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“Come for the sunset, not the food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Atlantic Inn

The Atlantic Inn
High Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-5883
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Ranked #16 of 52 Restaurants in New Shoreham
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Oakland, California
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“Come for the sunset, not the food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We had tapas on the lawn around sunset. The food was just OK (and very pricey), the service was very odd (more about that below), but the sunset was the most amazing I've ever seen in my life!! (And I live on the California coast and have visited Hawaii a number of times, so I've seen a lot of sunsets over water.) You get a 360 degree view of the sunset, and the one we saw was absolutely magnificent, with amazing cloud formations and colors. (My overall rating is based solely on that experience -- otherwise it would be much lower. My current profile pic is a snap of just a small segment of the sky that evening.)

About the service -- our wait staff had trouble communicating in English and didn't seem well-trained or confident. One of them said they were part of an Eastern European work program, which is admirable but management isn't training them adequately. And we were there in August, so they should have had a few months of work practice in by then. Questions we asked about food were answered with great difficulty. And the capper was being told that they did not serve melted butter with lobster when we asked for some with our cold seafood platter. Hunh??

And when we tried to use the "10% off tapas" coupon that's featured on the local tourist map, we were told that it only applied to one item. Yes, it does say "restrictions apply" but that's a pretty tight little restriction that should be spelled out. They could just as easily print "10% off one tapas item" in less space. But that wouldn't attract as many customers, would it?

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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“Do not waste your money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

I do not mind spending money on an excellent meal. I am from NYC so that is par for the course, and when on vacation who cares! However, when the wine your selling is 50% off, and the patron tells you that the wine is turning and tastes bad, do not be insulting. We then ordered a 100 dollar bottle of wine that was good. The owner instead of apologizing, or being humbly gracious was insulting and proceeded to tell us our taste buds were bad. Forget it. The lobster tail was gassy with ammonia taste. Do yourselves a favor and get a great meal at One Eyed Dick's. I have friends that went to this place and also had a miserable experience.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“A great spot for drinks at sunset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Hunker down in an Adirondack chair on the lawn, grab a drink (seat-side service) and maybe some light snacks and just...deflate.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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new york, new york
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“It's complicated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

The Atlantic Inn is in a beautiful location and is a lovely old building. It's downright stately on an island known for its informality. When the food arrives one wishes that the chef would keep it simple but alas it's not that way. Dishes come with too many ingredients combined in ways that a chemist would not recommend. Be prepared or an adventure in dining. The very fine wine list almost makes up for this. On a beautiful summer evening, the sunset will.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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“Fine Dining great views and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

I have been lucky to have eaten at the Atlantic several times. Some things never change: the view from the veranda. Spectacular. Drinks and tapas on the veranda before dinner enhance the dining experience. The outstanding servers. The owner sets a high standard for his servers. It works. Dinner in an antique setting, amazing views from all windows and very creative food. The food is very upscale. Always an unusual mix of flavors. Nothing I could prepare myself. You are never rushed. Dinner is at a slow pace so you can enjoy each course.

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