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Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903-2905
+1 401-351-8570
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (290 reviews)
“stuffed lobster” (33 reviews)
“baked alaska” (13 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903-2905
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The place looks a bit industrial from the street but has a sophisticated yet warm and cozy vibe inside that pairs well with the great food and drinks.

Thank Beth L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Hemenway's is pure class. What a restaurant. The service was phenomenal. Our waiter had personality plus. The food was excellent. My husband and I shared the calamari as a appetizer. Then I had the scallops and he had the paella. We both enjoyed it. I...More

Thank tess372
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fantastic service and food. We sat at the bar as usual. Bartender Gardner was very helpful and professional. We loved the charcuterie plate. My stuffed 2 lb lobster was perfectly cooked. My husband had the monkfish, which I tasted when he wasn't looking. That was...More

Thank Ramonabeth
Reviewed 5 days ago

It had all the elements of a upscale seafood restaurant. At the risk of sounding spoiled, I found it very average for an expensive dining experience. The over priced cocktails were good. I recommend looking at the drink menu. We started at the bar and...More

Thank Rudi R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Once again they have lived up to the reputation. We go on special occasions and the service, food and ambiance is just what we expect. The entire menu (mostly seafood) is great Salmon was great. Comp creme brule for birthday was a nice surprise. Next...More

Thank WebsterFoodie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our meal and drinks here. The service was pretty good and the view of the canal is nice. But wow was it ever loud. It was hard to carry on a conversation across the table. Still a good experience.More

Thank CanadiantravelsNB
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear CanadiantravelsNB, Thank you for joining us and I am happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and the view. Sorry about the volume. The high ceilings in our historic building make for some acoustic challenges, but we always want our guests to feel comfortable...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A Saturday lunch at this downtown favorite was perfect for a reunion with old friends. The room is spacious, the view of the river and the gondolas tranquil, service professional and unhurried, and everyone's meal was a treat. The check made those of us used...More

Thank wws68
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear wws68, Thank you for the kind review and we are honored that you chose to have your reunion with us. Happy to hear that everyone enjoyed - we love being a place where old friends can relax and enjoy. We hope you can join...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a very traditional American experience, this may be for you. Dishes are heavy, old-school, and plentiful, and rely primarily on fats for flavor (think cream, butter, cheese etc). Food is not particularly innovative or amazing, but it is what would...More

Thank tgolin
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear tgolin, Thank you for joining us and for your honest feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the service and ambiance. I wish our food had left a better impression as we take great pride in our culinary creations. We'll share your feedback with our culinary...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We’re from out of town and friends who used to live in Providence recommended Hemenway’s. The restaurant did not disappoint and Jason our server made the dining experience wonderful. We wanted to eat foods that were local to Rhode Island and/or a specialty of the...More

Thank sean4010
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you sean4010! What a kind review and so glad you enjoyed your Rhode Island feast. We are happy your friends recommended us and glad we lived up to our reputation. Also happy to hear that Jason made your experience even better. We hope you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to have this nice place close to the Hotel and coincidently we ended in one of the nicest Restaurants in Providence. Great food and a pleasant service. Obviously in Providence Seafood and Fish dishes rule the menu but there are also...More

Thank Ricardo R
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Ricardo, Thank you for finding us and glad to hear you enjoyed. We always like to be considered one of the nicest in Providence. Thank you for recommending us and I hope that if you find yourself back in Providence you can join us...More

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26 September 2017|
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Response from Tom B | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe there are any Embassy Suites in Providence according to my Hilton app or Google maps.
14 June 2016|
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Response from Robt C | Reviewed this property |
i cannot believe that Hemengway s would be able to get you food to cook elsewhere. But given that their service level is so high it might be worth a shot. Perhaps they could steer you in the right direction. Good luck
Brian T
20 January 2015|
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Response from rpfaffy | Reviewed this property |
It was summertime when we were there so we ate outside in the evening and it was very quiet out there, we had a large group around our table and were all able to converse with each other. The staff was very accommodating... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903-2905
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence
  • Phone Number: +1 401-351-8570
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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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