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Bobbi Sep 24, 2004 12:59 PM

My husband & I w/be in the Newport, RI area October 2 & 3 and would be looking for a romantic restaurant for dinner...any recs? Also would like info on breakfast & lunch in general. Thanks!

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    foodluvr RE: Bobbi Sep 24, 2004 01:09 PM

    Romantic High End: Spiced Pear and maybe Bouchards
    Lunch or casual dinner: Gertrudes, Cheeky Monkey, Rumb Line
    Breakfast. Noreys or Rachels (spelling?)

    Have a great trip

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      KH RE: foodluvr Sep 24, 2004 11:13 PM

      I just had lunch today at the Red Parrot. A cool Carribbean inspired atomsphere. I had clams and mussels and my wife had a goat cheese salad. Both dishes were quite good. Give it a shot!

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        Lily RE: KH Sep 25, 2004 08:14 AM

        The Red Parrot is a terrific restaurant! I went there with friends about a year ago. Their food is excellent and the atmosphere is lively. It probably wouldn't be the place for a romantic dinner unless you went during the week when it isn't so busy. We had to wait over an hour for a table on a Saturday night and it was noisy.

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          newporter RE: Lily Sep 29, 2004 03:28 PM

          romantic? le petit aubergure (sp?) off was washington square...so cute and nice. same owners as another recommendation bouchards....

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            foodluvr RE: newporter Sep 29, 2004 06:08 PM

            La petite used to be good, not anymore. And bouchards doesnt own la petite, the owner is the same as astericks.

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          milfordct RE: KH Aug 3, 2007 12:06 PM

          The Red Parrot has clearly gone down hill.
          It is crowded and the staff is obnoxious. Do yourself a favor and eat somewhere else. What a rip-off.

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          Bivalve88 RE: foodluvr Aug 3, 2007 03:04 PM

          Some good recommendations. Definitely Bouchard's for a romantic high end meal. Never fails to impress. Skip the Spiced Pear. WAY overpriced for underwhelming food and snobby service. Cheeky Monkey has moved to Narragansett, so cross that off your list. Rhumb Line is great! The White Horse just doesn't have the "wow" factor it used to have for me. We've been disappointed the last few times we went, although the atmosphere is great.

          I'm a big fan of Puerini's for Italian. I think of it as romantic because it's where I met my SO. Others may disagree! But the food has always been great. We occasionally go to the Red Parrot, but it's not my favorite place. Too touristy and the food is hit and miss. I actually really like the Mudville Pub. Too bad the Gulls won't be playing in October - sitting out in right field is great when there's a game on. A lot of fun with a nice, cold beer. Speaking of brews, an outside table at O'Brien's Pub on Thames can be a hoot too, especially if you're into people watching. Things can still be hopping in Newport in October.

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            mscherzberg RE: Bivalve88 Sep 17, 2008 12:42 AM

            Spiced Pear is expensive but the food is great. Service sometimes lacks but I've never had a bad meal there.

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              JaneRI RE: mscherzberg Sep 19, 2008 07:27 AM

              I've only had lunch so I thought it was okay for the money. I found the service to be somewhat young & inexperienced but not at all snobby. And the VIEW! To die for out on the terraza.

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          Joanie RE: Bobbi Sep 24, 2004 01:22 PM

          There are many Newport discussions in August if you look back. Bishop's 4th St. Diner is great for breakfast as is Tommy's in Middletown. Black Pearl is good for lunch esp. if you can eat outside still. Tucker's on Broadway is nice for dinner.

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            jimspencer RE: Joanie Sep 8, 2007 02:42 PM

            Tommy's Diner is gone.

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            mels RE: Bobbi Sep 24, 2004 01:44 PM

            Other restaurants I like that have not been mentioned yet (both have websites w/menus which are simply their name followed by "dot com"):

            White Horse Tavern (this is our "romantic/special occasion dinner" restaurant)

            Cafe Zelda is quite good, but I wouldn't really call it romantic.

            For a very casual lunch or dinner, Brick Alley Pub is good. Looks like a chain restaurant, though the food is a step above.

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              doc RE: Bobbi Sep 24, 2004 06:29 PM

              asterix and obelisk

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                mcel RE: Bobbi Sep 26, 2004 03:47 PM

                Cafe Zelda is a local favorite, and is really nice.

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                  Chris RE: Bobbi Sep 27, 2004 11:51 AM

                  We had a lovely off-season dinner at Le Bistro Newport at Bowen's Wharf a year or so ago. It's up a flight of stairs, with a view of the water, and the atmosphere is "cozy-romantic". They have a great menu that includes authentic "pommes frites" - best I've ever had. I agree that the Red Parrot is a great lunch spot, but not where you'd want to go for a romantic dining experience. I've been to Bishop's for breakfast and while it's good, I heard after the fact that Claire's Roadside Cafe, which I think is in Portsmouth or Middletown, is far better and worth the ten or fifteen minute drive. Avoid Poor Richard's for breakfast. Their claim to fame is a number of variations on the Eggs Benedict theme, but the food is just so-so.

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                    feelinpeckish RE: Chris Aug 6, 2007 07:46 AM

                    On a recent visit to Newport I looked up to spot Le Bistro on Bowen's Wharf and it seemed to be in the gone missing category. It saddened me since we had enjoyed an exceptional meal there a few years ago.

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                      eileenfon RE: Chris Aug 22, 2007 05:50 PM

                      Le Bostro has closed and now there is a restaurant in it's place called Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen. It is excellent. Interesting menu..snacks, small plates and big plates. I have been there 3 times and was happy every time.

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                      Susan RE: Bobbi Oct 7, 2004 01:44 PM

                      I have not been to Newport in a few years, but when we were there, we really enjoyed breakfast at Gary's on Thames and Muriel's on Spring. La Petite Aubuerge was my favorite when I was there, but I heard that it had closed down a couple years ago. I don't know if that's true. Lunch at the Red Parrot was always good. Also, enjoyed dinner at the White Horse. Never tried Bouchard but it looks very nice and romantic.

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                        VivreManger RE: Susan Aug 3, 2007 01:14 PM

                        Warren is about 20 minutes away and has a wonderful water-front restaurant called Tav-Vino Restaurant, 267 Water St Warren, RI 02885 (401) 245-0231, a local favorite, highly recommended for fish and Italian antipasti. It has elegant food and good service. However unless you can call and get a quiet table in the back, I would not call it the most romantic spot in the area.

                        It has been in business for thirty-five years.

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                        Dana1949 RE: Bobbi Aug 3, 2007 02:37 PM

                        A very nice, romantic restaurant is the Rhumbline. It's within walking distance of the Visitor's Center, but away from the crowds of Thames. It's our favorite restaurant in Newport.
                        Another favorite of ours is a wonderful Italian restaurant, Mamma Luisa. They have excellent food, a nice atmosphere, and great service.
                        For a great burger, visit the Mudville Pub located beside the baseball field.
                        For a great lunch at reasonable prices, try Buskers on Thames for lunch. I love their Irish Stew and my wife enjoys their corned beef and cabbage.

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                          Jel212 RE: Dana1949 Sep 27, 2007 10:16 AM

                          Thanks for the Mamma Luisa recommend! We were in Newport last weekend, and delighted with the off-the-touristy-path, excellent-tagatelle-bolognase (sp?), and wonderful wine and atmosphere. So great.

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                            sodagirl RE: Jel212 Sep 22, 2008 05:19 AM

                            Dinner for 4 at Mamma Luisa last night..onion soup was very good..rest of meal was sort of all tomato saucy..pasta overcooked...I poked my head in the kitchen...everyone loked like they were burned out from a long summer...

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                          sk3 RE: Bobbi Aug 4, 2007 08:04 PM

                          tough to beat castle hill for romance, if only for their view - if you don't want to do dinner, make a point of having drinks or brunch.
                          bit of a drive (off middletown maybe 45 mins) but it's beautiful - sakonnet vineyards is among the prettiest on either coast. can't say if their coop cafe will be open in oct but worth a look-

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                            haruga RE: Bobbi Aug 5, 2007 04:12 PM

                            Check out www.tablehound.com. It's a sort of interactive search engine for Newport restaurants. You can search by atmosphere, menu, prices, etc, and all the restaurants that match your specs will be shown to you on a map. It is a very useful website for visitors to Newport.

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                              eileenfon RE: Bobbi Aug 22, 2007 05:56 PM

                              The Place is a great and romantic restaurant.
                              Cafe Zelda not romantic but excellent food. Try the chicken fried lobster.
                              Gary's Handy Lunch, Annie's and Franklin Spa for breakfast.
                              Yesterday's (next to The Place) great for casual dinner or lunch.
                              Brick Alley Pub for casual.
                              Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen.
                              West Deck great food.

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                                tdisky RE: eileenfon Sep 1, 2007 02:14 PM

                                Yup, Castle Hill is the best place to impress and enjoy. It's gotten very pricey, but the food is generally worth it. Spiced Pear has a great bar, great service and surprisingly down-to-earth patrons. Avoid the restaurant; a previous poster said it exactly.

                                Yesterday's has consistently good food and service, plus the menu changes often and they're not afraid of innovation. My brother-in-law's lunch of scallops, spinach and other tasties left him speechless for a good 15 minutes. Plus, check out the Loose Cannon IPA among the many excellent beers on tap. The Place is outstanding, although the view is of an alleyway; my wife likes the food but not the ambience. Excellent, professional service. Me, I'll take it any day.

                                Easton's Point Pub and Restaurant at the beach in Middletown has the best burgers on the island, period. Trust me, we've tried them all. Their beer selection has slipped somewhat, but is still better than most. Highly recommended for a very casual after-beach lunch.

                                Canfield House is one of our favorites, too. They have a two-fer dinner with a bottle of wine for about $25; can't be beat. They have been criticized for lack of flavor, but look kiddies, this is New England. Around here, people run for the water fanning their mouths after a stray flake of pizza pepper lands on their calamari. Let's blame the culture, not the restaurant. We love the bar; it has excellent service, although no IPAs. In good weather, the outside bar is nice; Pat's Pub downstairs is great and warm in the winter.

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                                  martyl9 RE: tdisky Sep 13, 2008 11:15 AM

                                  Hi all, any updates on the above posts re Newport, over a year old

                              2. Dinsdale45 RE: Bobbi Sep 15, 2008 07:35 AM

                                Gold's and The Grape Room in Middletown.

                                1. TrishUntrapped RE: Bobbi Sep 17, 2008 08:12 AM

                                  Had a very good lunch and dinner at Trattoria Simpatico in Jamestown. Grilled pizza and tamarind rib appetizer were standouts.

                                  Had my birthday bash at Asterisk. The food, drinks and service were exemplary. Helped make it a really fun night.

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                                    martyl9 RE: TrishUntrapped Sep 22, 2008 10:14 AM

                                    thanks for the suggestions

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