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Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

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Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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121 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
401 351-8570
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:03 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located on the River in downtown Providence, Hemenway’s is Rhode Island’s...
Located on the River in downtown Providence, Hemenway’s is Rhode Island’s premiere seafood address. Aspiring to bring you the freshest and highest quality fin-fish, shellfish and mollusks in the United States while delivering genuine hospitality in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Hemenway’s offers an award-winning wine list, customized private dining for up to 45 guests, seasonal al fresco dining and full menu service in the bar area.
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  • 357
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  • 169
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Seafood Wonderland

Don't let the commercial, office-y location put you off. This place has wonderful regional seafood with a nice wine list to complement. Great oysters and Point Judith calamari. Nice service, and the patio is great in good weather.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Lou Ann B
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Naples, Florida
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Naples, Florida
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Don't let the commercial, office-y location put you off. This place has wonderful regional seafood with a nice wine list to complement. Great oysters and Point Judith calamari. Nice service, and the patio is great in good weather.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I ate a late Sunday lunch at Hemenway's. The glazed salmon was delicious; it was cooked to perfection. The sides, bread, wine, and the peach and blueberry crisp dessert were all wonderful. Lucas, our server, was helpful in describing the dishes, attentive throughout our meal, and a delight to encounter. James, the manager on duty, checked on... More 

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Reading, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Bring your wallet. That being said the sides and main course overall was good. Not great for the prices. Service at lunch was not what I would say was what I would expect from this type of restaurant....slow and inattentive. Then there is the COLE SLAW. Omg!! Whomever decided to make this should reconsider their profession. It might be the... More 

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Phelps, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is great. We were looking for a good Seafood restaurant near our hotel on short notice. The Menu and the food were great, and they were really nice to the kids. I would definitely return if i am in the area again.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My experience was that the restaurant is talked up more than necessary--perhaps it was my own expectations that were too high. The food was good, but the prices were very high for food that is on par with other, less expensive restaurants in the area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

First let me say, Hemenway's is a bit on the pricey side. With that said, the food and atmosphere are outstanding. Recently came here for lunch and just was "wowed" once again by our meals and service. Larry, our waiter was spot on. We ordered the Ahi Tuna as an appetizer, shame it was so small cause it was so... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant focuses on seafood and the appetizers of oysters and fried calamari were excellent. The salmon main course and the creme brûlée dessert were equally good. The sorbet was average. Pleasant ambiance with relatively low noise level. Attentive and professional service. Good wine by the glass

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I met a friend here for dinner, he is a regular and me a first-timer - it was such a good experience. From the host to the server and oooooh the food! We decided to have a nice bottle of white wine and share appetizers. Everything was positively perfect. The atmosphere, the cleanliness, the staff and hats off to the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was the best food we've had all year. We had the lobster rolls and cherrystone clams. Excellent waiter (guy with an accent), attentive manager, sat outside next to a pretty park.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Always a good time they're great for family great food great service I cannot complain thank you hemenways for dinner. Will return again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 121 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence
  • Phone Number: 401 351-8570

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic

Description

Located on the River in downtown Providence, Hemenway’s is Rhode Island’s premiere seafood address. Aspiring to bring you the freshest and highest quality fin-fish, shellfish and mollusks in the United States while delivering genuine hospitality in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Hemenway’s offers an award-winning wine list, customized private dining for up to 45 guests, seasonal al fresco dining and full menu service in the bar area.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:03 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:03 am - 11:00 pm

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