Despite good write-ups here, I didn’t know what to expect at Red Parrot, given its location in the tourist area of Newport. But my wife and I ended up having a most enjoyable experience there.
Despite there being a full house on a Friday evening (go figure), things turned out well. After being told we’d have a 20-minute wait for a table, we spotted two seats at the second floor bar and decided to eat there. It was a good move, as we were able to talk to the bartenders about the menu offerings in much more detail than likely would have been the case with a waiter/waitress.
My wife went for an appetizer and dessert … more on that later. At the bartender’s suggestion, I opted for the lobster ravioli. When it arrived, I was surprised to see a platter full (okay, five, but they were HUGE) of lobster-stuffed ravioli in a tomato-cream sauce with a grunch more chopped lobster meat in it. Way more lobster than you’d ever get in a restaurant anywhere south of New England. Very tasty, rich and filling.
My wife, after her appetizer, watched the bartenders mixing blender drinks which incorporated Oreo cookies. She couldn’t resist the Oreo Mudslide. Lacking a sweet tooth, I resisted, which is just as well because she wasn’t in a sharing mood that night.
In addition to the usual suspects on the beer taps, they also have a Red Parrot house brew, which is Newport Storm’s Amber Ale. A pleasant surprise.
The service was excellent, but the ambience is on the so-so side. The three-story restaurant was pretty well packed, and it can be noisy at times. I was ecstatic when the bachelorette party moved up to a third-floor table.
So as long as you’re not looking for a quiet romantic experience, you’ll enjoy the food, service and prices at Red Parrot.