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“OK - not great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Black Pearl

Black Pearl
10 1/2 W Pelham St., Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846-5264
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Ranked #58 of 207 Restaurants in Newport
Price range: $15 - $55
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Sydney, Australia
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“OK - not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It was the end of 'The Season' and the weather not good - the outside areas were closed so we had to go inside. Very cramped seating, practically could have eaten from the table next to us - service was average. The chowder was good - best part of the meal, the swordfish OK but served on a bun ??? Key Lime Pie was nothing special. Overall a pretty average experience - maybe due to the time of year?

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Marco Island, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“OK Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

On advice from our Mansion tour guide, we tried this Bannister Wharf spot. Seating in this very small restaurant is tight, and decor unremarkable. This was the 5th place we tried in our Boston/RI/Maine visit that was touted as having the "best clam chowder." It was OK: a bit thin, but lots of fairly tender clam chunks, and not too over spiced (rate 4/5). The fish-crab-lobster cake was tasty, and the Julienne veggies were superb. Wait staff was OK. Overall food rating =4; experience rating=3.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Haven
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64 restaurant reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Cramped seating but excellent soup and chili.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were told that the Black Pearl had the best clam chowder and I have to say it's true. The clams weren't chewy like I've had so many other times. It was truly delicious and although it's expensive, it's a large portion so you are full after a hearty bowl. I didn't like how cramped the seating was but that's how it goes in Newport--very similar to seating in NYC. If you don't mind that, it's worth going. The chili is also excellent.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Windsor, Connecticut
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great lunch stop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We were visiting the Mansions and needed a lunch break. I asked a museum worker where to get a great bowl of clam chowder and he suggested Black Pearl. Wow was he right! A short 5 min drive and we were at Bannisters Wharf. We even found parking right next to the restaurant, VERY rare in Newport! Stepped in out of the cold rain and into the warm glow of the bar seating. Sat right down and had piping hot chowder within 5 min tops! It was very busy in the dining area, 20 min wait. Sitting at the bar was great for lunch though. We recommend the Sticky Toffee Pudding also, really delicious!

Visited December 2013
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Lombard, Illinois
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“great service and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We sat at the bar because the restaurant section looked full; this turned out to be a great decision. The bartender is the restaurant's manager, and he was a great host. We asked him to explain the armagnac liquor he had, and he gave us a demonstration for how to drink it correctly. Given that the bar was busy, we were impressed with how much time to took to explain armagnac's origins and how to taste it. The food was awesome too--my wife had the seafood crepe and chowder, and I had the pepper chicken. It was easily some of the best chicken I've ever had.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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