses). This was a time to shine as a restaurant that some people hadn't been to before (like us). But the salad was simple greens, the swordfish dinner consisted of three small pieces with a modest assortment of vegetables, and the sirloin steak was good but somewhat sinewy. The desserts were of high quality and excellently presented, but "mini" in nature. The panna cotta was very good. The ice cream and sherbet dessert selection was embarrassingly small. And yet, once again, the desserts were of good quality and well presented.
This restaurant wants badly to believe that presentation and quality over quantity is what diners want. We disagree, and consequently won't return to this restaurant, unless invited by others. It wouldn't take much to make this a great restaurant in the right leadership hands, and be a great asset for the City of Providence.
Delicious food. Beautiful space. Great bar. Genuinely friendly waitress.
Only negative- tiny entre portion.
Went during restaurant week and enjoyed the Porcini Tortolloni immensely!! The rich mushrooms and perfectly cooked tortolloni were draped in a savvory olive oil. I would like to be eating it again right now!! The portion was just right for me, however someone with a heartier appetite would have found the portion too small.
The curried cauliflower was delectable too. My friend enjoyed her swordfish-- Very good food (wish they had more cabernets by the glass) phenomenal building!
the atmosphere and décor is wonderful....our waiter Jim was great. unfortunately, can't say that for the kitchen....everything took forever to come out...app, entrée and dessert/coffee...even the waiter was frustrated! they need more kitchen cooks especially when it's restaurant week.
will try again another time because the place is so beautiful...hope it will be better.
The service, presentation, and ambience were amazing but the food and drinks were underwhelming. Ordered a sirloin and 1/3 was inedible fat and grizzle which is not acceptable at this level of restaurant. Portions are too small as it is to lose a 1/3. It was overcooked as well. Their drinks have 'odd' additions (jalapeño, ginger, etc).
We went out for girls night and could not find a drink we liked.
Waiter was amazing and attentive!!!
Had a wonderful dinner here on Wednesday night. Our server was attentive and friendly. She made sure everything was to our liking and was a pleasure to talk to. We ate off of the restaurant week menu and enjoyed everything. The mussels, salad and steak were all very good, but the dessert was the real highlight of the meal. The decor is unlike any other restaurant in Providence, loved the high ceilings. Can't wait to return!
The Dorrance is absolutely gorgeous. I would highly recommend stopping here for a delicious, hand-crafted cocktail or a glass of wine. However, the service was just so-so and the food was actually disappointing. I had pork chops, something I rarely order but was told were on special. They were dry and tasteless and not cheap. Save your money, eat elsewhere. Definitely stop in to see it.
On the side we sat was under staffed causing the service to be extremely slow, not acceptable at all for a location which always has struggle to establish
I was surprised to see that there were hardly any patrons in the restaurant at 2:30 pm on Mother's Day. The room was beautiful. The bar looked nice, but it was completely empty. Our waiter was very cordial and knowledgeable, but he neglected to ask us if he could replenish our drinks or get us another cocktail or glass of wine during dinner. My mom said the oysters were delicious. I ordered the lobster and filet dinner. It was just ok. The lobster was a little dry/overdone. The filet didn't have any seasonings/sauce and its natural flavor was average at best. My husband enjoyed the pork chop. The drink menu was quite unusual, but the waiter said The Dorrance is known for its unique drinks. The experience was OK. Adjacent guests seemed to be regulars there and their conversations were extremely loud and annoying as they shouted from one table to another. Not sure if I'd return, given the multitude of exceptional restaurants in Providence.
We always enjoy our meals and clever drinks at the Dorrance!! They never disappoint!!! Add a beautiful setting to the picture and the meal is complete!!
Very nice for pre theater. Beautiful restaurant , formerly a bank from the 1920s. Art Deco. Check out the "vault' in the back. . . We were able to leave our car with the valet until after the show at PPAC. Next visit we will check out the jazz band in the lounge.
I made reservations for my wife and I at the Dorrance for our anniversary since we had had our wedding at a previous iteration of the location. We were happy to see the ownership had kept the extremely classy and unique interior that had attracted us to the establishment years earlier. Any changes that we noticed, such as to the seat decor or the bar area were definitely upgrades that only enhanced the establishment's ambiance. The staff was very courteous, which was even more appreciated considering we had brought along our 6 month old daughter and needed to turn a table for two into a larger space. They couldn't have been more accommodating! My wife very much enjoyed her pork chop and my filet mignon was a fantastic cut that seemed to melt in my mouth. Delicious! The drink menu also was every bit as unique as the place itself. Do yourself a favor and visit The Dorrance; you won't regret it!
The historic bank building was wonderful and beautiful. Excellent wine list. Our server was knowledgeable and fun.
The food was presented well, but main courses did not live up to expectations. Duck was very good, salmon was just OK, and Swordfish special was somewhat dry and bland.
We'll probably give it another try, because others have said Dorrance offers great food.
Food was very good, as were the drinks.... It was a bit pricey though
We went to celebrate my husbands birthday. Our server, Kaylie, was excellent. She was just the right blend of friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. She was genuine and helpful but not hovering. Please give her a thank you from us. We started by sharing the curried cauliflower...which hit all the right notes. My husband had the braised short ribs which were good. I had the sea bass which was cooked perfectly. We finished with the spiced chocolate bar....having watching our neighboring table devour theirs. My husband said the Dorrance ranks among those meals we have had that are so memorable that you can recall them with one word....or dish. What more could you ask for on a special occasion.
My wife and I went to the Dorrance for our night out in Providence, as we had driven in from our stay at the Ocean House (which I cannot recommend enough) for a quiet dinner. Well, we arrived a little after 5 and it was quite dead for Saturday night, but then again, they had just opened. We were seated at a table away from the bar and greeted by our waitress. She was absolutely lovely and a highlight of our evening. We both ordered drinks from the bar and waited patiently. The drinks were well received by myself and my wife, probably one of the best Old fashioned's I've ever had. Now, is where the experience drops off. We had the Burrata Caprese as our starter. The Burrata was runny, I mean milky water covered half the plate, and it became instantly unappetizing. My wife had the Chicken and Dumplings, which was quite good, except for the size (small) and quantity (3) of her dumplings. I eagerly dove into my Pappardelle and Lobster. The pasta was cooked perfectly, but unfortunately, the Lobster was rubber and inedible. We were hesitant about ordering dessert, but figured we might as well, so we went with Oops! I Dropped the Pie! It was a creative presentation and actually, quite good. Overall, the place was beautiful, the service was excellent, and the drinks were wonderful. So, stay for a drink , but just go elsewhere for food
Very interesting cocktails. Very tasty - a must try.
Food was great. Drinks were even better. David was our waiter and took excellent care of us. Definitely will be going again soon.
Wonderful food and excellent service... Beautiful restaurant!
I enjoyed The Dorrance but will probably not go back. Service was good and the cocktails were interesting and tasty. Downfalls: bread starter was dry and uninspired and was served without butter. Food was expensive and one in our party had to send back a meal that was cold. I got the filet which was very tasty and nicely prepared. $9 ice cream "flight" was incredibly disappointing - barely a bite of each of 3 flavors. "Oops I dropped the pie" was equally stingy and disappointing.
Plusses: attentive and friendly service, pretty and romantic decor, valet parking.
Been there for a work party before but never just for dinner. It was terrific. Calamari was one of the best I've had, and the Wedge salad with homemade bluecheese had great presentation and flavor. Duck was of great quality, and the Lamb Tenderoin/Chop Duo was best of both lamb worlds.
My only complaint is that some of the portions could have been a little bigger, such as the scallops and the calamari. They only gave three scallops, when really four or five would have been more appropriate.
Went for a restaurant week dinner. Followed the menu, and boy was it great! Nice service, and the soup was "out of this world!" Great drinks, great courses, great service. Winner!
Beautiful place, the bartender makes amazing drinks!
the waits between courses were much too long...
I recommend The Dorrance but wait...add it to the end of your 'restaurants to try' list...
The setting in a former bank is wonderful, with a high, ornate ceiling, magnificent stained glass windows, yet simply furnished in more contemporary style. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. Our server, a Johnson and Wales student, was delightful and thoroughly conversant with the preparation of each dish. The swing music in the background was set at just the right volume so as not to compete with table conversation in any way. The only short side of this experience was the noise level, likely due to the highly polished marble floors.
Very good overall experience. Service was excellent...timed our meal perfectly. Great cocktails and busy after work bar scene. In a party of eight all of us were delighted with our meals.
Dinner last Saturday was my second visit to the Dorrance. I’m highlighting that because it isn’t often that I eat at a restaurant for the first time and immediately declare it a must-return destination. But that was the case with the Dorrance, so when I scheduled my recent trip to Providence I made sure it was on the itinerary. The restored bank building, with its high ceilings, ornate architecture and marble floors, is a gorgeous venue that combines historical elegance with a very inviting and current vibe. The tasteful holiday decorations and live jazz music were a bonus this trip. Every restaurant review, ultimately, is about the food, and I will discuss that in a second. But for me what was most notable on both visits to the Dorrance was the service. Our server on both occasions, David, is a pro and was very attentive. He was personable, knowledgeable and made excellent suggestions on dinner and wine. His skill reminded me again that this is not just a family-owned restaurant, it is family run. The owner is on premises; her sons work in the restaurant. And you feel that commitment from the minute you enter the revolving doors, through the meal and into your final goodbye. We started with an appetizer of amazing fresh raw oysters, with just the right wines as a paring, followed by the pork chop and braised short rib entrees, which we matched with different wines. Each dish was delicious and presented beautifully. Throughout we also learned about the food itself, how the wines were selected and the history of this fabulous venue. I arrived as a fan, and left a devotee. I would highly recommend the Dorrance. It's the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, a night out with friends or any special occasion. My only question now is what will David and the incredible staff do next time I’m in town to exceed last Saturday night.
We loved our dinner here. Our only complaint is that the very pleasant waiter didn't offer us additional cocktails or refill our water. We both sat with empty glasses through our entire entrée. I wouldn't let that stop me from returning, however; I will just be a bit more demanding.
The hand crafted cocktails are excellent, decent beer selection and the menu is nice. We shared the duck confit w/pumpkin risotto and the Po Burger. Both were excellent and would definitely try other menu items next time.
The vibe is very cool and relaxed. There is bar, lounge and table seating.
The food was excellent, the service was outstanding, the staff was pleasant and attentive making for a very enjoyable evening.
It has high ceilings worked like antiques, the same with the windows, it has the old vault inside that is opened and transformed into a small lounge! It is a very special place
My husband and I moved to RI recently and finally had a chance to dine at the Dorrance. We loved it. The cocktails are inventive and the food delicious. There was live music playing when we left and I wish I could have stayed later. Looking forward to going back!