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Belle's Cafe is located in the heart of Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard in downtown Newport, RI. We serve breakfast and lunch daily with many delicious specials to offer a wide variety utilizing fresh, local ingredients. We are open from early March to late December and have plenty of outdoor seating. Come checkout the yachting action in Newport's only and oldest working shipyard.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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American, Cafe
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed October 11, 2020 via mobile

Stopped here on a Sat morning in October. Food was good. Ambiance was ok given Covid. A bit pricy but we were expecting that. I ordered a bagel & my hubby had a croissant sandwich & home fries. For the price, my mimosa was small....Service wasn’t good. Our waitress passed by us numerous times w/o checking on us then she came w the check w/o us asking for it & w/o asking if we wanted anything else. Ate, talked & watched a bunch of yachts be cleaned. Glad we tried. Would have been a 5 but they need to train their staff WAY better.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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NewportShipyard, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2020

Hi Kristi - Thank you for your review, we appreciate it. We will pass your comments along to our staff about the importance of excellent customer service and making sure to offer customers another drink or dessert before bringing the check. We are always trying...More

Reviewed October 9, 2020

Came here for brunch with my husband. It's located in a boatyard right on the water- we almost questioned the location because we had to walk right through the boatyard, but don't let this scare you! The food was delicious and fresh and the service...was good. I had the crab cake benedict and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. I would come back here time and time again to get that.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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NewportShipyard, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2020

Hi Katie - Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we sincerely appreciate it! We are absolutely delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our Crab Cake Benedict! We hear this repeatedly from customers and it continues to be one of our most popular...More

Reviewed October 9, 2020 via mobile

It’s small cafe. Nothing fency. Paper cups /not a lot to chose from. They have mix breakfast and lunch menu together. Overall I won’t go back againMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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NewportShipyard, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2020

Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear you found our menu too small for your liking. We do try to offer a variety of items while keeping food quality and freshness a priority. We hope you have a great rest of your fall!...More

Reviewed September 22, 2020 via mobile

A good lunch/brunch spot at the shipyard by the pier, walking distance from most hotels. Four of us came here on a weekday without reservation and we were seated within 10mins. Our server Matt was super friendly and funny, he brighten up our brunch. We...wanted to try the steak and eggs special but they already sold out by noonish, so we opted for the waffle and the omelette - both were on that day’s special as well. We also tried the crab Benedict and avocado toasts. It was a nice lunch and we had a pleasant time there.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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NewportShipyard, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful review! We're delighted to hear you had excellent service from Matt & enjoyed our Crab Cake Benedict & Avocado Toast! Hopefully we'll have the Steak & Eggs on our specials menu the next time you visit. Have a great Fall!...More

Reviewed September 19, 2020 via mobile

I made a breakfast reservation two weeks in advance. We showed up 15 minutes early. They were not able to seat us for over half an hour AFTER the time of our reservation. That in and of itself is inexcusable. They Didn’t apologize. They didn’t...explain. They just told us to stand there. And when they finally did seat us, The waiter was horrible. Grossly understaffed. Grossly under-trained. Kind of flippant and sarcastic and not attentive. Happy to say the food was absolutely delicious. Thank god, because my kids were about to flip out. but I can’t recommend going to this place because the overall experience was so negative. Maybe I caught them on a bad day, but I just can’t recommend this place to anyone. Unless you’re into this kind of thingMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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NewportShipyard, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2020

Thank you for your review. We do apologize for not being able to seat you on time without an apology or explanation. We will bring this to everyone's attention so it can be remedied going forward. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed our food &...More

Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

We popped in without a reservation for lunch upon the recommendation of our Uber driver...didn’t seem too busy but we could only use the take out window and sit at a nearby unserviced table. Everyone was very nice, helpful and I think challenged with pandemic...rules, but the food was delicious. I got the crab cakes Benedict, which tasted great - the poached eggs were cooked all the way through, though, so more like hard boiled than poached. My husband got the cubano, and loved it. It’s a lovely spot and I would come back again, albeit with a reservation next time.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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nsy-newport, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2020

Dear Jacquie - Thank you for your wonderful review, we appreciate it! We're delighted to hear you liked the Carb Cake Benedict & our Cubano panini - both great choices. We look forward to seeing you again & yes, reservations are always strongly recommended. Have...More

Reviewed August 22, 2020 via mobile

I loved Belle’s Cafe! The Belle’s Burger is perfect and the view from the restaurant is amazing! Nothing was at all bad about my visit. The waitresses were kind, attentive and quick. I can’t recommend this enough!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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nsy-newport, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2020

Thank you very much for your 5-star review! We are so grateful you took the time to write about your experience at Belle's Cafe and we look forward to having you back with us soon. Thank you again & GO SOX!! Sincerely, Veronica Brown Director...More

Reviewed August 21, 2020

We have been huge fans of Belle's for years. We bring family and friends every year and it is always an enormous hit. Truly one of the best atmospheres in Newport! Unfortunately, the challenges of Covid-19 have been great for the restaurant and they are...clearly doing their best to keep things running and safe. The management and staff are trying so hard. We miss the old Belle's and we hope that things will be back to normal soon. Thank you for keeping things going during these difficult times.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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NewportShipyard, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2020

Hi Jennifer - Thank you so much for your heartfelt review. We are absolutely doing our best and are thankful for returning customers like you. Thank you again! Veronica Brown Director of Experiences

Reviewed August 7, 2020 via mobile

We loved the fact this cafe is right in the middle of the shipyard - it’s so cool to see those mega yachts up close. It’s a bit out of the crowded downtown area (which we also loved). They are working hard to deal with...pandemic restrictions so we had to be a little flexible with our meal time. This wasn’t really an issue and it was well worth the effort. Wife enjoyed the blackened scallop salad special and I was happy with the fish taco special. Service was friendly, attentive, and timely. Well done, Belle’s.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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nsy-newport, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2020

Hello & thank you for your terrific review, we sincerely appreciate it! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere of Belle's Cafe and the food as well. You are right, we are doing our best to comply with all the rules and guidelines...More

Reviewed July 26, 2020 via mobile

If you don’t mind to wait for HOURS after your reservation, then maybe this is your spot. I made a reservation on 07/26 at 1:30pm, the hostess ( Emily ? I only heard someone called her name) just couldn’t be bothered, was quite rude and...really didn’t care at all. I called in the morning and was there even 45 mins in advance to reconfirm, everyone thing was ok. At 1:30pm, when I arrived, the careless hostess couldn’t find my name plus said they are running behind the schedule. For how long? Well, according to the guest still waiting, that had made a reservation at 12:30pm and they were still waiting. I asked how it would be and she literally said: “I don’t know” without any additional help or information. There was no apology whatsoever to soothe the costumers who were waiting under 90 degree weather. We switched to a different restaurant and the service was much, much better. Don’t patron businesses that treat you like this. Take your business to somewhere that value you.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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NewportShipyard, Marketing at Belle's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2020

Hello & thank you for your review. We value all feedback - positive and constructive - so we appreciate you taking the time to let us know about the customer service you received at Belle's yesterday. We apologize for the long wait time for your...More

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DonaldD1191
August 9, 2019|
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Response from Paul H | Reviewed this property |
I think it largely depends on the availability of space and the size of your boat. I had a 19 ft RIB and they had space to dock for breakfast.
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October 22, 2018|
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Response from Sean M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is available for free at the Newport Shipyard where the cafe is located. Parking is free, but behind a guard shack. Tell the guardhouse attendant that you are going to Belle's and you won't have an issue. Parking... More
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July 19, 2018|
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Response from nsy-newport | Property representative |
Hi Kathy! Yes, we are open until mid-December. Check back on our Web site for hours in October - they may change a bit by then (more like 8am-2pm).
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