Where to Eat in Newport, RI


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Newport has many dining options from fine dining and neighborhood farm-to-table restaurants to casual spots along the water and traditional afternoon teas. 

On the way to Newport I stopped in Bristol where I had a good lunch at the  The Lobster Pot … a great lobster roll while overlooking Bristol Harbor. It has been a popular spot since 1929. They have indoor and outdoor seating and an extensive seafood menu. 119-121 Hope St. Also in Bristol are a number of other restaurants and bars including the Judge Roy Bean Saloon. 

The Lobster Pot

 

The Lobster Pot

 

Judge Roy Bean Saloon

Once in Newport, along the Newport Harbor you will find a number of bars and restaurants. One of the top is The Black Pearl at Bannister’s Wharf. This is a local institution with a Classic Tavern Room, their Commodore’s Room for upscale dining and a popular waterside patio and raw bar. They are known for their clam chowder.

 

The Black Pearl

 

The Black Pearl

Nearby is Coffee Grinder on the dock at 33 Bannister’s Wharf. This is a small, casual coffee shop at the end of the wharf overlooking the water and boats in the harbor. The location is perfect!

Coffee Grinder

 

Coffee Grinder

Stoneacre Brasserie: At 28 Washington Square, this is a contemporary restaurant with an emphasis on French cuisine and locally sourced ingredients. I went for dinner on my first night in town and had great mussels along with frites (fries) and grilled asparagus. It is a neighborhood spot away from the harbor.

Stoneacre Brasserie

 

Stoneacre Brasserie

I always try to enjoy a classic afternoon tea when I travel. On this trip, I really enjoyed my afternoon tea at The Viking Hotel. I had a very nice experience at this boutique hotel at 1 Bellevue Ave a short walk from my hotel. The tea, with a choice of breads, scones, sandwiches and chocolates, was really excellent and the cost was so reasonable!

The Viking Hotel

I highly recommend The Vanderbilt Grill at the Vanderbilt Hotel, an Auberge Resorts Collection property. It is located in the heart of Newport. I enjoyed dinner with a lovely English couple who I met at my hotel. I thought that the Atlantic Halibut with fresh peas and served on top of a tasty lobster bisque were both excellent. The hotel also has The Bar downstairs and The Roof Deck overlooking the city and the harbor.

The Vanderbilt Grill

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar. After reading great reviews, I made sure that I made a reservation before heading back to Providence. I enjoyed my last lunch in town sitting on the outside patio by the water. The lobster roll was a perfect choice! I highly recommend it. 1 Sayers Wharf.

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar

I enjoyed exploring the wharfs along the water, but they do attract a large number of tourists. I recommend getting off the beaten path and go where the locals go. The Broadway St. District is an area with shops, cafes, bars and local restaurants.

Broadway St. District

 

Broadway St. District

Fun spots include The Corner Cafe known for its breakfasts, the eclectic Salvation Restaurant + Bar, a fun tiki bar at 140 Broadway and Empire Tea & Coffee at 22 Broadway.

The Corner Cafe

 

Salvation Restaurant + Bar

 

Empire Tea & Coffee

Other recommended spots to try include the elegant White Horse Tavern from 1673, believed to be the oldest tavern building in the US. It is a fine dining restaurant featuring local cuisine at 26 Marlborough Street.. Belle’s Cafe is a popular spot in the heart of the Newport Shipyard serving breakfast and lunch daily.

Also on the water is the Marina Cafe & Pub and 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar &  Grille.  22 Bowen’s is a classic harbor-side tavern specializing in steak and fresh, local seafood. It has a nautical-themed dining room with waterfront views. 22 Bowen’s Wharf.

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille

Midtown Oyster Bar  is a popular oyster and raw bar at 345 Thames St.

Midtown Oyster Bar

The Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar at #47 Bowan’s Wharf, the Smoke House at #37 Scotts Wharf for barbecue and cocktails, Kaffeology Coffee-Bakery at 359 Thames St., and The Red Parrot Restaurant at 348 Thames St. are also fun spots.

Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

 

Smoke House

 

Smoke House

 

Kaffeology Coffee-Bakery

 

The Red Parrot Restaurant

 

Bannister’s Wharf

Gary’s Handy Lunch is a classic diner at 462 Thames St. for breakfast and lunch. The Franklin Spa at 229 Spring St. is also a classic breakfast spot that locals love.

Gary’s Handy Lunch

 

Gary’s Handy Lunch

 

Franklin Spa

The Wine Enthusiast recommends 41°North for its bar and restaurant options along the waterfront. They also recommend Cara Restaurant at The Chanler at Cliff Walk and The Restaurant at the Bouchard Inn & Restaurant.

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