If you go to the Olive Garden for good Italian food ... you won't mind the Red Parrot. Don't come here looking for seafood ... this place is pretty much tex-mex and pub food all the way. Inside, you may as well be in Arizona or Texas because most of what you will find here ... buffalo chicken fingers, fajitas, fish tacos, etc. I will admit that I went here because I wanted to stay away from the $10 bowls of clam chowder and $150 dinner for two you find closer to Bannister's Wharf and paid the price for my cheapness.
Another thing that bothered me ... although there were tap beers listed on the menu ... they had bottles only. I don't know if it was just a problem with their system that night or what but the taps were completely disconnected and I was offered Guiness in a bottle. Ugh.
The decor is standard bar-ish. Nothing special. Warm, comfortable ... although most of the seats are for two and are pushed right up against each other with a small isle in between. Prepare to be immersed in others' conversations if you are on a date. Especially if the tables near you have loud talkers.
The food is forgettable. And overpriced. Don't think because you go to a place with chicken fingers and pizzas on the menu that you will get off cheap. Although the burgers are $10, most everything else is in the $14 - $20 range. Everything seems to be of the fried variety and portions are not huge for anything that isn't deep fried. $10 is around the cheapest you'll find a glass of wine and expect $7 for a bottle of beer, which is more than a draft down by the water.
I can't say that I had a horrible meal here ... but this seems like more of a place locals who are sick of seafood and college kids who want to keep their buzz going over some onion rings might go. Skip this place and go down to some of the spots by the water if you want seafood. You'll pay a bit more but its worth it for atmosphere and the quality.
If you are the type who feels more comfortable at an Applebees than a nicer restaurant ... and if your idea of fancy is making your chicken fingers Buffalo instead of regular ... you may like this place. I'm always amazed at people who go to a place like Santa Monica or even Times Square and head right to the chain restaurants. Whenever I see people going into Bubba Gump Shrimp in NYC or the Hard Rock Cafe in Rome ... I wonder why on earth they wouldn't go for the local experience. But apparently some people feel the same way in Newport because the place was packed when we went there at 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday.
You won't hate the food here. You will complain about the prices. Your meal with be okay ... but not memorable if you are in Newport for the Newport experience.
Oh ... and the service? There were a few waitresses on for a packed restaurant ... so you do the math. It was hard to get a drink refill or order another beer.