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The Dorrance

4.6
475 reviews
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$30 and under
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European
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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.
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
What 475 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
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JeffR 
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

The place is beautiful, that’s it. Server was super nice, but didn’t have any sort of training. She didn’t know how to open a bottle of wine, she lost her note cards with specials on it, we asked to have our food coursed out but got it all at once. The shrimp and risotto was just boiled shrimp over boiled rice. The lobster bisque tasted watered down. The only food we enjoyed was the salad. Would not return to eat.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

They helped plan an engagement perfectly. Staff was wonderful and everything went off without a hitch.

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Toni 
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

My overall rating is a 4 for one reason.. I left still feeling hungry.. I restaurant is beautiful, I loved that it is an old bank converted into a beautiful restaurant. The food and drinks were delicious! The drinks were reasonably priced and the food was decent pricing. The menu is small but they certainly have something for everyone. I went with my husband for a date night and the ambience did not disappoint. The service was great, eveyone was very attentive. I was disappointed that I felt hungry when I left. I would definitely return to listen to music and for drinks at the bar, but not sure that I would return for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was out of this world amazing! The chef brought out various fun dishes on the house. This is a wonderful date night spot.

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BrianB (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

An Outstanding dining experience! The service, food, drinks, ambiance and value were all excellent! I can't say enough positive things about our wonderful experience! Thank you!

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BeachGirl65 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our experience at The Dorrance was an A+. Our server, Michelle, was a treasure! The food was amazing, the atmosphere was gorgeous, and we ate at a leisurely pace while keeping in mind we were going to a show at PPAC.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Bartenders were pretty inexperienced but very nice overall. Waiter was very good and the meal wasn’t rushed so we enjoyed the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was outstanding as was service. The venue is beautiful.

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vipJax2 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

This was our second time to visit The Dorrance for dinner. Both times we first had a cocktail at the bar and then had dinner in the restaurant. The cocktails are first rate and the food is really good. The bartenders are very attentive and the overall service at the restaurant is quite good. But coupled with the opulent interior the whole atmosphere is very nice for either a special event or just a fun night out (which was us). My only criticism is that I wish the hostess was actually dressed to match the bartenders, waiters, and the overall interior environment instead of being in jeans.

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Jeff (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great venue and ambience. Good service. Food was very good but small portions. My wife and I finished our meal and both still hungry.

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Vladimir (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Incredibly beautiful decor, and the food lived up to the place's elegance. Highly recommended.

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vipkrssy215 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our second time visiting the Dorrance and it was fabulous! Food was tasty and innovative...cocktails were delightful and the service was awesome! A fabulous dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. Thank you Jim. The food was amazing. Creative and fresh with great nuances. Lots of little niceties that are missing in so many other dining establishments. The bar area was hopping. The surroundings are stately and elegant. A great tribute to a long forgotten throw back era. Parking is not a problem since there is a valet curbside. It is apparent that the owner takes great pride in her restaurant and staff. We look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We loved the historic building. Beautiful and unique setting in an old bank!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Our server, Brian, was amazing and very helpful. Thank you!

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llsdoc (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We went here for Restaurant Week so were not ordering off their regular menu. The server was affable, the cocktails nicely made. My friend's soup and chicken dish were delicious, my salad was Ok. My main dish was not great- it was "Gnudi with Duck Carnitas": the gnudi were undercooked and tasted like flour, as were the veggies which were almost raw; you needed a magnfying glass to identify the specks of duck meat. The gingerbread cake barely had any ginger flavor (did they forget to add ginger?) though the scoop of chocolate sorbet was divine with a deep chocolate flavor. The restaurant itself is beautiful with the amazing ceilings and walls of the old 19th century bank that it used to be.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Had dinner Providence Restaurant Week

Hadprix Fixe menu which was excellent quality and value

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Robert (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The ambience and the restaurant itself is absolutely Gorgeous and breathtaking. Wonderful place to eat. Great locations. Only downside is portions are very small relative to price paid.

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JMAD (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Always classy at the Dorrance. Great service, great food, amazing environment.

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TheDocsMartin (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

I had really hoped to be wowed by The Dorrance -- the location is so great and they have done such a great job with the interior. However, from the moment we walked in it was a little disappointing. Hostess literally walked away from us when we came in the front door without saying a word. When she finally came back we were seated by being led to the table and a pile of menus set down -- she then simply walked away again really without saying much -- it was quite strange. It was a really cold night and despite there being a coat rack by the hostess station no one made any attempt to take coats and we were left to inelegantly drape them on our chairs. Cocktails were the one bright spot -- lots of care and attention to the menu and bartender offered to create custom cocktails for us as well. We were there during Restaurant week so half of our party ate from the prie fix menu and the others from a la carte. Again -- about half the food was good. Unfortunately the more adventurous menu items seemed to be the least successful. One member of our party has many dietary restrictions and the chef did oblige and her food was clearly carefully prepared which was appreciated. Overall probably not one we would return to for a full dinner but might be a fun spot to grab drinks before eating else where.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Amazing atmosphere! Ask about the history of the building! Great food, great mix of flavors. I’m glad you were on the restaurant week list. I will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Wait staff professional and attentive. Handcrafted cocktails excellent. Fresh ingredients, interesting palettes of flavors. Excellent portions for the Restaurant Week pricing.

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vipEricK (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

there was a holiday party that was expansive and loud
food was average
service was spotty

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The lobster ravioli was delicious.

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GfMan (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

So great! Love music and excellent food as well as service!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  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.

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vipBuckyW (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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trio (New England)
5.0  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!

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vipNathanaelG (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 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.

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