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Newport, Rhode Island Travel Guide

The Best of What to See,
Do and Eat in
Newport County

The Mooring

Location Marker 1 Sayer's Wharf, Newport
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  • $$$
  • Fall
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

Whether you’re looking for oysters and a cocktail or dinner on the harbor the Mooring is a great option for lunch and dinner. One of my favorite things about the Mooring is their gluten free and vegetarian menus (takes the guess work right out of it so you don’t have to sit there wondering what you can and can’t eat). A great option if you have a larger group as it’s a big space and they take reservations. In the winter the roaring fireplace makes it feel extra cozy. In the summer you can sit out on their enclosed deck that overlooks the harbor, a pretty great place to watch the sunset too.

Atlantic Grille

Location Marker 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown
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  • $
  • Fall
  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

The Grille as it’s referred to by locals is a staple on the island. What used to be everyone’s favorite breakfast spot has grown over the years and now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect place for casual dining (very kid friendly too). If you head there for breakfast on a summer weekend though be prepared to wait. It gets really busy during tourist season and holidays, so go early or mid-week if you can. They have great dinner specials too.

Del’s Lemonade

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  • $

You know what they say, stop at the sign of the lemon! A quintessential Rhode Island treat, Del’s lemonade is the perfect slushy and refreshing goodness you need on a hot summer day. There are Del’s trucks at all the beaches and you can usually find them at state parks like Brenton Point and Fort Adams.

The Black Pearl

Location Marker Bannister's Wharf, Newport
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  • $$

The Pearl is a Newport establishment known by locals (and visitors) for it’s famous clam chowder. A cozy spot for a meal in the winter and a lively destination in the summer, the Black Pearl is a year-round favorite. Their patio in the summer months is a more casual spot for drinks, seafood and burgers. With three different menus for the Commodore’s Room, the Tavern and the Patio there’s plenty of options depending on what you’re in the mood for and the time of year.

Brick Alley Pub

Location Marker 140 Thames St., Newport
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  • $$
  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups

Brick Alley is a bit of a Newport staple. Family owned, they’re known for the friendly service and comfort food (including an award winning lobster roll). It’s the perfect place to bring kids or a large group. Some of my favorites include the sweet potato fries, lettuce wraps, and Ahi Tuna salad. On Fridays and Saturdays Plumby’s is open upstairs so you can get a drink while you wait for your table downstairs or dine on pub food like burgers and wings in a communal setting.