Newport has always been a great culinary destination. In recent years, many new Newport restaurants have opened, offering an amazing variety of options to suit any taste. With over 100 restaurants and bars in Newport almost all within walking distance to Wellington, you could spend weeks just sampling all that it has to offer.
A sample day of dining in Newport might include breakfast while enjoying harborside views from the dock on Adirondack chairs at the end of Bannister’s wharf, a casual sandwich at a local deli and then dinner at one of Newport’s seafood restaurants that line America’s Cup Avenue and Thames Street in downtown Newport.
Newport Restaurant Suggestions
Whitehorse Tavern – 26 Marlborough Street, 401-849-3600, The White Horse is famous for being America’s longest operating tavern, opened in 1697. Elegant, long traditional dining in historic, colonial surroundings. Fireplaces in the cooler months are wonderful. American cuisine nicely prepared. Consistently good service. Reservations essential on weekends. Dress: Business Casual/Formal. Though once required, jackets now only recommended.
Cafe Zelda – 528 Thames Street, 401-849-4002, Gracing downtown Newport, this casual cafe favors guests with its fine American cuisine, from signature gourmet burgers to fresh seafood, sizzling steaks and hearty sandwiches. Try the Roasted Beet and Marinated Goat Cheese Sandwich, the Spinach Salad, the Chicken Fried Lobster or the Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken Breast served with a side of Zelda’s infamous mac n’ cheese. The wine cellar is quite large, with a fine collection of French, American and Italian wines.
The Black Pearl – Bannister’s Wharf Newport, 401-846-5264, One of Newport’s best-known and best-loved restaurants,” the Black Pearl on Bannister’s Wharf invites you to enjoy the warm ambience and classic cuisine of the Commodore’s Room and Tavern and the al-fresco charm of the Waterside Patio and raw bar. Though the Black Pearl is open seven days a week, it is seasonally closed from January through mid-February.
Newport Blues Cafe – 286 Thames Street, 401-841-5510, As well as wonderful Blues music, this restaurant and club offers four levels, including the downstairs “vault” with a pool table, the function the room, the main level, and an upstairs lounge; the menu includes a wide range of American dishes and seafood specialties.
22 Bowen’s – Bowen’s Wharf, Phone: 401-841-8884. Located on the waterfront in the heart of historic downtown Newport, Rhode Island. Serving prime beef, New England’s finest seafood, 35 wines by the glass and over 500 labels on their wine list, visit them and enjoy “a little bit of tenderness”.
Red Parrot Restaurant – 348 Thames Street, 401-847-3800, Located in the heart of downtown Newport RI, The Red Parrot is the spot to go for a delicious dinner or drinks. The Red Parrot building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places in Newport.
The Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant – 140 Thames Street, 401-849-6334, After 26 years as one of Rhode Island’s most popular restaurants with locals and tourists alike, the Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant has earned landmark status. Located at 140 Thames Street, across from the Brick Market Place, the Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant offers a warm and cozy fireplace in winter, and comfortably air-conditioned dining rooms or tree-shaded courtyard in summer.