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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.