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All reviews pork boiled potatoes clams fries rice bacala portuguese rolls pie authentic portuguese food little necks ordered the steak makes you feel na brasa once a year visiting family food is excellent street parking
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Reviewed January 15, 2024

Unbelievable staff and food. Our bread baskets were never empty. Coming from out of town, I can't get enough bread. I had the Octopus and best I have had even compared to the Azores. It's a little tight but it wasn't an issue. Not a...huge place so makes sense. Hake waa amazing g and the shrimp. What a fabulous family restaurant should feel like. Thank you!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed September 1, 2023

Since some friends were in from out of town, I took them there to sample Portuguese cuisine. As usual, the food was fantastic. However, due to miscommunications in the kitchen, we never got our appetizer. Granted, they did apologize for the oversight, but that was...just a bit disappointing.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 6, 2023

Arrived at 630 for dinner and was told there was a 30-minute wait, and we ended waiting 90 minutes. When we finally were seated, we had to wait another 20 minutes to see our server. The staff was extremely short staffed and reflected in the...miserable attitudes. We reserved an octopus and were given a pathetic dish with three tentacles and three potatoes and tons of over salted broth. Was not worth the price charged. The food overall was greasy and oversalted with no flavor. Would not recommend this restaurant. Was a horrible experience. Will continue going to Cape Cod or Newark, NJ where they know how to cook good Portuguese food.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed June 18, 2023

On a Wednesday evening, O Dinis was busy. Very quickly it was easy to see why: the pork and little necks were excellent; clams tender and cooked perfectly. For the bacala lover, the main course of bacala with boiled potatoes brings back memories of dinners...in Portugal. Service very good. Next time I'll try the Portuguese kale soup which looked excellent as it was served nearby. O Dinis will be a faeture of future trips to ProvidenceMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 29, 2023

This place was highly recommended by friends from Boston who said this is the most authentic Portuguese food in New England. Without any point of comparision, I would say the food is excellent, well prepared, tasty and reasonable. This is not a fancy table clothed...restaurant - instead it is a neighborhood friendly with tightly packed tables, and friendly waittresses who know the menu. We ordered the steak, braished beef and shrimp dished that were all delightful. Tender, and moist were all - and served with rice and mashed potatoes or fries. The little neck clams were tasty and the pork dish was excellent also. We also ordered the bean pie dessert that tastes way better than it looked. The waittresses were attentive and parking is street parking. Large tables are difficult to accommodate (we had 8).More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 16, 2023

Never disappoints. Upon entry, you feel like family and are treated as such. Service is good and waitresses are attentive to your needs. Food is the star. Pork Alentejana is a favorite; large serving, spicy and delicious. Bacalhau Na Bresa is another star but be...prepared to wait a bit for it to be prepared - you won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed February 2, 2023 via mobile

Marisa took excellent care of us at our table. The food was delicious as usual. We had 'carne assada' and 'bitoque', desert and double espresso. It was a fine evening.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed September 3, 2022

It is a must to eat here whenever in Providence. The food is marvelous. The little neck appetizer is one of my fav appetizers regardless of restaurant. The shrimp kabob is amazing. I’m not a huge fries guy, but with their unique shrimp sauce they...become a highlight. I wish Montréal had a Portugese restaurant this good. Very busy place, gets full quickly. Get there by 6.00 if you don’t wish to wait. The service is a bit spotty, all depends if you get someone experienced or a newbie.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed May 28, 2022

First: who I assume/believe is the owner is AMAZING she is litrally born to be an amazing host! I have never in my life met someone so comforting personable and makes you feel right at “Home” even though this was our first night there. If...I was rating the place on her alone it would be a legit 100 starts out of 5…. You don’t need to read on, I highly recommend this place JUST for her! As for the rest, the ambiance is what it is, I wont sugar coat it, I have been to places in nicer areas and places more comfortable BUT it was still very nice, clean and no complaints at all. The food, the appetizers where amazing, I had the shrimp she had the clams, my GF litrally said the best she has had anywhere. I am not going to lie, I was disappointed at the options for main courses, much of it was the same thing, either bigger apps (with rice and fries) or the same thing with a different side… but that could be said about Mexican restaurant and that is a way to be very profitable. The mains where still good just not as amazing. Yes I 100% know and understand Portuguese and Peruvian food is not the same but, there are a lot of similarities, so I still have my favorite in Providence but this comes close after… but would be back just for the amazing hospitality this place offers.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

Since we return once a year when in East Providence, we are warmly welcomed with hugs from the very familiar waitresses. Seems everyone knows everyone else! Food does not disappoint. Large portions served hot. The pork Alentejana is a favorite as is their Bacalhau na...Brasa. Portuguese rolls served with a spicy dipping sauce is not to be missed. We'll be back next year!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed September 5, 2021

This restaurant serves consistently good and authentic Portuguese food. We go a few times a year and they never cease to amaze on both the quality and overall feel good vibe that they offer to all their customers. The server was excellent and was on...her point all night long. Their specials are really SPECIAL! Bravo!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2021 via mobile

There is a good reputation preceding this place. We had heard of O Dinis long before but never had the chance to get over there. Finally got to go with visiting family and it lived up to the hype. It’s kind of a smaller dining...room so go early. We went around 3:00-3:30 on a Friday. The service is very good and we enjoyed those who waited on us. We had a party of 6 and were seated right away. Not much parking so go down S Spruce Street to park on the road. They have good specials each day. We orders the smelt and the octopus stew. We also ordered the classic salted cod with potatoes. Listen, all three of these dishes were a good size and had excellent flavor. The ingredients are fresh and bright and you can tell the olive oil, garlic, onions, and potatoes are good quality and perfectly seasoned in that traditional Portuguese way. The octopus was some of the best I’ve ever had. It was meaty and not chewy at all, perfectly cooked. We ended with the grandmas pudding which is light and not too sweet. All considered, it was an excellent cultural/culinary experience and this is the new go to for Portuguese dishes.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 8, 2021

The absolute best Portuguese food in New England. This food reminds me of my Avos cooking like no other. The authenticity of every meal I've gotten here does not compare. From the chicken to the steak to the fish to the octopus!! you will not...find a better dish - thank you to the Odinis family for reminding me of a home cooked Portuguese meal every time. Your wait staff is always attentive and fun - I couldn't ask for a better restaurant, my family will forever come to odinis!! Bife a casa and the blackberry brandy are my absolute go tos! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 13, 2021 via mobile

Not sure if they ever had table service, ordered take out during Covid. Bring new to the area it was a solid YEA after trying it. Lots of Portuguese options but the steak regional here was particularly good.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed April 23, 2020 via mobile

We saw this Portuguese restaurant featured on Bizarre Foods and thought we’d try their authentic salted cod dish. We were not sorry. The cod was flavorful (watch out for the bones!) and charred perfectly. The potatoes were buttery and the sweet sautéed onions and garlic...were the perfect foil to the salty, crispy fish. It was topped with some spicy peppers that added some zing. We were surprised that the food stayed nice and hot when we got home to EG, but it didn’t need to be reheated at all. The portion was enormous, so I saved half for the next day. The hubby polished off his entire dinner. We’ll definitely go back when they’re able to open for dining in.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Menu is on Facebook page. O Dinis Restaurant. Same menu for lunch and dinner
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I am not sure but it seems like they have been there for a long time. Everyone seemed to know each other. Also the staff knew almost all of their customers. It is a small restaurant. The furniture is older so seems that... More
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my understanding is that almost every Saturday they have rabbit. I think it is rare that they don't.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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