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“Unprofessional Service, Cold overcooked steaks” 1 of 5 stars
Review of 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille

22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille
Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
401-841-8884
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Ranked #12 of 209 Restaurants in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: America
Description: Located amidst bustling Bowen’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Newport, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille is a world-class steakhouse serving USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, and is complemented by an award-winning wine list. We look forward to having you experience one of Newport’s best.
Newport RI
2 reviews
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“Unprofessional Service, Cold overcooked steaks”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

Patience is a virtue of mine, but getting two fifty dollar steaks about an hour and ten minutes after ordering them, and then having them come cold is unacceptable.
The filet was ordered medium and came gray, cold, and stringy. I had to share my steak with my wife, and thankfully brought the filet home for my dog. My steak was fine because it was a sirloin, a filet cooks as it sits, and sits and sits some more. Having a long prep time is to be expected in a busy atmosphere. But it was not busy and the food was sitting on the line until the bernaise was a thick as pudding.
Being a local and having many guests in the summer I was hoping to have a good experience because I recommend many places.
Mike B

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aberzerk72
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“Now this is Luxury .......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

Impeccible service from our waiter named John. He was attentive to our needs and very friendly. He even had the chef come out and apologize when my husbands steak was alittle undercooked. My filet was cooked perfectly.
Regardless we are from New York and eat at the finest steakhouses. We enjoyed our salads, steaks, and side dishes very much. The atmosphere is elegant and has a great location on the wharf. very convenient if your going to stay at the Marriott. too The vodka drinks were made just right. Overall, It is alittle overpriced but if your on vacation what do you expect?

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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NJ
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“Overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2009

Food was good but extremely overpriced. We are used to Manhattan prices and found this restaurant expensive. Not worth the price.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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“Great food but steak came out cold twice!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2009

We went here on Valentines Day wkend and were very happy with the atmosphere and location. It's right on the pier and the decor in the restaurant is lovely. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive in the beginning.

Our big complaint was that our steak came out COLD two times! We had to send it back twice and the chef even brought it out for us the 2nd time and it was still cold! It was excellent food but we couldn't believe it came out cold. We were told it would be on a sizzling hot plate. The steak was $110 for 2 and way over priced for a cold steak. I'm sure the chef was worried about over cooking it, but we even said it was ok if it was cooked more, and it still came out cold. It felt like we were eating left over steak.

We are not complainers and have been to several nice steak houses. The waitress was very very distant after we sent the steak back. We did not get anything off our bill or a complimentary dessert or anything.

Great food but very disappointed.

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“Bring a winter coat, and a lot of time”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2009

Almost all steak places make the mistake of overly charring the outside of a steak, obscuring the flavor of a very expensive piece of meat. 22 Bowen's is no different. The place is too dark, way way too cold (in February), and too slow. Clams on the halfshell were crystallized - nearly frozen. Side dish of sliced potatoes with olive oil were unrecognizable, both in appearance and taste. So many better places to try in Newport.

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    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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