Fish dinner in Providence RI
Help! I'm expected to treat someone to a fish dinner this Friday night in Providence. Ideally it would be within walking distance of the Convention Center or a short cab ride. I've only been to Hemingways once and wasn't sure it was worth the money. That same weekend, years ago, we also went to a restaurant that was in a private Italian Men's Club. The meal there was wonderful but I don't think they have their restaurant open to the pubic anymore. The friend I went with thought it was "Jimmy's". Maybe Hemingways is the place to go but my husband would prefer a place that isn't so fancy. He also likes fish but not with sauces.
The Bluefin Grille (in the Marriot, which is attached right to the convention center) is very good. Much better than Heminways (which I used to work directly upstairs from).
Parkside serves some very nice fish dishes. Less fancy than Hemmingways, but it is still upscale. Your entree price for fish would run in the $20 neighborhood.
While I'm a big fan of Parkside, I wouldn't recommend it when you specifically want a fish dinner....not a lack of quality by any means, just a lack of choices.
Bluefin's a great choice, and both Agora at the Westin Hotel and Providence Oyster Bar should be considered. Agora would be adjacent to the Convention Center, and POB a 10 minute walk or 2 minute cab ride.
An obvious answer is McCormick & Schmick's, in easy walking distance of the convention center and not too fancy at all. Not sure what your budget is, but the prices seem reasonable.
Bostonbob3, I think you might be confused about the location of the Marriott and Bluefin Grill, which are not adjcaent to the convention center. The hotel that is adjacent to the cc is the Westin.
Has the Bluefin Grill improved? In 2004, I had two horrible meals there. I thought it was too bad because it was a nice space and the service was so good.