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jmar13 Jun 7, 2012 08:00 PM

Hi Chowhounds! My fiance and I are spending the weekend in Newport, RI and would love some restaurant recommendations. We love just about all types of food (maybe not seafood this time around since we split a "treasure chest" a few hours ago, which consisted of about 5 pounds of various fried seafood items) but are on grad student budgets. We're willing to splurge a little, but nothing too crazy. Thanks for the help!

  1. CindyJ Nov 16, 2012 06:19 AM

    We spent the day in Newport on Monday, and were delighted with the dining choices we made, thanks to the recommendations in this thread. We had lunch -- OUTDOORS -- at the Black Pearl, and dinner at the Clarke Cooke House. Both were excellent! The only problem was too many great restaurants... too little time! Thanks to all who posted recommendations.

    1. f
      foodwhisperer Sep 14, 2012 09:42 PM

      Scales and Shells is my favorite restaurant in Newport. The food delicious, the atmosphere casual. An amazing place. If you want a little fancier, their place upstairs called Upscales is good.

      1. k
        karynsig Sep 11, 2012 09:00 AM

        You never followed up and I'm curious - where did you end up going? How was it?

        1. j
          jmar13 Jun 10, 2012 10:45 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

          1. CapeCodGuy Jun 8, 2012 10:10 AM

            Although it's a lovely setting, you'll want to avoid Castle Hill if you are on a budget. And also if you are avoiding seafood. We had lunch there recently and their tenderloin sandwich was positively awful with small bits of overcooked grisled meat in a huge chewy bun. My pan seared fluke was lovely on the other hand. Two lunches with apps and wine was $120 plus tip.

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            1. re: CapeCodGuy
              chowmensch Jun 8, 2012 03:45 PM

              Just curious, CCG, how much of the $120 was the wine?

              1. re: chowmensch
                CapeCodGuy Jun 8, 2012 06:46 PM

                Two glasses, maybe $26?

            2. d
              drewinmrblhd Jun 8, 2012 10:06 AM

              I would also say Perro Salado is a fantastic establishment and one of the best meals in Newport. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the stroll.


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                LAC06488 Jun 8, 2012 09:47 AM

                The recommmendations are good but may not fit a grad school budget (except for Perro Salado), at least as I remember grad school. Zelda's and Sala's are budget options as is Salvation Cafe. Flo's Clam Shack is good. YOu could go to the Black Pearl and have clam chowder and appetizers.

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                1. re: LAC06488
                  Alica Jun 10, 2012 07:21 AM

                  I always loved the Pad Thai at Salvation Cafe.

                2. e
                  ebell10 Jun 8, 2012 05:29 AM

                  Tallulah on thames
                  Perro Salado for Mexican
                  Tucker's bistro on Broadway
                  If you really want romantic, you have to do the inn at castle hill.

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                  1. re: ebell10
                    Alica Jun 8, 2012 06:12 AM

                    Is Tucker's still open? I heard it closed.

                    1. re: Alica
                      ebell10 Jun 8, 2012 06:29 AM

                      Oh no! I've been away for most of the year I had no idea. We loved that place. Is Spark still open? I've been a few times and its pretty good. At least the appetizers are. Have had quite a few duds in the main course round. But its BYOB which is nice.

                      1. re: ebell10
                        Alica Jun 10, 2012 07:21 AM

                        I am not sure about Spark. A new BYOB opened on Thames Street, Thames Street Kitchen which is very good! We love BYOB also.

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                    Frank Terranova Jun 8, 2012 02:08 AM

                    you can check these places on line.
                    For romantic The Inn at Castle Hill ( a bit expensive but worth the trip)
                    TSK on Thames St you need reservations
                    Clarke Cook House
                    Restaurant Bouchard excellent French Cuisine

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