Exploring Newport


Al Fresco Delights: Outdoor Dining in Newport, RI

The options are plentiful and delicious when it comes to outdoor dining in Newport, RI. Though the seasons change, the quality of superior seafood remains. During your next visit to our favorite seaside town, check out some of our top restaurants in downtown Newport.

Scales & Shells

Three words can be used to describe Scales & Shells: simple, fresh and full of flavor. Since 1987, this restaurant has prided itself on the quality of their seafood and their service. With a private dining room perfect for hosting celebrations, an Oyster Room & Bar, and an outdoor patio, this is the perfect place to go for a full meal or just a drink and a dozen oysters.

The Mooring

This seafood kitchen and bar has provided guests with the freshest of catches for the past 35 years. The lively atmosphere and views of Newport Harbor make this restaurant a go-to when it comes to al fresco dining. Start with the classic clam chowder before diving into the grilled salmon, warm buttered lobster roll, or seared scallops. Within walking distance of Hammetts Hotel, it couldn’t be easier to stop in for a cocktail and a bite before heading back to your home base alongside the water. Can you imagine a more perfect evening?

Belle’s Cafe

Waterfront dining in Newport, RI is taken up a notch with this dockside cafe in the heart of Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard. This little bistro is the perfect spot to grab a sandwich—we recommend the yardbird panini or Belle’s burger—and a glass of wine on a sunny day. Serving up one of the best lunches in Newport, RI, add Safe Harbor to your list of restaurants to try.


Cabana takes the idea of al fresco dining up a notch. Cute and beachy, this restaurant features an airy garden room as well as a beach bar that serves lunch and dinner early and drinks and live music until late. Opt for the fried Rhode Island calamari and shrimp ‘n grits with a side of old bay fries—you won’t regret it.

The Landing

Located dockside at the end of the town’s historic Bowen’s Wharf, The Landing is in the running for best dinner in Newport, RI—in our opinion. Not only does this elegant eatery have fresh seafood, a raw bar, and dreamy drinks, they also have live music, views of the water, and great hospitality. And even if you’re not a seafood lover, there’s plenty of good vibes and high-quality variety to keep you happy.


Inspired by the simplicity of traditional Italian cooking, this eatery is known for its use of quality ingredients to create fun and unique dishes that balance culture and soul. Grab a seat on the couches outside and sip in the views along with a cocktail. Their menu features snacks, pastas (there’s no going wrong here), and classic entree plates, all with seafood at the core. They also offer a shared dining experience option in the form of a freestyle tasting menu.


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