Restaurants in Rhode Island

Getty Images

Feel like hopping in the car and heading to the beach for dinner? Rhode Island’s top restaurants are all within walking distance of the ocean, many w... Read More

Feel like hopping in the car and heading to the beach for dinner? Rhode Island’s top restaurants are all within walking distance of the ocean, many with casual, family-friendly dining rooms that can accommodate large groups. From places like the Commons Lunch and the Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar to TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill, the beachside restaurants are a perfect excuse for a day trip. In Providence, budding culinary star Benjamin Sukle has unveiled a pair of restaurants that serve contemporary, original fare—much of it sourced from local fishermen and farmers. At the other end of the spectrum, book in advance for a table at the Black Pearl, a Newport institution that’s been churning out its winning clam chowder for decades. Opt for an early dinnertime—this is one of the best restaurants in Rhode Island, and you’ll want to grab a table outside so you can watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.

Read Less
  • Birch Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of Birch Restaurant
    Birch

    Providence, home to five colleges, remains a fiercely creative capital, with a tight-knit community of artists, designers, and musicians—all of whom... Read More

  • Black Pearl Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of Discover Newport
    Black Pearl

    Clam chowder at Black Pearl is the dish every visitor should try, because it’s classic, one of a kind, and an unshakable part of Newport’s cultural... Read More

  • Bywater Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of Bywater
    Bywater

    Rising chef Brian O’Donnell worked at Providence’s Café Nuovo prior to opening this 32-seat hot spot with his wife in 2015, and the daily rotating menu... Read More

  • The Commons Lunch Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of The Commons Lunch
    Commons Lunch

    Little Compton is worth visiting for two reasons: beautifully intact 17th-century homes and the Commons Lunch, a cash-only diner specializing in clam... Read More

  • Flo's Clam Shack Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of Discover Newport
    Flo's Clam Shack

    Of all the underwater delights, few would rank clams at the top of their list. But not Rhode Islanders—they can’t get enough of them. And Flo’s Clam... Read More

  • Mission Restaurant in Rhode Island Patrick Murphy/The Kingslens
    Mission

    Newport’s tendency for white-tuxedo service can set the bar pretty high, but no one’s expecting you to spring for lobster at every meal. For a more low... Read More

  • Oberlin Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of Oberlin
    Oberlin

    Chef Benjamin Sukle’s Mediterranean-inspired space, with its clay-tile floor and dangling bell-jar chandeliers, is a more relaxed version of Birch, his... Read More

  • Tallulah Restaurant in Rhode Island Nat Rea
    Tallulah on Thames

    It takes guts to break the mold in stubborn old Newport, but if anyone’s up to the challenge, it’s chef, a West Coast transplant and James Beard... Read More

  • The Mooring Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar
    The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar

    The Mooring, with its massive copper fish structure at the bar, is a must-visit for seafood connoisseurs who want to experience New England fine dining.... Read More

  • Two Ten Oyster Bar & Grill Restaurant in Rhode Island Courtesy of Two Ten Oyster Bar & Grill
    TwoTen Oyster Bar & Grill

    Traveling with the whole brood? Everyone’s guaranteed to find something they like at this laid-back tavern and grill, located inside a marina at the end... Read More

Back To Top