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254 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6613
(401) 846-8757
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great oysters!

If you manage to get a bar seat, you can be entertained by arguably the best shuckers in Newport! The clams and oysters were plentiful and super fresh, and there was a "special" that made those oysters more affordable. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, too. The menu was pretty limited... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

12noon-2pm, $1 oysters, 50 cent clams, all fresh and huge! \Huge lunch plates, great steaks and seafood for dinner!

Thank Charles G
Level Contributor
41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you manage to get a bar seat, you can be entertained by arguably the best shuckers in Newport! The clams and oysters were plentiful and super fresh, and there was a "special" that made those oysters more affordable. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, too. The menu was pretty limited, but the food was well prepared and the... More 

Thank ambermom
Acushnet, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My heart brought me to Newport 22 years ago, and this place was just perfect for two young people discovering each other. The food, atmosphere, and company was intoxicating, and the price was perfect for a young man on a budget. We still come here and relive old memories. Bon Appetit!

Thank Richard S
Cape Cod
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us came here for breakfast/brunch. We were seated quickly and given a breakfast menu as well as a lunch menu. Our waitress came to get our order and we all ordered mimosas. After 10 minutes, and no mimosa, she finally came to get our food order. (We think the bartender left the building...). When we all started to... More 

Thank beck1159
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to dinner here on our first night in Newport. We were referred here by hotel staff. We ordered the Prime Rib special and Benjamin's casserole. The food was good in that the prices were very reasonable. We didn't think that the food was exceptionally memorable or over the top but rather this is a place where many of... More 

Thank Pace163
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been coming to Benjamin's since moving to this area for college...many, MANY years ago ;) The food is always good, plentiful, and served with a smile. It gets crowded in Benjamin's, especially on weekends, so don't go expecting a quiet place. You'll be rubbing elbows with your fellow diners or drinkers. Upstairs or down, it's pubby, its New England-y,... More 

Thank Cheri O
Newport, Rhode Island
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Benjamin's is a raw bar/ seafood restaurant. It us a simple bar with tables, but loads of character and great good. Nice wait staff too. I had the linguini with shrimp, scallops, cod, squid in a spicy red sauce and it was to die for. My daughter had it in an aioli wine and garlic sauce and that was also... More 

Thank Moe521
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great baked stuff lobster, clam chowder and oysters! Visited more than once and always the best!!!!!

Thank Suzanne D
Hinckley, Ohio
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Benjamin's was recommended by several people and the on-line reviews were good, but our experience was different. My wife first ordered the shrimp scampi with pasta and it was like no shrimp scampi with pasta she had ever had before -- she sent it back. In place of that she ordered the house specialty -- slow roasted prime rib. Although... More 

Thank doclexus
Long Island - NY
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Small restaurant located upstairs. Nice view of downtown Newport. I had the cod w lobster sauce and asparagus. Absolutely Delicious ! Huge piece of cod. House Pinot Grigio was very good. House salad had julienne carrots and fresh cucumbers. Hubby had Salad w grilled chicken. We will definitely be back!

Thank grellam

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 254 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6613
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: (401) 846-8757

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?