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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
Empire Tea & CoffeeOther 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.
Midtown Oyster Bar is a popular oyster and raw bar at 345 Thames St.
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.
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.
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.