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Aug 12, 2012 12:57 PM

Best restaurants in Newport, Rhode Island


My GF and I are spending a couple of nights in Newport and were looking for some suggestions on restaurants. We're gourmands who live to eat and enjoy dining at the best places in NY every few weeks. We enjoy a nice setting and service, but food quality comes first. My endless research helped me narrow down my choices for dinner to the following four, of which I want to choose 2, in no order:

Muse @ the Vanderbilt
Fluke Wine Bar
Castle Hill Inn
Tallulah on Thames

A fifth option would be TSK

Also, if anyone has some lunch and breakfast suggestions, that would help too, more casual like sandwiches or lobster rolls.

Any assistance is much appreciated.

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  1. You'll do better posting this on the Southern NE board. That said, I love TSK and Perro Salado. Tallulah is okay, and I can't speak to the others.

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    1. For your lunch search, if the Black Pearl still exists, it has been there forever and always consistent. For dinner- did The Spiced Pear come up at all? Also you might get some good recs by asking the maitre ds at the restnts you're booking.If they are older and/or the owner (and not young summer staff) they can often be really helpful.

      1. Black pearl was always a place on my Newport to do list. Castle Hill is also a must visit but you should get input from the locals on if you should eat there. The view alone is something everyone should experience.
        I used to rush to Katrina's bakery at the beginning of Bellevue near the stop and shop. Check to see if it's still there.

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        1. re: libertywharf

          I used to go to Katrinas all the time when I was in that area then one day there was a security guard in the stop & shop plaza that wouldn't allow us to park there. The Katrina parking lot only has about 4 spaces and right next to it is this huge parking lot of the rest of the plaza with Stop & Shop being the main attraction. The guard was not allowing anyone to park there. No idea if there's still a guard, but I never went back because it was fairly annoying trying to argue over the fact you're running into a bakery for cookies and coffee and will be gone in 3 minutes. I do realize people try to park there and go to restaurants and the beach so there's a problem but come on...

        2. I have had excellent meals at Muse, Fluke and Tallulah. The Mooring is also solid, though maybe not as creative.
          If you time it right, the roof deck at Muse offers a great sunset view. They'll let you take drinks from the bar up to the roof. The dining room is the only real formal dining room of your list.
          Castle Hill is good for the view. Pick brunch or afternoon cocktails.
          Never been to TSK.
          41 North is fun in the evenings, though it can get crowded. It is a nice place to go for late afternoon glass of wine and a snack.
          Agree with others that Black Pearl is a fun place for lunch. You will likely have to wait for a table if you hit it at peak lunchtime.

          1. I second Perro Salado, our favorite place in Newport. We were there for a week last summer and found it to have some of the best food in town.