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“Great views, good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Oar

The Oar
221 Jobs Hill Rd, Block Island, RI 02807
401-466-8820
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Ranked #19 of 53 Restaurants in Block Island
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great views, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Oar is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. The view is fantastic, you literally can watch the world go by you and leave all of your mainland worries behind. The food is quite good and the management very good.

The only reason I don't vote it as "excellent" is the service. A couple of the wait staff are amazing and have been there for many years - these are the folks you want to find. However, the Oar depends on summer help which are mostly college kids and frankly many of them aren't very good. The Oar has begun serving a limited menu on the lawn, however we have found that there is never adequate servers out there to meet the demand.

Eat on the porch, the wait is worth it. The sushi is very, very good.

Visited July 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Boston area
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“perfect for what it is”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Although I haven't been to the Oar in several years, I give the Oar 5 stars not because of gourmet greatest, but because on a summer day on Block Island it's the exact type of fun restaurant that you want to visit. They serve pub style food with plenty of fish on the menu as well, and they have a nice selection of beer. The interior is decorated with wood paneling, open windows facing the water, and artisically decorated oars hanging everywhere on the wall. Many of the oars note historical clubs and venues for races. There are also picnic benches outside on the lawn where you can enjoy your meal... everywhere there are amazing water views. This place is great for friends, dates, large families, kids, etc.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Long Beach, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“last supper”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

we were there for my friends wedding rehersal dinner. great location with great atmosphere. add to the memories by bringing and decorating your own oar to add to the many already hanging. the wedding party all signed one for the bride and groom

Visited October 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“You have to go here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Having a drink outside & playing cornhole on the lawn is pure summer on BI. The banana mudslide is perfect and all the sushi combo's are super tasty. The sushi is so good that we haven't really strayed and tried anything else. Everything else looks great, I don't think you can go wrong here.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chester, Connecticut
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Cool spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This place is pretty interesting. The walls are covered with painted oars from people that have come and gone over the years. Not a fancy place - basically patio furniture outside, also picnic tables available. Nice spot for an afternoon mudslide while watching the boat traffic. We'll probably come back sometime.

Visited August 2012
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