Best/Most fun restaurants in Newport?
2 friends and I are coming to Newport 8/3-8/5. We want to eat out Friday and Sat night- what restaurants would you recommend.
Nothing too fancy, just fun atmosphere.
Thanks! We are staying at the Mill Street Inn- so walking distance from that would be ideal.
I would recommend Asterisk on Thames Street. Great food/drinks and a very fun atmosphere. It may help to make a reservation in advance because it can get a bit crowded.
Scales and Shells (also on Thames) is also great if you're looking for a fun, low-key seafood restaurant. They don't take reservations, but the food is worth the wait!
Gosh, too bad Cheeky Monkey closed in Newport. That was such a fun place. I'd suggest starting one evening with drinks at the West Deck - it's down on Thames Street, isn't too much of a walk from the Inn, and there's great window shopping along the way. We didn't have a very good meal there, but the Dark and Stormys were made just right, and it's right on the water. Can't beat JaneRI's suggestions! Every place on Bannister's Wharf can get darned crowded on the weekends, though. The West Deck was a little more laid back. Depends on what you're looking for, I guess.
As for meals, we love Puerini's on Memorial Blvd.(incredible Italian) and Cafe Zelda on Thames. They're not my favorites, but the Brick Alley Pub and the Red Parrot can be fun. If you want to go uber-casual, Salas' is about as casual as you can get and their portuguese clam and chourico dish is to die for.
The Clarke Cooke House has tons of atmosphere and is always hopping. The food is good, not innovative or spectacular. I was there last wkend and had a nice chicken dinner. The building and the setting is the draw. The ground floor bar is one of the "happening" bars in town. See the hostess early to put in a request for one of the window seats on the 2nd floor....the way the bldg is laid out, you're only up about half a floor and the windows are open to a pedestrian walkway....you're right in the middle of the action. Have a drink at the porch bar while waiting for your table. Sneak a peak at the fine dining room on the top floor - it's stunning and so different (do that early or the maitre' d may not let you upstairs.
Lower in price and still right in the thick of things is the outdoor patio at the Black Pearl.....small simple patio menu....burgers, chowder, grilled chicken sandwiches.