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Girls weekend in Newport...recs?

I'm planning a girls weekend in Newport for June for about 8 women in our late 20s/30s. I need recommendations on where to have a special dinner out on a Saturday night. A private room would be great - -but so would a nice round table anywhere. Ideal spot would be fun and funky, not-TOO-expensive, but definitely a step up from pub food. Any thoughts? What about a brunch on Sunday? Thanks.

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  1. You might try Cafe Zelda on Thames Street. It's French/American, with a bistro environment that's part bar, part restaurant. It's casual but still a "nice place" for dinner and not as expensive as some other places. A lot of locals go there, but for some reason tourists seem to bypass it. I always say, Follow the locals. For brunch, the Castle Hill Inn has good food and a spectacular location. It might be expensive, but it would be worth it.

    1. Salvation Cafe fits the "fun and funky" bill. They are small, but have back patio as well. Nice wine list, good, eclectic food, not too expensive. The Pad Thai is pretty darn good for a not-exclusively-Thai place. I'm a mid-thirties gal, and we do lots of ladies-night-out kind of things, and I think it would definitely fit the bill.

      1. my sister rents a summer house every year and a a bunch of us [30s] head down several times throughout the season. we really have a great time at the west deck. the food is good [eat inside] and then head outside under the tent for drinks and peopel meeting. it's a lot of fun. www.westdeck.com

        1. i also am a big fan of the Salvation Cafe. The Bay Voyage Inn has a great brunch as well. They are located over the Newport Bridge in Portsmouth (10 min drive). http://www.bayvoyageinn.com/

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          1. re: winochick

            Bay Voyage is an old standby, but it is in Jamestown not Portsmouth. West Deck would be a good choice but be sure to go inside. Outside is just a bar menu.
            www.RIexplorer.com

          2. I hear Asterisk is pretty hip, upscale Bistro style restaurant right on Thames street:

            http://asterisknewport.com/

            1. Salvation would be a good bet, also a new place called Fluke - they are on Bannisters Wharf just across from the Cooke House wich will be a good place to go out after for drinks and dancing (if you are after that stuff) - Zelda's is also good but they don't have a large round table - West Deck (inside) is good but expensive.
              Oh and just had another thought - Pero Salado is a Mexican place with a great outdoor space, great drinks and yummy inexpensive food

              1. Here's a few ideas for the Saturday nite:
                Scales and Shells - they have 2 tables that each sit 8 people. Outstanding grilled fish. Our usual cost for 2 people is about $80 without tip (a couple of drinks, one appetizer and a main dish each). the downside is that it's a little noisy when busy, and you must pay by cash or check. For 8 people, I believe that you can reserve one of the large tables.No view. Food is only fish or shellfish.
                Tucker's Bistro - has at least 2 separate rooms and a very nice atmosphere with excellent food and service. We just paid $130 for dinner for 2 this week with 2 appetizers, a few wines, and 2 entrees. No view.
                Castle Hill Inn - very expensive. Outstanding food and service and the view is incredible. We usually pay about $150 before tip for 2 dinners, an appetizer and a few drinks. A table set up for 8 would have a great view.
                The Moorings - a great view if you get a table near the windows(you can reserve one). Excellent food and service. Cost is usually about $110 total without tip for the same selections as listed above. Nice bar scene for your age group.
                Where are you staying? That may help and also, will you have a car?

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                1. re: Emilyc

                  Thanks to all! Not sure the address of where we're staying yet -- but I think it's right in town. Yes, we'll have cars, but prefer places to be mostly walkable since we'll be drinking lots of wine! (though, there are a few pregnant ones, so we'll have drivers if necessary). Keep the suggestions coming if anyone else has any. I'll let you know what we decide.

                2. I neglected the brunch part of your question. Hands down, no doubt about it..the best brunch, with the best view is Castle Hill Inn...For a weekend in June, you will really need to make reservations way ahead of time. This is prime time for weddings and wedding moons...Castle Hill often has solid weekends booked up in June.

                  1. Sat night if you would like everything with in walking distance you could make a reservation at either 22 bowens or The Mooring the food is wonderful. They are also within walking distance of any night life for after dinner. There is also the Red Parrot more on the Pub food side but offers a fun drink list and a very large menu (something for everyone.) West Deck usually offers Brunch as with Castle Hill & I think Cafe Zelda.

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                    1. re: fruitlady

                      I have been dissapointed by the food at the Red Parrot, but it's a fun atmosphere for some drinks.