If you're an oyster lover (assumedly so since you're here), then you know few things can top a freshly shucked, perfectly chilled oyster. Luckily, you won't be hard-pressed to find a whole lot of that around here. Being an island, local seafood is kind of our thing. These 28 spots are the best way to shuck and slurp your way through fresh from-the-ocean oysters.
22 BOWEN'S WINE BAR & GRILLE
A classic harbor-side restaurant with al fresco seating, indulgent food and sophisticated charm, 22 Bowen's is situated right amid the liveliness of Bowen's Wharf. During the warmer months, dine at Portside, the restaurant's open-air, harborside bar serving up cocktails and bites.
ANTHONY'S SEAFOOD MARKET + RESTAURANT
Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, and home to one of the best lobster rolls in New England according to Yankee Magazine, this casual restaurant and market serves up, as you may have guessed, a heavy selection of fresh local seafood. The market showcases more than 28 feet of high-quality local seafood, and the restaurant menu offers staples like chowders, stuffies (stuffed quahogs, for those not from around here), clams casino and more. The vibe here is casual - order at the register when you walk in and take your pick of seating at a booth or table.
BENJAMIN'S RAW BAR
This neighborhood restaurant offers three floors of dining: a raw bar on the first floor with casual vibes, classic nautical dining on the second floor, and an open-air bar and dining room known as the "Crow's Nest" on the third floor. Make your way to the raw bar for your choice of oysters, with $1 oysters served daily from 12:00 - 2:00 PM and all day on Tuesdays.
THE BLACK PEARL
The Black Pearl is kind of a Newport icon. It opened in the 1920s and still maintains its dark interior and creaking floorboards. Aside from world famous, award-winning clam chowder, you can order native oysters on the half shell in their Commodore Room, tavern and outdoor patio overlooking the harbor.
Voted among the 100 best al fresco restaurants in America by OpenTable, Boat House in Tiverton resides on a bluff over the foot of the Mount Hope Bridge offering seriously relaxing views of the bay. In the warmer months, head to the outside patio to savor their selection of local oysters.
BRISTOL OYSTER BAR
Bristol Oyster Bar is nestled in downtown Bristol in an 1857 brick building that has previously served as a Customs House, Post Office and YMCA. Its inviting atmosphere (think massive windows and an open kitchen) and charming outdoor patio are the perfect scene for the classic New England fare that fills their menu. Savor $1 oysters served Monday - Wednesday.
This eclectic restaurant on State Street in Warren serves up an ever-changing seasonal menu of strong, local flavors often described as contemporary American with a dash of Southern charm. $1 oysters are served Monday nights from 5:00 PM - close.
BAR AND BOARD BISTRO
From the owner of Alex and Ani and Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard comes Bar and Board Bistro, an upscale, chic restaurant located in a former bank and known for New England cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Make your way past the historic vault (we told you, it's an old bank) to the back of the first floor to find yourself at the raw bar. When you've had your fill of oysters, head upstairs to the Leopard Lounge boasting Bellevue Avenue inspired decor and Newport-themed cocktails.
THE DINING ROOM AT CASTLE HILL INN
Pretend like you're escaping to a remote island when you make your way over to Castle Hill Inn. 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.
Pro tip: In the warmer months, head outside to The Lawn - a Newport icon. Spotted with Adirondack chairs overlooking the bay, you can order raw bar offerings, charcuterie and small bites.
CLARKE COOKE HOUSE
Few things scream Newport quite like oysters on the half shell at Clarke Cooke House. This Newport staple adorned in America's Cup prints and sailing memorabilia on Bannister's Wharf overlooks the Newport Harbor and evokes classic nautical vibes. When you've had your fill of oysters, make your way upstairs to the sky bar for unparalleled views and dancing in the evening.
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 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.
Note: Evelyn's is open seasonally.
WHITE HORSE TAVERN
White Horse Tavern opened in 1673 and to this day maintains its distinctly Colonial clapboard walls and gambrel roof. For more than 100 years, the building served as the meeting place of the colony's General Assembly, Criminal Court, and City Council. Today, you'll find a seasonal menu of classics with a modern twist, all alongside cavernous fireplaces and some tales of haunted history. Their raw bar offerings include local New England oysters served by the half dozen or by the dozen.
FLO'S CLAM SHACK
Featured on Food Network's Best of Rhode Island and touting more than 80 years of experience, Flo's Clam Shack is renowned for life-changing seafood served in a casual, oceanfront setting. Their fresh raw bar has pretty much everything you could ever hope for from a raw bar. Order oysters to your hearts content and take them upstairs to slurp overlooking the beach. P.s. Say hi to Bruce on the way in, he's a legend.
Note: Flo's is open seasonally.
This is the place to go if you want elevated local seafood in a refined yet casual setting. The menu is always changing but it never disappoints.
THE GRILL + PAVILION AT FORTY 1 NORTH
Enjoy a moment of respite from the bustling downtown wharves at The Grill at Forty 1 North. This elegant restaurant located inside an award-winning hotel offers upscale dining and an intimate experience.
In the warmer months, head outside to The Pavilion, a modern outdoor bar situated on Newport Harbor overlooking the iconic Newport Bridge with area sofas and armchairs.
A lively atmosphere, panoramic harbor views and locally sourced cuisine compliment your experience at this Newport staple. Choose from a lengthy selection of oysters from their raw bar. Pro tip: In the warmer months, head outdoors to their mahogany deck with pristine water views.
MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR
Midtown Oyster Bar is the area's largest working raw bar with three floors of dining space and two outdoor decks: one overlooking bustling Thames Street and the other overlooking Newport Harbor. Make your way to the chef's corner tucked away in the back on the first floor: a white marble counter where you'll find local catch on display and some of the state's best oysters getting shucked.
Go for the oysters, stay for the views. Located dockside at the end of Bowen's Wharf, The Landing dishes out commanding views of Newport Harbor and plenty of fresh seafood and raw bar options.
A family-owned restaurant in Bristol known for seafood and stunning water views (we're sensing a theme here). Quito's started as a fish market in 1954 and has since grown into a cozy harborfront restaurant with the same mission since it began: locally sourced seafood that's simple but modern (not to mention pasta, tacos, sandwiches and some pretty hefty seafood platters).
SCALES AND SHELLS
With a name like Scales and Shells, expectations for the best seafood around are high - and they're always met. This fairly casual restaurant has an open kitchen concept and a menu filled with robust, top of the catch offerings.
Head next door (by that we mean, walk through the front door and hang a left) to find yourself at 1/2 Shell, the restaurant's oyster room and bar. High tops and plenty of bar seating make this the perfect place to slurp back some fresh oysters.
If you're looking for a casual spot to hang out with a pool table and maybe a game shuffleboard then this is your spot. Located inside the Newport Marriott, Skiff Bar offers a menu of craft and local brews, specialty cocktails, and savory appetizers like flatbread pizzas, signature wings and more. In the warmer months, head outside to their outdoor deck overlooking the harbor for comfy seating and sea breeze.
EAST BAY OYSTER BAR
This oyster bar in Barrington has a lengthy menu of seafood offerings and more than 20 years of experience in the business. $1 oysters are served in their lounge from 4:00 - 6:00 PM every day.
Located in what was previously the 1818 DeWolf Rum Distillery on Thames Street Landing is DeWolf Tavern, a harborside restaurant boasting entrees with Indian influence thanks to Chef Sai Viswanath. Their raw bar offerings include a variety of oysters alongside jumbo shrimp, little necks and lobster tails.
THE WHARF SOUTHERN KITCHEN
This eclectic restaurant nestled on Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport serves up Southern style cuisine with New England ingredients. Think: fried oyster po-boys and seafood jambalaya. Savor a number of varieties of local oysters served with a choice of spicy serrano cocktail, traditional cocktail, or pickled watermelon mignonette.
THE PORT SEAFOOD BAR + GRILL
If live music and a front row seat on the harbor are your thing then The Port is for you (so, basically everyone). Enjoy the water views and open-air concept alongside an eclectic menu of seafood, sandwiches, tacos and more.
TAVERN ON BROADWAY
Tavern on Broadway is located, as you may have deduced, on Broadway, in a 200-year-old colonial building. Their menu includes locally sourced American fare alongside raw bar offerings. Local oysters are $1 during buck-a-shuck every Wednesday from noon - 10:00 PM.
White linens and a French-inspired menu comprise the dining experience at Bristol's Le Central, where local produce and fresh ingredients remain at the forefront of their menu. Raw bar offerings include chilled oysters, jumbo shrimp and ceviche.
THE LOBSTER POT
Opened in 1929, this seaside eatery in Bristol offers traditional New England fare and their menu is largely based on what's fresh from the market. Build your own raw bar plate complete with oysters, littlenecks, shrimp and lobster cocktail to your hearts content.
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