Where to Dine
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. Fantastic. Wine list features an impressive yet select array of French wines.
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 unique Newport restaurant hosts notable guest chefs for two to four weeks, hence the referebce to a revolving door. While the back of the house may change on a regular basis, you can always count on a delicious meal.
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.
Tallulah on ThamesBuzz-Worthy
An absolute favorite of our Newport hotel's staff, Tallulah's food is almost as beautiful as it is delicious. Prepare to settle in and truly dine as the restaurant features a four-course prix-fixe menu as well as a chef’s six-course tasting menu alongside a superb wine list. The restaurant is open during the spring and summer.
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.
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?
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 award-winning wine list (featuring more than 600 labels) is reason alone to dine at The Mooring, but it's the inspired seafood dishes that will have you coming back. Try the Portuguese roasted cod, the Galilee squid, or the "Bag of Doughnuts" -- lobster, crab & shrimp fritters with chipotle-maple aioli.
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.
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.
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.
Eat in a Mansion. 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, classic New England al fresco dining.
Bowen's Wharf Annual Seafood Festival
With live music and a variety of fresh and local seafood, it's hard not to come back to Newport and enjoy this "late-season" festival.
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.
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.
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.
Newport Restaurant Week
With unique menus and great deals on foods, Newport Restaurant Week is part of a national movement and encourages both visitors and residents to taste the culinary delights available in Newport. Occurs annually.
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Elegance and creativity collide at this special occasion restaurant. Celebrate your milestone with impeccable service and a truly sumptuous food prepared with thought and precision.
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.
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.