Following is a list of the places we dined at on our three day trip to Newport, Rhode Island.
The Black Pearl
1 Bannister’s Wharf, (401) 846-5264 www.blackpearlnewport.com
Good place for lunch, if taken outside at The Patio, located right on the water. The Black Pearl also has The Tavern, a pub space, and The Commodor’s Room for elegant events. The clam chowder is notably stated as the best in Newport. I found it to be delicious if a little heavy on the cream. I also enjoyed their Swordfish sandwich, a special that day. The fish was fried crispy and was light and flakey inside, with a nice substantial bun and good coleslaw. We found it a little crowded on the wharf, being August and high season, but this was fine place to start out trip.
30 Bowen’s Wharf, (401) 847-4514 www.thelandingrestaurantnewport.com
A large space with a balcony overlooking the wharf, we had no problem being seated for dinner without a reservation. I had the Broiled Seafood Plate, which consisted of cod, shrimp and scallops in a white wine and butter sauce served with rice and vegetables. It was a nice beginning to my goal of eating every kind of seafood on our trip.
Clarke Cooke House
1 Bannister’s Wharf, (401) 849-2900
Located on the historic Bannister’s Wharf, Clarke Cooke House is a social gathering place. Bannister’s wharf has a long history and those sailing or celebrating the America Cup come here. The mirrored bar was full of well-dressed and loud men and women enjoying drinks. We were seated at a table near the bar, and I enjoyed a classic lobster roll. It was one of the best lobster rolls I’d ever had because it was simply made right: a buttered split roll, big juicy pieces of freshly steamed lobster, and a little mayo and lemon, that is it. Perfection.
Hotel Viking Rooftop Bar
1 Bellevue Avenue, (401) 847-3300
A short walk from the wharfs is the Hotel Viking, which is striking in itself, but we were interested in the rooftop bar. It is open to the public, and is the place to be at sunset because it has a view all the way out to Narragansett Bay. A small, friendly bar served me a refreshing cucumber cocktail, and a band played lively music. A wonderful way to relax as the sun sets and you get ready for dinner.
The Red Parrot Restaurant
348 Thames Street, (401) 847-3800 www.redparrotrestaurant.com
An exciting place on Saturday night and great location in Newport. They don’t take reservations during the summer, but it’s a big place and we were seated quickly. The restaurant has a Caribbean theme, the menu lists family favorites like burgers, pizza, pasta, seafood and salads, some with a Caribbean twist. Outrageous desserts and fun drink concoctions.
1 Sayer’s Wharf, (401) 846-2260 www.mooringrestaurant.com
We came here for lunch, which is a reasonable time to come here both price-wise and for getting reservations. Seating on the veranda with views of the water. We splurged on oysters and white wine to start, and enjoyed their special that day of seared halibut over pineapple rice. Excellent and personable service, quality fine dining along with an elegant seaside atmosphere.
33 Bannister’s Wharf, (401) 847-9307 www.coffeegrindernewport.com
Best place to stop by for a decadent coffee drink and muffin or pastry, while basking in the sun with a view on the water’s edge. Adirondack chairs line the patio outside, but on a summer’s afternoon it can be crowded. While you may not be able to lounge outside all day here, it is a welcome break from touring Newport or for a quick bite (open 7am to 9pm).
168 Thames Street
Stop by for a decadent piece of chocolate walnut fudge, or one of their other many varieties such as peanut butter or chocolate cranberry. We took a piece to go and savored it for two days! Rich, but not too sweet. Also good as gifts.
41 Bower’s Wharf, (401) 849-7778 www.flukenewport.com
There are nice views from seating by the window on the top floor, which is furnished in creams and gold, and looks lovely bathed with light coming in from the large windows as the sun sets. However, we came here to enjoy a glass of wine at the bar. They have a fine list of wines from around the world, I enjoyed a glass of the Angelino Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy 2016, it was smooth and very pleasing.
White Horse Tavern
26 Marlborough Street, (401) 849-3600 www.whitehorsenewport.com
The White Horse Tavern was established in 1673, and is America’s oldest tavern. The dining room with dark wood floors, pine green walls and an enormous fireplace evoke the spirit of our colonial past. Fine dining with modern 21st century dishes, like the seared Georges Bank scallops with baby fennel, cherry tomatoes and beet citrus puree that I enjoyed. A jacket is not required, but they ask that guests dress nicely, and reservations are a must.
11 Bowen’s Wharf, (401) 619-2640 www.diegosnewport.com
If you’ve been eating seafood for your entire trip, it is refreshing to come to Deigos for some Mexican food, and it’s located close by to everything on Bowen’s Wharf. Walls are plastered with photos, and 80’s music plays overhead. I recommend the lamb burrito, spicy lamb and black beans with olives and a slight crunch from shaved brussels sprouts, wrapped in a flour tortilla and served with yummy tzatziki sauce.
181 Bellevue Market (Bellevue Garden Shopping Center), (401) 846-8137 www.myamarket.com
When it was time to grab a sandwich to go and head out to our train home, this was the place to stop. Recommended by our bed and breakfast for sandwiches, it is also a gourmet grocery store and good stop to grab a coffee to go, although they also have a few tables in the store if you just need to chill. Not too many convenience stores in Newport, so this one is good to know.