Waterman Grille

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Waterman Grille is located at the Gatehouse on Providence's East Side. Overlooking the Seekonk River, we offer waterfront dining while still being just a short distance to major hotels and all the Capitol City has to offer.


Fashioned with creativity, the menu marries the quality of fine cuisine with casual dining. Choose from an extensive array of small plates featuring wood-fire grilled specialties and seasonal comfort food, coupled with the flavors of locally grown and organic produce, paired with a fine selection from our boutique wine list.

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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem and go to spot for impromptu nights out. Great, comfortable atmosphere with knowledgeable staff and the chef is spot on. It’s a must try.

FE
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Kayley- Best Server Ever! What more can I say! She made our evening memorable and sent us off to Newport with great recommendations of where to dine.

Waterman Grille
Responded 2 days ago

Cheers to Kayley! We will be sure to pass along the compliments.

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KM
New England
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience was excellent. For my two out of town guests, this was the first time that they dined at Waterman Grille. It was a wonderful experience for them, and one that they will remember for a very long time.

Waterman Grille
Responded 19 hours ago

Thank you Kevin! We are honored you chose to bring your guests here and thrilled to hear it was so memorable. Glad you enjoyed.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was super funny and charismatic, the food was amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

We have a great waitstaff! Glad you enjoyed and happy to hear they made your experience more enjoyable.

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D
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch! Brunch partitions were also very decent and can’t go wrong with $5 mimosas and bloody Mary’s

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Deb! Glad you enjoyed (and yes, those $5 mimosas and Bloodys are always a delight. Hope we see you again.

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ED
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a nice brunch there. Right away they brought out a card for my friend's birthday signed by everyone and then they later brought out a birthday cake. I think that is definitely the best birthday celebration I've ever seen (especially for a brunch which is typically less expensive than a dinner). We were very impressed and will definitely be back.

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Elyssa! Glad you enjoyed your brunch with us and we are glad your friend enjoyed their birthday. We look forward to seeing you again.

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p
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

waiter was great. Food was fantastic

A great place to go

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks Paul! We are glad you think so and hope we see you again.

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j
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was great. The food was horrible! We all had something and not one of us enjoyed our meals. They were over cooked and had no flavor. My husband had the swordfish special and it was delivered cold. The bread and the view were the highlights...
I'm sorry to say that we won't be dinning at The Waterman Grill again.

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

We are sorry to hear this Jeanne as exceptional food is what we built our reputation upon. We never like to hear a guest did not enjoy, let alone the whole party. We'd love to hear more and encourage you to call our General Manager Michael Accetta at 401-521-9229. Michael would love the opportunity to discuss your meals and how we could have done better.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service and will not go back. Waitress got appetizer and main course wrong. After 30 minutes my husband had finished his meal and I still had nothing. The waitress told me they gave filet mignon to the dishwasher but don’t worry he deserves it and I still had no main course. When we complained to the manager about waitress stupid comment he said repeatedly I don’t know what you mean. Main course finally arrived over cooked. They did remove main courses from the bill but the night was ruined by that point.

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

Sorry to hear this. Our team is known for exceptional service and we never like to know we fell short of our guest's expectations. While we are glad that the dinner was removed from the bill, we would still like to hear more. At your conveneince, can you please call our General Manager, Michael Accetta, at 401-521-9229. Michael would love the opportunity to offer his apologies and to discuss your overall experience in greater detail. Your satisfaction is important to us.

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l
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food, the restaurant is beautiful, easy to park, loved it

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

That about sums it up for us! Thank you and so glad you enjoyed.

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OT
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Reservation was ready when we walked in. Saturday night @ 7:30 that is impressive in itself!! Service was professional although the waiter had a very soft low voice in a fairly noisy room. Octopus and chorizo app was delicious and Brussels sprout salad was also delicious. Entrees were a swordfish special and the veal chop both well prepared and delicious. Blueberry lemon butter cake with blueberry sorbet ... oh yea. If we lived closer we would be regulars

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and that our host team was ready for you. We are really glad you enjoyed your meals and we too wish you lived closer - we would love seeing you more often.

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KA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant and great service great food. Good price highly recommendded

Waterman Grille
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Karen! We are glad you enjoyed.

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L
New England
31 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a friend’s birthday at the Waterman Grille was a great choice! From the delicious appetizer of mussels to the fabulous Berry Sorbet dessert... doesn’t get better than that!
Great service, outdoor seating, delicious meal at a great 3 course price- the best ever!!!!!

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Love2eat! We are glad we were a great choice and so happy you and your friends enjoyed. We really appreciate the kind review and hope you come back and join us again.

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MB
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Exceptional service, high quality food and delightful ambiance of dining by the river with the bright moon above makes Waterman Grille a special place.

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 13, 2019

Thank you MBF125! We are very happy you enjoyed your meal with us and glad the moon on the river made for a special ambiance. We hope you come back and join us again.

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NC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason was great and while he was busy we never felt rushed or tense. Service impeccable! Dinner, service and ambiance perfect. Thank You for a great night.

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Nancy! So glad you enjoyed. You were in good hands with Jason and we will be sure to pass along the compliments. Hope we see you again.

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DH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience, and so glad we made the reservation for this special birthday celebration. outstanding service, great food and drink, will certainly return, and great view on the water!

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Dana! We are glad you chose to celebrate with us and happy you enjoyed it all. Hope we see you again.

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DR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were sublime. Lentil soup savory. Main courses and desert scrumptious.-Wine as well. Service exceptional. Another Newport group front runner.

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you DRRZ! We are thrilled you enjoyed it all. Hope you come back soon for more.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s favorite spot. Never disappoints.

Waterman Grille
Responded 19 hours ago

We re glad to be her favorite (and one of yours)

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed with the food and service,I would definitely recommend Waterman Grille for anyone looking for a great dining experience. Service was excellent, very attentive and responsive. Food was delicious.

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you John! We are grateful for your recommendation and look forward to serving you again soon.

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KS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have returned to eat here several times and have never been disappointed.

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you Keith! We are honored you have been here on multiple occasions and glad to know you have always been satisfied. We look forward to your next visit.

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k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. What’s better than a table by the water on a late summer evening!

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you kh1022! We are glad you enjoyed and we agree - there is nothing better than a table by the water on a summer evening. Thank you for sharing!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

Waterman Grille
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating..excellent service..food quality for the $ spot on! Can't wait to return! Prix fixe food wonderful as well.

JD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We made a reservation for 7:45, p.m. but were not seated until 8:10. We were seated sat outdoors, overlooking water. It was very quiet and romantic, but we often felt like we were forgotten. Overall, the food was good, but neither of us was blown away, especially given the prices. Between the service and the prices, we decided to put an "X" on Waterman Grille, at least for a while.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely excellent. We brought our appetites and ordered the grilled octopus, crab cakes, and cheese plate to start. Husband ordered the filet and I had the chef’s cut, which happened to be a 16 oz. ribeye. They were cooked perfectly expect for just a bit too much char on the outside for my test. Service was good, but noticeably slow. Not sure if they were short staffed or not, but a manager did come to fill our drinks for us. Sitting outside on the deck right on the water made for fantastic ambiance. Would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience right on the water. Food was excellent and every staff member signed a card for us for our anniversary! Will definitely be back

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

RI
New England
91 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Special occasion was very pleased overall would go again service is top shelf.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous experience. The food was great.
The real experience was the great waitress we had. Kristi ( not sure spelled correct), she was excellent and very knowledgeable. She truly helped our evening be wonderful.
Of course our compliments to the chef. My salmon was perfect and the filet mignon delicious.
We certainly will be back and ask to be in her section.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff from walking in to our waiter was pleasurable! I am looking forward to going back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Long wait at table prior to service, but manager very nicely apologized and acknowledged it and offered a free app next visit. Simple mistakes don’t become problems when recognized and rectified. Compliments to all as usual.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

very good experience. noisy, everyone talking!!! No cell phone in view. People actually talking to each other.

AY
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried Waterman Grille for the first time and we loved it. Very charming and pretty. We made reservations and were early but we were sat right away, which is nice. I did request an outdoor table and we were seated inside (which is fine) but it would have been nice if the host had acknowledged my request when we checked in and mentioned whether or not it would be possible. But it was still a nice table inside and by a window. Server was very nice and knew the menu. I felt that she timed being at the table perfectly, never gone too long but also not overbearing. Food was superb. Only mishap was that we ordered scallops with our filet that did not come. We mentioned and eventually got them but they were very undercooked, so we were not able to eat them. But again the server was very gracious and noticed right away that they were undercooked, apologized and immediately let us know they would be taken off the menu. But the filet was probably the best my husband and I have had in a very long time. And the dessert sampler was just delicious. We will definitely be back!

b
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoyable night out with my wife and friends. Pretty spot on the water... good ambience. Small bar with views into the kitchen. Staff was courteous and helpful. Our waitress did a decent job... not great... decent. She wasn't all that helpful explaining some of the menu items, and at the cost per plate, I would have expected the staff to be more knowledgeable about the menu. The waitress doesn't serve the food - they have different staff that plates the table - and they were 0 for 4 on what went where to the point that one of the plates went back because the side was incorrect and it was because it was plated in front of the wrong person. The Chef's Special Steak, which my friend ordered medium, came out rare and had to go back. Would have thought the "Chef's Special" would have been on-point. That's all really nit-picky stuff. Overall, the food quality was outstanding, flavorful, and definitely wet the eyes before the mouth. The portions were perfectly between cheap steak house and pretentious French restaurant - not too much and not too little. A very nice wine menu - picked out a Russian River Pinot Noir. Dessert was excellent and beautifully plated. Coffee was served in a french press. Overall, a nice night.

JB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here but won't be the last. Loved it and looking forward to going back

RV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service .

JK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food, setting and ambience are all great. Our server was abysmal. There were 4 of us for brunch. She made a face and did a slight eye roll when 1 person from our party ordered 2 side dishes instead of a brunch entree (the rest of us ordered brunch entrees). After other servers brought our food, she never checked in with us again until she brought the check -- never filled our water glasses again, never asked if we needed anything, never asked if we wanted anything else before she appeared with the check. When we asked if we could see a dessert menu, she was taken aback. She had maybe 2-3 other small tables while we were there, so she wasn't overwhelmed. A woman at one of our server's other tables stood up after a while and politely asked her for their check, and she made a face and rolled her eyes as she was walking away from that customer as well. If we ever go back, I will be sure to ask for another server. She was as bad as it gets.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was awful. All dishes were made up of weird ingredients that did not go well together. It was actually kind of gross. It was extremely loud and we could barely hear each other talk!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere with perfect lighting. Our server was awesome and the food was perfect. For appetizers we had the octopus and oysters. The oysters were a bit tiny but tasty. The only blunder was adding anchovies to my son’s Caesar salad when we asked to skip. Our entrées were very good, I had the chefs cut, my wife hade the scallops, which which were perfect, my son had one of the best burgers he’s had and my daughter have the filet. My family was very happy here and we will be back.

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