Food at 22 Bowen's, Newport, New England

22 Bowen's

With panoramic views overlooking the Newport Harbor, 22 Bowen’s encompasses a casual-chic atmosphere. Excellent service enhances meals on the wraparound deck or inside the bustling yet cozy main dining area. Across the cobblestone path on the wharf's other side sits Portside, a seasonal bar that offers refreshing cocktails and bar snacks during summer months.

Belle's Café at Newport Shipyard

Beloved by Newport weekenders and locals for breakfast and brunch, this spot on the water offers beautiful outdoor dining and delicious fare. Even New Yorkers rave about the lox bagels.

Outdoor Dinning Area at Black Pearl, Newport, New England - Courtesy Discover Newport

Black Pearl

Situated on the bustling Bannister’s Wharf, this waterfront-dock-turned-fine-dining establishment is known for its award-wining New England Clam Chowder. Sip on a cocktail and people-watch at the outdoor patio bar or enjoy freshly caught lobster tail and Nantucket Bay scallops inside The Commodore’s Room. For a more casual ambiance, snag a table at the Tavern.

Food at Castle Hill Dining Room & Lawn, Newport, New England

Castle Hill Dining Room & Lawn

Though he now calls New England home, Chef Karsten Hart originally hails from New Orleans and grew up with one German and one Italian parent. Hart's menu emphasizes seafood and many dishes, such as the fluke and lobster etouffee and a delicious muffaletta, celebrate his background.

The best dishes on the menu are the double-stuffed lobster roll, steamed littleneck clams and Jonah crab stuffed quahogs. The Dining Room and Lawn have the same menus, but very different atmospheres. Whereas the Dining Room is more formal and popular with an older crowd, during the summer months, the Lawn is the place to be, overlooking the water and a lawn covered with white Adirondack chairs.

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Exterior View - Clarke Cook House & The SkyBar,  Newport, New England

Clarke Cooke House & The SkyBar

An institution in Newport, the Clarke Cooke House is as famous for its dining options as it is for its late-night revelry. The 18th-century building on Bannister's Wharf houses multiple dining rooms but favorites are the traditional Porch, with white tablecloths and green-painted bamboo chairs, and the main, ground level Bistro, which is largely open-air during warm months. Cuisine is typical to Newport, highlighting Rhode Island seafood specialties and sushi is offered in the summer. The SkyBar (at the top) and basement-level nightclub Boom Boom Room are the hottest post-dinner drinks and dancing spots in town.

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Food at Diego's, Newport, New England


A well-kept secret amongst Newport regulars, Diego's is a quirky Mexican joint in the middle of downtown. The hole-in-the-wall joint serves seriously delicious (think fries topped with Oaxaca cheese, black pepper and garlic aioli) and certain dishes, like the lobster quesadilla, are worth returning for. The restaurant is blissfully casual, so don't hesitate to pop in for dinner still wearing your beach gear.

Flo’s Clam Shack

Flo’s Clam Shack has been slinging seafood for over 75 years. The tiny spot, renowned for their Fried Clam Roll and Clam Cakes has been hit by destructive hurricanes (on seven separate occasions!) but manages to rebuild. Extremely long lines don’t keep away crowds that flock to the self-serve eatery. Be sure to snag a seat on the upstairs patio, which overlooks the beach.

Sandwich at Le Petite Gourmet, Newport, New England

Le Petite Gourmet

Part gourmet food shop and part café, Le Petite Gourmet serves a delicious lunch to locals and in-the-know visitors. The menu changes daily but is consistently wonderful, emphasizing nourishing comfort foods like flavorful frittata and hearty salads. For a more indulgent route, the cheese counter is one of the best I've seen and there are tasty crackers and flatbreads for sale.


Opened by the team behind Thames Street Kitchen, Mission is a casual spot serving delicious burgers, hot dogs, falafels and beers.

Living Room at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, Newport, New England

Muse by Jonathan Cartwright

The gourmet restaurant at Vanderbilt Grace is helmed by New England celebrity chef Jonathan Cartwright who mixes regional bounty with a refined sensibility. Cartwright also runs the restaurant at sister properties Mayflower Grace in Litchfield County, Connecticut, where he has won numerous awards for his gourmet take on New England classics.

Exterior View : Perro Salado, Newport, New England

Perro Salado

The lively atmosphere in the dimly lit, red interior and the buzzing patio at Perro Salado offer fun dining experiences. Begin with a deliciously unique margarita like the Blood Orange, Spicy Cucumber or Watermelon varieties, and don't miss the homemade chips and guacamole, avocado fries and famous sticky ribs. The portions are generous, and for an authentic Mexican restaurant, prices are very affordable.

Food at Smoke House, Newport, New England

Smoke House

The barbeque joint Smoke House has been around for a while but only recently developed a cult following for its specialty cocktails and southern fare. Don't miss the pulled pork nachos, fried green tomatoes and drinks like the Lynchburg Lemonade. The restaurant's setting on the water makes it a good lunch or cocktail choice for those strolling Thames Street and the wharfs.

Food at Thames Street Kitchen, Newport, New England - Courtesy Maikee Bernstrom

Thames Street Kitchen

The owners of this local favorite describe their restaurant as chef-driven, which reveals the confidence and passion of the men in the kitchen. Chefs Chad Hoffer and Tyler Burnley trained in the fast-paced gourmet world of New York, where they met while working at BLT Prime. When the duo ended up marrying twin sisters from Newport, they decided to decamp to a more bucolic spot and Thames Street Kitchen soon followed. The menu is built around locally sourced goods with a focus on fresh from the field to your fork. Menus change by the week and the restaurant is BYOB.

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