From casual eateries serving up classic New England fare to stunning waterfront restaurants boasting award-winning chefs, it's no wonder our beach bodies have yet to make an appearance this season.
Ten brand new eateries on our restaurant roster have our inner foodies rejoicing. From authentic fire-roasted pizza to killer coffee, seafood by the pound and a courtside juice bar - here's all the spots we're indulging in.
12 METER CAFE
Serving breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked bagels with artisan cream cheese, plus boxed lunches, pastry, Nitro Coffee and more located inside Seamen’s Church Institute.
Location: 18 Market Square, Newport
IMBRIGLIO'S PIZZERIA RESTO BAR NAPOLETANA
An authentic Italian eatery serving pizzas in the Neapolitan tradition inspired by owner Richard Sardella’s grandfather, Richardo Imbriglio, who owned a bakery in New Jersey dating back to the 1890s. Open for dinner seven nights a week. Located adjacent to its sister restaurant, Sardella’s.
Location: 32 Memorial Boulevard West, Newport
THE RECLAIMED CAFE
The former Lorusso's located on lower Thames received a face lift and name change, now offering breakfast, lunch, brunch and a full espresso bar.
Location: 580 Thames Street, Newport
THE POWER OF JUICE COURTSIDE
An expansion of The Power of Juice’s Middletown flagship, this new “snackery” and juice bar features indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Enjoy an assortment of healthy “grab and go” plant-based options, like raw juices, nut milks, power pestos and more.
Location: 13 Memorial Blvd., Newport
From the owners of The Nitro Cart in Providence comes this neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot featuring menu items highlighting local farms, house-made items and killer coffee. Savor unique offerings like the lavender tonic, grapefruit mint gimlet, matcha lemonade and more. Plus, savory items like The Vegan, made with local oyster mushrooms, caramelized onion, pickled carrots, garlic vegan mayo layered with local lightly seasoned kale and Olga's whole grain toast.
Pro tip: The lavender latte is a game changer.
Location: 2 Pond Avenue, Newport
Modern dining meets pub-style favorites at this East Bay eatery. Enjoy offerings like grilled brie, thai veggie wraps, Korean BBQ pork wonton nachos, burgers, sandwiches, and more. Plus, a kid-friendly menu.
Location: 444 Thames Street, Bristol
PORTOFINO BAR & GRILLE
This restaurant, bar and lounge featuring a Tuscan style décor with a touch of jazz recently opened on East Main Road in Middletown. Menu items include pizza, entrees including baked stuffed shrimp, shrimp and scallop au gratin, eggplant Parmesan and more.
Location: 425 E Main Road, Middletown
TIN CAN CRAB SHAKE
Casual Cajun and Asian fusion seafood priced by the pound alongside fried favorites. Choose specialty sauces like the Louisiana Jazz or mozambique, then add your temp (medium, hot, damn hot or nuke), and finally add-ons like baby corn, sausage and more.
Location: 472 Thames Street, Newport
This iconic burger joint known for having one of the best burgers in town opened a second location in neighboring Middletown serving up house made burgers, hot dogs, falafel and hand-cut fries.
Location: 58 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown
Filling the space at the corner of Washington Square where Wholesome Fresh once resided, this 60-seat Italian-inspired wine bar and trattoria offers grilled pizza, paninis, small plates and full entrees. Owned and operated by Newport Restaurant Group.
Location: 22 Washington Square, Newport
THE WHARF SOUTHERN KITCHEN & WHISKEY BAR
The reinvented Wharf Pub is fully embracing Southern style food alongside craft beer and cocktails. Don't worry, their beloved selection of eccentric tater tots has stayed put. Think: Fried chicken and waffles, crawfish hushpuppies, Louisiana shrimp and grits, smoked BBQ brisket, seafood jambalaya and more. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch served weekends.
Location: 37 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport
A Newport institution for 30 years, Scales & Shells is now offering brunch on Saturdays and Sundays in 1/2 Shell, the restaurant’s Oyster Room, and outside along its Sidewalk Café. Savor a fresh take on breakfast staples like the Scales Breakfast Sandwich with Havarti, arugula, crispy prosciutto and a fried egg on a brioche bun.
Pro tip: Don't skip their signature Bloody Mary - it's rimmed with Newport Sea Salt's Butcher's Blend and topped with celery foam.
Rail Explorers, the pedal-powered tandem rail bikes that run along abandoned railroad tracks in Portsmouth, is offering Sunday Brunch tours at 9:00 AM on Sundays and a Fireside Friday tour at 7:30 PM each Friday featuring s'mores, apple cider and hot chocolate.
This favorite neighborhood restaurant originally built in 1895 and located on lower Thames has completed its lengthy renovation and is back with a new look and menu to match. Savor eclectic offerings like poached shrimp, escargot, bolognese and more.
Head over to The Vanderbilt's outdoor patio for “Yappy Hour” on Wednesdays this summer beginning at 5:00 PM. Bring your BFF and enjoy a “Gracious Canine Menu” featuring dishes like chicken and rice, salmon and wild rice, steak and grain pilaf and peanut butter and banana frozen yogurt.
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