A lot has changed this summer, but our favorite part about the season remains the same: Outdoor indulgences. From al fresco patios to seaside bars and even some sidewalks turned dreamy outdoor sanctuaries, these 35 spots have just what you need to relax and indulge in the summer breeze. Six feet of social distancing included.
When planning to visit a local restaurant, we ask that you please check their website for updates on new hours, regulations and to confirm if reservations are required.
Remember: No matter where you plan to dine, face coverings are required while waiting for your reservation/table; on your way to and from your table and if you leave to use the restrooms. In Newport, face coverings are required in certain areas of the city from noon until 10 PM. Please be kind and wear a mask.
15 Point Road in Portsmouth is known for upscale menu items (think: pesto crusted salmon and cajun pan-seared native swordfish) in a casual setting. Their menu is largely influenced by local offerings and their expanded front and back patio overlooks the Sakonnet River making for a serene experience.
Reservations are required. Call (401) 683-3138 or click here.
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 The Lobster Bar. This waterfront restaurant offers scenic bay views and a menu made for lobster lovers. Lobster rolls? Check. Baked stuffed lobster? Got it. RI lobster bake? Got that too. Not a lobster fan? Not to worry, their menu offers plenty of other delights from the sea.
Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended. Call (401) 619-2890 or click here.
This dockside cafe tucked away in Newport Shipyard (a working shipyard, as you might have guessed from the name) is often referred to as one of Newport's hidden gems, and with good reason. The cafe's outdoor seating is situated next to some of Newport's most impressive boats and yachts, not to mention we've heard people say the pancakes are some of the best they've ever had. We won't deny it. Open March through December.
Reservations required. Call (401) 619-5964.
The charming eatery is located in downtown Bristol overlooking Independence Park and Bristol harbor. Order from their farm-to-table menu boasting sweet and savory treats like Beehive pot pies and gluten free orange ricotta pancakes, then make your way outside to the patio or upstairs to the balcony for scenic bites.
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.
Seating in the dine-in area will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Note there are fewer tables than normal this year to accommodate 8 ft. of separation.
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 (yup!), burrata ravioli and more, all served on their vibrant outdoor patio.
Reservations required. Call (401) 247-0017 or click here.
Named among the most scenic restaurants in the country by OpenTable, Boat House in Tiverton combines all the best things about New England into one fine dining experience: fresh seafood, an ocean breeze and nautical charm. Savor fresh, local seafood along the Sakonnet River.
Reservations encouraged. Call (401) 624-6300 or click here.
This seaside lawn spotted with Adirondack chairs overlooking the bay at Castle Hill Inn is another Newport icon and summer staple. Offering panoramic seaside views, classic New England fare and warm-weather cocktails, you might find it hard to leave.
Reservation required. Call (401) 849-3800. Reserved seating will be offered between 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM on The Lawn for parties of no more than fifteen people. Unfortunately, the Mansion Bar, Terrace Bar, and Adirondack chairs on The Lawn remain closed at this time.
The Cafe at The Chanler is like something out of a dream. Step outside onto the patio adorned in a sunset-inspired palette with sculptural furniture and soft flowing draped fabric panels commissioned from a local sail-maker for an ethereal experience. Not to mention, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and First Beach below. Enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired menu with classic New England fare for lunch and dinner.
Reservations required. Call (401) 847-2244 or click here.
Diego's is known for Mexican dishes with modern flare on Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport. Fresh ingredients meet homemade, to-die-for sauces and bold, vibrant flavors. Their outdoor patio offers an energetic atmosphere, making this casual eatery perfect for soaking up some sunshine.
Pro Tip: Do not skip the blood orange margarita.
Reservations encouraged. Call (401) 619-2640.
This family-owned seafood shack is located on Nanaquaket Pond in quaint Tiverton and has been a fixture of Rhode Island since its inception more th,n 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. Reservations Monday - Thursday only (must be made same day as dining experience). All parties limited to 5 or less guests.
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!
For the health and safety of visitors, Evelyn's has removed their picnic tables, but encourages you to bring your own beach chairs, small tables, blankets and picnic gear for outdoor dining.
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.
Indoor seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Both upstairs seating and raw bar seating is currently open.
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 armchairs. Soak in the sights while sipping on signature cocktails.
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.
A good thing got a lot better last season when Hotel Viking revamped their rooftop bar + kitchen, Top of Newport. Enjoy a full menu and a full bar alongside tables and plush couches. They also offer live entertainment every Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM and daily specials.
Located dockside at the end of Bowen's Wharf, The Landing offers commanding views of Newport Harbor and the Newport Bridge. Savor a variety of seafood, raw bar options and more from their outdoor deck overlooking the water.
Reservations not required but strongly encouraged. Cal (401) 847-4514 or click here.
Midtown Oyster Bar has two outdoor decks, one overlooking bustling Thames Street and the other overlooking Newport Harbor, plus the area's largest working raw bar, and three floors of dining space.
Reservations for strong encouraged. Outdoor tables are request only and not guaranteed. Call (401) 619-4100 or click here.
This classic Newport restaurant offers panoramic views of Narragansett Bay from every seat on their newly renovated outdoor Mahogany deck. Enjoy pristine water views and locally sourced food.
Pro tip: You won't regret ordering the bag of doughnuts as an appetizer: lobster and shrimp fritters with chipotle-maple aioli.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (401) 846-2260 or click here. At this time, The Mooring is unable to make guarantees for whether guests are seated on the outdoor patio versus inside the restaurant prior to arrival. Menus will be single use, or as a green option, all tables will have a QR code that will direct you to a mobile friendly menu you can view right from your phone.
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. 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.
O'Brien's is currently halting reservations and accepting walk-ins only. Dogs are currently not permitted at the outdoor patio.
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 rests beneath a charming pergola adorned in enchanting lights. Perfect for a warm-weather evening of margaritas and authentic Mexican eats.
Reservations required. Call (401) 619-4777 or email email@example.com.
The Reef offers a selection of fresh surf and turf, plus entertainment with outdoor waterfront seating on Newport's Howard's Wharf.
Reservations required. Call (401) 324-5852 or click here. Reservations are for a 90-minute window. For the health and safety of visitors, single-use paper menus will be available alongside QR codes for a digital version. Bottles, water pitchers and condiments will not be available on the table.
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. Following social distancing regulations, seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Please call 401-619-5892 to make a reservation. You will need to wear a mask to be seated.
Portside is like 22 Bowen's little sister restaurant: an open-air, harborside bar serving up cocktails and bites amid the liveliness of Bowen's Wharf.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (401) 841-8884 or click here. At this time, 22 Bowen's is unable to make guarantees for whether guests are seated on the outdoor patio versus inside the restaurant prior to arrival. Menus will be single use, or as a green option, all tables will have a QR code that will direct you to a mobile friendly menu you can view right from your phone.
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. Reservations only.
Reservations required. Call (401) 253-4500 or click here.
Saltwater combines New England charm and cuisine in a lively atmosphere. Enjoy classics like deconstructed New England clam chowder and buckets of waffle fries (not an exaggeration) all with a waterfront view.
Reservations are recommended. Menus will be accessible online using our personalized QR code.
The decor isn't the only thing eclectic about this casual eatery located in Newport's Broadway district. Salvation Cafe's outdoor patio is equipped with a full bar, cozy seating and features unique menu offerings like their beloved pad thai, their signature short rib burger, and cajun jambalaya.
Sardella's Restaurant, recognized as the best Italian restaurant by Rhode Island Monthly and Newport Life Magazine, was founded in 1980 by former Newport Mayor Richard Sardella. Sardella's specializes in Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, and recently made major renovations to their outdoor patio, amplifying the restaurant's outdoor dining scene on Memorial Boulevard.
Reservations required. Call (401) 849-6312. All food and drinks will be served on disposable, takeout containers. Utensils will be served in individual sealed packets and menus will be single-use.
The outdoor deck at Skiff Bar at Newport Marriott overlooks Newport Harbor and offers a menu of craft and local brews, specialty cocktails, and delicious appetizers including flatbread pizzas, signature wings and more. Lounge at one of the outdoor tables or plush seats and savor the sea breeze.
Reservations required. Call (401) 849-7788.
Smoke House is a casual, rustic, open-air eatery boasting backyard barbecue flavors. Enjoy slow-cooked barbecue, brisket and handcrafted cocktails in the heart of downtown.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (401) 849-900. Menus will be single use, or as a green option, all tables will have a QR code that will direct you to a mobile friendly menu you can view right from your phone.
The Vanderbilt's outdoor oasis features cozy sofas set amid meticulously manicured flowers and greenery for an experience both vibrant and relaxing. Savor signature cocktails and boozy popsicles alongside light meals and snacks.
Occupancy will be limited to allow for social distancing.
Grab a glass of champagne or a carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying a scenic sunset over Newport Harbor from atop Newport's Vanderbilt. Located in downtown Newport, you'll have gorgeous views of Newport's bustling neighborhoods and the iconic Newport bridge.
Occupancy will be limited to allow for social distancing.
Farm-to-table fare comprises the menu at this essential lunch spot, where locally-sourced ingredients and farm-focused ingredients are the stars of the show. Think: artisanal cheese, Dad's sticky BBQ wings, roasted local veggies and more; all alongside local wine sourced straight from their onsite vineyard or craft beer.
Reservations only. Click here to book. Please note, there is a 1.5 hour limitation on all reservations, and outdoor tables are no longer guaranteed. Weekday (Monday - Thursday) reservations will be released at the beginning of each month for that month only. Weekend reservations (Friday - Sunday) will be released the Monday leading into that weekend.
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