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There are so many restaurants in Newport, and so many Great Restaurants, that no one need go hungry - or far. There are some that constantly get excellent reviews, while others seem to be well-kept secrets, or undiscovered gems.
Where are you? What do you want to eat? Are you eating with children or looking for a quiet, romantic spot? Do you want to be able to eat with your jeans on? Would you like music or billiards? It's all here.
www.TableHound.com is a new website that offers all the info you'll need to find that perfect Newport restaurant.
Another fine option is to walk Thames St and America's Cup Blvd., look at restaurants, menus and lines. Be warned that during the summer and on festival weekends, there may be long lines. Perhaps you could scout out the restaurant a little early, call for reservations, and spend the time walking.
Some of the places that deserve mention:But research them first!!! Pay attention to trip advisor or other sources as some restaurants are not up to the price they charge. Some famous places treat you very shabby. Do your research!
Upscale dining: 22 Bowens, Black Pearl's Commodore Room, White Horse Tavern, Bouchard's, Clarke Cooke House, West Deck, Fluke, Castle Hill, One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking
Late Night Pizza: Via Via on Thames St., Nikolas and Aquidneck Pizza
Lemonade: Del's Lemonade on Thames St.
Steak: 22 Bowens Wine Bar & Grille, Black Pearl, Cafe Zelda's
Sunday Brunch: Castle Hill Inn or Bay Voyage in Jamestown
Waterfront Dining: Mooring, Black Pearl
Off the beaten path, but worth the trip: Salvation Cafe, Tuckers, 180, Pour Judgement, Canfield House, Norey's, Pineapples at the Hyatt in season, Asterix
B.Y.O.B.: Roberto's, Corner Cafe, Lucia's, Perini's on certain nights
Chowder: Black Pearl for traditional, Mooring for seafood and Smokehouse for non-traditional chowder
Seafood: anywhere in town, but one has to mention Scales & Shells
Inexpensive meal you won't write home about, but will enjoy: Salas's Italian restaurant and be sure to try the Oriental Pasta