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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
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.
Was so excited to go to The Dorrance for the first time and booked a table for two for our anniversary. The atmosphere is impeccable. The service was spot on and friendly. The menu was extravagant and well priced. From the amuse-bouche through to dessert we were overwhelmed with the decadence of the dishes and the attentiveness of the waitstaff. All-in-all, incredible experience!
First and last time at the dorrance. Food was average at best and very overpriced. Service was average. There were 6 in our party with a $450 bill I was definitely expecting better tasting food and higher quality service. With all the great restaurants in Providence, I'd skip the dorrance.
My wife and I dined there last Friday for the very first time. As soon as we arrived thru the main entrance, we were greeted as if they knew us. The hostess even read my "special request" on my Open Table reservation and... it was the most romantic table in the restaurant (Thank you!). That said our server, Brian, was great and the food outstanding. We already told our friends and some of them have already been there. They too spoke highly of it. Also, my wife said the Bartender knows how to make a drink...lol.
John & Diane Prendergast
Ambiance & value low levels were awarded due to the restaurant hosting an excessively noisy event in the bar area which rendered normal conversation among the 4 of us diners essentially impossible.
We were seated as far from the special networking event as possible, but there is no getting away from the noise from such an event in this restaurant.
The food while very good quality was minimally portioned for the price charged.
A $300 charge for 4 people in a restaurant where we were unable to share conversation at our table is totally unacceptable. While we have used this facility for special dining occasions in the past, we will not be returning after experiencing this disaster.
We believe that when making reservations, we should be told if there is a large special event being held the night of the reservation. The restaurant did call that day to confirm our reservation , but failed to mention that we would be having "competition" that evening.
Pleasant ambience and a nice 3-piece jazz trio welcomed us to the Dorrance. A short wait at the bar with bloody marys helped mellowed us further. After being seated and having a prosecco, we ordered the food. Then the wait began and continued and continued ... Unfortunately, the wait was not fruitful. The food was horrible, almost inedible. It was so overcooked. Why the long wait and overcooked food? Clearly a disconnect between kitchen and servers. Overpriced too.
Beautiful ambiance (the coffered ceiling; the colors, reminded me of elegant restaurants in Moscow). Impeccable service. (my waitress turned the shrimp risotto plate just so so the shrimp faced me on delivery; hand poured soup). There is a tavern menu for younger kids who live on mac and cheese and burgers, though the mac n cheese is hefty: its ziti with lobster. Youll take some home for sure. Great for pre-PPAC, impress any date, married couples getting out; after work bar was full for happy hour and the barman knows how to shake a shaker. Very classy. I loved it. A great find.
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