City By the Sea

It’s no wonder why Newport has the nickname “city by the sea.” A visit to Newport simply must include time spent enjoying the stunning waterfront. What better way to do this than by enjoying a cocktail or dinner with a view? This is why we have pulled together some of our favorite waterfront places to eat in Newport, RI.

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar

This upscale eatery neighbors Hammetts Hotel’s and has great waterfront views. Over the past 35 years, The Mooring has welcomed guests with warm hospitality, crafted beverages, and freshly caught Newport seafood. Here, the environment is lively and merry, the panoramic views of the Newport Harbor are unparalleled, and traditional New England flavors are elevated. Walk over from Hammetts for a drink while you take in the sunset views over the water to enjoy the classic Newport experience.

Boat House

When it comes to waterfront dining in Newport, RI, this gathering spot tops the list. Their menu features locally inspired cuisine (think oysters, shrimp, crab, and scallops), fresh produce, and creative cocktails that’ll have you ordering another. Situated on a bluff over the foot of Mt. Hope Bay, the relaxing ambiance and panoramic bay views of this eatery are ones you’ll savor (along with what’s on your plate).

The Reef

Located dockside in Newport Harbor, this waterfront restaurant serves international cuisine with a well-traveled sailor’s flair. Here, they believe that every day can be a good one when you’re surrounded by the sights, sounds, and flavors of the sea—and we happen to agree. Grab a seat on their patio for a drink and some live music after an afternoon in the sun or dive into their full menu for a satisfying meal to complete your day. If you’re down for it, they also have oyster classes with one of their top chefs at their waterfront outdoor raw bar where you can taste oysters from all over Rhode Island.

Scales & Shells

This Peregrine-owned restaurant has pet-friendly outdoor seating and a menu that highlights the labor of local fishermen. Serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm complete with specialty cocktails and classic seaside dishes, there’s little this place doesn’t do.

Giusto Newport

Located on the wharf, Giusto is the first independent restaurant concept from Rhode Island native Chef Kevin O’Donnell. Their unique menu is inspired by the simplicity of traditional Italian cooking with a focus on quality ingredients. Order from their wine list (which is 100% Italian!) before indulging in a pasta dish that marries Italian tactics and flavors with seaside cuisine.

The Lobster Bar

If you’re a true New Englander at heart, you’ll love this outdoor dining hotspot in Newport, RI. Big on community, good vibes, and fresh lobster, this seaside bar serves up everything from clam chowder and lobster ravioli to cod bites and lobster burgers. It’s the perfect place to hit after a day at the beach as it has a relaxed ambiance that makes everyone feel welcome to come as they are.

The Black Pearl

It would be remiss of us not to mention one of Newport’s most well-known restaurants, The Black Pearl. Located in the heart of the city’s thriving waterfront, this beloved eatery serves up classic American favorites like chicken pot pie, lobster salad sandwiches, crab cakes, and grilled oysters. Order their award-winning clam chowder—you won’t regret it.

Stay at Hammetts Hotel

Once you’re done dining on the water in Newport, RI, head home to Hammetts Hotel. More than comfortable accommodations, Hammetts is a starting point from which to explore this historic city, an ideal location to relax and unwind, and the perfect place to make timeless memories with your family and friends. Located in the heart of Newport near the city’s best restaurants, bars, shops, and beaches, the boutique hotel is designed to be just what you need. Book your stay today.


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