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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DC
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG. Outstanding service from Kristi and the food was perfectly cooked. It was DELICIOUS!!

WS
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our anniversary celebration at the Waterman Grille could not have been better. The staff was congratulatory, and helpful, and our waiter was very attentive and friendly; all without being overbearing in the least. A disappointment in the calamari appetizer was cheerfully corrected. They made my wife feel like a queen, and I was very pleased with every aspect of the dinner. We have enjoyed meals there before, but they made this an extra special occasion.

RW
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delicious meal with very good service at waterman grille!

Waterman Grille
Responded a day ago

Thank you Ronda! We are very happy you enjoyed. Hope you will join us again soon.

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SJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We go regularly to this restaurant so in general we have great experiences here. However, this particular evening we found it lacking. First, we were seated back to back with a large group that was so loud we had to yell at each other for conversation. The dining room was not full so we could have been seated elsewhere to begin with. This seems to happen to us frequently at Waterman Grille. Our server was less than attentive, never returned to fill water glasses that were empty. Dessert was served to us without eating utensils and when we were finally able to get the attention of our server, she said she assumed we would use our coffee spoons to eat our dessert. My husband's hanger steak was quite chewy, not the best piece of meat. My burger was, as always, excellent. We're used to better at this place.

QJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch to celebrate our 16th anniversary. The Crab Benedict and salmon and scallop Caesar salad were outstanding. Kaela’s service was the highlight of our trip to Rhode Island from DC. We made a friend for life. She is very congenial and made our anniversary special. The waterside table really set the mood.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you! We are lucky to have Kaela on our team. We will pass along the compliments. We look forward to seeing you in February.

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JW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was perfect.. Our server delightful and the food was spectacular...The Karen Elizabeth scallops were amazing.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you John! The scallops are always a pleaser. Glad you enjoyed and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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e
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was excellent and service was great. Just wish they would update their desert offerings.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Elaine. We are glad you enjoyed but wish our dessert made a better impression. Our pastry chef is always experimenting. We hope we can change your mind on our desserts on your next visit. We really appreciate the feedback.

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant.
The food is always superb and the staff friendly and knowledgeable.
I had the Swordfish special and my husband had the roasted 1/2 chicken.
Both were excellent.
We highly recommend this restaurant.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for recommending us and glad you enjoyed. We are honored to be loved by our guests. Hope we see you again soon.

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R
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening a Waterman Grille. Started with a delicious cheese plate that included a nice assortment and good size wedges. We had a table by the window, and because we booked late and had to take an early reservation we enjoyed the water view. The waiter was perfect, did not engage on a personal level but was attentive. Management stopped by and we enjoyed chatting with him for a few minutes. I would highly recommend this restaurant for couples or small groups. I did see a few children and I suspect if asked you could have quick service to accommodate them.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Rydersrents! We are very happy you had a lovely evening with us and we are grateful for your recommendation. We really appreciate your review and hope you come back for another great evening.

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MR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really good. Crab cakes Benedict were outstanding!

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

That's what we like to hear. Thank you Maureen.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good as usual. Definitely one of my go- to restaurants.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you! We are honored to be one of your go-to spots. We look forward to your next visit.

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b
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport Restaurant group always has a winning formula to their restaurants. Well trained staff, whom are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Alex was one of the best waiters I have ever had. I might go buy a case of the wine he recommended. The food is creative and comfortable, perfectly fitting a cozy new England restaurant. The dining room is superb in all regards. The wood grilled food is expertly prepared as well, I'll be telling my Chef friends to dine here and be jealous we all don't have wood grills! This might be my wife and I's new favorite spot when we're in the city

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you bc1391. What a truly nice review to read. We are glad you enjoyed and happy that Alex took such good care of you. You were in good hands. Please tell all your friends about us! We look forward to seeing you and your wife back here again soon.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, warm and quiet dinner. Just what the doctor ordered. What a great spot around the Holidays- can't wait to get back!

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

We can't wait to see you back here again too! It's exactly what the doctor ordered. Thank you!

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CH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterman Grill never disappoints, always great service food and atmosphere. The drinks are fantastic and the diversity on the menu is sure to please everyone. If you get a chance do downstairs (bathrooms located there) and check out the beautiful space below.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Chris. We are glad we never disappoint and we'll keep striving to keep that streak alive. Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you again.

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ED
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent brunch as always! great menu. food is fresh and well prepared.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Elizabeth. Really happy you enjoyed. Hope you can come back and join us again someday.

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DC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mussels were outstanding and the sirloin was exceptional. We cleaned our plates!

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Diane! We will pass along your compliments to the chef. Those are two of our favorites. Glad you enjoyed.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

second time in a month for Saturday brunch, great service, great food. Milanna was fantastic, we were in a hurry she was on top of it. Our new place in Providence.

keep it up.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Alex! We are thrilled to be your new spot in Providence. Glad you enjoyed and happy to hear that Milanna took good care of you. We look forward to having the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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CM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For delicious dinners or drinks in a warm, picturesque, cozy setting, Waterman Grille is the best! Kristi, our wait staff, was attentive and expert. We had steaks cooked to perfection. Side dishes had lots of flavor, oysters were sweet, homemade bread yummy! Dessert was memorable as was the espresso martini. Keeping this spot on our list for special occasions!

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you CollegeMom for joining us for your special occasion. We are really glad you enjoyed. Kristi takes great care of her guests - we will pass along the compliments. Thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you again.

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant to for families or a special night out. We had a great time and our server Nate was fantastic.

Waterman Grille
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Charlie! We really appreciate you saying that. We are glad you enjoyed and hope we see you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and food. Fantastic birthday celebration.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you for celebrating with us. We are very happy you enjoyed.

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DB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some allergies and food sensitivities-our server was very attentive, ensuring that our choices were safe. The food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back!

Waterman Grille
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you Dan! We are always happy to help guests with allergies. We can't wait to see you again too.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening from beginning to end

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you! That's what we love to hear. Glad you enjoyed.

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J
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is there an extra star for the food?

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 26, 2019

We will take it if you are giving them away! Thank you! Glad you enjoyed.

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and the food outstanding. I had scallops and I would get again

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you MMMCC! Our scallops are always a pleaser.

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NT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely fantastic food, excellent service. Our business dinner experience was Very successful , plan to return for a private experience as well.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Norm! Very happy your business dinner was a success and thank you for entrusting us. We look forward to serving you again.

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NV
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. We came for a birthday and they had a card signed by the staff and a special dessert.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you Nancy! We are glad you chose to celebrate with us. Better yet, we are glad you enjoyed.

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AG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my mother and grandmother for my birthday and had a great experience! Our server, one of the managers Jordan, food and ambiance were all outstanding. Can't wait to come back again!

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you Ana! We are thrilled you joined us for your birthday and glad you all enjoyed. You were in good hands with Jordan. We look forward to having the pleasure of serving you again.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! I had the lamb shank and my sweetheart had the salmon. Excellent service from Nate who was very helpful and friendly.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you Tims. Glad you both enjoyed and happy to hear that Nate took good care of you. We hope you will come back and join us again.

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TS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great. I forgot his name but when I go back I want to be served by him .Food was great!!

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you TSoars! We are glad you enjoyed and happy our staff made a positive impression.

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BB
New England
42 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We requested to be near the fireplace and we got great seating. First of all, Alex was our server and he "hit it out of the park" …!!! Very knowledgeable of your menu and he helped us choose the perfect meals. We started off with a bottle of Cherry Cove Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley and that was awesome. We started off with mussels, which as Alex promised us, were spectacular. I got the Waterman Salad and a bowl of Lentil Soup and the salad was crispy and delightful and the Lentil Soup was actually AMAZING …!!! Main course for me was Monkfish and a side of spinach, perfect, perfect, perfect! My wife got the Swordfish Special with a white sauce with squash and although it was cooked perfect, the sauce overpowered the taste of the fish and she did not believe that it went well together.
The manager DID stop by, as they always do at the Waterman Grille and checked on us. Boat House and Bowens 22, you need to take a page out of Waterman's book …!!! Our evening started out by being seated as we requested and just kept getting better from there!!!

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for the feedback and glad you enjoyed. We will be sure to pass along the compliments to Alex as well. We love when our team hits it out of the park. We're glad too that you enjoyed your meal although we wish your wife had enjoyed her swordfish more. We will pass along the feedback to the culinary team. Thank you too for your feedback on the noise levels. Listening to what our guests are noticing is invaluable to us. We are grateful for the feedback and hope we see you again soon.

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PB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would strongly recommend Waterman's Grill to anyone who wants a great dining experience. Although we arrived early for our reservation, they sat us immediately. The service was outstanding! From the start the waiter was on top of everything keeping the dining experience moving smoothly. We did not feel rushed nor did anything take a long time. The food was prepared perfectly. My wife ordered a poultry dish and I ordered a seafood dish and both were very delicious. The staff all worked together to get the food out timely, the manager was very involved checking on customers ensuring everyone was satisfied. Overall great experience and I can't wait to eat there again!

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you for your recommendation Paul. We are very happy that you and your wife enjoyed and glad that our team made a great impression. We look forward to having the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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B
New England
233 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely high top table next to the warm, burning fire, just perfect on a cold Friday night. Started off with mussels, perfect portion for sharing. Crab cakes appetizer very filling as a meal after the mussels. Mushroom risotto would have been perfect for sharing, too, as the portion was huge, but very delicious. Looking forward to enjoying 2 lunches from my doggie bag! No room for dessert tonight.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you Birgs. Glad you enjoyed your cozy spot and glad you enjoyed. Hope your lunch was just as good too. Thank you for sharing and we hope you come back and join us again.

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CN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner here. Was presented with a glass of champagne and a hand written note which was a wonderful surprise and touch. The service was wonderful, food delicious and ambience was perfect.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you ChrisandNelly. We are thrilled you chose to celebrate your anniversary with us and happy it was an enjoyable evening. We appreciate the review and hope you will come back and join us again.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband there for his birthday everything was great. The food was delicious and the wait staff was amazing! Our waiter was so friendly and attentive. My husband received a happy birthday card signed by the emplyoees of the restaurant and a complimentary dessert for his birthday. We thought that was so thoughtful.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you Lena! Glad you enjoyed your meal with us and thanks for choosing to celebrate the birthday here. We hope you will join us again for future celebrations!

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s
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my fiancé here for his birthday. Everything was fantastic! He loved the food and the ambiance and I made a great choice for his birthday. Alex was our server and he was exceptional. We had crab cakes to start the evening and had the pan roasted chicken with couscous for our main meal. The chefs at Waterman really know what they are doing. The food was exceptional. Alex brought a dense chocolate cake with ice cream with a candle to top off our dinner. I highly recommend Waterman Grille.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you sgirl! We are thrilled that you celebrated your fiance's birthday with us and glad you enjoyed. You were in good hands with Alex. We will pass along the compliments. We hope you will join us again. We're a great spot for weddings too 😉

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o
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waterman Grille was lovely. The food was excellent and ambiance lovely. (We only wish they could seat four on the patio overlooking the river - all two-tops.) Our server was actually fun! We highly recommend it.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you outoftowner. Glad you enjoyed and happy we earned your recommendation. Thanks for the feedback on the outside seating. We are a bit limited for space on our patio but something to consider in the future.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were trying the place out to potentially hold our rehearsal dinner there. Couldn’t have been better.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you and we are glad you enjoyed. We'd love to host your rehearsal dinner too! Please give our Sales Team a call at 888-759-5557.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had a bad meal at Waterman Grille. The service is always impeccable, and the presentation and taste of the food are of the highest quality. I never feel rushed; the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you Amcderm! We are glad that you can rely on our restaurant for excellence. It's our great pleasure to make our guests happy. We look forward to seeing you again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it we loved!!!

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 12, 2019

That is great to hear! We are glad you enjoyed.

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AB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding! Food was also great!

Waterman Grille
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you Anthony! That's great to hear and glad you enjoyed.

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