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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Special Occasion (10)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
Romantic (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Fun (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Live Music (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Casual (1)
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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food5
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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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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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!

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

My husband treated me at the Dorrance for Mother's Day. What an absolute "FIND". It was
like going back in history - the beautiful detail of the restaurant was breathtaking, waiter was
gracious and the food was fabulous. Can't wait to go again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a fabulous time at the Dorrance for Mother's Day! Our server was excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

AMAZING as always! Couldn't be better. Service was outstanding. Food was beyond delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Fabulous food and service. Best calamari I think I ever had.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Outstanding, however portions where on the small side.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The Dorrance just keeps getting better and better. The wait staff is polished and professional, and the food is outstanding.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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.

Sincerely,
John & Diane Prendergast
Cumberland, RI

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The food was good but such SMALL portions. What is the purpose of that? We have such great restaurants in Providence why would you embarrass yourselves like that? We were very disappointed. Sorry.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Old-style elegant interior with an updated menu. Our food-snob/pescatarian/college-age daughter was captivated.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

This was our second year attending the Easter Brunch. The food is phenomenal, the atmosphere is upbeat yet quiet enough for a conversation, and the service is great. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fun, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, great food and service was fantastic! First time there but not our last.

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