This list is in no particular order, however, I had to make Midtown Oyster Bar at the top since it is probably my most favorite to eat dinner in Newport! It features primarily seafood, however, there are a host of other options for non-seafood lovers. I had the lobster bisque and salmon which I highly recommend, it was one of my all time favorite salmon dishes.
The ambiance of this restaurant is the best part; it captures the essence of Newport. There are high ceilings with hanging flags and nautical touches throughout. It is cozy yet classic. The first floor has a bar that was very lively when I came, and there’s also outdoor rooftop seating.
Prices are typical Newport prices, neither inexpensive nor outrageous.
Be sure to book in advance during the summer! I booked 1 week in advance and secured the last spot for a Saturday night dinner.
As you may have gathered from my guide to hotels in Rhode Island, I love Ocean House! It’s located in Watch Hill overlooking its own private beach. I ate lunch at the bistro and ordered a lobster roll and clam chowder. If you’re someone who prefers finely grained lobster opposed to lobster chunks, this is the roll for you!
The Bistro restaurant is located outdoors on the covered wrap around porch. You have a perfect view of the ocean, and certainly a beautiful place to dine during sunset. The essence of New England luxury is captured here in Watch Hill. The prices are a high, but you are essentially paying for an experience!
I walked in for lunch and had no issue being seated, but I do believe they prefer reservations ahead of time, especially if you are not a hotel guest!
Safari Room is located at OceanCliff Hotel in Newport. The property is located away from the hustle and bustle of Bowman’s Wharf and is overlooking the water. I had the salmon and also tried a bite of lobster roll, both of which were delicious!
When you arrive to the property, you pull up to a beautiful castle-like hotel. The restaurant itself is outdoors facing the water. The seating area is quite spacious which provides an intimate dining experience with your party. I highly recommend coming to dine during sunset if you can secure a reservation! It was so memorable to overlook the sailboats at sunset over dinner.
Definitely book early! They do hold weddings, which can result in less table options.
The Clarke Cooke House is a must when visiting Newport! While I did not have a meal here, I did enjoy a few cocktails at the bar. This restaurant is quite popular, so I recommend booking well in advance. I had drinks around 9pm and it was still very crowded! The restaurant keeps all of the large windows open, creating an outdoor-indoor environment, decorated with classic nautical details throughout. The vibe here is awesome and definitely a great place to grab a cocktail after dinner! It does get busy and a bit loud, so if you’d prefer a more intimate dinner, I would suggest either booking for earlier in the evening or for something outdoors.
I couldn’t blog about great food without mentioning brunch! Le Central is located in Bristol, RI, a beautiful waterfront town close to Providence. I would go back to Bristol just to visit Le Central, that’s how good it is! I ordered the lemon ricotta crepes and of course, their famous cinnamon popovers! The popovers apparently sell out quick, so I suggest going when they first open and snatching them! They also serve mimosas and other brunch cocktails. This is a French inspired restaurant serving brunch, lunch, and dinner!
Last but certainly not least is the Stoneacre Brasserie in Newport! This is an awesome restaurant that serves brunch, lunch, dinner, and even afternoon tea! It has an industrial yet warm vibe with awesome food. I came here for brunch and highly recommend a croissant and cappuccino to start your day off right! Their croissants were to die for. They have both indoor and outdoor dining overlooking Washington Square, and I was seated quickly without reservations!