ok. To get good grub...
Broadway on the NW side of Newport is always a good bet to find great eats.
Spark is a killer place for creative food. For casual trendy, there's POP kitchen+cocktails. Excellent liquor list and even though it's a club-type place, there's plenty of places to be intimate. 180 degrees is next to Spark and has a great liquor selction as well as a casual atmosphere and still great food. For cool international, there's La Balandra. Not a pretentious place, just a place to go and get
check the food places on Broadway... www.heartofnewport.com/dine.php
If you're going really posh, there's Bouchard. Classic French, true to the dining style. Not trendy, definitely a place to go for the dining experience. It's down on the waterfront, Thames St.