When there’s something to celebrate, seafood lovers flock to Hemenway’s and are rewarded by a menu predominantly featuring fresh harvests from the sea.
The raw bar is addictive: a chalkboard list of local oysters, littlenecks, cherrystones, shrimp, jumbo lump crab and an impressive Alaskan king crab cocktail make it hard to choose just one. Menu choices progress from clam chowder and lobster bisque to steamers and calamari to swordfish, paella and yellowfin tuna. Seafood is flown in daily from around the world but is more often than not locally sourced from New Bedford, Boston, Gloucester, Point Judith and Maine. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook South Main Street on one side and the river on the other while a central and always well-populated bar serves up classic, chilled martinis.—Jennifer Sperry
121 South Main Street, Providence, RI, 401-351-8570