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Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

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121 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903-2905
+1 401-351-8570
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While visiting for business, this restaurant was recommended. The food and service were both excellent, the atmosphere was very nice. Only 4/5 starts because the prices were somewhat high for the food. I had the Filet, it was very good but not the best I've had for $45.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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335 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's crowded on weekends, but that's the trade-off for a good spot. Bar was fun, food was great, service was very good.

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Los Angeles, California
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226 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Our waitress Louise and waiter Yves were very professional. They both were totally on top of everything. They addressed my wife's allergy to shellfish. They came and explained that her salad would be made in a different section of the kitchen so there would be any cross contamination. The clam chowder was really tasty with very fresh ingredients. My wife... More 

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York, Maine
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked in to this place on a cold Saturday late afternoon , we ordered the Rhode Island clam chowder and it was the best it's my new favorite. We had the paella 🥘 and it so delicious the balance of spices are so in point and it's a descent portion. Also tried the fishermen lobster - that stuff with scallops... More 

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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This a great location right on the river, downtown Providence. After reading all the great reviews about the clam chowder, I had to try it. They were not lying!! Best I have ever had. Not too rich, and still full of great creamy flavor with many large pieces of tender clam. I had one of the entre specials that night,... More 

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Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear Jason, Thank you for dining with us at Hemenway's and for your wonderful five-star review! I am so happy to hear our chowder lived up to its reputation - its a surely a classic we are known for! I appreciate your great description of your meal, accolades to Leena and recommendation very much, and I hope you will consider... More 

Long Island, NY, United States
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty setting. Impeccable service.Pricey. My crab cakes were a little overdone, but I would definitely return.

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Winchester, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to take our college age granddaughter to Providence, walk the Riverwalk, visit the RISD art museum, have lunch and then return her to Wheaton. But we didn't know our way around Providence. But the walk was OK, although the day was cold in early Spring, the museum was good but when it came time to find a restaurant... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant has a tone of variety. I've tried several appetizers and Entrees and they were are delicious. The service is very attentive and impeccable too. You have to make a reservation, it gets very busy.

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New Paltz, New York
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We could not get a reservation but we got one of the last tables at the oyster bar on a Friday night. It was lively and fun and had the convenience of being able to see the oyster shuckers at work. Our waiter, Lucas, was most helpful. We had a glass of prosecco to start and a half dozen salt... More 

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Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear trocc0_12, Thank you so much for your five-star review of Hemenway's and your high-five to your server, Lucas. I am thrilled that you enjoyed so many aspects of what makes Hemenway's special, in particular the great work our staff does, the atmosphere of our restaurant, and of course the food! I will be sure to pass your accolades along... More 

Sharon, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I celebrated a Bachelor Party dinner at Hemenways. The food was fantastic and the view & proximity to WaterFire Providence was a large bonus. I had baked scallops as my main course and they were delicious- crunchy on the outside with breadcrumb and perfectly cooked on the inside. The rest of my party had an equally good time. Highly recommended.

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Tobey S, General Manager at Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Dear tdauria, Thank you for your very kind review of Hemenway's! I am so pleased that you and your party enjoyed your experience with us, and I agree, the evenings of Water Fire are spectacular and a definite bonus! I appreciate your comments and recommendation very much and hope that you will consider dining with us again in the near... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?