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Hemenway's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar
Seafood Restaurant$$$
Today 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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121 S Main St Providence, RI 02903
121 South Main StreetUSRhode IslandProvidence02903
$$$Seafood Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 9:00 pm
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Come to Hemenway's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar to experience a Providence classic that boasts time-honored recipes for ocean-fresh seafood. A Rhode Island tradition, we've been here for you for 20 year
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Local seafood & noted wine list in an airy dining room with a wall of windows alongside the river.- Google
"Ordered the crab & lobster cakes, a cup of chowder and a beer for $28."
"Alaskan King Crab Legs - Our entree, our FAVORITE."
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Ryan Vinson
3 months ago
I was there for a light lunch on a Saturday afternoon, just before the crowd started rolling in. The hostess gave us a genuine smile and showed us to our table, a four seater in the back by the full glass windows that overlooked the river. It's the details that made me give this place such a high rating. For example, the square table was rotated so that the two of us were seated next to each other, both with uninhibited views of the river. The other two places at the table were cleared immediately. Ethan, our waiter, was well dressed, held himself with good posture, and was very courteous. In a lot of upscale restaurants, I've found that waiters often end being impersonal and snooty. Ethan was friendly and very easy to talk to. The owner has obviously put a lot of effort into finding good staff. I asked about a wine I didn't recognize, thinking that the name was of a grape variety I hadn't heard of since the other wines in that grouping were named by their grapes. He didn't know about the wine, but offered to learn the details. Normally, one should know the wines on the list, but I was impressed regardless when, within one minute he came back with the bottle, told me the variety of grape (which wasn't its name, by the way) and its expected taste profile. I knew the grape and wondered out loud if it was a Spanish wine. Right away, he said this one was Portuguese. After the standard taste testing that is pretty much a waste of time except when an older bottle is bought, it was served in an ice bucket and he attentively topped our glasses throughout our meal more or less the number of times that keeps one happy but not feeling interrupted. The rolls were served warm and kept warm by a wrapped cloth. They were flaky and delicate. The butter had been pre-softened in its container. I usually skip the bread, but that day I ate it all. So much for a light lunch. I tried their version of clam chowder, which is a New England style. There was lots of everything and it was clearly made often. The clams were not chewy, as often occurs when large batches are reheated and overcooked. It reminded me of the chowders made off the docks in Seattle, WA, which are the best. I recommend it. I've been a sucker for burgers lately. Since I threw the idea of eating light out the window, I ordered one. I did skip the fries and ordered the vegetable side dish. Again, the details are what impressed me. The bun was perfectly toasted, the accompaniments were flavorful and sized properly. The meat was an exact medium rare, not over salted, and of excellent quality. Attention was paid to the proper fat ratio, as it was not dense, but held together well. This is impressive because, in a seafood restaurant, burgers are on the menu as an obligatory item, but the kitchen paid as much detail to it as any dish. Even the vegetables were quite good and not an afterthought- similar to ratatouille I suppose, except instead of tomatoes they used brussel sprouts and everything was lightly char-grilled with a bit of olive oil. Overall, it deserves my five stars. I am curious if the kitchen and wait staff are able to keep up with their level of quality when the room fills up. I suspect they are.
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Jim Black
6 months ago
Absolutely AMAZING! Mikalai was terrific. He made us feel right at home at the food was amazing!!! It was a perfect birthday dinner!
Greg P.
10 months ago
I took my parents here last weekend for their 30th Wedding Anniversary and was extremely impressed. The service was amazing and the food was flawless! The assorted seafood platter appetizer was great, I really loved the ginger soy dipping sauce it came with. We sat in the back room and when a large party seated near by our table was loud, the manager came over without hesitation and offered to take a round of drinks off our menu. They really made our experience special and I will definitely be back!
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Art vandaley
11 months ago
A nice place in the overrated Providence food scene. It can get pricey to eat here but there are some good value seafood items on the menu that will not break the bank, but it is not the place for a cheap meal either. Overall the food is good but there have been a few misses.
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Ashi Scott-Bey
4 months ago
My 90yr old mom & myself went here for lunch on a warmer Saturday during Jan 2015. The service was slow but friendly and both of us were very disappointed with food. We both ordered coffee, New England style clam chowder & a grilled seafood medley with fries (shrimp, scallop & fish (scrod?). Coffee was weak & tepid, clam chowder was cold and had too many potatoes & seafood was very bland & cold. The fried were not so bad but were cold too. Don't know if they were having a bad day but we both decided we would never go back there.
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Diana Chen
4 months ago
Been here countless times, including hosting big events here. Never disappointed with the service and food. A++.
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Charles Whitin
4 months ago
Once in awhile, this is a good treat on the somewhat upscale end of the restaurant spectrum in Providence
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Rachel Singh
2 years ago
Had a wonderful evening last night. Diane our server was beyond wonderful. Very attentive and gracious. She insured we made a memory of last night. Thank you so much. You have to try this wonderful place. It's a must!

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