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From oyster shooters to clam chowder, Rhode Island’s coast is known for its top-notch seafood. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors picked the best restaurants to check out in Coastal Rhode Island:
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Seasons, located at the Ocean House hotel in Watch Hill, is known for its farm-to-table concepts. The restaurant’s menu changes daily depending on what can be brought into the kitchen. Grab a seat at the chef’s table to watch the dishes on the menu come to life, or for a more intimate evening, request a table by one of windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant situated in the historic Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, a mansion constructed in 1909, offers top-notch, fine-dining cuisine. Try the four-course tasting menu for a sampling of the highlights. Spiced Pear, located inside The Chanler at Cliff Walk, is one of the more romantic restaurants on the coast thanks to its grand fireplace and views of the water. We suggest the New England tasting menu for dinner, which includes the best of the chef’s preparations for the night reflective of New England fare. One of the most famous restaurants in Narragansett, the Coast Guard House Restaurant has been serving up some of the freshest seafood since 1945. Expect a wide range of goodies from crab cakes to Maine lobster ravioli to grilled swordfish. The center of the seaside restaurant was originally a life saving station for the U.S. Life Saving Service (known today as the Coast Guard). Hotel Viking’s fine-dining restaurant, One Bellevue, is where you’ll find Newport’s elite on a regular basis. The land and sea restaurant serves up sustainable and locally sourced meals, and is well known for its raw bar and Butcher’s Block (a great option for the meat-lovers in the group). Stop in for its popular afternoon tea, served with house-made scones and tea sandwiches. And The Grill, a dockside restaurant located at the hotel Forty 1 North, has great views (go at sunset) and even better food. There’s both an open-air dining area and an elegant indoor dining room. The menu features a raw bar, seafood and grilled meats — all sourced from local purveyors.