This month, we decided to feature some of our favorite places, all centered on some of our favorite things: food and wine! Luckily, Newport has an expansive culinary culture and is home to a plethora of restaurants and culinary happenings to inspire any foodie visit. Read on to discover some of our most-loved experiences, all of which are featured in our special getaway packages!
Located at the intersection of America’s Cup and Thames and just a few short steps from the Admiral Fitzroy Inn, the Midtown Oyster Bar is set right in the action of the hustle and bustle of downtown Newport. Midtown takes advantage of Newport’s proximity to the ocean, serving up some spectacular seafood, a menu rounded out by other traditional American favorites such as steaks and burgers. The restaurant boasts one of the largest raw bars in the area offering a variety of selections, including oysters, lobster and tuna, all of which can be paired with drinks off their creative cocktail menu.
Just across the street from the Midtown Oyster Bar, visitors will find a differently styled, yet equally impressive dining experience at The Red Parrot. This restaurant, housed in a former meat packing plant, features American-style menu favorites, and plenty of them; their menu is 20 pages long! Being in Newport, there are, of course, seafood offerings like Cape Cod Lobster Bisque and Calamari Risque (served Rhode Island style), but selections also include fabulous salads, burgers, pizzas and pasta dishes.
You know a restaurant has to be one of the best in town when the mayor not only endorses it, but actually owns it. Former Newport Mayor Richard Sardella operates this eatery specializing in Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Menu selections include antipasti, pizza, meat and fish dishes. The restaurant has a creative atmosphere, sectioned into distinctly decorated dining rooms, each with a special ambiance.
Whether you love French food or just the idea of it makes you slightly squeamish, Café Zelda is a must-stop, as their food will reaffirm love for the former, and convert the haters to lovers. French-style menu items include Truffled Foie Gras “Crème Brulee” and Escargots a la Bourguignone, but the menu also features twists on American classics like burgers and steak frites.
Sometimes, a liquid lunch, or an afternoon lounging and enjoying local wines among beautiful surroundings is just what vacation calls for. Newport Vineyards has taken advantage of Aquidneck’s unique location, where the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, combined with the cooling effects of Narragansett Bay, produce an ideal climate for wine cultivation. Visitors to the vineyard can enjoy tastings and embark on tasting room tours to get a sneak peek at the winemaking process. The vineyard is also home to two restaurants; Brix, serving dinner, and the Vineyard Café, serving locally-sourced selections.
Ready to try a little of everything, for an off-beat dining experience or maybe to discover Newport restaurants and cuisine you may have never even heard of? Book a Rhode Island Red Food Tour, which guides participants through historic Newport, often off the beaten path, to discover some of the city’s most coveted culinary treasures. Bring a big appetite and comfy shoes!
Has the Rhode Island Red Food Tour caught your eye? You’re in luck! Our August package features a two-night stay at the Admiral Fitzroy Inn and tickets to the tour. Click here to find out more!