10 Best Seafood Restaurants and Eateries in Newport, Rhode Island by Local Editors

Being on an island (Aquidneck), Newport has been a maritime city that relies heavily on the fishing industry since the 1700s. Today, it has a wide selection of freshly-caught fish, mollusks, and shellfish that are elegantly prepared and delivered to your plate at area restaurants ranging from casual beach shacks to high-end venues.

There's an old saying "good seafood ain't cheap," but that doesn't mean you have to blow your entire budget on one night out.  Head down to Flo's Clam Shack or Anthony's Seafood, two no-fills spots that offer fresh seafood without the fine-dining prices. There are plenty of pricier options for waterfront dining in town, including  the Lobster Bar, Black Pearl, The Mooring, and 22 Bowens - just be sure to get there early or make reservations in advance (where possible). If you have wheels and are trying to get away from the crowds, 14 miles outside of Newport is the Boat House, an under-the-radar spot located on the Sakonnet River with killer sunset views.

In town, the Brick Alley is the place to go for a casual pub environment with an excellent seafood selection, and for a special occasion, Muse is the new high-end eatery located in the Vanderbilt Grace mansion/hotel. Last but not least, Scales and Shells is the classic "order off the blackboard" restaurant that has become a legend in Newport.

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

The Lobster Bar
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Two words that go together effortlessly: "lobster" and "bar." Enter under the neon sign and pass the enormous lobster tanks on the right that allow a sneak preview of what's about to appear on your plate. Tucked away in the harbor, The Lobster...  Read More

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It may have a homey, pub-like atmosphere, but the Brick Alley doesn't serve your average pub grub. Its praise includes "bon appetit" magazine, which declared the restaurant's lobster roll as one of the best in the nation. For three years...  Read More

Flo's Clam Shack

Flo's Clam Shack is a legend in Newport, and while some wonder if the secret has been out a little too long, the institution still manages to keep true to its roots. Expect the place to be packed, and parking can be an adventure in itself - but...  Read More

Scales and Shells
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If it lives in the ocean Scales and Shells can grill it: everything from monkfish, lobster, bluefish, trout, red snapper, scallops. Appetizers and entrees range from scampi, clam pizza, seafood pasta, to classic fish and chips and changing...  Read More

Set on the Sakonnet River, The Boat House is located 14 miles outside of Newport (and makes an ideal final stop before leaving). This upscale venue features appetizers like chorizo, shrimp, and corn soup; lobster fritters; a raw bar; and...  Read More

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Black Pearl
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A Newport tradition since the 1920s when waiters donned tuxedos, the Black Pearl still delights locals and tourists alike. Choose to dine in the formal Commodore's Room or the more informal tavern or waterfront patio, complete with bar,...  Read More

As a wholesale seafood provider, Anthony's supplies products to its retail store, restaurant, and other locally-operated venues - so dining at Anthony's means you are going straight to the source. A menu sampling includes stuffed Yellowtail...  Read More

For more than 25 years, The Mooring has been a fixture in Newport's harbor with an elegant-casual dining experience on a mahogany deck overlooking Narragansett Bay. Indulge in a glass of wine from the extensive wine list which is accessed via an...  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


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