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The Dorrance

4.5
4.5
657 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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    European, Global, International, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen
    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Cocktails
    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 521-6000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Cross street

    Westminster Street

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
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  • Additional

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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

Menu

Featured Item

  • Rhode Island Harvested Oysters*

    Cocktail Sauce, Mignonette, Lemon

    • each$3.00
    • Half Dozen$16.00
    • Full Dozen$30.00

Snacks & Small Plates

  • Rosemary Sea Salt Roasted Almonds$5.00

    • Giardiniera$5.00

      Mixed Pickled Vegetables

      • Marinated Castelvetrano Olives$6.00

        Citrus, Garlic, Herbs, Chili

        • Warm Root Vegetable Salad$9.00

          Herbs, Sunflower, Dijon Vinaigrette

          • Hearts of Palm Salad$11.00

            Chicory, Citrus, Marcona Almonds, Shallot Vinaigrette

            • Foie Gras Torchon$14.00

              Kumquat Marmalade, Popover

              • Winter Vegetable Pakora$9.00

                Tofu Dip, Chili Oil

                • Calamari$14.00

                  Squid Ink and Black Garlic Aioli, Toasted Sesame, Herbs, Lime

                  Pasta

                  • Cacio e Peppe

                    Spaghetti alla Chitarra, Chive

                    • Half$11.00
                    • Full$21.00
                  • Ricotta Gnudi

                    Creamed Kale, Toasted Breadcrumbs, Parmesan & Chili Oil

                    • Half$12.00
                    • Full$23.00

                  Large Plates

                  • Curried Chickpea Stew$19.00

                    Butternut Squash, Kale, Bulgar, Whole Wheat Flatbread

                    • Roasted Half Chicken$23.00

                      Winter Vegetable Hash, Pepita Gremolata, Soft Polenta, Herb Jus

                      • Grilled Halibut$26.00

                        Cauliflower Puree, Fennel, Celery Root Salad, Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette

                        • Wagyu Coulotte*$28.00

                          Romesco, Crispy Potatoes, Roasted Garlic, Herbs

                          • The Dorrance Burger*$16.00

                            Onion Marmalade, Cheddar, Horseradish Aioli, Pickles, Frites

                            Cheese

                            $8 Each / Two for $15 / Three for $21 / Five for $32

                            • "Nancy's Wheel" Old Chatham

                              Pasturized Cow & Sheep's Milk, New York

                              • "Appalachian" Meadow Creek Dairy*

                                Raw Cow's Milk, Virginia

                                • "Manchester" Consider Bardwell Farm*

                                  Raw Goat's Milk, Vermont

                                  • "Caveman Blue", Rogue Creamery*

                                    Raw Cow's Milk, Oregon

                                    • "Dorset" Consider Bardwell Farm*

                                      Raw Cow's Milk, Vermont

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                                      What 657 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      4.5
                                      4.5 based on all time ratings
                                      • 4.4Food
                                      • 4.6Service
                                      • 4.6Ambience
                                      • 4.2Value

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                                      1. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 22, 2020

                                        overall5food5service4ambience3

                                        It was Great!

                                      2. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on November 14, 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.

                                      3. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on November 8, 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The only place we spend our Anniversary!

                                      4. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 15, 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      5. CD

                                        ChrisD

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 10, 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The service, drinks and quality of food were outstanding.

                                      6. M

                                        Murasaki

                                        Washington DC

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        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.

                                      7. o

                                        oreo

                                        New England

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on September 26, 2020

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                      8. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 18, 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.

                                      9. L

                                        Lynnie

                                        New England

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        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!

                                      10. JK

                                        JKURI

                                        New England

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        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.

                                      11. B

                                        Bret

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        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

                                      12. R

                                        Ronaldo

                                        New England

                                        21 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        21 reviews

                                        Dined on February 16, 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!!

                                      13. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        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.

                                      14. AC

                                        AndrewC

                                        New England

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on February 15, 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great place to bring your special someone on any occasion

                                      15. SC

                                        SaraC

                                        New England

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 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.

                                      16. v

                                        vpnbuilder

                                        New England

                                        11 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        11 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!

                                      17. SV

                                        SarahV

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 8, 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Beautiful building, excellent service, delicious food!

                                      18. LW

                                        LovesWine

                                        New England

                                        7 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on January 25, 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      19. K

                                        Kyw781

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 25, 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!

                                      20. MJ

                                        MaxJ

                                        New England

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on January 24, 2020

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                      21. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        8 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        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!

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        11 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        11 reviews

                                        Dined on January 19, 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!!

                                      23. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 18, 2020

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent!

                                      24. L

                                        Linda

                                        New England

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        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.

                                      25. M

                                        Mike

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 5, 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

                                      26. RM

                                        RobertM

                                        New England

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 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.

                                      27. BB

                                        BostonBeauty

                                        New England

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        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).

                                      28. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 28, 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.

                                      29. VB

                                        VictoriaB

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        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.

                                      30. FS

                                        FS25

                                        Los Angeles

                                        18 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        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!

                                      31. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New England

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        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.

                                      32. SL

                                        ScottL

                                        New England

                                        13 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        13 reviews

                                        Dined on November 30, 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.

                                      33. CY

                                        ChristopherY

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 14, 2019

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Beautiful building, great atmosphere, food and service

                                      34. DD

                                        DianeDP

                                        New England

                                        59 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        59 reviews

                                        Dined on November 10, 2019

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                      35. S

                                        Sameera

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 8, 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!

                                      36. MS

                                        MaureenS

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        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.

                                      37. I

                                        Interiors

                                        New York Area

                                        8 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on October 27, 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.

                                      38. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Los Angeles

                                        13 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        13 reviews

                                        Dined on October 13, 2019

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      39. DF

                                        DonaldF

                                        New England

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 12, 2019

                                        overall4food2service5ambience5

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

                                      40. h

                                        hermione62

                                        New England

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 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 657 OpenTable diners.

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                                      • Cross street

                                        Westminster Street

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Providence

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Kitchen
                                        Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                        Cocktails
                                        Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        European, Global, International, Contemporary American

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Elegant

                                      • Dress code

                                        Smart Casual

                                      • 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.

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Entertainment

                                        Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
                                        Like us on Facebook for weekly updates

                                      • Additional

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

                                      • Phone number

                                        (401) 521-6000

                                      • 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

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