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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!

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  1. Hi,
    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
    Fluke
    Clarke Cook House
    Restaurant Bouchard excellent French Cuisine

    1. 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

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

        1. re: Alica

          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

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

      2. 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

          I always loved the Pad Thai at Salvation Cafe.

        2. 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.

          http://perrosalado.com/

          1. 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

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

              1. re: chowmensch

                Two glasses, maybe $26?

            2. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

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

                1. 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. 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.