The restaurants in Newport, RI offer a wide selection of dining experiences to suit many different tastes. This is our short list of Newport's best restaurants -- where we know the food and the dinner service will be consistently good and meet your expectations. We are happy to make and confirm all guest dinner reservations -- which we strongly recommend on all weekends. Email or call us for suggestions or reservations. Directions will be available for you at the Inn. For other Newport RI restaurants, take-out, lunch places, and other dining suggestions, check out Best of Newport.Com -- Newport's best online recommendation site for all things Newport.

OUR CURRENT TOP PICKS

THE MOORING SEAFOOD KITCHEN & BAR  In an oceanside town, full of seafood, this takes our vote for top seafood spot. The Mooring has left its tourist trap past behind and emerged as a stylish, waterfront restaurant, with a nice selection of fresh seafood and shellfish, true surf and turf combos, and finally, a decent dining experience where you can order a traditional lobster dinner. Great harbor views, a well-priced wine list and selection, and a good raw bar. Can get a little hectic on a busy night. Reservations recommended, especially during warmer months. Smart Casual.  $ $ $   401-846-2260

22 BOWEN'S WHARF WINE BAR & GRILLE  Newport's best wine bar and steakhouse rolled into one. Unlike many of the mediocre waterfront restaurants, this is the real deal -- though be prepared to pay the price. Several dozen wines by the glass, a top shelf selection of meats and an equally enticing array of seafood. Several levels of dining, and nice outdoor space in season. Lunch too. Can be noisy on a busy night. Reservations recommended. Business Casual/Formal. Jacket recommended.   $ $ $ $ $    401-841-8884

RESTAURANT BOUCHARD  Newport's finest French restaurant. A quiet, romantic country French setting in an elegant, historic Georgian-style house on Thames Street. Expect excellent service and a nicely chosen wine list. Reservations accepted. Business Casual/Formal. Jacket recommended.   $ $ $ $    401-846-0123

THE WHITE HORSE TAVERN  Probably the best overall formal dining experience in Newport. The White Horse is famous for being America's longest operating tavern, opened in 1697.  Elegant, leisurely, dining in historic, colonial surroundings. Fireplaces in the cooler months are wonderful. American cuisine nicely prepared. Consistently good service. Reservations essential. Business Casual/Formal. Though once required, jackets now recommended.  $ $ $ $  401-849-3600

THE CANFIELD HOUSE  Built in the 1860s the Canfield House was once known as a world renowned gambling casino. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places it is located in the heart of Newport. Elegantly prepared American cuisine experienced while surrounded by a luxurious and romantic setting makes this restaurant one not to be missed. Business Casual $$ 401-847-0416

FLUKE Sample delectable offerings with either small or large plates, each have been inspired by local, seasonal ingredients. Extensive wine selections and award-winning cocktails in a contemporary setting with harbor views. Always a comfortable atmosphere, whatever the occasion! Business Casual $$$ 401-849-7778

CLARK COOKE HOUSE Three levels of dining immerse you into all that is Newport. Located on the waterfront you will be surrounded by yachting history, and incredible memorabilia. Renowned for its innovative cuisine, it is a legendary spot to meet and greet. For locals and visitors alike, the Clarke Cooke House is the quintessential Newport experience. Business Casual or Formal $$$-$$$$ 401-849-2900

MAMMA LUISA It will feel as if you have been swept away to the heart of Italy. Your dining experience will embrace all of your senses, most importantly taste! Fresh ingredients prepared with an eye for detail will entice and satisfy the most evolved palate. Business Casual/Formal $$$$ 401-848-5257

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