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About The Dorrance

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.

60 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Global, International, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Westminster Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 521-6000

Website:
http://www.thedorrance.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Parking Details:
The Dorrance offers Valet parking Friday and Saturday after 5:00pm. Valet is also available for special events.

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.

Executive Chef:
Alberto Lopez

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.

Private Party Contact:
Lindsay Houle: (401) 521-6000

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding & Special Occasion menus available upon request

The Dorrance Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for a Date (14)
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Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Business Meals (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Cozy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Live Music (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Authentic (2)
People Watching (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The lobster ravioli was delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was pretty good overall. Appetizers were overpriced for the tiny portions you receive.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 2, 2018

It is hard to assess what a true dining experience at the Dorrance would be as my daughter and I were the only diners in the cavernous space which led to a strange, empty feeling. It was the evening after New Year's. The ambiance felt as if they were still cleaning up/clearing out after New Year's--tables moved, a candelabra on a side service table by bar. It was a strange ambiance. My daughter and I are metro New Yorkers and have sophisticated palates--however we found the menu too exotic for our tastes. Almost too over the top at every level. I'd like to try it another time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was perfect, and the food and cocktails were incredible. A great place for an anniversary dinner!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The entire evening was a great experience. The Dorrance played an integral part in the entire off-Broadway experience. Three cheers to Staff, Chef, and valet!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The Dorrance is a top spot for great cocktails and well put together dishes. The ambiance and decor is the best in the area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent meal delivered with exceptional service. The location is a former bank and carries the grandeur of days of old. The cocktails are complex and tasty. Food consistently tasty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

There was a very limited menu, not a lot of selections. The entree portion size was very small, and not a good value.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We drove from NJ to celebrate an early Christmas with our son so we primarily chose The Dorrance for it's convenient location. What a gem this restaurant is! Beautiful ambiance and creative drinks. I loved the way the caesar salad was finished with homemade parmesan crisps. My husband's butternut squash soup was divine as was our son's cauliflower appetizer. For dinner, two of us smartly chose the fresh lobster tortellini, it was absolutely dreamy and I highly recommend it. Our son ordered the chicken cassoulet which was also outstanding. I will definitely return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Lovely setting and excellent food A nice treat for the holidays.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went to dinner as part of a Christmas present. The service and food were wonderful.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have been several times and are never disappointed. The Food, Service and Ambiance are all terrific. I highly recommend dining here for a great night out!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and ambiance were excellent.....this may be my new favorite restaurant. You could make this a special occasion or simply pull up a seat at the bar. I feel like it's difficult to find a place with a good bar and cocktails, but The Dorrance has it. We'll definitely be returning!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Exceptional food and service. Fresh local produce. Friendly,knowledgeable staff

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Stellar service and sexy ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

What a marvelous combination of venue and menu. The Dorrance continues to deliver. This visit was a family gathering on Thanksgiving Eve with family in town. Great food. Wonderful service. A dining room like no other.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wonderful architecture. Service and food was great. Large bar area and some historic touches like the old Bank Vault. Building us to be the Federal Reserve Bank.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The experience here was terrific--- the food was wonderful, service outstanding and the setting perfect

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent Service, food and ambiance! What more could you ask for?

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Another fabulous dinner at The Dorrance. Great food, awesome service, and a fabulous one-of-a-kind dining room.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great restaurant - superb food, attentive service, close to theatre. Wonderful atmosphere and charm.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were on a two-night stay in Warwick and dined at The Dorrance for the first time. What a beautiful space--a re-purposed classic bank with an amazing large bar. We arrived early to enjoy a cocktail and were not disappointed. The bartenders are a treat to watch. True artisans and professionals. We both had the Bardstown 94. We were seated immediately when we were ready, served promptly and served quietly throughout the meal. The food was excellent (scallops for my wife and a swordfish special for me). Also, the valet parking is a terrific plus. Easy to use.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent cocktails and cuisine in a building that, if you are into unique older architecture, will blow you away. Excellent service both at the bar & table.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Where do I start? We love the Dorrance. This time we shared our love for the Dorrance with another couple. They left very impressed. The mixologists were on point and the food was excellent. Service, doesn't compare! This is quickly becoming our go to restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

This was a terrific meal in a unique setting. Service was attentive and we enjoyed our meal a lot. There is excellent salmon on the menu that we enjoyed.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Took my girlfriend there for a date, we were treated extremely well and the service was exceptional! Given complimentary small appetizer/dessert, overall a great experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Drink menu is good. They have a cucumber drink which I very much enjoyed. The decor and feel of restaurant is cool and has a fun vibe. Both my friend and I LIKED our food but I feel like I'd choose other places in Providence for dinner any time. I'd certainly go back again with group for a night cap and place to sit at the bar but probably not for a dinner for any special occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

One of the best meals I've ever eaten. Way better than Federal Hill. Perfect meal. Can't wait to return. Recommend for anyone.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Perfect choice for a relative's 85th birthday. Noise level and lighting were a great match for her. All the staff were so accommodating of her. The birthday girl enjoyed the royal treatment (thanks to our waitress, Nina.). Drinks and food choices and quality far exceeded all our expectations.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The Dorrance has evolved into one of the very best restaurants in Providence. The owners are present and engaged in making the restaurant a total dining experience. Every detail is thought through to make the Dorrance both fun and exceptional when it comes to the menu choices. The staff is well trained and very pleasant. The staff likes their work and get better with every visit. The bar tenders are artists. Their artisanal cocktails are always something to look forward to, and the menu options are fantastic. Don't miss the baked Alaska for dessert.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Average or worse. Not worth it for the money. Calamari was fishy.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went last night for Restaurant Week, drinks were good and the steak entree we both had was very good (flavorful with a nice crust to the steak, even though the portion was small) but the appetizers were NOT great (fig toast and stone fruit "salad") and the desserts were also not very tasty (my chocolate cake was better than the terrible cobbler - cobbler shouldn't be bitter!) Surprisingly, the samples of the gazpacho and the sugar cookies with lime custard we received on the house were DELICIOUS.
I think the appetizers and dessert failed from trying to be too "unique". The fig toast would have been miles better if it had Brie instead of the very sharp cheese it had instead. But Brie is probably too mainstream...also the plating of the fruit salad and the entrees was bizarre, way too much empty plate that only emphasized how minuscule the portions were.
Fun and different experience for Restaurant Week, but I will probably not be returning except for drinks or the gazpacho and cookies.

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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Excelllent meal and service. My sisters and I had a great time and would definitely recommend The Dorrance to others.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Waitress was awesome - friendly but attentive

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Went during restaurant week for the first time. Food was below average. I got the gnocchi and my friend got the cod...dessert was aweful. Who likes spicy on their strawberry sorbet? Won't go again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The Dorrance has the best bartender in Providence. He will mix you a cocktail which you will love and remember. The interior design of the Dorrance is gorgeous, elegant and of historic magnitude.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent service amazing food!! A must do!! Great menu very creative bar menu!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We loved The Dorrance! Great cocktails and we enjoyed our meal. Loved the old architecture and sweet bank vault.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Delicious food!!! Great wine list. Only downside was that we felt a bit rushed by our server. The server was super friendly and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great place, went for our anniversary. Loud as we were sat near the bar. Will go back, later in the evening. Food was great and server was awesome.

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