Newport, a beautiful coastal city in New England set on the Aquidneck Island in the state of Rhode Island, is a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year. Here is part 2 of my travel guide featuring a few amazing Newport restaurants. (If you’re looking for where to stay in Newport and what to do, read Part 1 of my Newport travel guide here).
Where to Eat
Over the years I’ve been to quite a few Newport restaurants for lunch and dinner. On my last trip, we visited four different places for eats and drinks – all of the establishments were equally delicious.
Midtown Oyster Bar
Midtown Oyster Bar and Restaurant is known for its delicious oysters and lively atmosphere during the warmer months. Read all about my experience at Midtown Oyster Bar here.
22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill
We popped into 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill located at Bowen’s Wharf to grab a glass of wine at the bar. After looking over the menu, we decided to order the Artisan Cheese Board to enjoy with our glasses of Cabernet and Rosé.
Jo’s American Bistro
We had dinner and drinks at Jo’s American Bistro, a casual, yet classy, restaurant located on Memorial Boulevard West, right by plenty of shopping, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Gilded Hotel.
What I love about Jo’s American Bistro is the multiple dining experiences – from bar seating, to long high top tables, to the quaint intimate spaces. We enjoyed three dishes – the Bistro Salad, Steamed Littlenecks, and Grilled Shrimp Risotto. Everything we ordered was flavorful, fresh, and mouthwatering delicious.
The Grilled Shrimp was served over a creamy risotta with peas that popped and pancetta that melted in your mouth – it was one of my favorite seafood dishes I’ve had in a long time!
Benjamin’s Raw Bar
On Tuesdays, Benjamin’s Restaurant and Raw Bar on Thames is the place to go if you love fresh shrimp, clams, oysters, and more. With three floors for dining, there are plenty of opportunities for different experiences – casual or upscale, each with a promise of fresh quality ingredients.
We had the most amazing French Onion soup and Lobster Bisque, as well as a variety of local oysters and shrimp from the raw bar. The mini bottles of Mumm Champagne (one of my favorites) paired well with our food choices.
If you’re looking for other restaurant suggestions in Newport, RI, check out this extensive list from Discover Newport.
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