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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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12:00 pm - 9:00 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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 277
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 19
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  • 7
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Another Newport Restaurant Group Hit

My wife and I had a flawlessly wonderful time at Hemingways. We loved the inviting atmosphere with the vibes from the very high ceilings, appropriate lighting, and great view of the river. The wait staff were courteous, highly polished, and professional. Our waiter (Bill) treated us very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
SB5248
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Providence, Rhode Island
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Providence, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife and I had a flawlessly wonderful time at Hemingways. We loved the inviting atmosphere with the vibes from the very high ceilings, appropriate lighting, and great view of the river. The wait staff were courteous, highly polished, and professional. Our waiter (Bill) treated us very well. The cuisine and wine were phenomenal. We enjoyed a shrimp and pot... More 

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Westfield, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I visited Hemenways on a Monday because a colleague mentioned that they offer their Raw Bar at half-price. We shared the amazing shellfish tower, and it was delicious. (regular priced $99)

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Providence
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We send a lot of our customers here for dinner, as they are mostly tourists looking for a good meal before or after WaterFire. We're comfortable referring them to Hemenways because they always provide a nice meal, with professional service. The atmosphere is pretty and clean, but usually busy and loud, but somehow it works in here. Sit at the... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Have gone several times over the past 4 years and have never been disappointed. The food is always good as is the service.

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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145 reviews 145 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Bring your wallet, but worth every penny for the awesome food and even better service! Portions are just right and the flavors are amazing. Parking can sometimes be tough but there is a garage behind the restaurant and on-street metered parking, free after 6pm.

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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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111 reviews 111 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Three of us had an enjoyable lunch at Hemenway's recently. I hadn't been there in over 30 years since, all of that time, we had lived outside the state. We found the restaurant to be just as good as it was so long ago. The area around the restaurant on lower South Main Street has had yet another renaissance over... More 

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BI
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

haven't been to Hemenways in many years. we're delighted they were open for lunch. raw bar great. service ok. i say that cuz waiter had 6 or 7 tables outside & was not able to be attentive. food good, nice to sit and watch downtown workers go by on their way to & from work.

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Kearney, NE
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Fairly Formal atmosphere-my guess is that they have a dress code-I do not know that for sure. Great menu, very accommodating staff and the food and bar drinks were on par for such an establishment. Nice big oysters!

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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89 reviews 89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Had a delightful dinner here with a spinach salad with red beet chunks,blue cheese crumbles and red onion pleasing placed on the plate. Tasty light dressing, too and just enough to make the salad perfect . Had the grilled salmon on top of a wheat berry, sweet peppers and spice mixture. The fish was flavorful and cooked to order, rare... More 

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boston ma
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Perfect place to go before Waterfire. Busy! Amazing raw bar. Unique but classy cocktail choices. Their gluten free rolls are yummy. Very busy, but attentive service.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?