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Feb 4, 2011 06:09 AM

Ocean House, Watch Hill RI

I am thinking about staying there this Spring but how is the food?

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  1. I planned to eat there this summer, but not only was I unimpressed by the choices, they didn't have outdoor seating (maybe just none available at the time?). A deal breaker for me on a cloudless 80 degree day. We stuck around for an overpriced glass of wine (should have been $12, was $16).

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    1. re: JaneRI

      I have to chime in on how ridiculously expensive their drinks are. Three of us went for drinks only on the patio... two sub-par glasses of wine and one beer = $60. Not even worth it.

    2. What a disappointing review!
      I was really looking forward to giving the place a go this summer.

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      1. re: Td61

        Quite a few million went into the OceanHouse. I have not been there but I have a function to attend in April. The place was set up for the NY crowd. They wanted it to be a mini Newport. It is as I have been told very Expensive. Its like the Chandler House both are nice but pricey. I have been told the food is also expensive but excellently prepared. The Chef de Cuisine was a former student of mine and trained with Thomas Keller at the Laundry in Napa.

        1. re: Frank Terranova

          The lunch menu was weird for a high end summer place....I don't recall much, but I do remember that they only had about 5 choices and one of them was a pulled pork sandwich. huh?

          1. re: JaneRI

            IT was Korobuta Pork. Hence the price.

            1. re: Frank Terranova

              The menu didn't state that. And in case my memory was off, I just went & checked the website. It just says pork. In any case, it was a crappy menu, nothing special.

      2. Some friends went to a wedding there during the summer and raved about the food, so they went back in Sept. for a birthday dinner and said it was awful. So go figure.

        I have breakfast with a friend almost every week and we make the rounds of places in the Westerly/Stonington area. We wanted to try Ocean House, but checked out their prices: $12 for a bowl of oatmeal? $16 for an omelet? C'mon!

        But I will say this about Ocean House: it's absolutely gorgeous and the staff is warm and friendly, whether you're a guest, or just a slob off the street, like me.

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        1. re: Joltingjoey

          We went for dinner one night. I had scallops, there were 4 small scallops on the plate. That was considered an entree. We ended up going to Maria's after for dinner #2. It is pretty there but they do not seem to cater to the average crowd. Chandler's in Newport is expensive also, we like to go there for a drink, but I feel more comfortable there than at The Ocean House.

          Ocean House Restaurant
          425 Old Wharf Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639

          1. re: Alica

            It was set up for the NY and CT crowd. I have not been but it should be interesting anyway. 41 North is like that High prices so how many RI people go there. Thats the price of business.