Food + Drink

Best Lobster in Newport

Seaside lobster bakes are a staple of New England summers, and no visit to Newport, Rhode Island would be complete without a taste of the area's favorite crustacean. Despite all its high-end marinas and yachts, Newport still saves a place on the pier for the fishing boats that land their fair share of lobster from the surrounding waters. Next time you're on a lark to one of our Newport boutique hotels and are craving some fresh Rhode Island lobster, check out these three places to get the best lobster in Newport.

Midtown Oyster Bar | 345 Thames St, Newport | (401) 619-4100

We love this two-story waterfront seafood restaurant for some of the best lobster in Newport. Choose lobster one of two ways on the menu: an overstuffed lobster roll on a grilled, split top bun or lobster cocktail, lobster chilled and served with a zippy lime aioli. Enjoy a drink overlooking the harbor from the second story deck or inside the chic dining room with its high ceilings and preppy nautical theme. As the name would suggest, the "torched" oysters, broiled with jalapeno bourbon butter are another one of the restaurant's specialties.

Scales and Shells | 527 Thames St, Newport | (401) 846-3474

This Newport seafood restaurant has been in business for over 30 years, relying on fresh Rhode Island-caught seafood to satisfy its customers. The owners lived in Italy before returning to Newport to open Scales and Shells and channel the Italians' way of serving simple food made from fresh, local ingredients. Seafood towers are the eye catching plates here, and we particularly love the grilled lobster and corn—just like it sounds, it's a split, whole lobster, grilled and served with corn on the cob. Much easier than a whole, steamed lobster with no bib required.

Easton's Beach Snack Shack | 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport | (401) 855-1910

Visit in the summer to find some of the best lobster in Newport at Easton's Beach. This oceanside seafood shack offers some of the cheapest lobster rolls in Newport—two for under $17. There's also fried clams, clam cakes, chowder, and a variety of wraps and sandwiches, but we always go for the best lobster deal in town. Enjoy them on the deck overlooking the ocean and you've got yourself the perfect afternoon in Newport.