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NEWPORT, R.I. (Need a Nice Family Place w/Good Food!))

Spending Thanksgiving in Newport, W/husband & 5 kids! (well behaved) we need a wonderful place
to spend our Thanksgiving that doesn't feel like a hotel. (It is our 15 yr. anniv!) Plz. Help!

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    1. 5 Kids? Okay, I would have to say Red Parrot. It's good. It's big. It has a huge menu. It's kid friendly. No idea if it's open for Thanksgiving. I'd also look into Brick Alley Pub. 5 kids means you want room and a large menu. Both places have good food and more importantly are affordable or at least a little more affordable than most places in Newport.

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      Red Parrot
      348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

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      1. re: Nickmerill

        I second Red Parrot, I was pleasantly suprised with their quality of food.

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        Red Parrot
        348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

        1. re: Nickmerill

          Thanks so much, I will give them a call!

        2. Hi, I would suggest The Canfield House...it is kid friendly with old-world charm. It has a great Thanksgiving menu and will make your holiday not feel like you're eating at Applebees. We have been going there for the past 6 years and love it!

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          1. re: onionsteph

            You know I thought I knew Newport but I never thought of the Canfield House. I looked it up at Onionsteph's above prompting and it looked pretty cool. I must have passed it a hundred or more times and never thought about it more than some inn. I'll check it out one of these days.

          2. I think the big question is "who is open for Thanksgiving?" Hopefully you will get enough ideas here and call around and find some places that are open. I am going for recommendations based on atmosphere that will feel holiday-ish and still be comfortable for kids. Canfield House is a good idea although i have only eaten there once. Rhumbline also comes to mind...seems festive. Maybe Atlantic beach club? I have actually never eaten there, but the view would be nice and I could see them doing a big family thanksgiving. Maybe even the Mooring too, they might have a special holiday menu

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            Rhumbline
            62 Bridge St, Newport, RI 02840

            1. Red Parrott and Brick Alley pub are nothing special (you can eat at a place like this anywhere in the US) - not a place I would go on a holiday (esp. on an anniversary). I would suggest: The Moorings, White Horse Tavern or Cooke House. They will be pricier than Red Parrot, but worth it. If you want to go really crazy ($$ and food), call the Spiced Pear or Inn at Castle Hill.

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              Spiced Pear Restaurant
              117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840

              Red Parrot
              348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

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              1. re: jscott

                Yeah, BUT THEY HAVE 5 KIDS! And not being mean but Red Parrot & Brick Alley are above my chain infested, cookie cutter area where I have to drive 20 to 30 minutes for a good meal. I love the Cooke House and The Moorings and they are fantastic choices/recommendations. They are, but I've been out to eat with my 2 kids and my brother's 2 kids (all less than 8 years old) and places like these are not enjoyed by the adults at the table to the level they should be. And the kids want fries/mac&cheese/hotdogs/pizza anyway.

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                Red Parrot
                348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

                1. re: Nickmerill

                  Points well taken, but The Moorings has a good kids' menu, if I recall correctly, and the baked macaroni and cheese appetizer off the regular menu served as a great kids' meal (some time ago, anyway). If the kids truly are well behaved, and in respect of a 15th anniversary, The Moorings might work splendidly, and would not feel at all like a hotel. Plus, if they offer a traditional type Thanksgiving menu (no idea on that point, or if the original poster would so care), then the whole kids' menu issue might be moot.

              2. FYI: The Mooring does have a tradional Thanksgiving Dinner option. And they serve their regular menu too. I've been going for a few years with my family.

                1. OP, is it possible to separate the two dinners? Just my opinion, but fifteenth anniversary dinners and five kids will never be a good match. Maybe do a Thanksgiving dinner with the fam, and the next night have a more upscale, romantic meal with just your spouse, if one of the kids is old enough to watch the others.

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                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                    NOT POSSIBLE, THE OLDEST IS ONLY 10!!!

                    1. re: temilove

                      That makes it tough, then. I don't really have a good suggestion. Happy Anniversary, though.

                  2. the pier restaurant. it is a waterfront restaurant with parking. very family oriented with great food. they will also be doing a thanksgiving dinner. also, 22 bowens and the cook house are nice choices for families. good luck!

                    1. Check out the White Horse Tavern..charming colonial interior ..warm and cozy fantastic service and great food..similiar to the Canfield House...it is part of the Haunted Newport Tour as well..

                      1. I lived in Newport for years and still visit all the time and would highly recommend The Mooring. They are super friendly to kids, have a great wine list and delicious food that is friendly and familiar, not stuffy and pretentious. I took my kids there all the time when they were little and we always had a great meal.

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                        1. re: mvi

                          I concur with this recommendation. I have little ones myself and we always enjoy the Mooring.