10 Best Restaurants and Dining Venues in Newport, Rhode Island

Amber Nolan

By , Local Expert, Newport
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Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Newport dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Newport Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss. Many of Newport's dining venues are set in timeless colonial homes, and the White Horse Tavern is one of the...  Read more »

  • 1

    Bouchard Restaurant Inn

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $34
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Npt

    Whether or not travelers are staying in the inn, this makes an excellent choice for a casual night out with excellent cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be aware that they are closed Tuesdays and they do not allow children under the age of seven."

  • 2

    Clarke Cook House

    With a picturesque waterfront setting, Clark's is the definition of a classic Newport dining experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "The menu changes seasonally and some venues are only open during the summer."

  • 3

    Black Pearl

    The Black Pearl has remained essentially unchanged for 30 years, with fresh seafood and stunning views.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can even take their amazing chowder to go: they sell it by the quart!"

  • 4

    White Horse Tavern

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $40
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Npt

    Dining at the Whitehorse Tavern is like stepping back in time, and fairly inexpensive - for Newport.

    Local Expert Tip: "Do not miss the New England clam chowder here!"

  • 5


    This unpretentious newcomer serves quality meals at reasonable prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "After dinner, head over to the Firehouse Theater for some local entertainment."

  • 6

    Café Zelda

    For a great variety of menu options (which was updated in November 2012)and solid service, Cafe Zelda is a great choice.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a great value, order off the prix fixe menu."

  • 7

    Scales and Shells

    The open kitchen makes this an interactive and fun dining experience with the freshest quality seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "This isn't the best choice if you have a non-seafood eater in your group; there aren't many options that don't come from the sea. "

  • 8

    22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille

    An extensive wine menu, perfectly prepared steaks and seafood, and waterfront dining put this restaurant your Newport dining "to do" list.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be aware that they are closed Monday."

  • 9

    Muse by Jonathan Cartwright

    With beautiful setting in the grandiose Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, Muse has won many awards and accolades and praise from their guests.

    Local Expert Tip: "Jackets and ties are suggested attire, and be aware they are open seasonally."

  • 10

    Perro Salado

    Mexican-inspired dishes are difficult to find on the island.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can go wrong with Cilantro Jalapeno magaritas!"



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