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Newport RI...Good food and wine for dinner?

any recommendations on a restaurant serving amazing food and good wine for two California foodies looking for a dinner spot...we're only there for one night, so maybe thinking seafood, but not limiting it to that. We love a laid back atmosphere, but prices can be high if the experience is worth it.

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  1. the black pearl - it's pricy but good.

    they keep things simple but very well done. you'd want to make a reservation for the commodore's room.

    http://www.blackpearlnewport.com/defa...

    1. I love the lobster fra diavolo dish ( we usually split it between 3 or 4 people) at Scales and Shells on Thames Street. Casual atmosphere, open kitchen, raw bar in front. No reservations taken.

      1. You might also check out 22 Bowen's (Wine Bar and Grille) or The Mooring.

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        1. re: tdo ca

          i've heard negative things about 22 Bowen's?

          1. re: maggiela

            I ate there in August and had a great meal (pricey though) YMMV.

            1. re: maggiela

              We were very disappointed in our meal at 22 Bowens last October. Very overpriced, very touristy, service was awful too.

              Two of our most memorable dinners were at The West Deck, where they are doing some innovative cooking, in a very laid back atmosphere, with an open view of the kitchen. Looked kind of "divey" from the outside at night, but don't be put off by that - the food was quite remarkable the night we were there. I guess I'd classify it as New American, if I had to put a label on it.

              Also, Mamma Luisa, for Italian. From the outside it looked very small, but inside it was larger than it appeared and quite romantic. The food was really kind of rustic Italian but served quite elegantly. This was maybe our favorite dining experience while there, one which we thought was going to be just your average Italian meal but in fact was elevated quite beyond. A lot of people don't seem to know about it, I get the sense it's more a locals kind of place. Really wonderful.

              BTW, we also enjoyed the Black Pearl, but only had lunch there. Great chowder!

          2. I find 22 Bowen's to be uneven. But I've only been in summer - I wonder if the quality suffers because of the rush?

            1. Go to the Spiced Pear at The Chanler or to Castle Hill Inn. Both have seasonal menus and interesting wine choices.