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Jul 13, 2009 05:25 PM

Newport, RI

I am looking for dinner venues in downtown Newport. Especially ones that have great bar dining. Thank you.

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  1. The Mooring, Brick Alley, 22 Bowens, Clarke Cooke House...there are so many. Any particluar type of food or price? What constitutes "great bar dining" IYO.

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    1. re: milemarker0

      Agreed with the 22 Bowens. Nice atmosphere and good wine. Food was overpriced for what you get. I did however, enjoy the side truffled mac and cheese. My meal though....the scallops was missing something. My husband ordered a yummy delmonaco cooked to perfection, but the steaks are ala carte.
      I'd like to know more about Cooke house or Mooring? Maybe try it later this week?

    2. Second for the of their "garbage" salad, oysters....and if you're into dessert...a great bread pudding!

        1. The Mooring is great.

          I didn't think 22 Bowens was very good, food was OK, but not worth the money.

          If you're looking for "bar food", Aidan's is pretty good.

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          1. re: Spaizy

            Also, maybe try a place in Jamestown - Trattoria Simpatico has a really nice, laid-back outside seating area in the summer / fall. Pretty casual bar area, as well as some tables.

            Tricia's has a nice outdoor section as well, but I was less impressed with their food.

            1. re: Spaizy

              Just a side note, Aidan's is no longer, it's now called Fastnet. Tommy who used to be the bartended at Aidan's now owns Busker's which is downtown and is a great little pub.

              1. re: Spaizy

                I second this. Also you can take the water taxi over from newport, which is kind of neat

                1. re: Spaizy

                  my reply was in regards to Trattoria Simpatico, ended up in the wrong place!

              2. If by "bar dining" you mean to sit and eat at the bar....these are great picks where you will get really good food and be comfortable. Zelda's (Lower Thames), Nory's (Broadway), @ The Deck (formerly West Deck, Lower Thames), and the Mooring (Upper Thames)

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                1. re: CheesyWiner

                  Is The West Deck now The Deck because they changes owners? Is it differents now or just the name?

                  1. re: Alica

                    i haven't been since the name changed, but looking at their site it doesn't seem like much has changed, at least as far as the indoor dining goes