10 Best Restaurants and Dining Venues in Newport, Rhode Island

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 oldest in the United States. Some hotel restaurants like the Bouchard Restaurant Inn have outstanding menu selection in a classic setting, and Muse's celebrity chef Jonathan Cartwright brings fresh, new twist on Newport's dining.

As a port town, you'll have your pick of seafood restaurants like Scales and Shells or 22 Bowen's. While seafood graces most of the menus, but for a change of pace try Perro Salado, which serves Mexican dishes with flair! Be sure to visit when of Newport's many waterfront restaurants like the Clark Cook House for outdoor seating and spectacular views of the sunset.



Fresh, organic produce and ingredients - grown locally - are found in the Mexican inspired-dishes. Chef Dan hall worked in kitchens in Miami and New York City before adding his own twist on the authentic Mexican cuisine at Perro Salado (the...  Read More



While not entirely a seafood restaurant, Muse's small, prix fixe menu contains a twist on traditional seafood starters such as lobster bisque with lobster wontons and creme fraiche, and Day Boat scallops in a champagne broth. For mains, try the...  Read More



For a thick steak that's grilled just the way you like it, plan a trip to this Bowen's Wharf favorite. This notable dining room also boasts a raw bar and excellent selection of fresh seafood. Outdoor, seaside dining provides outstanding views of...  Read More

Scales and Shells
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With a name like Scales and Shells, you'd expect to find a hearty roster of some of the best seafood to be had in this port city. And, you'd be right. The word on the street with suppliers is that this spot accepts only "top of the catch"...  Read More

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Café Zelda


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 beef and marinated goat cheese sandwich, the spinach...  Read More

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The newest find on Broadway's burgeoning restaurant row is Malt, an American fare restaurant and gastro pub which opened in summer 2012. Expect entrees like slow-roasted Scottish salmon with pomegranate vinaigrette, and Black Angus rib-eye...  Read More

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White Horse Tavern


White Horse is the city's longest operating tavern, dating to 1673. It claims to be the "birthplace of the businessman lunch", and is still serving guests in fine style. Fireplaces take the edge off chilly days, and the American cuisine abates...  Read More

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Black Pearl
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Choose to dine in the formal Commodore's Room or the more informal tavern or waterfront patio, complete with bar, pub-style eats and first class views of the harbor. Any way you slice it, the Black Pearl has the best clam chowder in the city. In...  Read More

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Clarke Cook House


A Newport institution, the Clark Cooke House is located at the popular Bannister's Wharf and includes a wealth of dining and entertainment options, from the upscale Porch dining room to the Candy Store Lounge and rocking Boom Boom Room. Enjoy a...  Read More



This French classic makes an excellent destination for a celebratory event. Job promotions, anniversaries and birthday milestones are all celebrated in style at Bouchard's. The menu includes the likes of re-stuffed, roasted lobster and scallops...  Read More


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