About the Waterman Grille

Offering a setting that is unlike any other in Providence, Waterman Grille is situated along the Seekonk River in a former bridge gatehouse that dates back to 1871.

With its ageless brick, restored wood patinas and open kitchen, Waterman has become a neighborhood staple for its relaxed atmosphere and menu that encourages sharing. Our seasonal approach to cooking is helmed by Executive Chef Jennifer Backman, who emboldens flavors with our signature wood-fired grill. In addition, our extensive and unique private dining offerings are an idyllic spot to host your next memorable event.

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A Rhode Island transplant, originally from Washington State, Executive Chef Jennifer Backman brings her much lauded culinary talents and rich international experience to the East Side of Providence.

A career spanning many Relais & Chateaux kitchens, Chef Jennifer got her start at our own Castle Hill Inn in Newport, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the Executive Sous Chef. From there, she helmed the culinary teams at The Ocean House and its sister property, the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly as Executive Chef. She returned to her Newport Restaurant Group family to take the role as executive chef for the Mooring restaurant in Newport, RI.  Now, at the Waterman Grille, she is eager to showcase her vision of what Rhode Island farm to table cuisine means to her; highlighting not only the best ingredients but also the special relationships that she has cultivated over the past two decades.

A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Chef Jennifer has cooked at the James Beard House and in 2019 was named Edible Rhody’s Local Food Hero.

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Private Dining

Wedding, business luncheon or dinner party, Waterman’s private dining spaces are as unique as your event. We offer five distinct experiences in which to celebrate. Our Riverview Room, with its floor to ceiling windows, or our patio, boast spectacular views of the river. The Loft and Lounge provide an inviting atmosphere for smaller events, and the Boardroom can be tailored for any corporate or social function.

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Fare Rewards New England’s premier frequent diner program.

As a member, you will earn points with each dining occasion redeemable towards future visits. For every 200 points, you will automatically receive a $15 reward credit on your account, good towards your next visit! Our program is designed to simply reward our frequent customers for dining at our restaurants; there are no costs or obligations. Download the Newport Restaurant Group Fare Rewards mobile app and join today! It’s that easy!

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Gift Cards One gift card. Fourteen unique culinary adventures.

From the capital cities to the city by the sea, the Newport Restaurant Group gift card can be used to craft one’s experience at: Castle Hill Inn, The Mooring, 22 Bowen’s, Bar ‘Cino, La Vecina, Smoke House, Hemenway’s, Iron Works, Trio, Boat House, Avvio, Papa Razzi, Foodlove Market and of course, Waterman Grille. Purchase online for added convenience and have the card shipped to you, or choose to have your card shipped directly to the recipient with a personalized handwritten note.

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