Where to Dine
The Wharf Pub
A local's favorite, you'll find both traditional seafood items and classic American fare listed on a relatively extensive menu, accompanied by a fun cocktail, wine, and draft beer list. They also offer a kid's menu which makes this pub a great choice when traveling with the whole family!
The tagline here is "bar meets grill" and it's a great description. Warm and welcoming, the food manages to be both simple and completely original. Try the Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with kale, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, maple syrup vinaigrette, and shaved Grana Padano parmesan. Heavenly.
We love the burger and beer deal at PJ's ($9.50 for the combo) and recommend a side of Gouda cheese sauce with your fries for dipping. Bonus: the bar is within walking distance of Gilded.
Parlor Bar + Kitchen
The burger in this vintage-style club is on the pricier side ($14) but well worth it. The naturally-raised beef patty comes with smoked gouda, tomatillo jam, bacon, and chipotle aioli.
22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille
22 Bowen's is reminiscent of a classic steakhouse with its menu that includes French onion soup, a wedge salad, and many thick cuts of beef. Dig into the extensive wine list (with 650 bottles!) or sip a cold martini while you watch the harbor traffic cruise by.
The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar
The kitchen offers a staggering array of seafood preparations, from oysters on the half shell to tuna tartare to grilled Atlantic swordfish. The "Bag of Doughnuts" appetizer—lobster, crab and shrimp fritters with chipotle-maple aioli—has become a fan favorite. There's also plenty of choices for landlubbers too.
The Wharf Pub
It's not often you can find comfort food, a raw bar, and live music all in one spot. Even rarer to find it all with a view of the water. But that's exactly what you'll encounter at The Wharf, located in the hub of Newport's waterfront on Bowen's Wharf.
Step inside this historic Georgian-style home and prepare to say bonjour to some fine French cuisine. Chef Bouchard honed his skills at restaurants between France and New York and now carefully prepares menus in the heart of Newport that are sure to delight.
This unique Newport restaurant hosts notable guest chefs for two to four weeks, hence the references to a revolving door. While the back of the house may change on a regular basis, you can always count on a delicious meal.
Malt doesn't get the buzz, but locals love it. Unpretentious food made right, such as fried calamari, steak panini, zucchini parmigiana, and cod risotto. Personable bartenders make you feel right at home.
Without exaggeration, one of the BEST burgers you will ever have. Brought to you by the folks from Thames Street Kitchen, these are burgers elevated to a whole new level. Fun fact: our Chief Marketing Officer swears the Mickey D burger changed her life.
Newport Restaurant Week
With unique menus and great deals on foods, Newport Restaurant Week is part of a national movement that encourages both visitors and residents to taste the culinary delights available in Newport. Spring Restaurant Week occurs every year from March 27-April 7, 2017.
A craft beer bar that also features an artisanal kitchen. This local favorite offers casual dishes, such as chicken pesto pasta and Asian lettuce wraps. Save room for the wonderful desserts, made by the restaurant's namesake, Norey Cullen.
This waterfront estate-turned-hotel-and-restaurant takes sunset seaside dining to a new level with its Sundowner menu. Available from 3:00-5:00pm on the lawn six days a week, you'll find appetizers and fresh seafood dishes paired with summery wines.
For the night's when old world comfort food is all that will do, this Newport staple is a "go to." Featuring genuine Italian cuisine in a cozy ambiance, along with an impressive list of Italian wines.
The restaurant's name Perro Salado – the “Salty Dog” – speaks to the sailing spirit of Newport as well as this vibrant seaside restaurant. Serving unique and modern interpretations of authentic Mexican cuisine.
Castle Hill is classic Newport defined. Artfully crafted fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce are served in four intimate dining rooms in the Mansion. In the warmer months, nibble small plates and sip summer cocktails from your Adirondack chair on The Lawn for classic New England al fresco dining.
White Horse Tavern
The menu features Rhode Island produce, meats, and seafood with an extensive raw bar selection, including Narragansett Bay littleneck clams served on the half shell. Hearty entrees like lobster mac and cheese and braised short ribs will warm you should you encounter any fickle New England spring weather. Did we mention the tavern is America's oldest bar?
Sweeping ocean views blend with an elegantly relaxed vibe at this Forbes four star restaurant. An exquisite dining room dressed in creams and black draws on classic French culinary techniques while embracing a lighter, New England style cuisine.
Sophisticated and easy going in equal measure, 22 Bowens features a chic atmosphere as well as some of Newport’s finest food and drink. The bar is a vibrant space to be seen and heard while sipping cocktails, rich bourbons, and award-winning wines
Truly a classic Newport spot, Black Pearl has killer chowder and a great waterside patio and bar for warm summer days.
Clarke Cooke House
One 18th century building houses multiple restaurant and lounge experiences. Dine in romantic elegance on The Porch, relax at harbor level in The Candy Store, savor a cocktail with the smart set at The Sky Bar and welcome warm weather sights and sounds and flavors at The Bistro. Dance the night away in the Boom Boom Room.
Scales and Shells
Offering seafood, seafood and more seafood, Scales and Shells is aptly named. The owners not only know when the fish was caught, but where and by whom. Go here for "top of the catch" freshness.
This wine bar and bistro is about the expansive harbor views almost as much as it's about the food. The restaurant's menu changes frequently to take advantage of the bounty of the season. Upstairs, a third floor bar area is a hopping scene with an array of signature cocktails and artisanal wines.
Vegetarians, diners with food sensitivities, or even just someone looking for a lighter option should head to this "superfood eatery" for its veggie burgers. Our favorite is the smoky tempeh burger, topped with grilled pineapple, avocado, and barbecue sauce.
For traditional New England fare, patio seating, and unobstructed views of Newport Harbor, The Landing sits at the end of Newport's historic Bowen's Wharf, allowing for prime people- and water-watching. In our humble opinion, the Landing serves up the best stuffie - Rhode Island's signature oversized stuffed clam - in town.
Nacho plates, a taco night special, super creative cocktails, various guacamoles and items like "Watermelon Tacos" and a "Zesty Lamb Burrito." When you're looking for a tasty and fun Mexican joint in Newport, this is your spot.
The Corner Café offers cafe fare from breakfast specials to wood-grilled pizzas lure locals to this vibrant BYOB spot.
Feel like a local! Open all week, you can check out this hub late night (they're open until 1 AM!) for a bite to eat and a cocktail, or you can check this spot out for a hearty Sunday brunch. They offer a great craft beer selection, as well as daily specials.
The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar
The traditional flavors of classic New England cuisine taken to a new level. Incredibly fresh seafood, indoor and outdoor seating, paired with an out-of-this-world wine list, this is Newport at it's finest.
Stoneacre Brasserie + Cafe
French-inspired dishes feature delicate scents and mouthwatering flavors that reveal a deft hand in the kitchen. Excellent biscuits are a must to start. Charcuterie lovers will prize the pork rillette, smoke trout deviled eggs, and chicken liver mousse. Wine list features an impressive yet select array of French wines.
Newport Creamery goes by the slogan "Good Mood Food" and they offer just that. Think gooey grilled cheese, juicy burgers and an extensive ice cream list with everything from milkshakes to waffle cones and sundaes.
Winner Winner "chicken dinner!" This local BYOB hot spot offers chicken in multiple forms – grab a bucket, sandwich, biscuit combo, or chicken tender plate and load up on sides like mac & cheese, potato salad and tots.
Rosemary + Thyme
Rosemary & Thyme offers everything from entreé salads to artisan sandwiches, signature tartines (open-faced sandwiches), and a selection of freshly baked goods.
Mamma Luisa Ristorante
Mamma Luisa's offers classic Italian cuisine with a cozy ambiance and of course, an extensive wine list.
Mad Hatter Bakery
Celebrating something special while in Newport? The Mad Hatter Bakery offers cakes and cupcakes for every occasion. Or, stop by and grab a variety of individual baked goods like coconut macaroons or a fresh slice of blueberry coffee cake.
The Fifth Element
Offering a local's feel, The Fifth Element is a stylish bar & grill with fun atmosphere.
Dining at Diego's you'll find a modern take on Mexican food and a full drink list that of course, offers up various tequila cocktails. Don't forget to save room for a churro or two!
Jo's American Bistro
Jo's American Bistro is a casual yet classy spot, offering American cuisine, often from local sources.
Benjamin's Restaurant and Raw Bar
A wide selection of raw bar items is available at one of three dining areas, whether you prefer fine dining on the second floor or with a nautical edge in the third-floor Crow's Nest bar. Order oysters on the half shell and oyster shooters, or go big with 5 types of seafood served in a tower for $100. Catch oyster happy hour Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m. when oysters are just a $1 each.
Brick Alley Pub
Another classic Newport spot, Brick Alley Pub is an iconic watering hole with large beer & wine lists, serving pub food.
Scales + Shells
Think Scales & Shells and think seafood – with an expansive menu of both broiled and grilled fish, as well as other classic seafood offerings, this is family-run restaurant that won't disappoint.
New to Newport as of 2017, this restaurant and wine bar draws inspiration from the Basque region, featuring both Spanish and French style cuisine.
Fluke Wine Bar + Kitchen
Every destination needs a good wine bar and Fluke is just that. Both a wine bar and bistro, stop here and dine with expansive harbor views.
Caleb + Broad
This restaurant can be described as having elevated comfort fare, plus craft brews & cocktails, offering everything from brunch, lunch, dinner and even a cocktail & snack bar menu.
The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn
Stop here and enjoy world-class dining experience featuring local foods right on the waterfront. Have dinner on "The Lawn" or in the dining room or, attend one of the fabulous events hosted throughout the summer.
Sandbar Jetties Beach
Oysters on the half shell varieties include an on-island one like Pocomo Meadow and another local option like Island Creek from nearby Duxbury. They even have tables nestled right in the sand overlooking Jetties Beach, you don't have to miss a second of soaking up the sun.
Boru Noodle Bar
Boru Noodle Bar offers everything from delicious ramen noodle soup, to tuna poké, and steamed pork buns, and has quickly become one of our new favorites.
Binge BBQ brings the smoked porky goodness and can even be your late night fix, should you find yourself hankering for some sustenance late on weekends.
Midtown Oyster Bar
This waterfront raw bar actually has two bars—one with a beachy vibe and one more cozy and clubby—where you can order up oysters on the half shell. A rotating variety allows you to mix and match and find your favorite. Try the Walrus & Carpenter oysters, small "cocktail" oysters with a buttery, briny flavor, grown in nearby Narragansett.
The Grill at 41 North
Go for the open-air dockside dining area, with individual tables and bar seating under the covered bar pavilion. The menu features grilled meats, seafood, and a raw bar, as well as organic and locally sourced seasonal selections.