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Featured Newport RI Restaurant

White Horse Tavern

25 Marlborough Street
Newport, RI

  • From Farm to Table Since 1673
  • Building still retains its full colonial style, inside and out
  • Well-known locally and nationally as one of Newport's finest restaurants
  • Creative takes on classic dishes, Sunday Brunch highly recommended
  • Well worth the visit, both for its history as well the menu and impeccable tableside service.

Newport has always been a great culinary destination. In recent years, many new Newport restaurants have opened, offering an amazing variety of options to suit any taste. With over 100 restaurants and bars around Newport RI, almost all within walking distance to each other, you could spend weeks just sampling all that Newport's restaurants have to offer. Because most people only get a few days to visit Newport RI, has made it easier to find restaurants that fit your tastes and budget.

Logically, people visiting Newport often flock to the nearest restaurant serving fresh lobster and other seafood favorites. True, for someone visiting from some land-locked area of the country it can be a real treat to devour a fresh lobster caught in the waters off our New England coastline. But look a little deeper, and those seeking a real culinary experience can find it here in Newport. Newport has evolved into a type of birthing ground for new and unknown talented chefs, eager to make their mark on the culinary world. With the national campus of Johnson & Wales University Culinary School a mere 25 miles away, Newport attracts a multitude of newly minted chefs eager to use their new skills in a real restaurant setting.... and what better place than one of the finest culinary meccas in New England.

American or continental restaurants and pubs are an easy choice for dining in Newport RI, and each is good in their own way.Newport has a couple delicious steakhouses as well, and you won't be disappointed by the excellent service you get accompanying your meal. We even have a hibachi steakhouse in town, where family and friends can gather around a big horseshoe table while your chef prepares your meal right in front of you! If you're dining with a group of friends, a pub or tavern atmosphere might be a good restaurant choice too, or if you're looking to catch some of the game a sports pub might be on the restaurant agenda. There are also a good selection of small intimate restaurants in Newport with less than 30 seats where you can spend some time with a significant other or take a date. These smaller restaurants tend to offer the most innovative food selections and are a great way to explore different foods from around the world.

As far as ethnic dining goes, Newport RI restaurants offer a decent selection of food featuring authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex, classic French, Italian, Irish, Thai, Chinese, and Spanish dishes. Some restaurants in Newport have foods from many different cultures all in one spot. Take your time looking through their menus, and you'll find that regardless of what you seek, you will inevitably find it at a restaurant here in town.

Wherever you choose to dine in Newport RI, casual is usually the rule. With few exceptions, every restaurant is casual dress and you'll definitely feel the casual boating vibe while dining around town. Since many of Newport's restaurant are located on the water next to yachts and other boats, you'll often find their owners and staff on the wharves enjoying a good meal.

So, on your next visit to Newport, after you indulge on your seafood, look around at the eclectic culinary scene happening in town. Make dining in Newport RI the adventure it should be! They may be a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth the extra effort!

A Note About Dress: Newport, RI restaurants are casual, and even some of the finest restaurants allow shorts. The few restaurants that are formal have been noted in their listings for your convenience.