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Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hemenways is our go-to restaurant when we want reliably good food or when we want to impress out of town guests. The service is great as is the food. Drinks are poured with a heavy hand. Fish is always fresh.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Barbara J
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hemenways is our go-to restaurant when we want reliably good food or when we want to impress out of town guests. The service is great as is the food. Drinks are poured with a heavy hand. Fish is always fresh.

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Thank Barbara J
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a favorite dining spot for family celebrations, romantic dates, and business dinners and luncheons. The menu selections are diverse and always delicious, and the service is personable without being intrusive. While renowned for their seafood, there are many meat and pasta dishes, which will please all palates.

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Westport, Ma
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Always wanted to try Hemenway's but never did till today. Wanting a special place for our anniversary dinner we chose to go here. The parking garage was ideal and right near restaurant. Once inside greeted by two smiling young men who exchanged greetings with us. We were shown to our booth by James a most gracious host. I enjoyed the... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is located close to downtown. It is definitely higher priced, but it is absolutely worth it. The food is cooked perfect and and every aspect of the meal is handled in a way to guarantee a memorable dining experience. Gluten Free Note: The staff is extremely knowledgeable about gluten and where it is found on their menu. The... More 

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Thank Scott M
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear Scott, Thank you for your thoughtful review regarding your visit to Hemenway’s. It is always wonderful to hear that our menu resonates with guests who have any type of allergy or dietary restriction. Our chefs insist this should not impede the opportunity for an entirely enjoyable dining experience and make a true effort to design a menu or make... More 

Carlisle, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a business meeting in Providence in the morning. I know very little about the Providence restaurant scene except that it's supposedly hot... I wanted a nice place with a view, seafood. And my colleagues did have some history with the Providence college scene so I had to come up with something decent..... this turned out to be a... More 

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Thank CarTRVLR
Bethpage, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone working there was super nice. We went during reastaurant week so the prices were perfect and the food tasted amazing. I have never had Rhode Island Clam Chowder so the waiter let me try it, delicious! I definitely recommend it! Plus we got a table by the window, beautiful

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Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear Lana789, Thank you so very much for your review of Hemenways, and I am so glad you enjoyed your meal with us during Restaurant Week! Please come visit us again- Rhode Island chowder is a treat this time of year, and we'd love to have you back! Sincerely, Tobey More 

Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch last Friday. I called and made a reservation for noon. Not thinking about traffic, we got hung up. I called the restaurant to advise we were running a bit late. They were so pleasant and considerate. When we did finally arrive, we were greeted with a smile and seated immediately.... More 

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Thank mary m
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear mary m, Thank you for taking a moment to share about your experience and commend us with a 5 star review. We believe that a super dining experience is not just in the meal presented, but also in the service by our staff and in the environment we create. We also understand that life happens and sometimes guests may... More 

Bolton
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service and atmosphere of Hemenway's was wonderful, however I was looking forward to great seafood, and we were really disappointed with the preparation of most of our dishes. Specifically, the mussels, paella, and calamari were all overly spiced and the latter covered with peppers, that we really could not enjoy the taste of the seafood, which is why we... More 

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Thank Lynn D
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear Lynn, I'm so sorry to hear of your disappointment in Hemenway's. High quality, fresh seafood is our hallmark so it certainly troubles me that not one, but most of your meals arrived so beneath our standards. I do hope you will give us a try again. We can always prepare any of our fresh fish to your own specification... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a fish lover but decided after the waiter encouraged me to try lobster Mac and cheese it was divine! My husband had the lobster stuffed with crab, scallops etc and it was fantastic! My son had lobster and thoroughly enjoyed. My daughter opted for a non fish entree and said it was wonderful. Service fantastic, views brilliant. I... More 

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Thank chelsea s
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear chelsea s, Good for you for trying something outside your norm! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the lobster mac & cheese (and I’m proud to hear your waiter suggested it!) We do believe that "food is one of the fundamental joys" and are always glad to hear when an entire table so enjoys their meal. Thank you for sharing... More 

New England
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Been here before during a waterfire last time was Sunday afternoon football . Bar service always good. We had raw bar and chowder good. And the service was good.

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Thank Merfaery
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear Kim, Thank you for your kind words about Hemenway’s! I love that you chose our restaurant to enjoy a casual meal and a football game- that sort of comfort is as important to us as our guests who come for a special occasion. Please come see us again soon! My best, Tobey More 

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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: Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine

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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