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Lunch Where You Want, How You Want in Newport

Lunch means different things to different people. If you're a family, it likely means sandwiches or hot dogs and hambugers. For the adults without kids, it's an opportunity to sit overlooking the water and enjoy a fresh New England classic like a lobster roll with a glass of wine or your favorite beverage. Still others take their lunch on the go, and Newport has no shortage of beautiful parks both on and off the ocean to have a fantastic picnic.

take in great views and cool sea breezes while enjoying a relaxing lunch harborside in Newport RI

Take Your Lunch on the Road

Some great locations to enjoy your lunch outdoors are King's Park, just off Thames Street, which offers beautiful views of downtown Newport, the entire harbor as well as sweeping views of the Newport Bridge. Venture out on Ocean Drive and you'll find Fort Adams, an 18th century military fort with tons of acreage to sit and have your feast. Still further on Ocean Drive is Brenton Point State Park, a large park which has unobstructed views of Rhode Island Sound from just about anywhere you decide to set up for an oceanside picnic. The breeze is wonderful out there as well, and if you're into flying kites this is the place to do it. There's even a kite vendor on site in case you get the urge to fly but don't have a kite on hand.

Kids Gotta Eat Too!

The kid-friendly options in downtown Newport abound as well, with lots of small artisan sandwich shops and pubs in the area. Here expect the usual burger fare, with lighter entrees offered as well. A lot of Newport's lunch restaurants also offer kid menus to keep the little ones happy, while you enjoy your seafood! If you're headed to the beach, both 1st(Easton's) Beach and 2nd(Sachuest) Beach offer food concessions, albeit a little more expensive with less food choices. We recommend visiting a local deli and loading up the cooler with sandwiches and chips, which is more economical and you will have more(and healthier) food options.

Those choosing to lunch in and around the downtown Newport area will find everything from sushi to burgers and barbeque, all within a short walk of each other. And if you feel like an elegant lunch, enjoy a fresh lobster or sirloin salad with a glass of wine overlooking Newport Harbor. Whether your budget is $5 or $50, Newport's lunch restaurants truly offer something for everyone.

harrys burger bar newport riHarry's Bar & Burger
464 Thames Street
Newport, RI (401) 619-3617
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This new family-friendly burger & bar is getting a lot of attention these days. Featured as the best burger in RI by AOL, CNN, Foursquare and Zagat, Harry's is an intimate burger bar with all the favorites that both you and your kids will love. Some featured menu items include sliders, chili, nachos, wings, along with lots of burgers and other sandwiches too! At the bar, enjoy your favorite beer or choose from a great selection of other fermented beverages. A must while in Newport with the family!

the lobster bar on the newport ri waterfrontThe Lobster Bar
31 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)847-4514
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How does the thought of having fresh lobster right on a working seafood wharf sound? This fantastic location gives 180 degree views of Newport Harbor and features nothing but fresh local seafood. Arguably one of the best views of Newport Harbor and true New England waterfront atmosphere. Also a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon with drinks and raw bar specialties!

taproot brewing company cafe at the newport vineyardsTaproot Brewing Company at Newport Vineyards
909 East Main Rd
Middletown, RI (401)847-5166
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How about lunch overlooking the vineyard?The Taproot Brewing Company is part of Newport Vineyard's expansive tasting, restaurant and event center just 5 minutes outside Newport. The newly renovated restaurant features classic items, but also offers over 10 specialty salads and 4 varieties of soup every day! A great way to spend the day enjoying both the vineyard as well as an artisan brewhouse.

the landing seafood and lobster restaurant newport riThe Landing Restaurant & Bar
30 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)847-4514
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When nothing but the best waterfront views in Newport will do, The Landing is definitely the place. With a casual family restaurant atmosphere, The Landing has 4 separate dining areas(2 inside, 2 outside), an outside bar overlooking Newport Harbor and a varied menu from lobster to steak to clamcakes & chowder. Also available for private parties and rehearsal dinners.


Other Lunch Selections in Newport RI

The Black Pearl
Bannister's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)846-5264

A good year-round destination for lunch in Newport. Offers a large outside bar and seating area in the warmer months with a limited menu including chowder, chili, burgers and sandwiches. Inside you'll find a more expansive menu in the Tavern and Commodore's Room.

The Red Parrot
348 Thames Street
Newport, RI (401) 847-3800

Located at the heart of Newport, the Red Parrot has been a favorite lunch spot for many years. It's huge menu offers everything from tasty salads to sandwiches and main dishes. Great drink menu and bar too!

Smokehouse Cafe
America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI (401)848-9800

If you've got a craving for some authentic barbeque, this is the place. This restaurant/bar is located right on America's Cup Avenue, a great spot to eat, drink and people watch in Newport. Open seasonally during the warmer months. Great food and fun atmosphere!

Brick Alley Pub
140 Thames Street
Newport, RI


Buskers Irish Pub and Restaurant
178 Thames Street
Newport, RI


Christie's Restaurant
14 Perry Mill Wharf
Newport, RI


41 North
351 Thames Street
Newport, RI


Griswolds Tavern
103 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI