Waterman Grille

4.8
3222 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 3222 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipZacharyT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was astonished by how this establishment has deteriorated since my last (wonderful!) culinary experience in 2008. To be fair, I understand that it was Father's Day, and service would not be optimal, but waiting 30+ minutes for a very simple salad (1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, perhaps less, two radishes, and OODLES of arugula) seemed to be excessive. The fruit salad "side" was served without artifice, without charm, and the salad was miniscule. There was never a check in about how the meal was , short of the drink I ordered (which was a great, Martini, in all fairness.)

My summation is that this is an establishment that is resting on it's laurels from the W. Bush Administration...time for a revamp, Waterman Grille!

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SharaA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience1

We were excited to have our Father’s Day meal at Waterman Grille after seeing all of the beautiful pictures of the dishes featured online and all the wonderful reviews. Sadly, our meal tonight was not good. Our server was excellent, but some of the food was awful. My daughter’s pan cooked chicken was unseasoned and bland. The worst however was my swordfish steak. I thought at first it tasted off because I don’t eat seafood frequently and maybe just wasn’t used to the taste. Towards the end of the meal, I had my daughter taste it.. She loves seafood and eats it often. She agreed that it really tasted terrible. I confirmed with the waitress that it was swordfish and we expressed how ‘fishy’ it tasted. Our waitress said it was probably the particular cut of the fish that caused the strong taste. I said nothing else, but my daughter and I both have nausea and upset stomachs tonight after eating . I would rather tell you this privately than to post a public review. We spent over $200.00 for our meal tonight and I’m not sure the fish was safe to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at Waterman Grille. The food was delicious & the service was top notch. We will definitely plan a return visit.

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vipHungry
New England
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by the entire staff! My favorite restaurant in Providence.

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vipdowntowndiner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food -- really competent service, if slightly less than warm. Small, comfortable room with beautiful view. Inventive and delicious food that was right blend of comfort and something more. Felt that reservation process and host staff could have been more helpful in getting the right table, but in the end all worked out. Highly recommend.

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vipLocals
New England
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, location and service. What a nice evening. We started with the mezze plate - really exceptionally good hummus and eggplant along with olives, cuke salad, et. al. We followed with the cod and cauliflower entrees, both excellent. Dessert was also wonderful, if a little sweet in hindsight.

All in all, an excellent experience in a great location.

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Michael
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food: rack of lamb for me; shrimp for my wife. Both dishes were excellent as was the service.

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Perry
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Food, service, environment...always.

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viprockdoc
New England
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

With the numerous choices of restaurants to have dinner in Providence, the Waterman Grille did not disappoint. We began with the mezze platter & loved it. I ordered the scallops for my entree & found them to be the best I've had. The sticky rice & veggies that we're delicious! My husband ordered the lamb & it was so hearty a portion that he took some home. There is a small outdoor dining area on the river, but you need to book it ahead.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our one year anniversary here and loved every minute of our dining experience. The food was incredible and our server was top notch. We originally booked a high top table but once arriving we realized it was too out in the open and by the door. We were moved to the outdoor patio by the water which we loved even more! Thank you for an excellent night and even better dinner! Xoxox

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RuthH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My party included 4 people. We were seated outside as requested. Our food was well prepared, delicious & served promptly. The brunch menu had a good amount of choices.
Weather was gorgeous which only added to our enjoyment.

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GrandEi
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful birthday brunch. Everyone's selection was very good. It was a very nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and helpful, the drink selections were excellent. The appetizers were very good.
Everyone felt the the meat in their entrees was prepared perfectly. The only negative remark was that the starches (rice, potatoes, beans, etc.) accompanying the entrees were disappointing compared to all the other items.

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20lane
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
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 on June 9, 2021
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 on June 8, 2021
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!!

GT
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!

PM
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.

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 3222 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.