Oh, brunch. Not quite breakfast, but not quite lunch. It's our favorite place to be on a slow, Sunday morning—preferably with the perfect Bloody Mary in hand. Whether your heart swings closer to a sweet breakfast or you always find yourself with a hankering for a savory lunch item, these brunch spots have just what you need—even if what you need is a 15-egg omelet with eight types of meat and five types of cheeses
Sunday funday (and Saturday, too) starts right here.
1 The Reef
The Reef is your spot for a piece of tropical paradise without leaving New England. Set on the harbor overlooking an impressive collection of boats, their outdoor patios are outfitted with palm trees, lounge seating, a collection of fire pits and three bars. The menu here is all about celebrating international flavor, inspired by the travels of sailors to ports around the world. Think: Baileys French toast, breakfast burger, and avocado toast, need we say more?
Brunch Hours: Opens, 11:00 AM
2 CRU CAFÉ
Tucked away right off historic Bellevue Avenue is this casual, trendy cafe where ingredients are sourced locally and the menu rotates seasonally. For brunch, you can always count on eclectic offerings like Charleston chicken & biscuits or Irish smoked salmon with fried egg and corned beef hash. Round up your cru (see what we did there?), and head over for a BYOB brunch—just bring the booze, they supply the juice.
Brunch Hours: Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
3 THE HUNGRY MONKEY
There's a reason they put hungry in the moniker of this cozy joint located on Broadway, and it has everything to do with their robust menu. If you find yourself ravenous after a night out and you're up for a challenge, they have just the thing: A 15-egg omelette loaded with eight types of meat including sausage, ham, and turkey, plus five types of cheese, topped with chili all accompanied by home fries and toast. You have one hour to complete the King Kong Challenge and reap the rewards of a free t-shirt and your photo on the Wall of Fame. Otherwise, you pay for it ($29.95).
If you're not feeling too indulgent, their average-sized options are just as impressive. Think: stuffed French toast, Portuguese eggs benedict and chili cheese dogs if you're in that kind of mood.
Brunch Hours: 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4 CORNER CAFÉ
If you've passed Corner Cafe on any given weekend morning, chances are you've witnessed the eager crowds outside their door. This cozy, intimate cafe often comes with a wait, but you better believe their extensive menu loaded with crave-worthy offerings is worth every second. From the pesto and fresh mozzarella omelette (The Jimmy Pesto Especial, for future reference) to sweet bread French toast with maple pecan butter—this is the spot where your brunch dreams come true.
Brunch Hours: Opens 7:30 AM
5 THE DINING ROOM AT THE VANDERBILT
Start your slow Sunday morning in the sun-dappled Conservatory at The Vanderbilt overlooking the resort's lush gardens. Choose from lighter offerings like the Yacht Club caesar, mushroom and leek omelette, and the Greek yogurt parfait, or indulge with elevated creations like the raclette cheesy potato soup and Vandy cheeseburger.
6 CALEB & BROAD
Take everything you think about a Newport dining scene and flip it on its head and that's what you get when you step into Caleb & Broad. Eccentric paintings line the walls at this pop-art and graffiti themed eatery on Broadway where the menu items are just as eccentric. Think: cereal French toast and pulled pork benny alongside tried-and-true favorites like avocado toast, breakfast burrito and the brunch burger.
Brunch Hours: Saturday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7 CLARKE COOKE HOUSE
On the other hand, take everything you think about a Newport dining scene and it's probably a mirror image of Clarke Cooke House. This Newport staple dressed in America's Cup prints and sailing memorabilia on Bannister's Wharf overlooks the Newport Harbor and offers up a prix-fixe Sunday brunch for $23.50 that includes chocolate mousse for dessert and a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary. Choose from entree offerings like steak and eggs, R.I. johnnycakes, or New Orleans poached eggs served with cajun spiced crab cakes. (a la carte also available)
Brunch Hours: Sunday: Opens at 11:30 AM
8 THE BLACK PEARL
The Black Pearl is pretty much a Newport icon. Their waterside patio is located smack dab in the middle of Newport's historic Bannister's Wharf and recently received a revamp, now outfitted with chic bistro seating and retractable pergola for enhanced shade. Savor harbor views and a new Brunch menu including Stuffed French Toast, classic Eggs Benedict, drink specials and more.
Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10:00 AM.
9 MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR
A Newport classic, Midtown Oyster Bar is the area's largest working raw bar with two bars, two decks, a marble raw bar and oyster stout on draft. The atmosphere here is Colonial casual: high-ceilings, dim lighting and massive slabs of wood fixed above community tables. The restaurant spans three floors, each with its own vibe and collection of nautical trinkets adorning the walls. The second and third floor are where you'll catch the restaurant's al fresco dining.
Sunday Brunch here includes sweet and savory options like steak and eggs or French toast with strawberry butter.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Brunch at Diego's is a spiritual experience. This is the place where the food has just as much character as the atmosphere, laden with string lights, Day of the Dead skulls, and a Buddha or two strewn about. As for the menu, think: perfectly-crafted, California-style Mexican dishes with a twist. For a change of pace, opt for the Tinga Chilaquiles, crispy tortillas tossed with house Rioja sauce and chicken tinga then topped with sunny eggs, avocado, Cotija cheese and Mexican crema.
For a deal, opt for an item off the $7 menu (may we recommend the Breakfast Torta with a side of chipotle aioli) when you purchase an alcoholic beverage.
Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11 TAVERN ON BROADWAY
If you're into bloody marys, Tavern on Broadway is your spot. Their Sebastian Bloody is topped with bacon, shrimp, a lobster claw and olives, and it might just change your life. Located on Broadway in a 200-year-old colonial building, their brunch menu has just about everything you've ever craved for brunch, including an assortment of bennys, burritos, pancakes and French toast. Leaning more towards lunch? Opt for the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wrap or the Classic Tavern Burger.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
12 STONEACRE BRASSERIE
French influence meets American industrialism at Stoneacre Brasserie in Washington Square where a small, ever-changing menu boasts intense flavor and centers around local farmers, butchers and fishermen. The menu here is filled with your favorite brunch staples including chicken and waffles, classic lobster Benedict, corned beef hash, and biscuits served however you like. Arriving with an appetite? Opt for one of the indulgent sandwich options like the croquettes madame, crispy glazed cauliflower or the lobster roll.
Brunch Hours: Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
13 STONEACRE GARDEN
From the owners of Stoneacre Brasserie in Newport's Washington Square comes the new Stoneacre Garden located in Swineburne Row (the old Barking Crab if you remember the days). The design is inspired by the gardens and grounds of the Stoneacre Estate, with a cheerful yellow and red awning reminiscent of a circus tent from days gone by. Your whimsical al fresco experience comes adorned in lush greenery hung from the outdoor awning.
Brunch Hours: Saturday - Monday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
14 THE GRILL AT FORTY 1 NORTH
Two words: Caviar Omelet. Need we say more? It's served with smoked salmon, potato pancakes and crème fraîche. If that doesn't do it for you, perhaps the lemon-ricotta pancakes or the house-made sausage omelet will do the trick.
Brunch Hours: Sunday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
15 CASTLE HILL INN
If there's a lovelier place to grab brunch in Newport we have yet to discover it. Make your way down scenic Ocean Drive where you'll find Castle Hill peacefully tucked away. Their upscale, elegant dining room offers 180 degree views of the bay and overlooks a 42-foot high flagpole built to replicate the mast and rigging used on the 1905 Herreshoff NY-30 class sailing yachts. In sum, you feel like you're dining on an exclusive ship. After you take in the scenery, opt for indulgent brunch offerings like lobster hash, the brisket short rib burger or French toast topped with espresso-whipped mascarpone and chocolate-maple sauce.
Hours: Sunday, 11:30 AM
16 La Forge Casino Restaurant
Formerly known as The Newport Casino, the building occupying La Forge Casino Restaurant was originally constructed in 1880 as a result of a bet between James Gordan Bennet JR., owner of the New York Herald, & his guest, British Cavalry Officer, Captain “Sugar” Candy. Today, it maintains shops, galleries and restaurants, including La Forge Casino Restaurant, which neighbors the International Tennis Hall of Fame and during the warner months, offers outdoor seating overlooking the establishment's historic grass courts where legends have played.
Enjoy Sunday brunch specials range from a classic eggs Benedict to the Newporter Bloody Mary, complete with a lobster claw, shrimp, littleneck and oyster. Talk about brunch in a glass.
Brunch Hours: Sunday, Opens 11:00 AM
17 Surf Club
Make your way to Perry Mill Wharf and head downstairs to Surf Club, a casual spot with a rustic open kitchen, warm wood tones and a brunch menu worthy of getting out of bed for. The menu includes bubbly beverages and daytime elixirs, and features some unique spins on classic brunch dishes; such as their lobster benny, a breakfast pizza, eggs in a basket and chicken & waffles.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
1 Blue Anchor Grill
From the owner of neighboring Tremblay's Bar & Grill comes this casual eatery in Portsmouth's Island Park. The brunch menu at Blue Anchor Grill is available on Sundays and all items are available in-house or to-go. The menu offers a little bit of everything, including beignets, French toast, flatbreads and many egg options from omelettes to scrambled. Oh, and the most important part of brunch, the drinks. Choose from a selection of mimosa's and Bloody Mary's, or opt for the mimosa flight for the true brunch experience.
When the weather is warm, head outside to the restaurant's beer garden outfitted with umbrellas, picnic tables and a canopy of string lights.
Brunch Hours: Sunday's
1 Le Central
White linens and a French-inspired menu comprise your dining experience at Le Central, where local produce and fresh ingredients remain at the forefront of their menu. Start things off with a French staple of duck liver mousse served with a seasonal fruit compote. Crepes, omelettes, and savory entrees are also available from their brunch menu, find the full menu here.
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2 Portside Tavern
Modern dining meets pub-style favorites at Portside Tavern in Bristol. Their weekend brunch menu includes a selection of Portside Benny's, omelettes, waffles and traditional brunch specials; like biscuits & gravy, steak & eggs, and avocado toast. Bottomless mimosas and sangrias are also available from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Brunch Hours: Saturday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1 Hunky Dory
This cozy eatery started as a love project by owners Sam and Joanna, two former Eli's Kitchen employees, who have a passion for fun, approachable food. Chef Sam, an east coast transplant, celebrates local, house-made ingredients with a slight low country influence. Their menu changes daily, but you will find snacks and starters like pimento cheese or hot honey drop biscuits, and for brunch, a grilled ham and red-eye benny or baked apple and granola french toast.Open for dine in, take out and delivery.
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2 Waterdog Kitchen + Bar
Waterdog Kitchen & Bar is a new Warren restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere and a robust menu. The restaurant, situated on Water Street, offers a variety of brunch offerings from dirty poutine to hot fried chicken & toast. Their patio offers umbrella topped tables and benches for al fresco eating.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sundays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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