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The Oar

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221 Jobs Hill Rd, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very popular spot for the after-beach drink scene, has a large lawn area with picnic tables and Adirondack chairs with waiters/waitresses serving drinks. The frozen mudslide is the house specialty.

Thank Brad781
Providence, Rhode Island
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love The Oar but mainly for the atmosphere. We have been going here every summer for the past 13 years and even have an Oar! The food is ok but the atmosphere is great. Most importantly if you decide to go here be sure to order a mudslide, they are the best you will have.

Thank browley2008
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for late day drinks and appetizers. We ordered from 1 outdoor picnic table but switched to a different table. When the waitress brought the drinks, we met her and told her we switched tables. Apparently this is an issue. She sighed, rolled her eyes and acted like this was a huge problem. She said this wasn't her station. We... More 

Thank Flyer75
New Canaan, CT
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate at The Oar twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. I had the fried fish with salad instead of chips. The broccoli slaw was amazing. For lunch the next day I had the lobster salad. It had more fresh lobster that I imagined and very reasonable. I definitely go more lobster on the salad than I would... More 

Thank jtperreca
Santa Barbara, California
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166 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went back for lunch yesterday after dinner there on Monday night. Still the best place to sit at the bar and have a sandwich and watch the "yacht harbor." Fried Cod sandwich is better than it sounds. Really fresh fish, hot, and fairly priced. The Asian Chicken Salad is large and well done with lots of substantial chicken. You... More 

Thank expectquality1942
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been going here for years for drinks and sunsets, then finally on the most recent trip decided to try the food. After dining one night then attempting to a second evening with a different group, this is a combined review for both experiences. The food - in general it's fine and what you'd expect on a menu right... More 

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Damascus, Maryland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is always good. The view is spectacular. The salmon is excellent. They usually get you in and out.

Thank Collinsdamascus
Hudson, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recall The Oar being much better last year, food was ok, but nothing to rave about. Nice spot, can't beat the view/scenery. Great spot for a drink!

Thank woostahgirl
New Haven, Connecticut
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented bikes and rode over to The Oar for an early dinner this week. The Oar is fun -- great decor, friendly servers, and one of the very best views on BI. The food is so-so -- we had calamari, the Oriental salad, and the mahi-mahi tacos --- all were fine, but forgettable. What you won't forget is the... More 

Thank LN423
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A staple when visiting Block. Close to where we keep the boat, A huge outdoor space and plenty of room to move around. Everyone should own an Oar hoodie too!

Thank davidmT1170HL

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $15
American, Bar, Sushi, Soups, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Jobs Hill Rd, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island  >  New Shoreham
  • Phone Number: 401-466-8820

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?