Newport, Rhode Island is known for their seafood and variety of restaurants, so choosing a few places to have dinner during a recent vacation wasn’t an easy task. We read reviews online and took recommendations from friends and locals and came up with a list. Below are some places to eat dinner in (and around) Newport, Rhode Island.
This was the best meal of my trip. We somehow got a prime table outdoors on their deck with a nice view of the boats on the pier. Although it was hot outside, they had fans that seemed to really help, so I didn’t mind. The staff and service were good and the place was very busy – so make sure you make reservations. For starters, we had some rolls (they were SO good and came in a little brown bag) and James had the Mooring Caesar Salad. For our main dishes, I got the Half Roasted Chicken and James got the Atlantic Salmon. Both were really good, and the chicken portions were huge. My favorite part was the whipped yukon gold potatoes.
This place isn’t really a “pub”, but more of a restaurant. The outdoor appearance is really charming, too. The highlight was their amazing salad bar – it’s full of lettuce, add-ons, side salads, soup, and breads. I could have easily had just that for my meal. And their menu is huge – there’s something for everyone from salads to seafood.
We each got the salad bar (most times it comes with your meal if you choose a dinner) for our appetizer. For our main dishes, I got the Fried Fish, Fries & Classic Slaw and James got the Baked Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp. Both were really good, and I appreciated that the fried fish wasn’t dripping in oil.
We did, however, not get seated until about 15 minutes after our reservation time. The greeters were not doing a great job seating people, giving updates, or keeping track of… anything. But our waitress herself was amazing and made up for it.
This is an attractive, modern Italian restaurant that has both casual items (brick oven pizzas) and more formal items (specialty pasta dishes). For an appetizer, we split a Margherita Pizza which was so good. I’m more of a sauce girl, while James is more of a cheese guy and this satisfied both of us. For dinner, I got the Spaghetti alle Vongole (in white sauce) and James got the Rigatoni alla Carbonara. Both were amazing and good sized portions.
Fun fact: James left his credit card there and didn’t realize it until we were back in NJ (he never does this, I swear). Pasta Beach was nice enough to mail it back to him. Good food, good service, & good people!
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