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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.
Providence, RI 02903
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
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The Dorrance offers Valet parking Friday and Saturday after 5:00pm. Valet is also available for special events.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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