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“Wonderful Seafood! Just OK service.”

Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
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Ranked #4 of 800 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Wonderful Seafood! Just OK service.”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We recently visited Hemenway's while on business in Providence. It was in a great location (heart of downtown) and had a wonderful ambiance. The food was excellent, just what we wanted... a real taste of the sea. We had oysters and scallops for appetizers and I ordered the mahi mahi for dinner. Filling and very good flavors - I would go back!

The only down side was the service. There were only six of us a the table, and yet everything took a LONG time from the kitchen. We were waiting 10-15min in between courses and ended up staying at the restaurant from 6-9:30pm waiting to receive/finish our meals. It could have been much quicker and the wait staff could have been more receptive. Other than that, no complaints on the food - wonderful!

  • Visited January 2013
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Seekonk, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Enjoyable!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Hemenways' food is outstanding! If you want seafood, go here - especially the raw bar. We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past and continue to be happy with the menu selection, atmosphere, service and food. Make reservations. If there is one drawback - if you have a choice, do not sit in the second level bar area to eat as the noise from the rest of the restaurant collects in this area.

  • Visited January 2013
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Milford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Elegant dining room, excellent seafood”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Dining at Hemenway's is a real treat. The modern dining room, which has windows that stretch from the floor to the high ceiling, provide a modern setting.
The New England clam chowder is creamy. And the scallops were served just right - still hot, but not overcooked.

Visited January 2013
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Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

I don't go often because I'm not a lover of seafood. I have gotten steak or fish and chips and everything has always been above delicious! Pleasant wait staff, they treat very well. Ths restaurant has indoor valet parking which will be validated. Be prepared to pay top dollar for your meal. Good food don't come cheap!

Visited February 2012
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Overall experience was pretty good”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

The overall experience was pretty good, but we did wait for a while after arriving there on time of our reservation. We reserved for 8 but we actually sat down at around 8:15-8:20. The server was really nice, because we were waiting for 2 more people, she asked for our drink order right when we were seated. We waited for the rest of our group for a long time but in between our server came and asked if we would like to order appetizer first while waiting for our friends. It was really thoughtful of her to do so because all of us were really hungry. Our appetizer came and our friends came also. The server gave them a few minutes to decide what they want. The appetizer was really delicious, my main course was really good too but the portion was way too much so I took the rest home. My other friends were all really happy with their food. The Atmosphere was really nice; it was quite romantic since we had 3 couples there. Despite the wait for our table in the beginning, the overall experience was really pleasant

  • Visited November 2012
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