Newport, Rhode Island
is all about the sea. Sailing, surfing, and devouring delicious seafood will all occupy your leisurely vacation days in this classic destination. Some travelers arrive for the beach while others arrive looking for the best Newport, RI seafood. Here you will find the freshest oysters, clams, mussels, and more. Not only do restaurants have the best ingredients to work with, but Newport has only established a reputation for chefs that take their craft seriously. Foodies will have a tough decision narrowing down restaurant choices in Newport.
If you're looking for the best Newport, RI seafood, you could always catch it yourself. In Newport, fishing is one of the most popular activities. Heading out for a fishing charter is a fun way to spend the day, and depending on your luck, you could bring dinner home too. Some visitors choose to cook their catch in the kitchen of their vacation rental
(or on the barbecue) while others leave the cooking to the professionals. There are many options for restaurants that will cook your catch. While each fishing charter captain will have their own opinion on the best restaurants to cook your catch, two of the most popular are Percy's Bistro
and Zelda's Cafe
When it comes to the best Newport, RI seafood, many people disagree on one thing: is it better in fine dining restaurants or no frills seafood shacks? The only way to find out is to try both during your trip to Newport. Fine dining definitely has the added ambiance, including candles, white linens, and attentive service. If you're looking to enjoy your seafood in a romantic atmosphere, there are a few places in Newport to try, including waterfront dining at the Boathouse
or the Pier Restaurant
. Reservations are recommended in advance, especially during the peak summer season.
There are some travelers that visit Newport every year just for the seafood. While fine dining has its appeal, local seafood doesn't need any frills to be delicious. At local seafood shacks you will find seafood that is just as fresh as at any fine dining option. Choosing casual dining will also allow you to keep the cost of your trip down. The Barking Crab
is one of the most popular casual restaurants in Newport. Here you will find crab legs, fresh lobster, New England style boil pots, clam chowder (New England style, of course), and seafood platters overflowing with oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, peel and eat shrimp, and mussels. Other great casual dining options in Newport include The Deck
and The Landing Restaurant
Where to Find Fresh Seafood
One of the best ways to enjoy local seafood is to prepare it at home. That doesn't mean, however, that you need to go out and catch it yourself. Show off your cooking skills in your vacation rental by picking up fresh, local seafood and preparing a meal for your family. To stock up on local seafood, head to the local seafood market called Aquidneck Lobster Company
. Here you will find little neck clams, lobster, crabs, and much more all for sale at affordable prices. While you can also find fresh seafood in local grocery stores, browsing at the seafood market is a fun excursion during your trip to Newport.
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