Waterman Grille

4.8
3210 Reviews
$30 and under
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 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3210 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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20lane
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance, both indoors and out. Octopus and calamari apps outstanding. Waterman salad ok, but a bit overdressed . Salmon entree top notch.

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MichaelP
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Outdoor seating was nice on the water. Cod with the little necks and beans was delicious!

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MrsMalp1
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a very nice neighborhood yet sophisticated restaurant. Food is very good but pricey.

JM
JustynaM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and great cocktails. Highly recommended

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Elle
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Waterman Grille and we both had the burger – always a safe bet. And it was one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. Seriously. Not sure what the secret is, maybe the sauce, maybe the cut of beef, but I can't wait to eat this incredible burger again – and to try the rest of their menu. Ambiance was great, as was the service and overall cleanliness. Overall a great night!

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vipMelC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every. Dish. was delicious! This rarely happens for me. Nice, peaceful location on the River and helpful but not hovering staff. We will definitely be back.

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vipObiWan
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite dining places

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vipFilomenaF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and 42 wedding anniversary.

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Deliciousfoodandview
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Every dish was satisfying and cooked well. Only one choice in each food category: i.e., one chicken dish, one scallop dish, etc., but two vegetarian choices. Calamari was delicious, and they make a wonderful creme brulee. Portions are a nice size and bread was warm! Wine wonderful.

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vipSnapps
New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal beautiful location many gluten free options

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DavidB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening at the Waterman Grill due mostly to our great waiter and the beautiful setting on the porch. The weather was perfect and the food was great. After all we’ve been through the last year it was a perfect birthday.

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vipPamC
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul our waiter was excellent
Everything was perfect!

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Matt
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and atmosphere. Paul was a phenomenal server. Can't wait to return!

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DanH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waterman grille continues to be a wonderful place with great food and wine choices and excellent service

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Mikevn
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have been regular customers to Waterman’s for years. The location is beautiful, and the staff is always pleasant. Yesterday was our first visit back since the beginning of Covid, and we were very excited to return.
Our server was attentive, and checked on us a number o times through out our dinner. The food was excellent, and came to the table in a comfortable succession. The burger was excellent (as it always is), we added a side of Mac and cheese which was also on point. We also ordered the swordfish special, it was a beautiful plate but a bit spicy for our taste. The lemon pound cake and gelato dessert finished the meal on a high note.
It would be nice if Waterman’s extended the brunch selections, or added some lighter fare for the early dinner, late lunch hours on the weekends.
Great restaurant, and well worth the trip.

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Drell
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I’ve eaten many times here and the best parts were always the food and service followed by water views. They figured out the service and ambiance despite the pandemic and terrible holiday weekend weather. The food at brunch was sadly disappointing. My husband and I both had egg dishes which were both fine. They came with hash browns which were little nests and verging on burnt. We had guests from out of town and I didn’t want to cause a scene sending anything back, but I can’t imagine going back soon.

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feliciam
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, and drinks were delicious. My waitress was awesome. Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

1st time back after restrictions have been lifted. Great to be back , menu still limited, service was great. The glass of wine was completely not enough for the money! Looking forward to one of our favorite appetizers the grilled octopus, once served the portion was unbelievably small, 1 piece of octopus and the sides have changed. Our main entrees were fantastic, portions were great!
Overall good experience, need to correct the appetizers portions and wine for the money spent.

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ToddS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite places in Providence to dine out. Good to see the place still thriving after such a challenging year. Was good to be back and able to dine in!

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Brendan
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Waterman Grille, and had an amazing meal when celebrating my girlfriend's birthday recently over a busy holiday weekend. They were incredibly accommodating to our large group and the service from our waiter, Dan I believe, was outstanding. We sat outside on the deck on a cold and very rainy day, but we were very comfortable with the enclosed windows and heat lamps they had overhead. The drinks, appetizers, and main courses were all outstanding with generous portions AND outstanding quality food/ingredients. They heard we were celebrating a birthday, and without asking or prompting, brought over a complimentary creme-brulee with a candle to enjoy. Waterman Grille has solidified itself as my favorite restaurant in Providence.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cory was our server and everything was excellent!

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LBar
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Special for the evening was a boneless rib eye, it was cooked to perfection. The food and drinks were outstanding. Good place to celebrate special occasions, we celebrated a Birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience!!

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vipGeorgeT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Disappointed in the octopus app.
Had it several times before the pandemic and loved it.
Otherwise great!

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PraveenM
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, good wine collection

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vipKenS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent Freddie was a great server

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Ruby
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The meal was fine--we had the salmon--but everything else not so fine. I had a 7.15 reservation and we weren't seated until after 7.30. The noise level (window table, east side) was terrible--we could barely hear our waitress, and conversation among us was difficult--and the service was glacial. Our entrees didn't come until after 8. The waitress delivered the dessert menu and moseyed back at 8.45, at which time we definitely didn't want dessert. We didn't leave until just before 9.

This is a neighborhood restaurant for us and we'd like to patronize it (in theory). In actuality, no matter how good the food is, the other factors have convinced us not to return. This isn't by far the first time we've had a disappointing experience at the WG, always for the same reasons. We let some time elapse--a couple of years, in this case--and on our return our initial disappointments are confirmed. So, farewell.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise level was VERY energetic, which was the only thing less than perfect.

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ConallH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner here celebrating son’s college graduation. Rib-eye special was delicious and cooked perfectly. Fish special was also spot-on. Rebecca our server was fantastic. Highly recommend Waterman Grille.

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vippaul
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday brunch. Lovely table on the deck, picturesque views of the Seekonk River, nice breeze. Our meals were delicious, our server Jessica was total perfection, her personality was effervescent, so refreshing. Plenty of parking. All staff were friendly, just really good vibes. Even the manager Mike came by to speak with us. Love this place, a hidden gem in PVD

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go-to for a special night filled with delights for all the senses.

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MacKenzieC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Made a reservation for a celebratory graduation dinner for 2. The hostess was welcoming and polite and we were seated in a timely fashion. Our waitress was more than happy to answer the questions we had. I had the filet which was cooked perfectly, and my friend had shrimp pasta and she loved it! Pretty large portions so we had leftovers to take home. We both had drinks and shared the creme brulee as well. 8/10 meal, 10/10 view.

(not easily handicap accessible, there are multiple steps throughout and it's tucked behind other buildings)

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vipSTEVE
New England
26 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal in a great setting on the Providence river. Some nice creative touches.

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vipNakisha
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been by far the best experience, from Dans customer service, to Mike’s amazing lamb chop. The area is quiet and cozy also. I got a drink called “ the knockout” & it was fabulous. Let me tell you about the creme brûlée because my mouth watered every single bite. I always aim for restaurants that serve creme brûlée as a dessert ... and this is it. It’s fresh , I’m pretty sure they made it right when I ordered it . I will be back - Nakisha

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AnneM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam is fantastic!
The food is always excellent and the drinks were great, especially the sangria and Bloody Mary.
Waterman Grille is quickly becoming my go-to weekend lunch/brunch spot.
Thanks for a great dining experience and we’ll see you soon😍

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LoriB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was perfect! Outstanding food, drinks and service. Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service here is top notch and the food was fantastic!
My husband and I choose to do Brunch here as part of our Anniversary weekend staycation and we are looking forward to checking them out for Dinner sometime in the hopefully near future. The manager greeted us warmly at the door and offered us a seat on the patio because someone else had canceled. I know he did not have to do that but I was so happy he did. Our server Jessica was very sweet and attentive. She even stopped at the table to close up the box she had dropped off for my leftovers. There was another server, not even ours, who observed my husband kind of looking around and actually stopped to see if he needed anything and then happily and promptly brought him what he needed. Big points for that!

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NancyC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a romantic restaurant. Jessica our server was exceptional. The Gnocchi was so tasty and was great to share. We had warm bread and butter along to dip into the Gnocchi sauce. I enjoyed a fire grilled ribeye which melted in my mouth. My guest had the Salmon entrée which he loved.
Perfect ending with a carrot cake and
Mac Murray pinot noir.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our waiter was exceptional, very professional and very attentive to our needs. We will definitely return there again.

FAQs

Waterman Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 521-9229.

Waterman Grille is rated 4.8 stars by 3210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.