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527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Turin, Italy
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu is very original. Written on the blackboard near the kitchen, where you can check the chef while you seat at your table. Seafood choice is perfect and their woodgrilled lobster amazing. Good and right priced wine list. All in all excellent restaurant not as expensive as advertised. Only criticism is the lack of waiters so expect some delays.

Thank Giuseppe F
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant for our anniversary as we had heard great things about it! Maybe our expectations were too high because we thought the food was average. It was worth a try but there are so many good restaurants in Newport I wouldn't go back.

Thank OrlandoMJ
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just got back from Newport and had to visit one our favorite spots. They don't have many seats at the bar so you really need to make a reservation to get a table on a weekend. The menu is on a chalkboard so you need to get up to take a close look. The raw bar selections are great... More 

Thank leewardgal
Morristown, New Jersey
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75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were able to get into dinner on a beautiful Friday evening having made reservations just that day. What a great place. The menu is written on the blackboard. So many choices ! Wood grilled tuna, clam pizza, shrimp scampi, cherry stone clams, mussels all could not have been fresher or more expertly prepared. Don't miss this place!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Raw bar selection is very good. The fresh fish selection was lacking. No Chilian sea bass, striped bass, halibut, sole. Pasta dishes- selection good but the pasta was under cooked.

Thank mikebishop007
Paris, France
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place was packed, we were given a 40mn waiting time and hesitated. But a short walk later, we were really happy we came back, because it has been one of our best New England dinners. No menus, please find your own way through the big blackboard (difficult job, we realized later on that we had missed the specials, too... More 

1 Thank PaulRombi
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So confused...but people need to read the reviews before making a judgment. I laughed at a few. Their raw bar is impressive. We have been coming her for 10 years. Their shrimp cocktail is my all time favorite. Tonight I had a 2 1/2 lb. lobstah. So tender. We also shared the fra diavolo...again...impressive. Forget the chalkboard menu that you... More 

Thank Frank M
Trenton, New Jersey
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

White linen table cloth and good food in a causal-like dining atmosphere. Stopped for an early evening Saturday dining experience. Extensive bar offerings started the experience. Wide range of scale/shell offerings on a large chalkboard menu. Feel free to view close up. Started with large sized shrimp cocktail and moved on to the wood grilled lobster. Also well prepared was... More 

Thank rfire
Burlington, Connecticut
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu was limited. The chefs are actually quite skilled, so that patrons should be able to get any fish cooked any way. While my selection (wood-grilled monkfish with pasta) was delicious, it came very quickly -- no time to sit and enjoy a drink first. I felt rushed throughout the meal. The room affects a cool, casual style, but... More 

Thank Rlynn-snowflake
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101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Busy on a Saturday night but we did not have to wait for a table for 2 for very long. The menu is all seafood and posted on a huge chalkboard. We ordered halibut and swordfish which were both great. Very fresh. You had your choice of salad, grilled skewer of vegetables (potato squash zucchini onion pepper and corn on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 527 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6710
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: 401-846-3474

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?