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Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

121 South Main St, Providence, RI 02903
401 351-8570
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Ranked #14 of 730 restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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.
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84% Recommend
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Coronado, California
Top Contributor
256 reviews 256 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Nice location with a view of the water and downtown Providence. Great seafood and excellent service. Lobster bisque, rich with big chucks of lobster. We did not want raw clams from the menu and the kitchen graciously steamed ours to perfection. Salad was crisp and fresh. Scallops were perfectly prepared. Surf and turf, perfectly seasoned and prepared. This restaurant does... More

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We love Hemenways and always bring out of town visitors here. Their lobster mac-and-cheese was the absolute best; however, the recently messed with a good thing and have ruined it. I was very disappointed with my last meal here. Everything else is really great; I just wish the had left the mac-and-cheese as it was!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We came here in July for a birthday dinner. It happened to be Restaurant Week in Providence, so we took advantage of the three course dinner for $29.95. Hemenway's looks like a special occasion restaurant. The couple behind us was celebrating their 30th anniversary and you could tell other couples were, as well. Service was fantastic. Diane was our server... More

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North Haven, Connecticut
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50 reviews 50 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I went for lunch here with my wife and her sister, and we were very pleased. We first took a table outside, where there was a nice breeze, but I found that with the breeze came dirt from the streets, so we moved inside. There we got a nice table with view of the river and white tablecloths, an altogether... More

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Columbus, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Fun, open space with great fresh seafood and drinks. We visited on our last night in town for a change of pace from pub food.

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Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was so looking forward to trying lobster for the first time. Very disappointed. Took two bites and couldn't eat anymore.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed an anniversary meal on a Sunday night. After letting the staff know ahead of time that it was our anniversary, were were greeted by a delightful riverside table with rose petals and a gratis glass of champagne. Sunday night wine bottles are half price and we enjoyed a marvelous $60 bottle of Meritage for half... More

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Chatham, MA
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Daughter and son-in-law were married at City Hall, and we 8 came here for the most wonderful time. The setting is perfect, big windows, glistening water, sunlight and park views. Our waiter was Larry, and he couldn't have been any nicer or more attentive. He suggested the seafood platter to share for appetizers, and then each picked what they wished.... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stumbled onto this place while out for a random stroll and decided to stop in and have a seafood platter; it was excellent! The calamari was tender and delicious, and the oysters were perfect and fresh. I will happily return in the future!

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Scituate, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I was a first time guest and it truly was one of the best meals I ever had. Every little touch like the way the coffee is served down to the individual wrapped cookie for dessert. A wonderful lunch and would love to come for dinner if you were just a bit closer to home. Certainly will plan another trip... More

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