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casual family dining in newport ri

Despite Newport's reputation as an expensive and sometimes exclusive place to dine, there are an increasing number of family-friendly casual restaurants throughout Newport and its neighboring town of Middletown. From classicburgers to pizza to pasta and seafood, Newport's casual restaurants offer those seeking traditional meals a good value for their dollar in a relaxed environment. Always keep in mind that casual dining in Newport does not mean a step up from fast food. On the contrary, it simply means you can enjoy some great food in a laid-back casual atmosphere, with or without the kids in tow!

Over the years, the restaurant landscape here in Newport has changed some, and many new establishments have opened that cater more to the relaxed dining environment that visitors crave. Some have even gone the extra step of creating a kid's menu to show their patrons they really want families at their restaurants. The benefit to adults is that everyone in the family can enjoy what they like, with items like mac 'n cheese and chicken nuggets for the picky child eater and maybe a lobster or filet mignon for mom and dad. Everyone leaves happy and satisfied - mission accomplished!

For lunches on the go and maybe snacks at the hotel later, there is plenty of small take-out places in town, featuring everything from homemade soups and sandwiches to cupcakes, pizza and fudge. Check out this section on the site as well as the Lunch Section for more ideas on eating well and keeping the kids happy while visiting Newport.

Featured Casual Dining Restaurant in Newport RI

Midtown Oyster Bar

345 Thames Street
Newport, RI

  • Featuring Newport's largest raw bar
  • Serving lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch
  • Focus on fresh seafood, coastal favorites and classic decor throughout
  • Located directly in the center of town with outdoor seating on the 2nd and 3rd floors for great people watching and views of the harbor
  • Available for private parties, corporate functions, rehearsal dinners and special events
barcino italian restaurantBar'Cino
22 Washington Square
Newport, RI (401) 619-8201

Relatively new to the Newport scene is Bar'Cino, a cozy Italian getaway right in the heart of Washington Square in downtown Newport. The menu is Tuscan-inspired and feels updated, featuring local ingredients like seafood, chicken, artisan pizzas and pasta. The space is welcoming and would be ideal for a date or friends getting together to share great wine and food. Highly recommended!

caleb and broad casual american fare restaurant newport riCaleb & Broad
162 Broadway
Newport, RI (401) 619-5955

This restaurant/bar features tradtional American fare with a new twist in a friendly and funky tavern-like atmosphere. A large wrap-around bar with intimate booths throughout make this establishment an easy choice for lunch, dinner or brunch on the weekends. A really well-rounded menu of delicious items well-prepared in a fun and cozy environment. Fun bar crowd featuring indoor/outdoor seating during the warmer months.
Mondays- all entreés just $10; Tuesdays- ½ price bottles of wine!

harrys burger bar newport riHarry's Bar & Burger
464 Thames Street
Newport, RI (401) 619-3617

This 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! Check out their daily specials on the DINING DEALS page!

the landing seafood and lobster restaurant newport riThe Landing Restaurant & Bar
30 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)847-4514

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.

newport lobster bar lobster restaurant newport riThe Lobster Bar
31 Bowen's Wharf
Newport, RI (401)847-4514

When it comes to fresh lobster and seafood it doesn't get any closer than this. This new restaurant and bar located right on a working fishmen's wharf gives 180 degree views of Newport Harbor and features seafood from its neighbor, Aquidneck Lobster Company. Arguably one of the best views of Newport Harbor and true New England waterfront dining atmosphere. A fun place for the whole family to sit back and experience coastal New England.

lucia italian restaurant and pizzeria downtown newport riLucia Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
186B - 190B Thames Street
Newport, RI(401)846-4477 / (401)847-6355

Located downtown across the street from Brick Market Place. The food is the real-deal - real Italian food made by real Italians. A casual setting for lunch with casual fare, and a more formal setting with linen tablecloths and cozy atmosphere for dinner, with traditional and innovative North Italian cuisine. Featuring pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, pizza, large vegetarian selection and more.... Take advantage of the early dining specials available in the beginning of the week during the winter months (Nov-Apr).

newport marriott fathoms restaurant downtown newport riMainSail Restaurant - Newport Marriott
25 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI (401) 849-7788

Delicious dining options are just steps from your room. Visit MainSail for a contemporary American menu of local New England dishes made from the freshest ingredients. When you're looking to connect or unplug, head to Plank Bar for a relaxed social experience, tantalizing appetizers and well-crafted drinks. The Skiff Bar offers the best view in Newport along with specialty cocktails, craft and local brews and delicious appetizers.

the wayfinder hotel

Nomi Park at The Wayfinder Hotel

151 Admiral Kalbfus Road
Newport RI (401)849-9880

NEW! This brand new restaurant brands itself as "classics with a kick", and they definitely stay true to that doctrine. Inside you'll find a lot of familiar menu favorites like biscuits and gravy, omelettes, burgers and BLTs; but don't let that fool you. They've upped the ante here and incorporated a lot of fresh, local seafood and other ingredients that really make the food feel gourmet in every way. A kid's menu featuring fan favorites like chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese rounds out of the offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day!

nikolas pizza and restaurantNikolas Pizza
38 Memorial Boulevard West
Newport, RI (401) 849-6611

You don’t stick around for almost 40 years without doing a thing or two right along the way, and Nikolas Pizza has the awards to prove it. Voted best pizza in numerous publications for over 35 yrs, their family-friendly menu and great prices keep locals and tourists alike coming back for more. Dine inside, al fresco during the summer, or get your pizzas and other classic dishes to go. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with this Newport classic family restaurant. Check out current dining specials on the dining deals page.

nikolas pizza and restaurantO'Briens Pub
501 Thames Street
Newport, RI (401) 849-6623

This classic pub is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Outside there is a large covered bar leading out to a dining area in a courtyard. Inside there's a classic pub atmosphere with a brand new interior just completed. All your favorite pub favorites are here from wings to salads as well as sandwiches and burgers. A great place to have a bite any time of year but especially fun in the warmer months with great people watching along Thames Street.... and kids enjoy playing with some provided toys in the large fountain in the courtyard! They also have specials each day which can be found on the dining deals page.

perro salado mexican restaurant newport riPerro Salado
19 Charles Street
Newport, RI (401) 619-4777

In what is perhaps one of the best preserved colonial homes in Newport sits a fun and inviting Mexican getaway. Inside you'll find cozy dining and a small tavern-like bar in the back, with outside seating under a canopy of leaves on the back patio during the warmer months. The menu is familiar yet inspired, and really elevates traditional Mexican fare with a delicious twist. If you're a fan of Mexican, this place is a must. LOCAL'S TIP: Don't miss the brunch on Sunday!

gurney's al fresco dining newport bridge viewsThe Pineapple Club - Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
1 Goat Island
Newport, RI (401) 849-2600

OPEN SEASONALLY: Mid May - September

For real al fresco dining and phenomenal views of the Newport Bridge, The Pineapple Club is the place. A little off the beaten path at the rear of the new Gurney's Resort & Marina property on Goat Island, the outdoor bar and grille overlooks the Goat Island lighthouse and is adjacent to the Newport Bridge. Casual fare including the freshest seafood, locally-grown produce, salads, sandwiches, soups and regional specialties. Listen to live entertainment or wander over to our outdoor fire pit where the kids can make S'mores. Helpful tip: water taxis are plentiful, inexpensive and a fun way to get out to Goat Island from the downtown wharves! Truly one of Newport's best kept secrets!

reef restaurant waterfront newport riThe Reef Restaurant
10 Howard Wharf
Newport, RI (401) 324-5858

NEW!The Reef is a new waterfront bar and restaurant offering both a fine dining experience inside its dining room as well as a casual experience outside amongst the yachts and sailboats. The outside features a sit-down bar right on the docks and offers unparalleled views of Newport harbor and its spectacular sunsets. Inside, a wall of windows offers the same view in the cooler months of the year. Either way, you can't beat the view, the cool ocean breezes and the delicious food. With live music every day outside, it's a must visit when in town!

salt water restaurant harborside dining newport riSalt Water Restaurant - The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
49 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI (401)847-9000
(800) 955-2558

Situated in the middle of Newport on the harbor, Salt Water is arguably one of the best places to dine harborside in Newport. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers satisfying fresh local seafood favorites, delicious sandwiches and burgers and its all beside one of the best views in Newport. Whatever the season, Salt Water is worth a stop while you're in town, even if you're not staying at the hotel. Fun and lively atmosphere featuring live music on the enclosed and heated outdoor patio during the warmer months.

smoke house barbeque newport riSmoke House
31 Scotts Wharf
Newport, RI (401)848-9800

If real barbecue and people-watching are your thing, this is your place. Located directly on the corner of America's Cup Avenue and Scott's Wharf downtown, this seasonal open air barbeque and rib restaurant offers Newport's only real BBQ experience. Ribs, burgers, brisket and more. Also a great spot to hang out at the bar and enjoy a summer cocktail!