newport ri visitors guide
dining in newport ri

In the past 20 years, Newport has really come into its own as a culinary destination for fine dining in New England. The mansions and visitors that once drove visitors to Newport are now being supplemented by an ever-growing assortment of fine dining establishments throughout the city. Waterfront establishments still dominate the fine dining landscape in Newport, but there are just as many smaller, more intimate restaurants that have popped up in Newport in recent years, particularly along Broadway, its main thoroughfare into the downtown area. Even Newport's area hotels have gotten into the restaurant game, upping the ante with excellent chef-inspired menus that rival those on Newport's downtown wharves. Overall, you're never more than a stone's throw away from some spectacular food, and area chefs continue to keep pace with the offerings of much larger cities like Providence and New York.

Johnson & Wales University in Providence is producing talented chefs out of its culinary program each year. These young creative chefs are eager to make a mark on the dining scene, offering up the finest local Newport ingredients in new and inventive ways. They are redefining what fine dining is, and the upscale yet funky atmospheres you find in many restaurants these days complete the ultimate dining experience.

You could easily spend a week or more just sampling all of the local fare that Newport has to offer. So make dining a deliberate part of your experience in Newport, and not just an essential part of travel. You won't be disappointed!

Featured Fine Dining Restaurant in Newport RI

The Spiced Pear at The Chanler Hotel

117 Memorial Boulevard
Newport, RI

  • The Spiced Pear is the epitome of fine dining- superb dishes accompanied by the finest ocean views
  • Enjoy al fresco dining during the warmer months on the patio
  • Cozy up to the beautiful fireside bar and enjoy the finest after-dinner cordials and drinks
  • Offering an exclusive Ultimate Romance Private Dining Experience and intimate Chef's Table Dining
  • Dress is business casual; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with Sunday brunch
22 bowens restaurant newport ri22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille
Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)841-8884

Newport's only certified Angus beef steakhouse. Expect to find a good selection of seafood including raw bar offerings and some of the best steak in town! Dining/bar outside on the patio in the summer. Some of the best waterfront views in Newport. Reservations recommended.

brix vineyard restaurant newport riBrix Restaurant (at Newport Vineyards)
909 East Main Road
Middletown, RI (401)848-5161

For those wanting a unique dining experience, Brix is the place. A completely new restaurant located just 5 minutes outside Newport, Brix offers a delectable menu overlooking the vineyards and the entire wine-making operation. Fun and interesting atmosphere great for 2 or the whole family!

castle hill inn fine dining newport riCastle Hill Inn & Resort
590 Ocean Drive
Newport, RI (888)466-1355

Our pick for best sunset drink with adirondack chairs on a big sloping lawn overlooking Castle Hill Lighthouse and Newport Harbor. Fine dining inside with a great selection of local seafood and steaks. A top spot to impress a date or have an anniversary dinner. The view is simply the best in Newport... Jackets required.

windward restaurant newport riWindward Coastal Grille - Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
1 Goat Island
Newport, RI (401) 849-2600

The Windward Coastal Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all with breathtaking views of Newport Harbor and historic Point Section of the city. Menu features fresh seafood, steaks and specialty items to tempt any palate! Have breakfast or lunch on the Windward Dock and for casual fare head over to Pineapples, an outdoor pool restaurant serving lunch and dinner with live music. A fantastic place to have a tropical drink and watch a Newport sunset!

mooring restaurant newport riThe Mooring Restaurant
Sayer's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)846-2260

One of only a couple of restaurants located directly on the water. Great views of the marina complement the seasonal seafood and steak specialties on the dockside patio. Relax outside harborside in the summer or cozy up to the fire on a warm winter's night. Either way, a great place to spend the evening. A Newport tradition for many years!