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5 Best Waterfront Restaurants in Newport RI

Waterfront Dining in Rhode IslandDock-to-table dining is an excellent way to spend the warmer months in Newport. You will be enjoying a meal at one of Newport’s critically-acclaimed waterfront dining establishments in the summer and every week of the year when you find your perfect home in this beautiful American seaside city. Here are some of the best waterfront restaurants in Newport, RI for your dining pleasure. 

The Reef: This waterfront restaurant opened its doors to the delight of locals and tourists alike in 2021. They quickly received recognition from Forbes magazine as one of “3 Reasons to Visit Newport …” New England classics are offered alongside internationally inspired dishes. Brunch menu items include a Butter Poached Lobster Benedict (lobster w/spinach, mushrooms, croissant, lobster infused hollandaise, and mixed greens) and an exceptionally satisfying Breakfast Burger (Angus beef w/fried egg, bacon, avocado, brown sugar maple aioli, and cheese served on a croissant with home fries). There is a fine selection of lunch and dinner entrees. But you can always order a classic lobster roll and draft beer while you relax with a little live music and enjoy the oceanic views. 

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar: You will be met with a hospitable reception at this Newport classic restaurant. The employee-owned establishment has been serving raw bar delicacies, steak, and seafood along with an award winning wine list (with over 600 labels) for 35 years. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. The seafood featured on the menu is from a variety of sources including Brown Family Seafood, Foley Fish, and Newport Lobster (with a focus on sustainability). Start your meal with a Bag of Doughnuts (lobster & shrimp fritters with chipotle-maple aioli) or Sweet Corn Gnocchi (roasted tomato, local corn, feta, cilantro, and guajillo chili) followed by a Maine Lobster Steamed (w/drawn butter) or Karen Elizabeth Scallops (pan seared w/summer vegetable succotash, hominy, spring onion soubise, and tomato jam). Executive Chef Jennifer Backman has included an excellent selection of upscale seafood on the menu to enjoy inside or on the mahogany planked patio overlooking Narragansett Bay. 

The Black Pearl: The summer patio is open daily for lunch & dinner 10:00am-10:00pm at this legendary local wharf bar and formal restaurant. Generations of loyal patrons have been enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, food, and spirits since the early 1970s. Dinner menu items include a luxurious Lobster Risotto (w/cremini mushrooms, truffle, tomato, and parmesan) and a heartwarming Chicken Pot Pie (w/cremini mushrooms, peas, pearl onion, celery, and carrots baked in puffed pastry). Brunch includes a Bananas Foster French Toast (caramelized bananas, challah bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, spiced rum, and topped with whipped cream). 

The Lobster Bar: Lobster, shells, frosty drinks, and sunsets make for a perfect evening at this waterfront restaurant in Newport. Signature dinner entrées include a Lobster Ravioli (w/spinach garlic cream and roasted tomatoes) and the Rhode Island Clam Boil (steamers, littlenecks, mussels, corn, potatoes, and chourico sausage). Traditional lobster rolls are served along with variations including a lunchtime favorite: Bonnie’s Lobster Roll (a whole 1 ¼ pound lobster shucked, chilled, and served on a brioche roll with drawn butter). 

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille: Steak and fresh local seafood are on the menu at this classic harborside tavern. The steaks are hand selected from the best USDA Prime and aged to perfection. They are served with your choice of béarnaise, blue cheese butter, bordelaise, 22B ‘steakhouse’, hollandaise, cognac cream, horseradish cream, truffle butter, or roasted garlic chimichurri. Dinner cuts from the grille include a 90 day dry-aged 22oz sirloin, prime grass fed 16oz ribeye, and a 32oz porterhouse for two. Miyazaki A5 Wagyu cuts from Southern Japan are also offered as a 2oz ribeye, 2oz tenderloin, or 2oz sirloin. There are a lot of wonderful menu items to choose from but someone at your table will want to order a steak! 

The team at Teri Degnan Real Estate & Consulting looks forward to helping you find the perfect home in Newport and the surrounding areas of Rhode Island. We will make your home-buying experience fun, exciting and simple so you can get out to the wharf and enjoy the culinary treasures of the land and sea without further ado. Contact us today!

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