Our favorite part about summer? Outdoor indulgences. These al fresco patios, cozy rooftop bars and sprawling seaside lawns are the perfect place to get your foodie on, with a side serving of sunshine. Bon appetit!
15 POINT ROAD
Voted the #1 restaurant in Portsmouth on TripAdvisor, 15 Point Road offers upscale dining in a casual setting with an eclectic menu of traditional offerings influenced by local bounty. From classic New England favorites like clam chowder and lobster bisque to their highly sought Mount Hope Seafood entree brimming with local catches served over a puff pastry, all savored with the Sakonnet River as your back drop.
AQUIDNECK LOBSTER BAR
Located at the end of historic Bowen's Wharf, you'll be hard-pressed to find a seat closer to the harbor than on the deck at Aquidneck Lobster Bar. This waterfront restaurant boasts both beautiful views and a menu made for lobster lovers. Savor flavorsome entrees like lobster rolls, baked stuffed lobster, RI lobster bake and more. Not a lobster fan? Not to worry, their menu offers plenty of other eats from the sea.
A hidden gem situated in the heart of Newport Shipyard, Belle's Cafe's outdoor seating amid some of Newport's most magnificent boats and yachts is nothing short of impressive. Savor breakfast (we recommend the pancakes!) and lunch from March through December.
For a cozy cafe experience look no further than Bristol's Beehive Cafe. The quaint eatery is located in the heart of downtown Bristol, overlooking Independence Park & Bristol Harbor and affords both a charming patio and upstairs balcony for scenic bites. They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving diverse, farm to table offerings made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
THE BLACK PEARL
The Black Pearl's waterside patio is located smack dab in the middle of Newport's historic Bowen's Wharf, serving up scenic harbor views and of course, decadent food.
Pro tip: Don't skip the chowder, it's kind of world famous.
BLOUNT CLAM SHACK
Recently named the best cheap eats in RI by Travel & Leisure, Blount Clam Shack's menu may lack dollar signs, but nothing else. The award winning, waterfront seafood shack opened back in 1943 and has since been serving up seafood favorites with a twist, like clambake chowder crafted with all the best parts of a clambake in a delicious soup; or their giant lobster roll, made with 1/2 pound lobster chunks. Seafood lovers, rejoice. Not to mention, the quaint shack is located right on Warren's scenic waterfront.
BLUEWATER BAR & GRILLE
This family friendly, farm-to-table restaurant in Barrington dishes locally sourced, contemporary meals with a unique twist. Savor decadent entrees like gnocchi mac & cheese (no seriously, gnocchi mac & cheese), Burrata ravioli and more, all served on their vibrant outdoor patio.
Boat House incorporates all of New England’s natural bounty into one fine dining experience: fresh seafood, local produce, and nautical charm. With an award-winning riverside view and unparalleled cuisine, it's practically begging you to sit back and relax.
THE LAWN AT CASTLE HILL INN
Unparalleled ocean views, culinary ingenuity and refreshing libations set on an expansive, plush lawn make Castle Hill Inn a summer staple. Kick your feet up and enjoy the ocean breeze in one of many first come, first serve Adirondack chairs, or relax at an outdoor table seven days a week, Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
THE CAFE AT THE CHANLER
This dreamy outdoor patio at The Chanler overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and offers a robust menu of Mediterranean-inspired classic New England fare for lunch and dinner. Not to mention, a sunset-inspired palette, sculptural furniture, and soft flowing draped fabric panels commissioned from a local sail-maker set the stage for an ethereal experience. The cafe reopens Memorial Day.
Diego's specializes in Mexican dishes with a modern flare in the heart of downtown Newport. Fresh ingredients meet homemade, to-die-for sauces and bold, vibrant flavors. Their outdoor patio set in the energetic atmosphere of Newport's downtown makes this casual eatery perfect for soaking up some sunshine. Not to mention, their margaritas are arguably the best around. We'll cheers to that.
EVELYN'S DRIVE IN
This family owned seafood shack is situated on serene Nanaquaket Pond in quaint Tiverton and has been a fixture of Rhode Island since its inception more than 40 years ago. Aside from scenic views, you'll find all your seafood favorites, like fried clams and traditional RI clam chowder, plus a few items with a twist, like lobster chow mein.
Pro tip: Keep an eye out for Evelyn’s BIOBUG, a diesel VW Bug powered by clam cakes and their partnership with Newport Biodiesel. Newport Biodiesel picks up the used fry oil produced by Evelyn's fried offerings, processes it, and then fills the BIOBUG with biodiesel. In 2010, Evelyn’s recycled 27,000 lbs of fry oil!
FLO'S CLAM SHACK
Featured on Food Network's Best of Rhode Island and touting more than 40 years of experience, Flo's Clam Shack is renowned for life-changing seafood served in a casual, oceanfront setting.
Pro tip: Food Network's Chris Cosentino named the fried clam roll the best thing he's ever eaten. Don't skip it.
THE PAVILION AT FORTY 1 NORTH
Located right on Newport Harbor, the Pavilion at Forty 1 North is a modern outdoor bar overlooking the iconic Newport Bridge and offering a scenic spot to savor classic fare or lounge on area sofas and arm chairs. Soak in the sights while sipping on signature cocktails.
ONE BELLEVUE AT HOTEL VIKING
Modern culinary treasures from the land and sea meet flavor and freshness at One Bellevue at Hotel Viking. Their outdoor patio situated directly on world-famous Bellevue Avenue seats 50 and offers enchanting views of some of Newport's favorite historic sights.
TOP OF NEWPORT AT HOTEL VIKING
Hotel Viking's al fresco rooftop kitchen and bar serves a full menu offering local and traditional cuisine, plus a full bar. Dine at tables, lounge on couches or sit along the newly expanded bar.
Nestled on lower Thames in the heart of downtown, Jade Cricket serves traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi. Their outdoor patio is equipped with cozy heaters and accented with charming lanterns for a casual, comfortable al fresco dining experience.
This award-winning restaurant in Jamestown features fresh seafood and European-inspired cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Matthew McCartney, named Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef in 2015. The restaurant's pizza bar and patio offers a casual atmosphere to soak up the sun or relax in the shade. Al fresco pizza? Sign us up.
Located dockside at the end of bustling Bowen's Wharf, The Landing offers commanding views of Newport Harbor and Newport Bridge. Savor a variety of seafood, raw bar and more from their outdoor deck overlooking the water.
MARINA CAFE & PUB
Marina Cafe & Pub is owned and operated by former mayor of Newport, Richard Sardella. The pub offers selections of raw bar, soups and salads and sandwiches and various entrees including seafood and pasta from its location on Goat Island.
MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR
Midtown Oyster Bar has two outdoor decks, one overlooking bustling Thames Street and the other overlooking Newport Harbor, plus the areas largest working raw bar, and three floors of dining space.
Enjoy panoramic views of Narragansett Bay from every seat in The Mooring's outdoor Mahogany deck with pristine water views and locally sourced food.
Pro tip: Lobster roll croissant. Enough said.
Arguably the best pizza in town, Nikolas Pizza offers handcrafted pizza, homemade lasagna, spinach pies, meatballs, ribs and more from their location on Memorial Boulevard. Savor it all from their outdoor patio while soaking up some sun.
O'Brien's outdoor garden patio is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Since its opening in 1979, the patio has grown to seat over 175 people and is the perfect place to meet for cocktails, lunch or dinner.
Bonus: It's dog friendly.
This eclectic restaurant is set in a historic, 18th-century Naval officer’s home turned casual and boisterous gathering space. Perro Salado serves fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine, and their outdoor back patio is set beneath a charming pergola adorned in enchanting lights. Perfect for a warm-weather evening of margaritas and authentic Mexican eats.
THE PIER RESTAURANT
The Pier offers a selection of fresh surf and turf, plus entertainment with outdoor waterfront seating on Newport's Howards Wharf.
THE PORT SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR
Casual dining meets waterfront views of Newport Harbor at The Port where you'll enjoy New England favorites like lobster rolls and clam rolls, plus American classics like burgers and BLTs.
Pro tip: Visit Thursday - Sunday for live music on the patio.
PORTSIDE AT 22 BOWEN'S
This open-air, harborside bar located next to 22 Bowen's serves tasty cocktails and culinary treats in an intimate atmosphere.
Founded in 1954, Quito’s started as a local fish market. Today, it operates as one of Bristol's most beloved eateries for cozy dining and delicious seafood. Their patio offers beautiful sunset views of Bristol Harbor for a dining experience both scenic and savory.
SALTWATER AT NEWPORT HARBOR
Saltwater combines New England charm and cuisine in a lively atmosphere. Enjoy classics like deconstructed New England clam chowder and lobster boil to buckets of waffle fries (actual buckets, yes) all with a waterfront view.
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SALVATION CAFE RESTAURANT
The decor isn't the only thing eclectic about this casual eatery located in Newport's Broadway area. Salvation Cafe's outdoor patio is equipped with a full bar, cozy seating and features unique menu offerings.
SARDELLA'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Sardella's Restaurant, recognized as the best Italian restaurant by Rhode Island Monthly and Newport Life Magazine and voted best outdoor dining in 2014, was founded in 1980 by former Newport Mayor Richard Sardella. Located on Memorial Boulevard, Sardella's specializes in Northern and Southern Italian cuisine.
Simpatico Jamestown features six outdoor dining spaces, making it the epitome of al fresco dining. Think: rustic chic restaurant meets ethereal tree house. Savor an eclectic menu on the North Deck in the open air with a water view; in the Green Room surrounded by a myriad of plants and greenery; under the pergola adorned in charming lights; on the patio accompanied by outdoor bar and two communal tables; or in the terrace featuring a raw bar and quiet, cozy dining space.
SKIFF BAR AT NEWPORT MARRIOTT
Skiff Bar at Newport Marriott boasts an outdoor deck overlooking Newport Harbor with craft and local brews, specialty cocktails, and delicious appetizers including flatbread pizzas, signature wings and more. Lounge at one of the tables or comfy seats and savor the sea breeze.
Smokehouse is a laid back, open-air eatery offering slow-cooked barbecue, brisket and handcrafted cocktails in downtown Newport.
Trafford is located on the site of the former Sears Coal Mill in Warren’s historical district overlooking the waterfront. Their menu offerings include a variety of selections from the land and sea.
GARDEN TERRACE AT GRACE VANDERBILT
Grace Vanderbilt's outdoor oasis features cozy outdoor sofas set amidst meticulously manicured flowers and greenery for an experience both vibrant and relaxing. Savor exquisite cocktails, light meals and snacks from the Conservatory menu while you're there.
ROOFTOP AT VANDERBILT GRACE
Savor a glass of champagne or a carefully crafted specialty cocktail while enjoying a scenic sunset over Newport Harbor from atop Newport's Grace Vanderbilt. Situated in the heart of downtown, you'll have gorgeous views of Newport's bustling neighborhoods and the iconic Newport bridge.
Savor artisanal cheese and lunch fare while enjoying a glass of wine or craft beer among the rolling vines at Newport Vineyards. Locally-sourced ingredients and a farm-focused menu make this cafe the quintessential lunch spot for casual al fresco dining with a view.
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