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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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Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (262 reviews)
“clam chowder” (50 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903-2905
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited Hemenway's on my first trip to Providence - was looking for a recommendation to a good place for seafood. Hemenway's fits the bill, with a bustling atmosphere, open decor, excellent food & a creative menu. I enjoyed it very much.

Thank Brian I
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited for lunch and were not disappointed. Both the New England- and Rhode-style clam chowders were tasty (although the latter was a bit too salty for some). The fish tacos were excellent and the fried clam po'boy - a luncheon special - was equally...More

Thank robertwD7057IG
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent service by Jeff-took the time to write down a few things-recommendations on the area as we have never been. Oysters were great. Ceviche was awesome. Calamari average-just basic with scallions thrown in, said R.I. style with peppers, maybe they ran out. My girlfriends filet...More

Thank alan l
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The plave was beautiful which gives so pleasure to us.I have enjoyed a lot there the place was full of crowd

Thank Manish2618
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Manish2618, Thank you and I am glad you like it here. Hope you come back soon. Gratefully, Tobey Sanborn General Manager

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After a long exploring walk around Providence on a beautiful summer day, it was nice to be able to sit in a cold restaurant. Location is good overlooking the river with big windows. They offer kids menu with colour crayons which was nice for our...More

Thank 504lilyv
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear 504lilyv, Thank you for the review and I am glad we could be a nice respite after a day of exploring Providence. Sorry the food wasn’t more to your liking. We always strive to deliver the very best in tasty food. We hope you...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Have lived by shore my whole life and you could not get fresher seafood unless you caught it yourself. Cooked to perfection, I ordered blackened swordfish. Awesome. Very good service and great vibe.More

Thank A. J. H
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear A. J. H, Thanks for the great review and glad you enjoyed your dinner with us. We have been specializing in fresh seafood for decades, so I'm glad you could taste our commitment to freshness. Hope to see you again soon. Gratefully, Tobey Sanborn...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Hemenway's has been around a long time, and for good reason. It is always a pleasant experience with fine food, great service, and a comfortable, quiet(ish) atmosphere. 4 stars, not 5, cuz I can't afford to go very often!

Thank Andrew C
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Andrew, Thank you for the nice review and glad you have enjoyed your visits with us. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again soon. Gratefully, Tobey Sanborn General Manager

Reviewed 6 days ago

Whenever I am visiting Providence, I MUST go to Hemenway's for dinner. Fine dining at its best! Our waiter was probably the best waiter I ever had. Engaging, friendly, inquisitive of our Providence experience... courteous and informative. He knew the specials inside and out, remembered...More

Thank TheJerseyGuy111
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear TheJerseyGuy111, What a nice review and I am glad we are a "must go" for you whenever you are in our great city. I love hearing that our food was tremendous but I more enjoy knowing that our service was the best ever. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very nice stop for a lunch date with the guys. They were out of certain beers and the service was very slow (2+hours). The food was excellent and I think we just caught them on a Saturday after that they weren't expecting...More

Thank Mike_bu_10
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Mike_bu_10, Thanks for the review and I am glad you enjoyed although we never like to hear about slow service. I will discuss your feedback with the team. We should always be prepared for busy Saturdays, so our apologies for any delays. I hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us for dinner. We were able to converse easily. The food was outstanding. The service was very good. We shared the mussels appetizer. Yummy. The entrees were 1. two orders of scallops and shrimp and 2. a steamed lobster. The plates were cleaned....More

Thank Slumdog2015
Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Slumdog2015, Thank you for the five-star rating and I am glad you enjoyed the food and service. You selected some great items for dinner - I am glad you found them all outstanding. Hope to see you again. Gratefully, Tobey Sanborn General Manager

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Hindejan
13 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
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Brian T
19 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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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