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Jul 2, 2007 09:00 AM

Sunday Brunch with a Water View - MA, ME, RI


I'm looking to take my sister to a great brunch in a lovely seasdie restaurant for her birthday. I can go as near or far as North or South Shores of Boston, Rhode Island or very southern Maine.

Any ideas of a great place with a water view and maybe a nice area with shops to stroll afterward?


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  1. You could try a few places in RI. Turtle Soup and the Coast Guard House in Narragansett and The Mooring in Newport come to mind. The Back Eddy in Westport, MA has great food and is right on the water, although I'm not sure they do brunch and there are no shops. If you don't mind the water view being a river instead of the sea, the Up River Cafe in Westerly, RI meets all your other criteria. Have fun!

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    1. re: Bivalve88

      The Back Eddy is open from 12 till 10 on Sundays and is a great suggestion, Take the scenic route either before of after brunch around Horseneck Beach and visit the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery and Padanaram Village and it's shops. Alternatively, since everybody so far is mentioning the South Coast or R.I.

      I would also rec The Plum Island Grille. They don't open until 4 on Sundays but after walking around Newburyport and taking the short but scenic drive out to and around Plum Island you'll be more than ready for an extraordinary setting & meal at The Plum Island Grille. Btw, if you really want to go over the top you could get a plane ride on The Island as well :-))

      1. re: Harp00n

        Harpoon, Plum Island Grille is dinner only it appears, no Sunday brunch. The Back Eddy is open at noon, but it appears they also do not serve brunch.

        Westport Rivers is probably the best winery in New England. LOVE it.

        1. re: JaneRI

          Hi JaneRi,
          If you noticed in my post I say that PIG, yes, that's the acronym another Hound, Lilibet, uses, doesn't open until 4. But you're right, I cheated, me bad. It's lunch in the case of Back Eddy and a very early dinner at the PIG, :-))


    2. I HEARTILY concur on the Up River Cafe/Westerly rec!!! Love that place! (do they serve brunch tho? I think they are closed Sundays and if I recall I found that out the hard way).

      The Boathouse in Tiverton has begun serving Sunday brunch - I haven't seen a menu yet and they haven't posted it online ( but you won't find many nicer spots than that for a by-the-sea meal. After that, you could hit the Tiverton 4 Corners area for shopping. Low key, just a handful of really nice shops. A couple of wineries in that area as well.

      1. Hmmm....a GREAT brunch? I think the grand dames of Rhode Island seaside brunches still serve brunch. The Bay Voyage in Jamestown, and The Castle Hill Inn in Newport. You will not find a more spectacular setting than Castle Hill. After eating, take your mimosas down to the lawn, grab a couple of Adirondack chairs and watch the boats go in and out of the mouth of Newport Harbor.

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        1. re: JaneRI

          I completely forgot about the Bay Voyage! We went to a spectacular wedding reception there once (admittedly ten years ago) and it is stunning. The Castle Hill disapponted the last time we stopped in for dessert, but I've heard wonderful things about the brunch. I wish they still had the fireplace lounge for late drinks on a cold winter night!

        2. One last suggestion - check out .....the restaurant at The Chanler, a pricey boutique hotel in Newport. The outdoor "terraza" is gorgeous and the view is nothing short of spectacular. I see breakfast listed, and the terraza menu, but it's worth calling to see if they serve bkfast on the terraza.

          1. Agree with Coast Guard House in Narragansett and Bay Voyage Inn ( in Jamestown. We have enjoyed both over the years.
            Both offer great views and outstanding food.

            Jerry Saywell