Newport, Rhode Island, a charming seaside city known for its stunning coastal views, historic mansions, and vibrant sailing culture, is also a food lover's paradise. The city boasts a diverse culinary scene that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. From fresh seafood delicacies to gourmet international cuisine, the best restaurants in Newport RI offer an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you're a local or a tourist, exploring Newport's gastronomic landscape is a must. This article will guide you through some of the top-rated restaurants in Newport, RI, each offering a unique blend of ambiance, service, and mouth-watering dishes.
A carefully sourced American menu, including steak & seafood, in a classy, wood-accented space.
Excellent restaurant with friendly and helpful staff. Wanted to get some seafood while in Newport and this was one of the top suggestions in the area and it didn't leave us disappointed. The clam chowder was creamy and excellent. Had a prix fixe menu which was a great bang for your buck. The shrimp and grits were quite tasty and the shrimp were huge and fresh. The pork was cooked well and had good flavor. Salads were excellent with nice dressings.
5 / 5
I discovered this place by doing a Google search for the best restaurants, and I am glad that I got a chance to eat here on my last night staying in Newport. Everything about this restaurant from the ambiance to the food is truly fantastic. The hostess that seated me was warm and welcoming, and my server (whom I didn't get a name) was friendly and very attentive. They have a great sized, reasonably priced menu, which includes Prix Fixe items that are served Sunday through Thursday from open to close. I ordered the New England Clam Chowder, the Pan Seared Cod, and Olive Oil Cake, and everything was fresh and delicious. The cod, which was the highlight of the meal, was so soft, flaky, and moist. The bartender can also whip up a great cocktail as well. The restaurant itself seems quite large and is kept very clean. They also have outdoor dining as well. Overall, I was very pleased with my first experience here over this past weekend, and I will be sure to stop in again the next time I visit the Newport area.
5 / 5
The soup of the day was corn chowder and it was great! Lobster and duck quesadilla also was delicious. We enjoyed the cocktails. I didn’t like wedge salad - I just don’t like such type of salads. The service was fast and the staff is friendly and attentive to us. The prices are moderate. The place is clean and everything has a high quality. The restaurant was overcrowded, it’s better to order a table in advance.
5 / 5
While visiting Newport, this spot was recommended by a friend, as well as a tour guide from earlier in our day. Additionally, the Duck and Lobster Quesadilla was highly recommended. Everything was fine. The food was well prepared and the atmosphere was great. There was a bit of confusion with the "Bartender's Beer of the Day", where it was admittedly mismarked; however, that did not stop them from selling the incorrect beer and doubling down on the mistake. Overall, a great time and one I would recommend to those visiting the area.
4 / 5
Wow wow wow!! Had such an amazing food experience here on our last day in Newport. So glad we stopped by. Amazing quality and delicious options!! Every item was fresh and flavorful. can’t wait to come back!
5 / 5
Relaxed cocina turning out modern, West Coast-style Mexican food & a long list of specialty drinks.
We received a recommendation to sample their tacos, and my husband and I absolutely adored them. We polished them off in less than 10 minutes! It's funny because we initially came with the intention of trying lobster roll, but to our surprise, it wasn't on the menu. However, we have zero regrets about trying their tacos. You should definitely give them a try! We're already planning to return and explore more of their menu on our next visit to Newport.
5 / 5
Irish Mae De Guzman
I had a fantastic experience at Diego’s! The host was incredibly kind and took the time to explain the wait time. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my visit. The drinks were exceptional, and the appetizers were delightful. The fresh guacamole was a highlight. I can’t wait to return for another wonderful dining experience!
5 / 5
We came here for lunch after trying their food at the Seafood Festival yesterday and it was delicious yet again. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the food. We (the two of us) had fish tacos, a barbacoa burrito, and the street corn. The host was super friendly and the inside decor was so interesting!
5 / 5
Great food, great drinks, great service. It was a fun night for a great Mexican dinner. Guacamole, salsa, chips, tacos, and burritos were all excellent. It's definitely worth a visit. Sorry for the lack of photos....after 3 margaritas, I'm pretty useless....too funny....
5 / 5
Paul Leonardo (Paulie2260)
Did some extensive research to find places that are great to eat at while on a quick trip to Newport! Diego’s was mentioned in many articles, so decided to give it a try. The staff is great, the atmosphere is awesome with the skull motif and rock music. The food, is not great. As a native New Yorker, this should’ve had alarm bells ringing in my head once I decided to walk into a Mexican fusion-y type place. The sautéed calamari I tried was basically tomato water. It was neither sweet nor spicy which is how the menu described it to be. If it was neither one of those, fine. But it lacked the most basic of seasonings. Not a hint of salt nor pepper. We had to ask for hot sauce, and all they had was cholula. It was literally squid in water with tomato essence. And when it came to our table it had a distinct fishy smell, so I will NOT be surprised if I suddenly came down with food poisoning tomorrow. I struggled to finish because I was going to pay for it anyways. The spicy crab rangoons were decent, but once again, not spicy. They lacked any sort of distinct flavor, the only saving grace was the sauce that came with it, and even that is pushing it. The tacos?! My partner got ahi tuna poke tacos, I got fish tacos. I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt but I couldn’t even finish them. Red bell peppers in tacos? I should’ve just paid and booked it but I tried to finish. Sangria tasted like juice and water. Decent atmosphere and staff, absolutely abysmal food. I have NO idea how people call this the best Mexican food they’ve ever had, it’s like they watched a cartoon WikiHow on what Mexicans eat and took it from there.
1 / 5
Steak and fresh, local seafood in a classy nautical-themed dining room with waterfront views.
Nestled in the picturesque Bowen’s Wharf, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille provides a stellar dining experience, making it a standout even in the off-season. On my recent visit for a quick meal during a conference, I was pleasantly surprised by the vivacious bar scene, drawing a lively crowd that added to the ambiance. The steak was an absolute revelation – easily one of the finest I’ve ever had. Paired with the flawlessly cooked bacon-wrapped scallops and a fresh side salad, it was a meal to remember. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated business meal or a romantic dinner, this place fits the bill perfectly. The serene views of sailboats by day encapsulate the very essence of a New England shore town. And if you happen to visit in summer, their outdoor seating is an absolute treat. This restaurant is well worth multiple visits.
5 / 5
If you are in Newport, you absolutely need to visit this restaurant. Their food is phenomenal. We’ve tried lobster roll, surf and turf burger, grilled octopus and grilled salmon on kid’s menu. Ingredients were so fresh and they were prepared beautifully. Please make reservation several days ahead.
5 / 5
Probably the best meal I had in Newport. The star of the show was the oysters, king crab and surprisingly the steak! The sandwich was good with the pickles, if you don't like pickles you'd probably need a bit more dressing.
5 / 5
I wanted to have a little something to eat and drink at the outdoor bar. The bar was pretty full, but no one was eating. The bartender did only give me a drink menu. So j assumed that it was drinks only until I was almost done, and a few gentlemen sat down, and he asked them if they wanted a food menu. So I am a little disappointed, but otherwise the service was good, the drink is good and it is a beautiful place.
4 / 5
Wow! This place is delicious and delightful. Best salmon I’ve ever had. The service was amazing, our waitress (I believe her name was Jennifer) was truly so wonderful to us. The perfect last dinner of our trip!
5 / 5
Longtime eatery with a few quaint rooms offering classic Italian fare & many wines from the region.
Buonissimo!!! After living in Italy for 3 years it’s hard to enjoy Italian food in the states. But we appreciate the local and authentic Italian feels of this family owned business. The wine menu is great, and the ingredients fresh and flavorful. The service was impeccable and despite not having a reservation the owner was very happy to accommodate a table for us as long as we could finish our meal in time for the party who had reserved it — this wasn’t a problem for us and we felt grateful to appreciate a delicious Italian meal amid a warm atmosphere. We will definitely return and are glad we found this gem in our new town!
5 / 5
A truly 5 star experience. Every aspect of our dinner was perfect. The cozy interior, our caring waitress, and the wonderful food. We ordered the Italian cheese platter for an appetizer which was delicious. My meal, the ravioli di zucca, was flavorful and calming. I absolutely loved Mamma Luisa; it was a perfect experience, with authentic Italian setting. How peaceful and comforting this hidden gem is!
5 / 5
Sorprendente. Truly amazing. Warm, delicious, kind and professional. I would say that it is like eating at your Italian grandma’s house but your Italian grandma never made food this good!! I must say that everything was really good but the gnocchi were amazing. The service was exceptional also. I think my favorite thing was that we were the last table to leave and we really didn’t want to leave but everyone was so friendly even though we were probably slowing them all down from going home!
5 / 5
Wonderful meal and ambiance! Home made pasta was amazing. Every dish was fresh, and cheese plater was great.
5 / 5
John Hatalovsky Jr
Food was just as delicious, but the service and atmosphere were bad. Service - There were open spots everywhere, we made a request to sit somewhere other than next to the bathroom but was denied. When we left, there were still open tables available. Waitress took the wine menu away to where we had to ask for it again. Atmosphere - Waitress and staff needs to more friendly, people oriented. If you make the place cozy and warmth, have your staff be same. You allow guests to casual attires to the restaurant than don't make it stuffy. Great food but they killed the vibes. Mamma definition should be warmth and happy.
3 / 5
Multiple casual & formal New England food & drink options in a picturesque 18th-century edifice.
I’m forced to give this reputable and well-known restaurant in Newport a single star rating, due to the unpleasant racist treatment and rudeness received by one of the waiters who run the bar upstairs. I’ve visited this place recommended by local friends there in the last week up to three times. The first experience in the lounge I have to admit was incredible and we received exceptional treatment and had great dinner with an amazing wine. The second visit we had dinner at the bar and everything went well, except that the waiter I’m referring to did not stop making bad stupid jokes and constantly interrupting our evening, constantly trying to be funny and without paying attention serving us the glasses of wine from our bottle to overflow. My friend explained that this was not the most appropriate way to serve wine and the waiter looks like seemed offended by the comment. We paid, still leaving a very excellent tip for the waiter. The next day we decided to return and I, who was shopping in Newport, went ahead of her determined to have a cocktail at the bar. I find a seat and greet the waiter and ask him for the cocktail list and he tells me that he can't serve me because I'm not wearing a shirt. I ask him, remembering that he liked to act funny, if it's a joke, and he answers that it's not a joke and that it's the restaurant's rules. As I’m a person who perfectly understands the protocols and rules of dress when they correspond, understanding that they must be followed, I call my friend to give me a shirt as I leave the bar, but I realize that at the bar there are not only people still dressed more casual than me, but there are also at least two people who wear the exacly same Newport sweatshirt that I wear. I ask the waiter why I'm the only one he can't serve me, and if the reason is because I'm Jewish and he's racist. He tells me again that these are the rules and that he cannot serve me. The behavior of this waiter is completely unacceptable, from whom I finally had to ask for a glass of water, who served me in a very bad way and without looking at my face, banging the glass of water on the table and muttering “cheers” My friend arrived and we spoke with the manager about this unfortunate and unacceptable and unpleasant situation in the restaurant. I hope they take the appropriate measures since in these times we should not be served by rude and much less racist people.
1 / 5
Tucked away in Newport's bustling marina, the Clarke Cooke House offers a refined dining and drinking experience that remains vibrant even during the off-season. On my most recent visit, we stopped by for a nightcap and a quick bite. While the kitchen's earlier closing time during the off-season meant we could only indulge in dessert, it was a delightful pairing with our drinks at the bar. The ambiance remained lively, despite it being the quieter time of the year. From previous visits, I recall the place brimming with energy, complemented by splendid views of the Newport Marina. The cuisine here is undeniably top-notch, justifying the premium pricing. Whether you're looking for a sumptuous meal or just a sophisticated spot to relax with a drink, Clarke Cooke House delivers.
5 / 5
This is my most favorite eatery in Newport! I’m a seafood and veggie lover and couldn’t be happier with their menu, quality ingredients and creative culinary executions. Let me also share the cocktails here are well prepared and thoughtful. I love the selection of top liquors. The ambiance is perfect for romance or a intimate family dinner - it can get a little lively at certain hours of the day but it’s so charming and the view often distracts you from any annoyingly loud parties. Do all you can to enjoy this restaurant! It’s Newport at Its finest! Our recent visit deserves a check in: Absolutely superb! Do not miss this exceptional dining experience. We will always go back ! We went back and have to say it just is always getting better and better! Today we enjoyed the chefs choice in Oysters and were happy to pay more than the festival rates for the sophisticated and serene atmosphere. Every staff member we encountered was just lovely!
5 / 5
This was a really nice spot for lunch. It’s a lovely restaurant with heritage and authenticity. Our waiter was really, really good! The burger was massive, full and very tasty. Chips were crunchy and great. The clam chowder wasn’t very good though. Warm, not hot. The calamari was delicious. Very impressive. Would definitely come again.
5 / 5
Worst meal in Newport this week. Burned stale brioche, overcooked tasteless burger and lots of little pieces of burned fries. We have had good meals here before but clearly no one is watching the food coming out of the kitchen. Service and the location are still great.
2 / 5
Locally sourced ingredients inform a curated, French-influenced menu served in a smart setting.
In the middle of the square, this place is a gem. The decor is high end, elegant, clean, fresh and relaxing. The food was superb. I had the lobster roll and it was really good. Cocktails are amazing. The service was above average. Our server did not rush us, kept us always hydrated. Overall, great experience and I highly recommend this place.
5 / 5
Four stars for the location and ambience. Four stars for most dishes and five stars for the staff for their friendliness. Three star for the prices! We went for a Sunday brunch. All dishes we tried were good except for the French toast. It was definitely not one of the best that I had before. Salmon cake was great. They also have kids menu. The prices are very high. Minimum 15 dollars for a small size cocktail. 24 dollars for a regular brunch dish.
4 / 5
This restaurant has a lovely classic Newport interior and delicious locally sourced food. We were in a hurry to make a sailboat ride and they had our food out within 15 minutes of ordering. Our waiter was very courteous and made us feel welcome here. I had the quiche of the day which contained goat cheese and came with fresh greens. It truly was a delight to eat here!
5 / 5
We were seated quickly on a Friday. The dreamsicle cocktail 🍸 intrigued me. There is no orange in the mix, and instead used a combo of cherry and lime. It tasted like an orange dreamsicle and the ingredients at the same time. I would recommend it. I enjoyed some seafood with lobster and corn fritters followed by the moules frites. The frites stole the show for me. They were the right blend of crispy and saltiness. The mussels and fritters were good as well. The frites had little chunks of lobster. The mussels On the land loving end, the French onion had a rich broth and a good balance of onions, bread and cheese. The steak and frites were good.
5 / 5
Beautiful restaurant and good service. The prices are on the higher end. The food was good but not exceptional. We ordered a lobster roll and the stake frites. A cocktail and a soft drink. The lobster was good but a bit salty, it came with a nice small side salad. The steak was undercooked, we ordered it medium well and it was more like a medium rare but the taste was good. The cocktail was very nice. No free refills on soft drinks and it is served in a small glass. They served us room temperature water, we asked for ice and they brought some. They did serve complimentary bread and salted tomatoes before the meal came. Very small list of desserts. We did not order one. Would go back and give it another chance.
4 / 5
Wide menu (pasta, pizza, surf 'n' turf) & cocktails served on 3 levels of spacious1898 building.
This was just okay IMO. The hostess seated us right away and we liked that we were brought upstairs. The server who helped us began our interaction by saying hello then saying we aren't her table, sorry, bye. Then she came back and was like oh well forget it I'll just help you. That was awkward and I hope it was a one off for that person and not a habit of theirs. The food was overpriced for what it was. I got a huge bowl of pasta that was mostly cheese and noodles. When we went to pay the server then informed us that there's a 3% fee for using a credit card. I've got to say, that felt a little smarmy. This is a pseudo upscale place that is clearly a tourist trap. We had to keep our day moving so we tried it, and I'm sure that's a good portion of how they get those booths full. I met a German family in CA a couple weeks ago and they were concerned that America is going cashless and they only brought cash for their trip. How interesting to go to RI and find that I am penalized for using credit. That just left a sour taste in my mouth- I have never been to a restaurant with a $75 bill and be told I have to cover the credit fee. Even gas stations just ask for a $5 minimum. Totally nuts.
3 / 5
The best Lobster bisque I have tried. The one with lobster in it. Went on a weekday less busy. Window sitting was nice. The lobster roll was just as good. Large building in the corner can't miss it. Great service ! Enjoyed the meal.
5 / 5
Grisel Moreno Martinez
We stopped in for lunch and were able to be seated right away by a most charming and very friendly hostess. This blond sweetie was the best part of our RPR experience. I actually told her that when we left. Our server, Amy P, was far less friendly and far less enthusiastic about us being there or perhaps even her job. I attempted to make friendly chit chat with her (we are from Georgia) but with no reciprocation whatsoever. She had to be flagged down for whatever we were looking for, water, salad dressing, a glass of wine. The young man working the bar on the other hand, was equally enjoying his day job as was the hostess. If we were to return we’d likely sit at the bar instead. I ordered a Caesar salad with salmon and my hubby ordered the tropical salad with chicken. Amy forgot his dressing request (and nowhere to be seen to remind her) until he was just about done with his salad. The croutons were extremely stale on both our salads which….not a good back of the house sign, IMO. I can’t say we’ll go back. Very disappointing.
3 / 5
Good variety of food ordered, from chicken to lobster quesadillas. Calamari was delicious. Someone ordered a lobster Caesar salad, and mentioned that there was a little too much dressing premixed in the salad that was overpowering the overall taste. Edit: hours later the same person that had the salad had terrible food poisoning. I felt a little queasy in the evening as I remember trying some of that dish as well.
2 / 5
Lobster roll was amazing. My mother had the fish and chips and loved it. And my mother doesn’t like the taste of fish if that tells you anything. Portions were generous and the staff was very knowledgeable about the menu. Very good experience.
5 / 5
Jenny M. Stead