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121 S. Main St. (Packet St.) Send to Phone
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Hemenway's serves classic New England seafood to a chic, upwardly mobile clientele in a bright and stylish riverfront location.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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Hemenway's, Providence, RI

Hemenway's Restaurant Review

: Hemenway's manages to be both very old-fashioned and quite of-the-moment. The old-fashioned part is the food. This is a classic New England "seafood" restaurant in the sense that the owners search out sparklingly fresh fish from local waters and treat it simply. No New Age-y creations here. You can order a classic fried fisherman's platter or up the ante with oil-poached mahi mahi. Lobsters come in all sizes from petite (one pound) to prehistorically large (five pounds and up); you can get them steamed, broiled or stuffed. The raw bar is one of the biggest and best stocked in the state. The of-the-moment aspect is the surprisingly young clientele. Sure, there's always a fair share of wide-eyed out-of-towners, but the majority is increasingly of the chic, upwardly mobile or university-going demographic. The downtown location makes Hemenway's a good springboard for an evening on the town.


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